The spiritual tasks of the High Holy Days, when taken seriously, can be daunting. These processes of introspection and reflection on past actions, habits and behaviors require us to set aside more than just two days out of our year. Understanding this, Jewish tradition has us preparing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for an entire month before these holidays begin. The Hebrew month of Elul is a time for us to begin the process of teshuva – of repentance and return. There are a number of rituals and traditions associated with the month of Elul. We invite you to learn more about this spiritual season by joining us in one or more of the following experiences.
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Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015
7:30 p.m. Program
9:30 p.m. Dessert Reception
Join us for an exciting and inspirational Selichot program with award winning author, Howard Schwartz, who joins our clergy to answer, “Why is this Night Different from All Other Nights?”
Howard Schwartz is a widely regarded folklorist, author, poet, and editor of dozens of books. He has won the international Koret Jewish Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award.
Our evening will begin with Havdalah and followed by a live telling of a story by Howard Schwartz. Participants will then choose a session with one of our clergy as they delve into the following questions for Selichot:
1. What is the meaning of The Book of Life? (Rabbi Goldstein)
2. How do I forgive when forgiveness is difficult? (Rabbi Zinn)
3. Does God listen? (Rabbi Bennett)
4. How do I change? (Cantor Warner)
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 10 p.m.
|Congregation Shaare Emeth is one of the leading Reform congregations in North America. Whether celebrating Shabbat, exploring the insights and wisdom found in Torah, or gathering to make a difference in our community, we are a congregational family dedicated to deepening and enriching our connection to Judaism. Shaare Emeth is in the heart of St. Louis' dynamic Jewish Community. We are fortunate to have a beautiful campus at the corner of Ladue and Ballas Roads in Creve Coeur, Mo., a lovely community in West County St. Louis.|
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