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Elul Programs 2020

Elul Programs

August 21-September 18

During the month of Elul it is traditional to begin the process of reflection and repentance in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year we are offering many opportunities for all ages to reflect and study throughout the month.

I Am Jewish Daily Blog Posts
“I Am Jewish” statements submitted by staff and congregants will be posted daily on our blog. We will include a recording of the traditional daily shofar blast. Subscribe to the blog to receive the daily emails by visiting the I Am Jewish blog and typing your e-mail into the section on the left where it asks for it or in the dropdown menu if you are visiting the site on some devices. Or view posts on the UH Facebook page.

How to Disagree Constructively
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2 & 9
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join Cantor Eichaker for this six-week intensive course on healthy dialogue under the auspices of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.
Free for members / $60 for non-members
This class is currently closed. Please contact Esther Olson to see if there is space available at eolson@unitedhebrew.org or 314-469-0700.

Becoming Whole This Season
Fridays, August 21, 28, September 4
11:00 a.m. on Zoom
Join Rabbi Bellows in exploring what our sacred texts teach us about self-care.
2020 has been a tough year for many people. We’ll discuss what we can do to utilize the High Holy Days season as a tool for healing.
Free for members / $30 for non-members
Register here.

Mussar for the Holy Days
Saturdays, August 22, 29, September 5 & 12
12:30 p.m. on Zoom
Mussar is a 1,000 year-old tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to guide individuals towards developing character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. The month of Elul leading up to the High Holy Days, provides a unique opportunity to focus on the habits and attitudes that we are encouraged to pay attention to at this time of year. In this Mussar class, led by Rabbi Rosenberg, we will look specifically at these traits:

Yetzer HaTov / Becoming our Best Selves
Teshuvah / Returning
Tochachah / Accountability
Shalom / Wellbeing

Free for members / $40 for non-members
Register here.

Teshuvah 101
Saturdays, August 22, 29, September 5
4:00 p.m. on Zoom
Rabbi Bellows will explore the origins of sin and repentance in Judaism. Specifically, he will discuss the difference between “repentance” and the Jewish concept of “teshuvah.”
Free for members / $30 for non-members
Register here.

Shofar Sundays
Come to a local park to see friends. Bring lunch, chairs or a blanket and get ready
for a distanced get together. RSVP for all dates here.
August 23 12:00 p.m. Stacy Park
Rabbi Rosenberg will have a shofar blast to help wake us up as Rosh Hashanah is on its way (and tell us what an Elul is).
August 30 12:00 p.m. Millennium Park
Rabbi Rosenberg will blow the shofar to focus our thinking to take stock of the year that has passed as Rosh Hashanah is coming soon.
September 6 12:00 p.m. Chesterfield Central Park
Rabbi Bellows sounds the shofar to give us a reminder to work on forgiveness as Rosh Hashanah is around the corner.

Virtual Concert with Nefesh Mountain
Sunday, August 23
4:00 p.m. on Zoom and UH livestream page
Register here to get the Zoom link to the concert so you can interact with everyone. If you are uncomfortable with Zoom, you may watch it on the UH livestream page, no need to register.
Made possible through funds from the Helen C. Millstone Music Fund.

Mysteries of the Machzor with Alden Solovy
Tuesdays, August 25, September 1, 8 and 15
10:00 a.m. on Zoom
Join Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy in preparing for the High Holy Days with an exploration of some of the treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book. Each session will focus on one core prayer: Unetaneh Tokef (Power of the Day), Vidui (Confession), Kol Nidrei (Release), and Avinu Malkeinu (Almighty and Merciful). The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer.
Free for members /  $40 for non-members.
Register here
Made possible through funds from the Ruzena and Fred Levy Speaker Fund.

Preparing for the Holy Days: Creating Holy Space
How to observe the HHD in your home and make this year special. Join Rabbi Rosenberg for a discussion on how we make our homes a Mikdash Me’at, a miniature sanctuary.
Four sessions will be offered for different life stages.
Tuesday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. for those with older children at home. Register here.
Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. for those without children at home.  Register here.
Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. for young families.  Register here.
Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. for young adults.  Register here.
Free for members /  $10 for non-members per session.

What’s in a High Holy Day Name?
Sunday, August 30
10:00 a.m. on Zoom
Rabbi Bellows will explore how the different names of this High Holy Days season affect their impact on us. Days of Awe? New Year? Day Off?
Free for members / $10 for non-members
Register here.

Eight Great Ways: Songs to Give Meaning to Your Life
Thursday, September 3
7:00 p.m. on Zoom and UH livestream page
Alan Goodis, internationally recognized musician will take us through eight ways that music will give greater meaning and value to your life today.
Register here for the Zoom link so you can interact with everyone. If you are uncomfortable with Zoom, you may watch it on the UH livestream page.
Made possible through funds from the Helen C. Millstone Music Fund.

Challah Bake – Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 9
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join Rabbi Rosenberg to learn how to make round apple cider challah for Rosh Hashanah.
Click here for the recipe.
Free for members / $10 for non-members per session.
Register here.

Selah: Pause and Feel the Music of Gratitude
Sunday, September 13
4:00 p.m. on Zoom and UH livestream page
Music helps us channel our emotions and put them on a track toward a more gratifying life experience. Alan Goodis will take us on this path along with the UH Clergy.
Register here to get the Zoom link to the concert so you can interact with everyone. If you are uncomfortable with Zoom, you may watch it on the UH livestream page, no need to register.
Made possible through funds from the Helen C. Millstone Music Fund.

Honey Cake Bake
Tuesday, September 15
7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Join Heidi Eichaker to learn how to make a classic honey cake for Rosh Hashanah.
Click here for the recipe.
Free for members /  $10 for non-members per session.
Register here.

Holy Days Scavenger Hunt
The High Holy Days may look different this year, but we can still find beautiful things around our community with a scavenger hunt. We will start during the month of Elul and continuing on through the end of the High Holy Days. More information coming soon.