High Holy Days
Each year the Pardes Hannah community selects a theme to guide us through the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe). Community members reflect on this theme, and at various points during the services, share some way its key concepts have resonated in their lives. It is one of the ways that we, as a community, do heshbon nefesh (spiritual account-taking) for the year past, while opening up new personal and communal “heart-space” for the year that is a-borning.
We focus this year on Being Present: Lih’yot Nokhah.
Rabbi Ginsburg will lead services on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 30 from 9:15 am to 1:30 pm at St. Aidans Church on 1679 Broadway in Ann Arbor. This will be a traditional Jewish Renewal service with prayer, chant and Torah reading, blowing of the Shofar, and Kiddush. Second day of Rosh Hashanah service is a Meditation Service, Tuesday, October 1 from 9:30 am to 1 pm at St. Aidan’s followed by a Kiddush, potluck lunch and tashlich at the home of Lucinda Kurtz and Oran Hesterman (350 Rock Creek Drive).
On Tuesday October 8, Kol Nidrei preparations will commence at 6:15 pm and services will begin at 6:45 pm at St. Aidans Church. On Wednesday, October 9, Yom Kippur Day services will begin at 9:15 am, with Open Time/ Walking Meditation at 2:30 pm, Meditation and Study at 3:45 pm, Mincha (Spiritual wakening) at 4:45, Yizkor /Memorial Service at 5:30 pm, Neila at 6:30 pm and Shofar blowing and Havdalah at 7:42 pm. Break-fast will follow.
A summary of 2019 offerings and this year’s theme for the high holidays was written up for the Washtenaw Jewish News by Lucinda Kurtz.
A particularly challenging year in the political and global realms, and community members felt strongly that we should explore how to create deeper connections rather than focusing on what divides us from each other. In addition to the traditional themes of turning and renewal, the focus of 5779 high holy days was on the theme of forgiveness.
Ve-taher libenu le-ovedekha be-emet
Purify our hearts so we may serve You—and serve our communities and serve our planet–in truth
Gosher Gesharim: Creating webs of radical connection
Mishkan / Sanctuary
Shalom, Large and Small
Weaving the Generations: Mi-dor le-Door
Reflections on the theme from Reb Elliot Ginsberg