Preparation for the Days of Awe

Starting Tuesday, August 14, Preparation for the Days of Awe, 7:30pm – 9pm.

Session 1: Opening Session
With Rabbi Lisa Edwards
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Why these days hold such prominence in Jewish tradition

Session 2: Days of Awe & the Talmud
With Maggie Anton
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Award-winning author and Vision Awards honoree who specializes in Talmud and medieval history speaks about the Talmud’s approach to the Days of Awe.

Session 3:  True Confessions
With Dr. Rabbi Rachel Adler
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Among the most familiar of the liturgy for Yom Kippur are the long lists of sins named in our “communal confession” (followed by “for the sins we have committed against You, God of forgiveness -forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement”). Join Rabbi Professor Rachel Adler for an evening exploring the history and theology of communal confession (Vidui).

SELICHOT, Saturday evening September 1, 7pm at BCC
Join Rabbi Lisa Edwards & Cantor Juval Porat as we bid farewell to the last Shabbat of 5778, preparing our souls and our Torah scrolls for the Days of Awe through music, personal reflection, and prayer.

Session 4: Wake Up and Shine A Light
With Cantor Juval Porat
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
An evening of exploration of themes, texts, and practices of the month of Elul and the roles of silence, song, and text in spiritual practice.

Every year, as the Days of Awe approach BCC’s clergy come together to plan services. Our personal experiences, preferences and inspirations taken from years past all go into the planning process. We strive to create spiritual experiences that will resonate with our congregation. In our High Holy Day preparations, we’ll explore some of the rituals typical to a BCC High Holiday service, and invite you to offer ideas, thoughts and suggestions — whether personal or drawn from other services you have attended or heard about — that we might weave into our BCC services this year. We look forward to ritualizing with you!