High Holy Days with Congregation Neveh Shalom

Join Congregation Neveh Shalom for a meaningful, thought provoking and spiritual High Holy Days. Tickets are still available for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. You do not need tickets for our Sukkot services and events.

For more information see: NevehShalom.org

We also offer an open-to-all evening of Selichot programing and services:

Selichot Evening: Havdalah, Movie, Discussion, Dessert
Midnight Selichot Service: Saturday, 20, beginning at 8:15pm

Selichot/Forgivenesses is an annual service that takes place around midnight on the Saturday evening prior to Rosh Hashanah. Its purpose is to introduce the themes and melodies that hover over the entire period of the Days of Awe. It is a most unusual service including classical readings and famous prayers unique to Selichot. For me, it is the High Holy Day melodies that we hear for the first time. Selichot takes place traditionally pre-dawn, but with the tradition of performing Mitzvot at their earliest possible hour, the rabbis agreed that it could take place as early as midnight. Nothing else in Jewish life is determined by midnight.

Following Havdalah to end Shabbat we will show one of my all-time favorite movies: Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors". If you have seen the film before it is time to examine it again. It revolves around a successful (Jewish) ophthalmologist who is having an affair, which he wants to break off. However the woman will not let go which leads the desperate doctor to agree to allow a shady relative to get rid of her. Once the deed is done, he is guilt ridden. What does it mean to get away with a most heinous crime, to be responsible for murder in order to cover up your own indiscretions? "Crimes and Misdemeanors" includes all of the relevant themes that we struggle with over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is an appropriate introduction.

Following discussion and dessert we will conclude with the traditional Selichot service. Please reserve the evening to be with us.


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