High Holy Days – Supplemental Programming

Asking the Right Questions/Setting your Intention

How do we find the answers we seek if we don’t ask the right questions? How do we find the spiritual experiences we seek if we don’t ask the right questions? In Jewish tradition the questions are as important as the answers. Together we will explore how to ask questions that lead us to the places and experiences we seek.

Presenter: Heidi Piel is best when taking an old theme and creating a new perspective. They have been a Jewish Educator for teens and adults since 2008.

Monday, August 9, 7:30-8:30

Online via Zoom

Influential Jewish Women

While women’s history has often been ignored or even erased over the centuries, many women have made huge impacts on society through activism, art, education, leadership, politics, social media… Who are these women and why are/were they influential? Let’s celebrate Women’s Equality Day early by coming together and having a conversation about Jewish women who shaped the world we live in today.

Presenter: Sonia Siegel-Vexler is a founding member of Temple Beth Or and has served on the board in a variety of capacities including president. She currently serves as the chair of the nominations and campership committees, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and is part of our Leadership Development Program. Sonia has served on the North American Board for the Union for Reform Judaism.

Wednesday, August 11, 7:30-8:30

Online via Zoom

Number Our Days

Basic scientific fact: We live. We die. Each one of us is mortal. Our days are numbered. How do these upcoming holy days highlight our mortality? When does prayer potentially change our life – and our death? We talk about “Who shall live and who shall die” – let’s focus on the truths that reside within these words.

Presenter: Rabbi David Fine (he/him) is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Or, having served as our rabbi from 1993-1998. While he currently has the title of Director, Consulting and Transition Management at the Union for Reform Judaism (where he works to strengthen congregations and relationships across North America) 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. He is proud to be the husband of Beth, father of Naomi and Avi (who is married to Erin) and grandfather to Maya.

Tuesday, August 17, 7:30-8:30

Online via Zoom

Challah Baking For High Holiday

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!

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

Sunday, August 29, 10:00-3:00

Online via Zoom

Living a Life in 10 Days

Our High Holy Days take us from birth/beginning to death and as the sun sets, birth again. We will trace the journey together and find places to enhance meaning along the way. Maybe some of these moments will bring new depth and meaning to our lives the rest of the year

Presenter: Heidi Piel is best when taking an old theme and creating a new perspective. They have been a Jewish Educator for teens and adults since 2008.

Sunday, September 5, 10:00-11:00

Online via Zoom

A Study in the Life of Samson

Together we’ll go through Judges chapters 13-16 to explore the background and mystery surrounding the man who inspires books, movies, and fictional superheroes. Was he just a normal flawed man with more than normal strength, or a leader enhanced physically and spiritually by God? Bring your questions and observations, and join us for an exploratory journey!

Presenter: Doug Wallis grew up on the “stories” of the Bible, but in later years his interest turned toward studying the history, intent, and messages of those stories. Learning includes reading various views on the archaeology of the Land, the history of the People, and the nature of the God of Israel. He believes that knowledge should be passed on, like the Jordan River bringing life as it flows through the Kinneret, and not to be stored up only, like the Jordan emptying into the Salt Sea with no outlet.

Tuesday, September 7, 2:00-3:00pm

In person, at Rosh HaShanah Retreat

Our Traditional Adult Learning Opportunity: Subject to Divine Intervention

Topic coming soon

Presenter: Heidi Piel is best when taking an old theme and creating a new perspective. They have been a Jewish Educator for teens and adults since 2008.

Thursday, September 16, 12:30-1:30pm

Online via Zoom