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Yom Kippur Learning Sessions

Thursday, September 16, 2021 10 Tishrei 5782

1:15 PM - 5:00 PMZoom

Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning 2021

All discussions will be on Zoom only - not in-person
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(Meeting ID: 879 5059 6368, passcode: learn)
all sessions will use the same zoom room

1:15 pm - Rebirth After Covid (Dr. Bruce Powell)
During these days of awe and introspection, we also mark the beginning of the end of the worldwide pandemic in America. Our session for this Yom Kippur afternoon will focus upon three questions: What have we learned? What do we keep? What do we leave behind? Please join me as we engage in this process of tikkun and rebirth.
2:15 pm - How to Choose Teshuvah: Ensuring that “Never Again” is a Call to Action (Serena Oberstein, Executive Director of Jewish World Watch)
We will explore the Al Chet prayer as a window into the current challenges of today and a roadmap for mitigating modern day atrocities. Al Chet will teach us tangible ways to repair the world in just a few minutes a day.
3:15 pm - So Just What Are We ‘Conserving’? (Rabbi Adam Schaffer)
As we build toward the Jewish future, we are always trying to figure out what parts of Jewish tradition are timeless and what parts seem less relevant to modern life.  This cautious balancing of “tradition and modernity” has been the calling card of the Conservative movement since its inception.  Now the tides of history (and the pandemic) are forcing the movement’s leaders and followers to do some soul searching.  Where should the movement go as we head deeper into the 21st century?  What ideas from the past hold the keys to the future (and which notions lead only to dead ends)?  Join us as we look at the history of the movement to see where we might find inspiration for the future.

3:15pm - The Fast and the Curious: Fasting on Yom Kippur (Rabbinic Intern Evan Susman)
Some find fasting meaningful and cleansing, while others may find it controversial. Please join us as we engage in the study of sources that better our understanding of why we should or should not fast. If your choice is not to fast for one reason or another, we will discuss and highlight alternative ways we can honor and experience the holiday of Yom Kippur.
4:15 pm - Ask the Rabbis (Rabbi Stewart Vogel and Rabbi Shayna Golkow)
Bring all those questions you’ve always wanted to ask a rabbi, and our rabbis will answer them!


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