High Holy Days – Supplemental Programming

From the Inside Out: Accessing Soul Perspective

Torah offers us countless examples of biblical characters thinking their lives will be a certain way and in a moment, “lifting their eyes” to receive a new path or a new knowing.  We are each able to receive the highest perspective.  How can we hear and know the Divine in deeper ways?  How can we live as Divine beings in more expansive ways? Join us as we kick off the month of Elul and explore how our highest perspective is calling us forward in the New Year.

Please bring a journal/notebook, pen, and your wonderous spirit!

Presenter: Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Or. Rabbi Marshall guides participants into deeper connection with Spirit by moving beyond intellect or logic, to access soul-wisdom so their path lights up with ease, vitality, abundance, and JOY!

Sunday, August 28, 10:00-11:30am

Online via Zoom

Writing Our Way In: Finding Inspiration As We Prepare For The High Holy Days

For writers and non-writers alike, this workshop is designed to help you find the words to lead to your intentions for the coming holy days and for the new year. We will write together in a zoom classroom and will use poetry and sacred text to prompt our writing. All words are welcome. You will be free to keep your writing private or to share with the group if you wish. Join us, you just might surprise yourself.

Presenter: Deborah Nedelman, PhD, MFA is co-author of 2 non-fiction books: A Guide for Beginning Psychotherapists and Still Sexy After All These Years. Her first novel, What We Take for Truth, won the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Deborah is a manuscript coach and leads writing and watercolor painting workshops. She lives on Whidbey Island and swims in the Salish Sea. Deborah is a founding member of TBO.

Sunday, September 4, 10:00-11:30am

Online via Zoom

How Filled with Awe is This Place and We Did Not Know It!  Finding Wonder in the Days of Awe through Story, Metaphor, and Symbol

More information to come.

Presenter: Ellis Engbar is the Lifecycle Coordinator/Rabbinic Assistant at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle and has been a program creator, service leader, religious school teacher, b’nei mitzvah coach and adult educator at Temple Beth Or.

Thursday, September 8, 7:00-8:00pm

Online via Zoom

Challah Baking For High Holy Days

Bake a round challah for the new year in your kitchen! The recipe and zoom invitation will be supplied and we’ll bake together and schmooze as we make delicious challah to freeze and have for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast!

Presenter: Leslie Elsemore, TBO Membership Committee member, retired teacher, grandmother, walker and baker.

Sunday, September 11, 11:00-3:00

Online via Zoom (with breaks for bread rising)

The Shofar Project

We’re creating a shofar “symphony” to sound a tekiah g’dolah–mighty blast at our Rosh Hashanah services at Camp Kalsman this year. All are invited to participate and all are invited to learn how to sound the shofar. 

Learn how to blow shofar with a shofar teaching master, Glen Pickus. You will need to provide your own shofar. They can be purchased for less than $30 via Amazon or Eichlers.com. Sanitized shofarot will be available for Religious School students to borrow during class. The Shofar Project is in memory of our member and ba’al tekiah (master of the blast) Al Friedman, z”l. 

This will be part of Religious School (3rd-7th grade). Community members are welcome to participate but must register in advance (parents and non-RS siblings must also register).

Presenter: Glen Pickus has been a member of TBO for over 30 years and is proof that you don’t need to possess musical talent in order to blow a mean shofar.

Sunday, September 18, 11:00am - 12:30pm

In person at Temple Beth Or (no streaming)

How We Get Trapped in Conflict and How We Get Out : Based on the book High Conflict by Amanda Ripley

The class will begin in life, taking on a simple question that divides us and then move to textual instruction that helps us see and understand each other.  Why do we see the world differently and how we can move through the conflict to make meaningful connections?

Presenter: Rabbi David Fine is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Or. His joy is in teaching people about the richness of Judaism and how it can add meaning and vitality to life. Curiosity and playfulness are two of his trademarks.

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Online via Zoom