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S'lichot - Singing Before the Gates: Devotional Music & Prayer
with Rabbi Zeff, Rabbi Lewis, Nina Peskin, Cheryl Bettigole, Mikael Elsila, Justin Fink, Elliott Seif & Hoagy Wing
Saturday evening, September 5th at 8:15 PM
The High Holidays offer us the chance to take stock of our lives, to let go of old habits of thought and action, and to commit ourselves to moving in new directions in the coming year. To make this possible, we need to prepare our hearts for the spiritual work of teshuvah (literally, "return"). The tradition of chanting S’lichot - psalms, poems, and prayers for forgiveness - invites us to return to ourselves and to awaken our spirits before the High Holidays begin. Join us for an evening of devotional music, spiritual kavanot (intentions), deep prayer, and inspiring melodies for S'lichot. Together, we will help each other open our mouths, our ears, our minds, and our souls to all of the possibilities that the new year offers.
Musical service at 8:15 PM ♦ Refreshments at 10:00 PM ♦ Late Night Service at 11:00 PM
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The Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC) has been the heart of the Jewish community in Northwest Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs for 75 years. We are a vibrant, pluralistic and egalitarian synagogue located in Mount Airy and committed to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in greater Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Conservative movement and receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism...read more
The world is a very loud place. We often find that our ears are constantly filled with the sounds and words and noise. Overwhelmed, we can find it hard to hear our own thoughts or to sense the promptings of our hearts, and we become distant from ourselves. These weeks of preparation for the New Year offer us a way back. We are reading the book of Deuteronomy, in which Moses is constantly exhorting the people, "Sh'ma! - Listen!" We need to take that advice. Finding a quiet spot and a quiet time to listen in silence, even for five or ten minutes, can help us reconnect with ourselves. The hours of the High Holiday services also provide ample time for this kind of quiet listening. In the silence, we can listen for what our hearts need, what they are calling out for. We can listen for the pain that may be hidden there as well as the joy that may have been drowned out by the noise of the world. If we listen closely enough, we may even discern the next steps on our path toward change and growth. May we all embrace the blessings of silence as we approach the New Year together.
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