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All Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur programming is open to Jews, non-Jews, the Jew-curious, and for almost-Jews.  All are welcome!  With your contribution to our High Holy Days program, you will receive an all-access Zoom link to all of the below programs:

 

Rosh Hashanah Programming:

PRAY:   Rosh Hashanah Evening Services 

September 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM EST

Come join your Wrestlers community to kick off the High Holy Day season with a contemplative, restorative, musical service.  This evening will include storytelling, great conversation, and an introduction to the themes of Rosh Hashanah that can change your life.

PRAY:   Rosh Hashanah Morning Services  

September 19, 2020 @ 10:00 AM EST

Our morning services will welcome in the Jewish new year with beautiful song and prayer, and reflections on how we can put our best selves forward in the Hebrew year 5781. This service will include Torah readings (in lieu of a formal Torah service) followed by an educational sermon/discussion on Rosh Hashanah themes. 

PRAY:   Tashlich: Letting Go of what we need to Release in the Coming Year 

September 19, 2020 @ 11:30 AM EST

Come join us for a personal and introspective ritual, adapted to Zoom! Typically tashlich is performed on the bank of a moving body of water, where people release breadcrumbs representing mistakes or regrets from the previous year.  This is a restorative practice designed to help you forgive yourself and move forward in the new year.

LEARN:   "Lessons from Isaac & Ishmael," a text study on Rosh Hashanah themes

September 19, 2020 @ 1:00 PM EST

Brothers Isaac and Ishmael share heartbreaking dual-narratives in the book of Genesis.  While Ishmael and his mother are banished by Abraham and Sarah, Isaac is nearly killed by his father.  Why are these the stories read on Rosh Hashanah, a celebratory time of year?  What can we learn from them?

LEARN: "A Jewish Perspective on Cancel Culture," a text study about Teshuva

September 19, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST

A central theme of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the idea that we have the power to transform each year into better versions of ourselves.  Teshuva is the act of returning to our values by learning, growing, seeking forgiveness and repair, and bettering ourselves each year.  ...So, how does cancel culture fit into this Jewish Value? Can people who say and do problematic things be redeemed?  Let’s talk about that!

LEARN:   "Why does the Creation Story Matter?," a text study on Rosh Hashanah themes

  September 20, 2020 @ 1:00 PM EST

Scientists say that the earth is 4.54 billion years old and that every beautiful creature and plant on our earth formed due to evolution.  So, why does the Jewish creation story in Genesis *still* matter?  Why is it important?   What can we learn from it to enhance our lives?   

LEARN:   "Exploring *other* Jewish New Years"

September 20, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST

Jewish tradition mentions four different new years-- not *just* Rosh Hashanah!  Come join this session which will explore the four New Years and what they’re all about. Then we will discuss the age old question: why is Rosh Hashanah *the* New Year?

In-Between Programming

LEARN: "A Jewish Perspective on Sin"

September 22, 2020 @ 7:30 PM EST

“Sin” has a very different connotation in Judaism than it does in other faith traditions!  Come learn about the meaning of the word in context and how you can use this concept to transform your life-- to transform your relationship with justice work, with your family and friends, your relationship with God, and your relationship with yourself.

PRAY:   Shabbat Shuva Evening Services

September 25, 2020 @ 7:00 PM EST

Shabbat Shuva is the Shabbat in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- meaning the “Shabbat of Return” will be a meditative, musical, and rejuvenating way to spend your Friday evening.  Following services, there will also be a chance to meet fellow Wrestlers from around the world.

Yom Kippur Programming

PRAY:   Evening Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Services

  September 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM EST

Come usher in Yom Kippur with your Wresters community.  The Kol Nidre poem is widely known as one of the hallmark melodies in Yom Kippur services. Come hear its haunting melody, in this contemplative service kicking off our Day of Atonement with reflective meditations and storytelling. 

PRAY:   Yom Kippur Morning Services

September 28, 2020 @ 10:00 AM EST

Join us back for Yom Kippur morning services as a Wrestlers community, where we will continue to sing, love, and support each other through the day with prayer and poetry.  We will read the Torah and Haftarah portions (in lieu of a formal Torah service) and have an educational discussion about the themes of the texts and the holiday.

LEARN:   "Why Are We Fasting?," a Text Study on the Themes of Yom Kippur

  September 28, 2020 @ 1:00 PM EST

Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur?  Is it to torture our bodies?  Or is there a deeper meaning behind the practice according to Jewish Tradition?  Come join us for a discussion of Isaiah 58, the Haftarah portion traditionally read on Yom Kippur, to investigate what it means to fast on Yom Kippur.  This activity will be contemplative and supportive of the many ways that Jews choose to observe this holiday.  It will not be expected that you are fasting to be a part of this conversation.

PRAY:   Yizkor, Memorial Service

September 28, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST

Come join our community to mourn your loved ones that you are missing this Yom Kippur, those we’ve lost who are dear to our community at large--including those lost due to COVID-19, racism, and gun violence, among other social ills--and/or those who’ve passed who no longer have someone to mourn for them.  Mourners and non-mourners alike are welcome to join this service.  Learn more about Yizkor here.

LEARN:   "Questions We Will Ask Ourselves in Heaven"

September 28, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST

In this class, we will engage with the age-old question of, “So, what’s the point of life?”  We will discuss Ron Wolfson’s gloss on what he thinks Jewish tradition might encourage us to ask ourselves in this season, and will learn what is important to us in this moment in regard to how we are living our lives.

PRAY: Neila Final Service, Havdalah, and Communal Break-the-Fast

  September 28, 2020 @ 6:00 PM EST

Come join your Wrestlers community for our final Neila service of Yom Kippur.  Following services, we will all formally end Yom Kippur together with a Havdalah ceremony, followed by a Communal Break-the-Fast where you will be able to meet new and old friends from around the world. All are welcome to join us, regardless of whether you are fasting or not!

Notes

  • We plan to record all live High Holy Day events.

  • It is not recommended for non-Jews hoping to convert to Judaism to participate in the Yom Kippur fast this holiday season unless you are already working with a cantor or a rabbi.  But you are encouraged to come and find meaning with us this holiday season.

  • Please do not feel obligated to attend every experience, although your ticket and corresponding zoom link will be your all-access pass to everything between the sunset on Rosh Hashanah and the sunset on Yom Kippur.  Everyone is encouraged to attend any experience that they feel might be interesting, helpful, and/or impactful to their soul.  No event is closed off due to one's non-Jewish identity.

  • Would you like children's services?   Please email us at joshuagischner@gmail.com or rabrams@cmu.alumni.edu. If there is enough interest, we will make them happen!  (Any other comments or suggestions, send us an email!)