Prepare for The High Holy Days
The month of Elul allows us to prepare our body, mind, soul and world for the New Year. Please read below for all the ways you can take part in this transformation.
Prepare in TIME
God in Times of Crisis: Elul Preparations for 5782
Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 31; 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Zoom
As we enter Elul and prepare ourselves for the 5782 High Holy Days, join Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris for a deep dive into theology. Together we will explore our relationship(s) with God, after bearing witness to such tragedy and difficulty in our lives and in the world throughout 5781. We will use Hartman's Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism curriculum on Faith as our jumping off point and make time and space together to reconnect ourselves with God throughout the month of Elul.
Meditative Organ Recital
Wednesday, August 18, 7:00pm — Main Sanctuary
As part of our month of Elul offerings, as we begin the sacred work of returning to our soul, join us for a meditative pipe organ recital. Find your own personal space in the main sanctuary. Cantor Luck will introduce the evening, which will feature contemplative instrumental melodies from the upcoming High Holy Days, as well as various selections meant to encourage individual reflection.
This service is open to members and the entire community. Registration is required. This event will also be livestreamed on our website and on Facebook Live.
Saturday, August 28, 8:00 pm — Main Sanctuary
S’lichot is the first gathering where the High Holy Day Season begins in earnest. In the traditionally late evening service, the melodies, some specific only to the S’lichot service itself, are some of the most beautiful, rich songs that our tradition has to offer. The Torah covers are also ceremoniously changed to all white, representing new beginnings for the new year. The evening will end with the sounding of the shofar, and our very first opportunity to say “L’Shana Tova” as a community.
This service is open to members and the entire community. Registration is required. This service will also be livestreamed to view at home.
High Holy Day Mikvahs
Sunday, September 5, Baker Beach
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we can, have we done all that we should? Have we treated others respectfully; were we kind and good?
This year we have three opportunities for you to have a mikvah experience before diving into services for Rosh HaShanah.
The Tribe Mikvah, with Rabbi Bauer – 5:45 am meet at Baker Beach - For male-identified members, bathing suit optional
Join Rabbi Bauer and your fellow Tribesmen (male-identifying only) for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. We will meet at Baker Beach for a short meditation followed by our mikvah in the ocean at dawn! Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for a nosh afterwards!
Women’s Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz – 8:30 am meet at Baker Beach – For female-identified members, bathing suit optional
All gender Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie – 9:30 am meet at Baker Beach – for all genders, bathing suit optional
Rosh HaShanah is a time of reflection, return and new beginnings. Please join us for our beautiful annual ritual of mikvah including meditation, chanting and immersion in the incredible Pacific Ocean at Baker Beach. Please bring warm clothes, a towel and an open heart. (bathing suit optional).
If you have never participated, please feel free to reach out to Rabbi Mintz to answer any questions.
Prepare in SPACE
Joining us via livestream? Be sure to follow along with the High Holy Day Machzorim (prayerbooks)? Here are two ways to get them:
Click here to order hard copy prayerbooks from CCAR to add to your Jewish library.
Click here for the Kindle version to use while watching the services on a different device
Prepare in HOME
Set up your home as Jewish space for participating in the High Holy Day Services. Put out fresh cut flowers, apples and honey, candles, a shofar or other meaningful Jewish objects.
Set your table with a beautiful cloth, pictures of loved ones and other items that will help your home become a sacred space.
Dress for the occasion: wear clothes that help you feel special and in the moment. Try out wearing a kittel or other traditional white garments.