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Other Programming for the Days of Awe 5781

Preparing Ourselves for the High Holydays
Wednesday evenings, Sept 2 & 9, 7:30pm-9:00pm
with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Please register HERE

How can we make the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, most meaningful in these challenging times?  All are welcome to join  Rabbi Toba for an exploration of teachings about teshuvah, "turning/returning" onto the desired path of our lives, as well as  key prayers of the High Holydays liturgy, as we prepare for the Jewish new year. It is fine to come to one or both of the sessions. Have something available to do a bit of writing.  


Renewing Our Communities and Ourselves: An Elul Workshop Series
Sunday afternoons, Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 2:00-3:15pm

A workshop series by Reconstructing Judaism. Join four inspiring rabbis on a journey of shared reflection, learning and renewal. You may register for one or more sessions. All sessions are free of charge, though you are welcome to donate in support of Ritualwell’s mission. Learn More


Selichot: Beginning to Turn
Saturday evening, Sept 12, 8:30-9:45pm
With Rabbi Toba Spitzer and Rabbi Barbara Penzner
Join the meeting HERE

This contemplative Zoom program, led by Rabbis Barbara Penzner and Toba Spitzer, is an opportunity to engage our minds, hearts and spirits for the task of teshuvah, which we can understand as re-aligning ourselves with our deepest values and aspirations, even--or especially--in a time of difficulty and brokenness. The evening will combine text study, personal reflection, song, and meditation. 


Uncovering Spiritual Memories
Monday, Sept 14, 2:00pm - please register HERE
Monday, Sept 21, 7:00pm - please register HERE
Wednesday, Sept 23, 7:00pm - please register HERE


Come join CDT folks explore the essence of this holyday season in a relaxed virtual gathering to reminisce and discover meaningful stories.

Our lives have shaped the ways we come to the High Holydays, each year and this year. To this season of renewal, to this Jewish community, we bring lifetimes filled with all kinds of experiences, some of which we might call “spiritual.” In this session we will find our memories of what led us here, using objects and prompts and allowing our own reminiscences to be sparked by the stories we hear in the group.

If you can, bring or describe an object that carries for you a special memory.  Or bring a memory, with or without an object. We’ll spend up to 90 minutes exchanging and exploring stories and ideas.

CDT will offer three independent sessions, each limited to 8 people. Each will run approximately 90 minutes, depending on group size and momentum, and will be facilitated by either Cindy Rivka Marshall, Lisa Hirsh, or Jo Radner. 


Shabbat Shuvah
Saturday, Sept 26, 10:00am-12:00pm
With Rabbi Toba Spitzer and special guest, Rabbi Everett Gendler
Join the meeting HERE

On this Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will focus on themes of teshuvah, turning, in a contemplative service featuring chant and meditation. Plus: special guest, Rabbi Everett Gendler, will join us, to talk about and study with us selections from his new book A Passionate Pacifist: Essential Writings of Aaron Samuel Tamares, an early 20th century Orthodox rabbi with radically prescient philosophy of Jewish pacifism.

Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781