Please join us on Saturday evening, September 12th for Selichot - the traditional penitential prayers recited before Rosh Hashanah. TAA's own Laila Goodman will teach a class on Musar (moral conduct) starting at 8 PM with a short service led by Rabbi Lewis to follow. Register HERE.
Please join us in honoring the brave young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). On September 13 at 7 pm, the Friends of the IDF, which provides life-changing support to the IDF soldiers, invites our congregation to join them for a celebration unlike any other. FIDF supporters, Israeli government officials and the soldiers themselves will come together for a first-ever Virtual Gala and registration is free. Please click here to register.
Selichot from the Kotel with Finance Minister Katz and Mayor Lion
Lappin Foundation invites families to a special PJ Library Yom Kippur puppet show for children, ages 3-8, with puppeteer Anna Sobel on Friday, September 25th at 4 pm. Sam looks square. Some kids say he looks like a certain sea sponge with square pants. Luke looks like a triangle. His best friend Josh is the only Jewish kid in the class. Luke and Josh have been making fun of Sam. But when Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur roll around, Josh discovers that the hardest part of making up for your mistakes is saying sorry.
Jewish high school students are invited to be Lappin Teen Fellows. Fellows will meet for interactive learning sessions led by dynamic presenters exploring the impact of contemporary issues on Jewish teens. Sessions will be held on Sundays from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Zoom on the following dates: September 13, October 18, November 8, December 6 and January 31. Topics include: Jewish diversity, Antisemitism, Jewish identity, Israel and more. Lappin Teen Fellows is free and open to Jewish teens in high school. For more information contact Sharon Wyner at (978) 565-4450. Register here for the Zoom link for this program or visit LappinFoundation.org.
The Escape Artist by Helen Fremont Book Discussion
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One of my sermons this High Holidays will be about Identity, Race and Inequity. I am grateful to the Torah of Antiracism group that met and helped me begin to compose this sermon. A critical piece of thinking about this from a white Jewish perspective in a caring and sophisticated way, is to understand perspectives of people whose identity is both black and Jewish.
If you have not yet joined TAA for one of our Zoom Elul programs, I urge you to do so!
The daily Shofar Blowing has been especially fun for me. I have never performed the mitzvah of listening to the shofar call daily during the month of Elul. I have only ever heard shofar at High Holiday services.
Ten-year-old Avery Green loves science. He loves football. He is crazy about Star Wars. But Hebrew school? No, thank you. Avery would rather have his arms sliced off with a lightsaber than sit through one more day of Hebrew School. He's only asked about a million times why he has to go, but no one in his family has managed to convince him.
For 3rd graders to adults, and anyone who has ever asked the question: "Why do I have to go to Hebrew School?"
Casey will be reading a selection of her book and will be interviewed by actual live Hebrew school students!