From the Desk of
Rabbi Jonathan Bernhard

On Yom Kippur, we will be offering several Yom Kippur Discussions via Zoom. We will provide the link on our High Holy Days Streaming page so you can access it directly from there. You can also click here to participate. The following sessions will be offered:

From Soil to Soul: A Sacred Journey of Release | 2:30 - 3:15 
with Devorah Brous ​ 
On this day of fast for the body/feast for the spirit, together Devorah Brous will explore texts around ​Manna​ in the context of ​Shabbat; Sabbatical for the Land; and Jubilee. ​As we study forgiveness and release and as we cycle through the Hebrew calendar, what can we glean from Jewish earth-based wisdom and the regenerative currents of nature this Fall? Join us to breathe, move our release, and share a ritual to connect the broken and the whole.  

“Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?” | 2:30 - 3:15 
with Dr. Marc Bresler
Join Dr. Marc Bresler, member of Kaiser Hospital’s Disaster Triage Team and Bioethics Committee. What if patients’ needs for ventilators exceed supply? Dr. Bresler will explain the objective criteria used to make these difficult decisions. 
Dr. Marc Bresler has spent his entire 40 year career at Kaiser Permanente and almost as long happily serving many roles at Adat Ari El. 

Building Inner Strength and Resilience in the New Year | 3:15 - 4:00 
with Sara Hutter Borenstein
As we move forward into the New Year, Sara discusses and suggests practical ways of developing resilience and inner strength while dealing with challenging life events. 
Sara Hutter Borenstein, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working with adults, adolescents and families. Through an integration of mind-body techniques and conversational psychotherapy, her practice is centered around helping clients move through challenging life events while building resilience and inner strength.  
Sara Hutter Borenstein, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working with adults, adolescents and families.  

“How Gratitude Brings Hope and Healing in Uncertain Times.” | 3:15 - 4:00 
with Barbara Bresler
From the first prayer each morning, “Modeh Ani(I Am Grateful,) to today’s brain science on the positive effects of gratitude, Barbara Bresler explores ancient and contemporary healing wisdom. Barbara Bresler has spent her adult life plumbing the depths of Jewish wisdom, including four years at Ziegler Rabbinic School.  

The Trouble with Bereshit Is… | 4:00 - 4:45 
with Julee Levine
What if the 10 Commandments had been given earlier in the Torah. 
We’ll look at some early texts and see what happens when we apply the 10 Commandments in retrospect. Julee Levine is the Director of Supplemental Education at Adat Ari El and is a dedicated and passionate educator of all ages. 

We hope you join us for these engaging programs. We also have some High Holy Day greetings and materials from various Jewish organizations for you to take a look at below.
Jonathan Bernhard
Adat Ari El
Message from Masorti
High Holy Days Israel Bonds Campaign