NEW! High Holiday Boot Camp

Thursdays, Sept 5–26, 2019

Rosh Hashanah

The Hebrew month of Elul, as a precursor to the High Holidays, carries great weight in Jewish tradition. During this month, it is customary to reflect on the past year and study Jewish texts that prepare us for the year ahead.

Join us at the J for stimulating classes that will get you in spiritual and intellectual “shape” to start the new year right.

Choose one class at 10:00 AM and/or one class at 11:15 AM.

10:00 AM–11:00 AM

Rewriting Our Past: Sin, Repentance & Forgiveness
Rabbi David Segal
The prayers of the High Holidays invite us to imagine God as the Divine Author, inscribing us in the Book of Life–or omitting us–for the coming year. How can we turn this image on ourselves, to become better "authors" of our own lives, rewriting our past in order to write a better future? Biblical, rabbinic and modern texts will guide us.

The Noble Life
Rabbi Barry Gelman
As we prepare ourselves for the High Holidays, come and learn about four traits to make tomorrow better than today: modesty, loving-kindness, contentedness, and love. We will define these characteristics, study how to acquire them and consider how to apply them in our lives.

11:15 AM–12:15 PM

From Prosaic to Prophetic: Gleanings from High Holiday Biblical Readings
Ms. Nancy Pryzant Picus
In this class, we will use High Holiday Torah and Haftarah readings to explore how these carefully chosen texts illuminate holiday rituals, emphasize holiday themes, and deepen our connections to the awe and splendor of the Ten Days of Repentance.

High Holiday Prayers That Uplift & Inspire Me (And Some That Surprisingly Do Neither!)
Rabbi David Rosen
With so many prayers in the Mahzor (High Holiday prayer book), it’s sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Let Rabbi Rosen walk you through some of the prayers that he feels have the power to genuinely move us spiritually–as well as some we might do better skipping.

Online Registration


For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at or 713.595.8163.