I’m happy, with this week’s post, to make available to you many of the special pieces that were shared during our recent High Holiday services. I’ve had a number of requests recently, and I always like to make available the creativity that abounds in our community.
If you’d like to watch the entire service, click on the name of the service.
- Early in the service, we were treated to the song Reset, augmented by illustrations of Jews living around the world, part of our theme for the evening.
- The first of our member-generated videos reflected on what it was like to enter into the holidays during the pandemic.
- Donna Brandwein added beautiful sign-language interpretation in conjunction with Randi singing Thou Shalt Love.
- Our second member-generated video shared favorite memories of the High Holidays.
- My D’var Torah that evening was titled We’re All In This Together.
- Randi followed that with the song Lev b’Lev coupled with visual illustration.
- Our third member-generated reflection focused on the question: How does one celebrate Rosh Hashana, creation and life during a pandemic?
- Sarah Levin offered her annual Rosh Hashana morning poem, written for this year: video; written text.
- Our fourth of the member reflections sought responses to a prayer that some find powerful while others find it troubling, U-n’taneh Tokef, with its metaphor of the Book of Life and the question “who shall live and who shall die?”
- Karen Heisler read our first aliya from the Torah, while Larry and Maddie chanted the b’racha before and after the reading on behalf of all members of B’Chavana.
- Renee Hochberg read our second aliya, while Wayne chanted the b’racha on behalf of all of our first-time attenders.
- Michael Brandwein tickled our funny bones even as he inspired us to live well, in his piece Shrinking Responsibility.
- My D’var Torah that morning was titled In the Midst of Death We Say L’chaim! – To Life!
- Shira followed that with the beautiful Seasons of Change.
- The fifth in our series of member reflections gave us entree into what some people think of during Kol Nidre.
- Renee and Wayne inspired us with two lovely settings of Min Ma-Meytzar.
- Our sixth member reflection focused on “What I Think About When I Think About Confessing.”
- God’s Two Faces – One of Justice, One of Love – was the topic of my D’var Torah.
- Randi followed that with this beautiful, illustrated singing of Sim Shalom.
- What Observing Yom Kippur Means to Me was the topic of our seventh member reflection.
- We shared another setting of U-n’taneh Tokef, including the Leonard Cohen song Who By Fire?
- Rachel Levin’s appeal provided an especially profound and uplifting message.
- In our final member reflection video, people shared their thoughts on How Avinu Malkenu Inspires Me.
- In my D’var Torah, I argued that Hopelessness is a Luxury We Shouldn’t Afford.
I hope you enjoy and find added meaning as you journey through these one more time . . . or for the first time.