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  • Kol Nidre

    Gann Academy
    Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.

    Kol Nidre, the ancient prayer of release from vows, is traditionally said before sunset. We will start the service promptly at 6:30pm; please plan to arrive a few minutes early. This is the one service of the entire year when a tallit (prayer shawl) is worn in the evening. Please feel free to bring your tallit if you own one.

    Childcare provided: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Yom Kippur

    Gann Academy
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:30am

    Our morning service includes Yizkor, a time for remembering loved ones who have died, following the reading of the Torah, at approximately noon. The Musaf service at 1:15pm includes the beautiful liturgy unique to the High Holydays. Children’s services start at 10:00am. Childcare begins at 10:00am, ends at 1:15pm and resumes at 5:15pm.

    Continue the day of reflection with a walk in the woods after services! At 3:30pm, Rabbi Toba Spitzer will lead text study, followed by Tai Chi and Chi Gong at 4:15pm. We are thrilled to have Peter Wayne, director of Tree of Life Tai Chi, joining us to lead this session.

    The afternoon Mincha service at 5:20pm, will feature creative study and discussion, followed by a special service of remembrance. The day closes at 6:30pm with Ne’ilah, the dramatic finale to the day, culminating with Havdallah and a communal shofar-blowing (bring your own shofar!). A light Break-Fast will be served following services at 7:15 pm.

    It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.

     

    Adult service: 9:30am - 2:15 pm
    Family and Youth Services: 10:00am - 11:00am

    Childcare provided: 10:00am - 1:15pm

    Afternoon program: 3:30pm - 6:30 pm
    Ne’ilah: 6:30pm

    Childcare resumes: 5:15pm - 7:15pm

    Havdallah, Break fast: 7:15pm

  • Erev Sukkot: Creating a Sukkat Shalom with Ali Abu Awwad

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    As we welcome the Sukkot holiday and celebrate its promise of redemption, join special guest Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian peace activist featured in the film “Encounter Point,” as he shares his story and his current work for nonviolent reconciliation in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali is today a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali is a transformative speaker, don’t miss seeing him!

    CDT is co-sponsoring this event with Temple Hillel B’nai Torah and Encounter.

  • Sukkot Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:30am to 11:30am

    Sukkot is the “Festival of the Ingathering,” the Biblical harvest holiday where we celebrate the abundance in our lives while remembering the precariousness of our ancestors’ journey through the wilderness.

    Bring your lulav and etrog as we sing Hallel and celebrate the holiday!

    There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome at the service!

  • Shabbat Morning Service

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Rooms 109, 110, 111
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

    Please join us for musical, participatory, weekly Shabbat Morning Services, beginning at 9:45am. For people of all backgrounds and levels of Jewish experience. Services followed by a kiddush lunch. Free childcare is available. All are welcome.

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  • Housing & Harvest: All-Ages Sukkot Learning Program & Dinner

    First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton: Sukkah, Parish Hall, downstairs kitchen, Alliance Room, Headstart Room, Children's Chapel, 2 classrooms
    Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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    Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm

    5775 Simchat Torah and Sukkot flyer

    Join us for sukkah decorating, interactive learning opportunities for kids and adults, and a potluck dinner!

    4:00pm: Gather in the CDT sukkah, schmooze, make sukkah decorations!

    4:30pm   Sukkot Welcome with Rabbi Toba

    4:45-5:45pm - Sukkot Workshops:

    Sukkot Explorations – for toddlers and their parents, visit this “do-it-yourself” activity center to experience a harvest, shake the lulav, read a Sukkot story, and more!

    Sukkot Fun (for kids age 4-7, parents welcome!):  Join CDT members Carla Naumburg and Tal Shalom Kobi for Sukkot stories, arts & crafts, and music!

    Re-purposing our Harvest - A Creative Exploration (for kids 7+ and adults):  Join CDT member and master quilter Steffi Karp and learn how to transform your beloved old T-shirt into something handy!  On Sukkot we appreciate the temporary nature of things and the fragility of our earth - a good opportunity to figure out what to do with those old T-shirts you love but can no longer wear.   No sewing experience needed, just bring a T-shirt or two that you’re ready to transform.

    Preserving our harvest (for kids 8+ and adults): Without any refrigerators, how did our ancestors eat between the fall harvest of Sukkot and the Passover harvest in the spring?  Join Kimi Ceridon of Boston Ferments and Leora Mallach of Ganei Beantown for a hands-on workshop about fermentation in Jewish culture and preserving veggies for the winter months, with goodies to take home! Come prepared to chop, smash stuff and discover invisible (friendly!) bacteria.

    Sukkot and Shelter: The struggle for Fair Housing (for teens and adults):  During Sukkot, we dwell in the “temporary structure” of the sukkah—and for many people, having a permanent home is nothing to be taken for granted.  Tenant organizers, both youth and adults, from City Life/Vida Urbana will share their experiences fighting evictions due to bank foreclosure and how CL/VU organizes communities for fairer housing policies. 

    5:45pm Sukkah Celebration – We will gather in our sukkah to celebrate the Sukkot holiday, with songs and a story and special blessings.

    6:00pm Sukkot Potluck – We’ll share our bounty together at this holiday meal. If your last name begins with A-L please bring a salad of any sort; M-Z, a veggie or fish main dish. Please avoid nuts, and make enough for 20 people! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

     
  • Simchat Torah Celebration

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    We close the Sukkot week, the “season of our rejoicing” with a celebration of Torah, as we complete one cycle of reading and turn the scroll back to the beginning. Come join us for “Torah Quiz” (with prizes!), festive klezmer music, and dancing with the Torah scrolls! For adults and kids of all ages.

    5775 Simchat Torah and Sukkot flyer

  • Shabbat Morning Service & Bar Mitzvah of Henry Wasserman

    60 Highland Street: Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Rooms 109, 110, 111
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

    Please join us for musical, participatory, weekly Shabbat Morning Services, beginning at 9:45am. For people of all backgrounds and levels of Jewish experience. Services followed by a kiddush lunch. Free childcare is available. All are welcome.

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