8:45 – Havdallah
8:50 – Program: Facing our own Mortality – Using this as a springboard to help us build and support lives of meaning. Led by CBS member Dr. Julie Kohl, who has training in both palliative care and spirituality.
10:15 – Dessert
10:30 – Klezmer Selichot led by Carl Sayres
About the program:
Yom Kippur can be seen as a rehearsal for death. The liturgy and the customs combine to make us acutely aware of our mortality. This can be a valuable exercise, to consider what really matters, to make intentional decisions about how to live well in the face of impermanence.
Additionally, it is an opportunity to consider our values about end of life care, in order to communicate with our families and medical providers, before we face making critical decisions in a crisis situation. This program will provide a safe space to explore these issues.
Julie Kohl, MD, recently completed the Palliative Care Certificate Program at University of Washington, as well as Kivvun, an 18 month cohort program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She has volunteered with Kline Gallen Hospice. Both her father and mother-in-law have died in the past 6 months.
About Klezmer Selichot:
The Selichot service starts the process of opening our hearts for the Yamim Noraim, awakening our thoughts of forgiveness and T’shuva, and preparing us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Music is such a powerful tool for chiseling away at the walls that keep us from T’shuva. This year’s Selichot service will be filled with music, both new and old, accompanied by Klezmer musicians. Please join us for a very special Selichot service filled with singing and the sounds of Klezmer music.
Opening the Door to Forgiveness:
Let Go of The Injustices You Carry and Move Toward Healing
with Rabbi Elana Zaiman
Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service, JConnect and SJCS
Please join us for Havdalah and inspiration from our own Rabbi Elana Zaiman, connected to her new book being published this September, to guide us into Selichot and prepare us for the High Holidays. Time for personal reflection with an interlude by flutist Trudy Antolin follows.
Elana’s book, The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love, will be available for purchase and signing during dessert.
September 16, 2017 at 9 pm
Dessert and book signing at 10:00pm.
Selichot Service with Carl Sayres begins at 10:30 pm.
Elana Zaiman is the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis. She serves as a chaplain in Seattle’s elder Jewish community and is a prolific writer. Elana travels throughout the US and Canada as a scholar-in-residence, speaker, and workshop facilitator. She has received rave reviews for her keynotes and workshops in synagogues, churches, interfaith-gatherings, social service agencies, geriatric residencies, law firms, women’s organizations, private salons, and elder-law and financial and estate-planning conferences.
Her book, The Forever Letter, released on September 8th, and endorsed by Parker J. Palmer, Jack Canfield, Michael Josephson, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rev. Susan Sparks, Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, Rabbi David Wolpe among others, is inspired by the centuries-old Jewish tradition of the ethical will, and can serve as your companion on a journey of self-discovery and deepening relationships during this High Holiday season.
Averting the Severity of the Decree with Beth Huppin
Our liturgy says that t’shuvah, t’fillah, and tzedakah can avert the severity of “the decree.” What could this possibly mean in reality? Is there really “a decree?” Can the “severity” really be averted? In preparation for the High Holidays we will examine these questions through a remarkable Hasidic text. Everyone is welcome.