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A special message from Rabbi Alicia Magal:

 

Friday, Oct. 3:  The High Holy Days are here!

7:30 p.m. Shabbat services for this special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is called Shabbat Shuvah, Sabbath of Return, and is also a play on words with Shabbat Tshuvah which means Repentance, since these Days of Awe are a time for reflection leading up to the atonement of Yom Kippur. The service will be followed by an oneg Shabbat sponsored by Sheila Jackman and Ira Marxe in honor of their anniversary. 

Torah study 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4:

Parashat Veyeilech: Moshe's sadness is evident in his words and his disappointment in not being able to enter the Land of Israel.  But his optimism is abundantly evident in his statements regarding the eventual survival and triumph of the Jewish people. Shabbat Shuvah has two special Haftarah prophetic readings, one dealing with the importance of heartfelt repentence (Hosea 14:2-10) and one praising the Creator's mercy (Micah 7:18-20). The study session will be followed by a pot-luck parve lunch. 

Yom Kippur 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8:

On Wednesday evening, Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur, begins at 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the whole Jewish calendar. By now we should have done our personal work asking people in our lives for forgiveness and listening to others' requests with a compassionate heart. 

On this Day of Atonement, we come in a state of humility to ask for forgiveness for our own sins, where we missed the mark even though we have earnestly tried to follow the commandments, act justly, and do acts of kindness for others.

Yom Kippur services continue Thursday morning at 10 a.m. A parallel children's service will be held at the same time as adult services.

For those who choose to stay the entire day, a discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m., led by Andy Golding, will address many themes of the High Holy Days.  Meditative readings will also be available in the library for spiritual nourishment during this day of fasting.

Afternoon services resume at 4 p.m. followed by Yizkor, the Memroial service, the shofar and a Break Fast (reservations required).

For tickets and more information, call 204-1286. 

The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is a welcoming, egalitarian, inclusive congregation dedicated to building a link from the past to the future by providing religious, educational, social and cultural experiences. We choose to remain unaffiliated in order to respect and serve the rich diversity of our members and visitors.

Torah study 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4:

Parashat Veyeilech: Moshe's sadness is evident in his words and his disappointment in not being able to enter the Land of Israel.  But his optimism is abundantly evident in his statements regarding the eventual survival and triumph of the Jewish people. Shabbat Shuvah has two special Haftarah prophetic readings, one dealing with the importance of heartfelt repentence (Hosea 14:2-10) and one praising the Creator's mercy (Micah 7:18-20). The study session will be followed by a pot-luck parve lunch. 

 

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