High Holy Days at the Havurah

The High Holidays in Jewish traditions are an opportunity for deep personal introspection and for making resolutions for coming closer to God and changing negative behavior patterns. Ashland's Havurah Jewish Renewal community is known for its deeply spiritual, transformative and universal approach to ancient Jewish practices. According to most ancient spiritual traditions Autumn is the natural time for self-reflection, which is the theme of the High Holy Days. It's a time of letting go and asking forgiveness from fellow human beings as well as from God. The Havurah welcomes friends from all spiritual traditions to join in services.The Slichot (forgiveness) Service on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. begins the journey into the season of introspection.




On Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi David Zaslow, spiritual leader of the Havurah, will be giving a free talk on "Teshuvah" (repentance) and how the practice impacts one's life.




Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year, which literally translated means "head of the year" begins on the eve of Wednesday, September 12th and services at the Havurah start at 7 p.m. Childcare is provided and the service will be followed by a potluck dessert. On the first day of Rosh Hashana, Thursday, Sept. 13, the 10 a.m. service is followed by a potluck, vegetarian lunch and at 4 p.m. the Family Tashlich Service will be at Cotton Memorial in Lithia Park. Tashlich is a symbolic casting off of sins into a body of water. The ritual is a meaningful way for both young and old to connect to the attributes that no longer serve them and do a symbolic letting go. On Friday, September 14th at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Family Shofar Service followed by a potluck vegetarian lunch. The "Shofar" is a ram's horn and the blowing of it is the symbolic wake up call to do the inner work which is associated with this time of year.




The New Year is followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins Friday, Sept. 2,t at sundown. Evening Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre Services start at 7 p.m. that evening and since it is a fast day, there will be no food served. The schedule of services for the day of Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 22, is as follows: day time Yom Kippur services, 10 a.m., preceded by Yoga with Cathleen Katz at 9 a.m. Throughout the day there are various offerings including meditative and healing services. Yiskkor Memorial Service begins at 4:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. Ne'ilah, closing service, followed by a Break Fast Potluck Vegetarian dinner at about 7 p.m.




This year, in preparation for Yom Kippur, visiting presenter Marge Eiseman, will be offering a workshop entitled "Comfort Through the Cycle of Love and Loss: Preparing for Yizkor with Marge Eiseman." The workshops will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $18 per person and pre-registration is requested. For learn more about Marge and the workshop go to /upcoming-events-at-a-glance.htm




In addition to services in the main sanctuary of the Havurah, a brilliant red




and purple tent will be in the gardens during the High Holy Days. This alternative small davennen (prayer) space is an offering to the community by Sharon Dvora, ritual artist, teacher and prayer-leader. All are invited into the tent""to share song, prayer and teachings in an intimate, contemplative format and setting. Feel free to come and go as you please, flowing with ease between the sanctuary davennen and the contemplative tent gathering.




The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland. For more info call 488-7716 or log onto . All services are free and open to everyone.

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