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High Holiday Boot Camp

Aug 25-Sept 17

Rosh Hashanah

Online | Tues & Thurs Mornings
The Hebrew month of Elul, which immediately precedes 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 the J @ Home for four stimulating 4-week courses that will get you in spiritual and intellectual “shape” to start the new year right. Register for one, two, three or all four courses!

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Register for any one of the High Holiday Boot Camp courses and receive a FREE ticket to the Rosh Hashanah virtual cooking demo with Danielle Renov, author of Peas, Love & Carrots: The Cookbook! Access code will be emailed after registration is complete.


Kol Nidre: A Vow in Vain?

Tues, Aug 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 I 10:00 AM–11:00 AM I ONLINE
Instructor: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Kol Nidre, sung on the evening of Yom Kippur, is one of the most powerful prayers in Jewish liturgy. Yet its meaning has a long history of controversy. We will take a close look at this prayer through the critical lenses of theology and history and grapple with its value for us today.

High Holiday Haftarot

Tues, Aug 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 I 11:15 AM–12:15 PM I ONLINE
Instructor: Ms. Nada Chandler
The haftarot (readings from the Prophets section of the Hebrew Bible) for the High Holidays offer powerful stories and messages. Why were these haftarot selected for High Holiday services and what can we learn from them today?

Sovereignty, Remembrance, and Majesty: Connecting the Themes of Rosh Hashanah to Our Lives Today

Thurs, Aug 27, Sept 3, 10, 17 I 10:00 AM–11:00 AM I ONLINE
Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Fass
Join us for a four-week exploration of the central themes of Rosh HaShanah and their meaning for modern Jewry. We will also reflect on how the Rosh HaShanah liturgy connects to both Yom Kippur and Sukkot. All texts will be provided in Hebrew and English.

Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet

Thurs, Aug 27, Sept 3, 10, 17 I 11:15 AM–12:15 PM I ONLINE
Instructor: Ms. Nancy Pryzant Picus
The Book of Jonah is traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon. In this class, we will take a deep look at it through the lenses of tradition, modernity, and artistic expression, and consider how its story and message enhance our experience of the holiday.


$36 per course

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For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at ssafran@erjcchouston.org