September 12, 2018
The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuvah or "Shabbat of Return (Repentance)." The name is a reference to the opening words of the week's haftarah, "Shuvah Israel - Return O Israel." This haftarah is read in honor of the Ten Days of Repentance, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The Talmud tells us: "In the place where the penitent stands, not even the wholly righteous can stand." And the Medieval commentator, Maimonides, added: "The merit of the penitents is higher than that of the perfectly righteous, because the former have struggled harder to subdue their passions."
It is an appropriate and uplifting message as we begin this New year. We all fall short of our ideals and aspirations sometimes. And it's important to remember that what Judaism values supremely is our struggle to overcome adversity. At the top of the spiritual hierarchy are not those naturally endowed with all the right instincts which are hermetically sealed off from all temptation, but those who have strayed and stumbled and fought their way back. As one of my colleagues put it, "Judaism puts a moral premium on the agony it takes to achieve a life of virtue and piety."
Cantor Harrison and I will lead our Kabbalat Shabbat service (6:30 pm) on Friday evening in the chapel. And Rabbi Hirsh and I will lead our Shabbat Shuvah program (9:00 am-12:00 noon) on Saturday morning in the chapel - "Inscribe Us in the Book of Life: Myths, Metaphors and Meanings."

Shanah Tovah,
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel

If you wish to have a Mi Shebeirach said during our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the names to the rabbis.
In This Message
The Wedding of
Adam Martin & Laura Reznick
daughter of Nancy Isaacs & Keith Reznick

Emily Savoca & Daniel Kane
son of Melinda Kane

Jean Fischer
mother of Richard Fischer
Friday, September 14   
8:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)   
Join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.  
Saturday, September 15
9:00 am Shabbat Shuvah Shabbaton, led by Rabbi Frenkel & Rabbi Hirsh (Chapel)
Sunday, September 16
9:30 am Adult Education Committee Meeting (Boardroom)

Monday, September 17
7:00 pm Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Boardroom)  
Tuesday, September 18
Offices Close 1:00 pm - Erev Yom Kippur 
8:00 pm Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Wednesday, September 19
Offices Closed - Yom Kippur 
High Holy Day Food Drive & Operation Yellow Ribbon Collection (at all services)
8:30 am Yom Kippur Early Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
11:00 am Yom Kippur Late Service (Sanctuary; webcast)  
2:30 pm Yom Kippur Tot Family Service (Sanctuary)
4:30 pm Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, Yizkor, N'eelah (Sanctuary; webcast)  
6:30 pm Break The Fast with M'kor Shalom (All-Purpose Room) 
Friday, September 21
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.    
High Holy Day Services
Our service schedule is listed on your High Holy Day tickets and on our website calendar.  

Sunday, September 23, 7:00 pm

Please visit our website calendar for happenings in the Sukkah.

Thursday, October 4, 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 6, 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm

Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
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