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Preparing for the High Holidays Like Never Before

Elul: A Month of High Holiday Learning

August 23 – September 17, 2020

Join rabbis and teachers of our community in 12 different classes designed to deepen our experience of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The North Peninsula Jewish Community Presents

Preparing for the High Holidays Like Never Before

August 23 – September 17, 2020

Co-sponsored by Chabad of the North Peninsula, Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, and Wornick Jewish Day School
Free (Pre-Registration Required)

Jewish wisdom teaches that during the Hebrew month of Elul we are encouraged to prepare ourselves for the meaningful spiritual experience of the High Holidays. During this month, join rabbis and teachers of our community in 12 different classes designed to deepen our experience of these Days of Awe. People of all faiths, beliefs, and perspectives are welcome. All you need bring is your curiosity.

All classes will be held via Zoom. You may participate in as many of these classes as you wish. All classes are free.

To register for an individual class, please click on the button below its class description; this will take you to its registration page. To register for more than one class, you can do so on this registration page.

Pre-registration is required no later than the day and time noted by each program. Links to connect to each class will be included on the receipt emailed to you after registration. (Please note: The cut-off time for registration for Tuesday classes is Monday at 5:00 pm; for Thursday classes, it is Thursday at 1:00 pm; for Sunday classes, it is Sunday at 1:00 pm)

Schedule of Classes

Teshuvah On a National Level

With Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon of Congregation Beth Jacob
Sunday, August 23 · 4:00-5:00 pm
Change is really possible, and it starts with us.

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The Rabbinic Imagination: What are God’s Prayers?

With Bill Futornick of Congregation Beth Jacob
Tuesday, August 25 · 10:00-11:00 am

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Focusing on Our Destination

With Rabbi Dennis Eisner of Peninsula Temple Beth El
Thursday, August 27 · 7:00-8:00 pm
We will explore our traditions and ourselves as we develop our roadmap to Teshuvah.

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Teshuvah and Trash TV

With Rabbi Lisa Kingston of Peninsula Temple Beth El
Sunday, August 30 · 4:00-5:00 pm
Perhaps there is no one more in need of Teshuvah than the reality stars of the hit show, “90 Day Fiance”! If you love trashy reality shows, you’ll love this intersection of Torah text and TV. No need to have watched beforehand.

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Music of the High Holidays

With Cantor Anna Zhar of Peninsula Temple Sholom
Tuesday, September 1 · 10:00-11:00 am
We will explore the music of the High Holidays and the different musical styles used in various parts of services, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary music.

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Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days through Meditation and Text

With Rabbi Dan Feder of Peninsula Temple Sholom
Thursday, September 3 · 7:00-8:00 pm

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“And Sarah Laughed”

With Rabbi Laura Rumpf of Peninsula Temple Beth El
Sunday, September 6 · 4:00-5:00 pm
Appreciating the absurd, laughing through tears, and finding the sacred in reactions we just can’t help in response to chaos and transformation.

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Freud, Frankl, and Kol Nidrei: The Great Debate on Psychology and Judaism’s Secret to Re-invention

With Rabbi Yossi Marcus of Chabad of the North Peninsula
Tuesday, September 8 · 10:00-11:00 am

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Tuning in to Elul

With Rabbi Liora Alban of Peninsula Temple Sholom
Thursday, September 10 · 7:00-8:00 pm
We will explore Elul themes through ancient psalms, modern songs, and thoughtful discussion.

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A Great Shofar is Sounded and a Small, Thin Voice is Heard

With Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Sunday, September 13 · 4:00-5:00 pm
Virtually and in person, what sound do you need to hear in the New Year?

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Hayom Harat Olam—Today the World is Created

With Rabbi Nat Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob
Tuesday, September 15 · 10:00-11:00 am
During this session, we will discuss beginning anew in the midst of crisis.

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Sephardic Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Liturgy

With Adam Eilath of Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Thursday, September 17 · 7:00-8:00 pm
We will explore piyyutim (liturgical poems) and prayers that are unique to the North African and Middle Eastern Tradition for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Also Coming Up:

Awaken & Return: A Virtual Jewish Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Saturday, August 29, 8:30 – 10:15 pm and Sunday, August 30, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm (with optional meditation session at 8:15 am)

Offered in partnership with Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, the Addison Penzak JCC, and Oshman Family JCC.

Learn More

Watch Recorded Sessions from the 2019 Elul Series

Rabbi Dennis Eisner of Peninsula Temple Beth ElBreaking Damaging Patterns: Elul, a 29-Day Journey of Self-Discovery
Rabbi Dennis Eisner of Peninsula Temple Beth El


Rabbi Lavey Derby of Peninsula Jewish Community Center
The Alchemy of Repentance: Turning Sins into Virtues
Rabbi Lavey Derby of Peninsula Jewish Community Center


Rabbi Laura Rumpf of Peninsula Temple Beth ElMourning into Dancing: Resilience Psalms for Elul
Rabbi Laura Rumpf of Peninsula Temple Beth El


Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai CongregationListening to the Shofar: What Should We Be Doing When the Great Horn is Sounded?
Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation


Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon of Congregation Beth Jacob
Do We Have the Power to Change Ourselves? The Clash Between Free Will and Determinism
Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon of Congregation Beth Jacob


Bill Futornick of Congregation Beth Jacob
Middat HaRachamim and Middat HaDin: How God’s Aspects of Compassion and Justice Inform our Behavior
Bill Futornick of Congregation Beth Jacob


Rabbi Lisa Kingston -- Peninsula Temple Beth El
Our Responsibility to Others: Making Difficult Choices to Help Others in Need: An Exploration through Poetry
Rabbi Lisa Kingston of Peninsula Temple Beth El
Tuesday, September 24 • 10:00-11:00 am
Webinar using Zoom

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