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2020 High Holy Days

The cries of the shofar evoke so many different emotions and sacred stories -- the wail of grief, the call to action, the echo of our ancestors’ prayers.  This year, we don’t need a shofar blast to tell us the world is broken and needs to change.  We arrive at the doorstep of a New Year eager for healing and transformation.  Yet even as we plan for virtual services, we find ourselves strangely cut off from the familiar spiritual technologies which would ordinarily guide us in that endeavor.  

We have little choice but to surrender to the unchosen isolation which keeps us and others safe.  We mourn the loss of hugs and singing together in-person.  But our safe-sheltering need not mean that our sacred season will be lost.  In fact, there is a unique potential for this to be a more powerful High Holy Days than any other in our lives.  

What insights and movement of the spirit might we encounter as we search our souls at home, with the world around us demonstrating our vulnerability and interconnectedness?  How much more meaningful will it be this year to read the sacred liturgy -- who shall live and who shall die? How much more do we appreciate our blessings, and feel the urgency to change ourselves and our world this Rosh Hashanah 2020? 

Typically at this time of the year, Or Shalom is sending notices about purchasing tickets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. This year, our services will be offered online at no charge.  We hope that you will join us as we continue to offer deep and meaningful opportunities for you and your family to pray, learn, and explore your connection to the wisdom and rituals of this season. We also hope that we can count on you to keep supporting Or Shalom in this time of great challenge.  Honestly, we need it.  

Or Shalom’s online offerings will span the High Holy Day season, from Elul through Simchat Torah. The best way to find out about it all is to read our weekly newsletter.  If you want to help make sure we can continue to offer music, learning, creative spiritual practice and social action opportunities we hope you will consider becoming a member.  If you are not ready for that step, then we hope you will give generously if you plan to join us for services this year.

Thank you so much. Or Shalom would not be here without all of us lifting up the community.

Wishing you and your family a safe, peaceful and healthy year.

Rabbi Katie Mizrahi

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780