Celebrate the New Year the J Way

Sunday, Aug 20

RenewalCelebrate the New Year the J way and get into the spirit of the upcoming High Holidays through learning and the arts, featuring classes, workshops, an opening art reception and a concert: One Voice, One Vibe, One Community.

Explore Yom Kippur & More: High Holiday Learning
1:00 PM-3:15 PM

1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Ms. Mindeleah Pollak | Sarah’s Laughter
At the age of 90, our matriarch Sarah "overhears" that she will give birth to her long awaited child, the son born to carry on the legacy of Abraham. Her reaction? And Sarah Laughed. Why? Let us look through some of the commentaries about this unique story from the Torah, read in synagogues on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi David Segal | The Lord is my "Shepherd"?
What does Jewish tradition mean when it calls God a shepherd? From Psalm 23 to the David stories and the Prophets, shepherd imagery informs how we imagine God, but we may have that image all wrong. In preparation for the High Holidays, we will also study excerpts from the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, which depicts God as our shepherd, each of us like sheep passing under the staff of judgment.

2:15 PM–3:15 PM
Rabbi Danny Horwitz | Spiritual Rehab: How to Prepare for Yom Kippur When You've Slacked Off This Year
This session will explore the 40-day rehab that Jewish tradition provides for the soul, and will help participants understand how to buy into the program.

Ms. Jill Patir | High Holiday Self Reflections Through Writing
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur both lead to deep reflections of who and where we are, and who and where we hope to be. Through creative writing, we will explore the inner workings of our soul and use the judgment free opportunity to allow our thoughts to flow freely on paper.

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Opening Reception
Renewal  | 2:00 PM

Readings | 3:00 PM

Works by The Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
Renewal is a theme that arises during the fall High Holidays. This exhibition of original art and literary compositions by members of The Women in the Visual and Literary Arts unites with the One Voice, One Vibe, One Community concert.

Based in Houston, WiVLA's mission is to provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.

Ronnie Arrow Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Class Of 2017 Induction Ceremony | 3:00 PM

In the Joe Frank Theatre 

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Concert: One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community
4:00 PM

Composer: Desmond Ikegwuonu
Text Curation:  Ellen Leventhal
Artistic Director:  Marc Garvin

Within ten months two floods decimated our greater Meyerland area—the heart of Houston’s Jewish Community. The J became the hub for relief efforts.

There is a renewed sense of pride and excitement about our community and its viability. One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community captures our commitment to connecting, rebuilding, and rising in a concert featuring original music by former Houstonian, Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu and text written by community members.

Concert sponsored by JCC Association’s Making Music Happen Centennial Grant Initiative, funded by a grant from Marvin J. Perzik and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.


Cafe at the J


Laykie's Gourmet Café At The J will be open Sunday, Aug 20 from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.