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Invitation from Rabbi David: Lend Your Voice to our High Holiday Services

09/09/2020 12:34:02 PM

Sep9

Dear Friends,

I am very excited and hopeful to send this first of three or so letters before Rosh Hashanah as an invitation to consider how we make this season meaningful in this unprecedented time.  

Here is a Google form that I hope you will look at and, if you would like, fill out to contribute your voice and perspective to our prayer services.

Central to our High Holiday services are prayers for healing and wholeness before the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah, and the public confessions of Ashamnu and Al Chet on Yom Kippur.   

This year, Felicia and I saw that we have an opportunity to bring your presence into the online prayer experience by inviting you to anonymously share your reflections on experiences from the past year, as well as concerns, hopes and aspirations for the year ahead.  We will then draw on your anonymous responses and weave them into our service, particularly during our communal prayers for healing on Rosh Hashanah as well as the confessions on Yom Kippur 

If this sounds meaningful to you, please feel free to look at the questions in the form and respond as you wish to any or all of them. In addition to helping to create our service together, we hope that answering these questions is a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the past year as well as the year ahead.  Of course, if you do not wish to participate, or to respond to these questions for your quiet reflection only, that is absolutely fine.

Thank you for taking the time, and I hope you are staying safe and well.

B'shalom,

Rabbi Justin David

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781