Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Virtual Spiritual Preparation Groups

The month leading up to the High Holy Days offers us the opportunity to assess the ways in which we have – or have not – lived up to our ideals over the past year, and to identify ways in which we would like to “return” to our best selves in the year to come. We do this work by looking inward, in conversation with others, and engaging with important issues in our world.  

High Holy Day Small Groups will gather 10-12 congregants who commit to attending four sessions of meaningful conversation, relevant learning, and relational connections. Groups are lay led and open to all members of the Temple Israel community. Participants are asked to join with cameras on so you can be visible to your group. Please contact Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador with questions. 

Groups include: Congregational Read – How to be an AntiRacist, Spiritual Book Group – This is Real, Poetry Group, The Holy Day Spice Cooking Experience, Elul Podcast Group, Spiritual Fitness Group, and Shabbat Dinner Conversation Groups.

Virtual Spiritual Preparation Group Options

This Is Real, and You are Completely Unprepared: the Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation


Multiple sessions with various dates and times available. Choose your selection in the registration form!

Rabbi Lew writes ““Every soul needs to express itself. Every heart needs to crack itself open. Every one of us needs to move from anger to healing, from denial to consciousness, from boredom to renewal.” Read yourself for the new year by exploring these themes of the High Holy Days, deepening your personal spiritual practice, and building meaningful relationships with fellow congregants. Using the book This is Real and You are Totally Unprepared, these groups will be an opportunity to embark on this reflective journey in community with others.

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Elul Podcast Group


Led by Paula Noe & Rebecca Strauss, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m., Aug. 25, Sep. 1, 8, 15

Enter the High Holiday season with an aural experience.  This group will listen and discuss High Holy Day themes through popular podcasts.  Each gathering will focus on a particular theme including renewal, forgiveness, change, and growth.

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How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi


Multiple sessions with various dates and times available. Choose your selection in the registration form!

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.  Gather in community to enter the new year with deepened commitment to antiracism. In partnership with TIkkun Central’s Racial Justice Initiative, gather to discuss, reflect, and act on the concepts in Kendi’s book, with an option for caucus spaces if desired. We encourage participants to purchase books from theFrugal Bookstore in Nubian Square, a local black-owned bookstore.

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Spiritual Fitness


Led by Marcy Bienen and Adam Marks, Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., August 26, September 2, 9, 16

How can we prepare our bodies to enter the New Year? This group will incorporate aspects of gentle chair yoga, breathing, and meditation with opportunities to connect personally to each other and the wisdom of the High Holy Days.

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Poetry Group


Led by TI Poets, Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m., August 25, September 1, 8, 15

“When will I admit my own longing, or speak aloud my own prayer?” This soaring sentence penned by Ann Bookman echoes the themes of this season. In a community with so many poets among us, we will explore their poems and the work of others to elevate our understanding and relationship to the High Holy Days.

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The Holy Day Spice Cooking Experience


Wednesday, September 9 & 16, 7:00 p.m.,  Sunday, September 13, 4:00 p.m.

Gather to learn and cook together, focusing on recipes to prepare for Rosh Hashanah. Participants will cook together and reflect on the impact of food in Jewish life. Round raisin challahs, Chicken Soup, and more!

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Shabbat Dinner Conversation Groups


Hosted Sarah Minden & Rhoada Wald, and the Membership & Engagement Committee,Fridays, 7:15 p.m. August 21, 28, September 4, 11

Gather on Friday nights during the Hebrew month of Elul to share Shabbat dinner and meaningful conversation. Each meal will be framed by reflection questions to inspire connection and conversation to one another and to the themes of the High Holy Days.

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