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Elul Learning and Singing: Getting Ready for the High Holidays

elul zodiac mosaic - cycle of Jewish months

In the month of Elul, we have 30 days to begin our reflection and realignment on the way to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. FTJC offers several ways in to this fertile period of time: classes and discussions, as well as singing sessions to enter the atmosphere of the holidays and prepare ourselves for a powerful collective prayer experience.  Let's not wait until we're sitting in our seats on Yom Kippur to start reconnecting with our inner life and realigning with God and with those around us.

 
Who By Fire: The Most Controversial Prayer in Jewish Life
Taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
 
Saturday, September 14, 2019
4:00-6:00 PM
Location: 90 Pinehurst Ave #5B
 

Are you troubled by reciting: “Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?” every year on High Holidays? Does God really mete out just reward and punishment each year? Together we will examine the Untane Tokef prayer, look at its Biblical allusions, and discover its radically divergent internal theological approaches. A great opportunity to dig into the core themes and core liturgy of the High Holidays. 

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of the Hadar Institute.

 
A Shabbat Afternoon Selichot Experience
Led by FTJC student clergy intern Eliana Kissner
 
Saturday, September 21, 2019
4:00-6:00 PM
Castle Village Community Room, 110 Cabrini Blvd. (north of 181st St.) (accessible via driveway)
 

Part workshop, part ritual, part musical exploration, part soul searching... An opportunity to engage with the language and themes of Selichot--forgiveness, confession, teshuvah, the desire to be heard and to be answered. Especially for those who can't make it to the traditional late-night Selichot service.

Eliana Kissner is a cantorial student at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at JTS and the student clergy intern at FTJC for Sept. 2019 - May 2020.

 
Selichot: Late-Night Service
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:30 PM-1:00 AM
Hebrew Tabernacle, Social Hall, 1st Floor
 

Pack the room for this powerful late-night intensification of our preparations for the Days of Awe: a singing, swaying service that brings us closer to the poetry and passion of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Community Singing Session: for Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, September 28, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
Hebrew Tabernacle, Classroom TBD
 

A special opportunity to get into the spirit as we learn and sing some melodies that we'll lift up together during Rosh Hashanah. All are welcome!

Meditative Preparation for the High Holidays
Taught by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein and Igal Harmelin
 
Saturday, September 28, 2019
4:00-6:00 PM
Castle Village Community Room, 110 Cabrini Blvd. (north of 181st St.) (accessible via driveway)
 

In this experiential meditative workshop on teshuvah, we'll further our preparation for the High Holidays by exploring short Biblical and Chasidic passages with guided meditations. No experience required, neither in text study nor in meditation. If you have questions feel free to contact igalharmelin@gmail.com.

Rabbi Lisa Goldstein is formerly the executive director of IJS, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality; Igal Harmelin is a spiritual director and meditation teacher.

 
Community Singing Session: for Yom Kippur
Saturday, October 5, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
Hebrew Tabernacle, Classroom TBD
 

A special opportunity to get into the spirit as we learn and sing some melodies that we'll lift up together during Yom Kippur. All are welcome!

 

Sun, September 15 2019 15 Elul 5779