High Holy Day Programming with Keeping It Sacred: All Are Welcome!
This year is different from all other years. But, we at Keeping It Sacred are dedicated to lifting up the essence of the High Holy Day Season: Sweetness and Sacredness. We have designed a comprehensive High Holy Day experience that will emphasize these qualities and uplift the essence of the holy days through intentional programming rooted in the wisdom of Jewish tradition. All programs below are designed by Rabbi Miller to be accessible, relevant and empowering. And, unless otherwise noted, each are 1-hour. To register, click HERE.
*All services with an asterisk will rely on the prayerbook called Mishkan HaNefesh and will be featured on the zoom screen. Following this form, you will be provided with information in case you'd like to use the free digital flip book on your device, or purchase (with a special discount code) the hard cover two-volume books.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, INTRO TO THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
11:30am PST/2:30pm EST New to the High Holy Days? The Days of Awe? The Jewish New Year? Or would you like to go deeper in your understanding of this sweet and sacred season? Rabbi Miller will guide us through the structure of these days and offer spiritual frameworks to help us prepare to enter with intention. All are welcome! Register for programming HERE.
AUGUST 12, DINNER WITH THE RABBIS OF THE TALMUD
5pm PST/8pm EST This program follows up on our Shavuot Slumberparty with the Rabbis program, where we began to learn about various rabbis and their relationships with one another, their personalities, backgrounds and perspectives. For those who joined us for part one or those who are joining us for the first time, register for programming HERE. (2hrs.)
SUNDAYS, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 and 9/6: RE(SOUL)UTIONS: ELUL COUNT
9am PST/12pm EST Join us as we read Rabbi Miller's book, Re(Soul)utions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair in the month of Elul.The book is written with one reading and introspective prompt for each day of the week of Elul, the month preceding the High Holy Days. Jumpstart your introspection this year, a year when so many of us are rethinking what is important in life. Clear out the energy of the year 5780 and prepare for the year 5781 with renewed sense of self and resolve to act in alignment with our values. Rabbi Miller will lead a four session class--9am PT/noon ET on Sundays, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, and 9/6. Register for programming HERE.
SUNDAY, 8/16 ALL ABOUT THE SHOFAR!
10am PST/1pm EST How do you sound a shofar? What are the calls? How is it made and what makes it kosher? And, can we practice? YES! We will address all of these points and more during our All About the Shofar workshop! Prepare to gain a new skill and get ready to sound the shofar this holy day season! Register for programming HERE.
SUNDAY, 8/23 PRAYER WRITING WORKSHOP
10am PST/1pm EST Having trouble finding the words? Want to understand some of the history and beauty behind the writers of our most hallowed words? Join Rabbi Miller as she teaches us all about writing prayers-- from the Torah to King David, Hannah, Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz, to contemporary writers of prayers. Write your own prayer to share during this High Holy Day Season privately or with our community! Register for programming HERE.
SUNDAY, 8/30 HANNAH AND SPIRITUAL ANGST
10am PST/ 1pm EST Hannah poured her heart out in the Temple. Why was she distraught? What did those who found her think about her outpouring? What can we learn from this kind of deep expression of spiritual realness? And, how can we get in touch with our deepest spiritual yearnings to prepare for the Days of Awe? Let's get deep in this workshop exploring Hannah and her life. Register for programming HERE.
SUNDAY, 9/6 JONAH THE REBEL
10am PST/ 1pm EST Jewish communities around the globe have read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur for thousands of years. What makes this work, about a rebel running away from God, so special that it would be read on the most sacred day of the year? And most importantly, what might we learn from this story that would deepen our own understanding of faith, doubt, and reconciliation? Register for programming HERE.
FRIDAY, 9/18 EREV ROSH HASHANAH NEW YEAR DINNER
5pm PST/ 8pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and friends for a truly universal celebration of creation. Tune in with friends from various traditions to reflect upon the power of creation and this season where we re-create ourselves anew. This year we will usher in 5781 with gratitude for the diversity of the world around us. Bring your dinner and your shofar and your best hopes for the new year. Register for programming HERE.
SATURDAY, 9/19 ROSH HASHANAH DAY I*
10am PST/ 1pm EST Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Rosh Hashanah with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. (75min.) Virtual Oneg to follow; enjoy your own apples and honey and round challah. Register for programming HERE.
SUNDAY, 9/20 GAME ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST
10am PST/ 1pm EST The season of reflection is a perfect time to consider what matters most to you. We will play a game (yes a game!) about life and death and meaning that is sure to spark some of the deepest conversations strangers can have with one another. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to have fun while being purposeful. Register for programming HERE. (2hrs.)
SUNDAY, 9/20 TASHLICH
3pm PST/6pm EST Tashlich is the service where we cast away any old behaviors that we would like to rid ourselves from in the new year. Rabbi Miller will Zoom in LIVE from a living body of water to perform this ritual on behalf of all of us, but you may also Zoom in LIVE from your preferred favorite living body of water as well. Don't forget to bring bread crumbs! Register for programming HERE. (30min.)
SUNDAY, 9/27 KOL NIDREI/ EREV YOM KIPPUR*
6:30 PST/ 9:30pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and musical guest for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Yom Kippur Evening Service, known as Kol Nidrei, with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. Together, we will usher in this most sacred day of the Jewish Year. Register for programming HERE. (75min.)
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR MORNING*
10am PST/ 1pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and musical guest for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Yom Kippur with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. Register for programming HERE. (75min.)
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR YIZKOR*
12pm PST/ 3pm EST Virtual Yizkor Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of the Yizkor Memorial Service with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. Remember our loved ones in community. Register for programming HERE. (75min.)
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR NE'ILAH & VIRTUAL BREAK-THE-FAST*
5:40pm PST/ 8:40pm EST Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of the Ne'ilah Service with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction that will close out the most sacred day. Following this, let's break bread together (virtually)! Register for programming HERE. (75min.)
*For these services, we will rely on the prayerbook called Mishkan HaNefesh which will be featured on the zoom screen. But, if you'd like to purchase the two-volume books, you can do so by clicking here (enter code: MHN2020 for a discount!), or use the free digital flip book on your device by clicking here.
Customs that some participate in during the High Holy Days are:
Wearing new or white clothes during the services; wearing a yarmulke; wearing a tallit during morning services and Yom Kippur evening, sounding the shofar during services and every morning of the month of Elul, eating apples and honey and round challah on Rosh Hashanah, fasting on Yom Kippur, wearing non-leather footwear on Yom Kippur, wishing one another a Shanah Tova/Good Yuntif (a good year).
Keeping It Sacred is not organized on the congregational membership or fee-for-service model. We are a community that relies on the generosity of participants. Please consider contributing generously to uphold the value that no one should be turned away from learning for lack of funds. Thank you-- your contributions ensure high quality programming and necessary infrastructure. Note: as we are a new venture, funding is not tax-deductible.
Checks may be made out to: Keeping It Sacred
27068 La Paz Rd. #781, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Download this image
to post on
your fridge at home:
Venmo ID: @keepingitsacred