The evening that ushers in the High Holy Days.
8:00 pm – Abigail Pogrebin in conversation with Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker via Zoom with Q and A from the audience. (Watch at Mount Zion in Margolis Hall or from home.)
New York journalist Abigail Pogrebin – a Reform Jew whose annual childhood observance covered the High Holidays, Hanukkah, and a couple of Passover seders – decided to embark upon a yearlong journey into understanding Judaism through 18 holidays. Based on her column in The Forward, called “18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew,” the book chronicles Pogrebin’s adventures in Judaism, from Elul, the period of reflection that precedes Rosh Hashanah, to the final Shabbat of the year.
Read My Jewish Year in advance or after the talk. Even if you don’t read it, please come to the conversation! Want a discounted copy? Purchase through Mount Zion for $10 and pick up at the office.
9:45 pm – Havdalah: The brief and beautiful service at the end of Shabbat, separating between the holy and the not-yet-holy. (In person and livestreamed)
10:00 pm – Selichot Service (In person and livestreamed) We will change the Torah covers to white, listen and sing the most evocative liturgy of the High Holy Days including Avinu Malkeinu, and hear the sounding of the shofar – all in under an hour. The spiritual energy of the darkened sanctuary late at night with the entranced music is something to experience!