Events mark start of Season of Awe
A special afternoon and evening of events at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16. The area’s Reform congregations will join together at Temple Bat Yam to begin this Season of Awe, the most sacred time of year for Jewish communities. In addition to Rabbi Jonathan Freirich of Temple Bat Yam, the other rabbis and their congregations who will participate are Rabbi Michael Oblath of Congregation B’nai Harim in Grass Valley, Rabbi Oren Postrel of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation in Tahoe Vista and Rabbi Myra Soifer of Temple Sinai in Reno.
The afternoon begins with a hike, including outdoor meditations, conducted by Rabbi Freirich, starting at 4 p.m. and leaving from Temple Bat Yam’s building. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Potluck Se’udah Shellshit (special Sabbath “third meal”). Those participating in the potluck are asked to bring a fish, or a vegetarian dish, or dessert.
At 6:30 p.m. there will be a song session, conducted by Rabbi Postrel, including Havdalah. Havdalah is the ritual ending of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat), which starts on Friday evening and ends on Saturday evening with blessings over a braided candle, spices and wine to recall the sweetness of the Sabbath and a prayer that the peace and joy will continue throughout the week to come.
At 7:30 p.m., the Selichot service will be conducted by Rabbi Soifer with a Selichot message and study by Rabbi Oblath and sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn used during this Jewish holiday season, by Rabbi Freirich. Selichot is a service in which forgiveness is sought for the past year, in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which commence on Friday evening, Sept. 22.
Everyone is welcome to the services and activities on Sept. 16.
For more information contact Rabbi Jonathan Freirich at (775) 588-4503 from Lake Tahoe or (775) 267-2761 from the Carson Valley, or e-mail to email@example.com.
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