• The Days of Awe

    with Yelala

    Join Yelala and friends to reflect on the past months, and call in the new year to come. Time to mourn, time to celebrate, time to affirm, time to atone. With song, art, meditation, prayer, and more. Join us for one or all sessions.

    Marc Chagall's painting, Rosh Hashanah, shows someone blowing a shofar, a goat, and people holding flowers and prayer books

    Join us for all six sessions

    Zoom | £50 / £75 / £110

    Want to take this journey together? Dive into all our offerings with a friendly circle of folks, as we explore the Days of Awe. Sessions are as follows (scroll down to read about each one individually). Since it is a Jewish festival, you will see some Hebrew words here in the session titles below. However, during our sessions we endeavour to 'jargon-bust' as much as we can, so please feel welcome in our midst regardless of your knowledge of Hebrew.

    Abundant tickets help us to support those who need a supported rate.
    Please only select a supported or free ticket if you could not otherwise afford to participate as these spaces are limited.

     

    • Folk Customs of Elul
      Monday 5 September | 19.00-20.30 UK time
    • Rosh Hashanah Chant Circle
      Monday 26 September | 09.00-10.30 UK time
    • Tashlich for Survivors with Jaime S.K. Starr 
      Monday 26 September | 19.30-21.00 UK time
    • New Year Journalling with Divyam Chaya Bernstein
      Wednesday 28 September | 19.00-20.30
    • Kol Nidre + Yizkor
      Tuesday 4 October | 20.00-21.30 UK time
    • Yom Kippur Selichot Circle
      Wednesday 5 October | 15.00-16.15 UK time

       
    Marc Chagall's painting, Rosh Hashanah, shows someone blowing a shofar, a goat, and people holding flowers and prayer books

    Folk Customs of Elul

    Monday 5 September | 19.00-20.30 UK
    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    For our ancestors, the journey towards the New Year and Yom Kippur was a whole season of internal and even external pilgrimage, the month beforehand peppered with grave-visiting, ritual candle-making, deep-night devotion, even full moon rituals by the sea. Coronavirus may have separated some of us from our usual practices at this time of year. For others, this may all be new! How can we learn from the rhythm of Elul? Join Kohenet Rachel as we find old-new ways to walk the path towards renewal as the season turns.

    Rosh Hashanah Chant Circle

    Monday 26 September 2022 |20:00-21:30 UK
    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    Hayom Harat Olam: Today the world is conceived!

     

    Rise up early and join us online to sing the new world into being with accessible chants, meditations and reflections on the stories and sacred poems of the Jewish New Year.

    Yemenite women performing Tashlikh

    Tashlich for Survivors

    Monday 26 September 2022 | 19:30-21:00 UK

    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    Tashlich is a Jewish folk custom practised around the world around the beginning of the New Year, where people cast breadcrumbs into flowing water to represent the casting off of the past year. Often this is framed as being about casting off 'sins', and traditional liturgy surrounding the practice can be challenging for those of us with a trauma history and/or people in our lives or our pasts that we can't forgive.
    This tashlich gathering will be trauma-informed and survivor-led, with a holistic focus on holding space for experiences that we may not find understanding of in more traditional liturgy.

     

    As well as people who have experienced direct violence or other trauma from strangers or loved ones, you might find this space affirming if you are LGBTQIA+, disabled, a person of colour, plus-sized or otherwise have an unsupportive/critical families or communities whose actions, inaction or attitudes have proved harmful. There is no expectation for participants to disclose any traumatic experiences in order to attend and fully participate

    Jaime S. K. Starr is a fat, nonbinary, queer, disabled, mixed heritage Sephardi-Mizrahi Irish, anarchist fairy. Jaime does community education, sensitivity reading, accessibility training for community groups, and they are also a performance poet. They are a 2022 Kesher Fellow with ALEPH Renewal Judaism. Their work in all things focuses on harnessing the power identity and community connection offers to building pride and resilience in Diasporic immgrant, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ people.

    Marc Chagall's painting, Rosh Hashanah, shows someone blowing a shofar, a goat, and people holding flowers and prayer books

    Make a Miniature Prayer Book with Divyam Chaya Bernstein

    Wednesday 28 September | 19.00-20.30 UK
    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    If the New Year is an open book, what would you like to write within its pages, for yourself, your loved ones and our world? Join Divyam Chaya Bernstein for an evening of creative journaling, book-making, lettering and embellishing. Together, we will explore what it is that matters most to us right now and use this as material to craft our own personal prayerbooks.

     

    While there will be a few simple materials to bring along, no special skills or supplies are required.

     

    Divyam Chaya Bernstein is an artist, writer, and cartoonist. She creates much of her art within the pages of books which she binds by hand for each project. Her work is as much about the process as it is about the finished piece and she sees the book as both the container for an experience and the terrain through which to journey. She believes that we are all creative beings with an innate ability to express our inner landscape. When we express our creativity from the heart, allowing it the time to emerge, listening and giving expression to the stories within us, amazing things can happen.
    https://linktr.ee/divsy

    Marc Chagall's painting, Rosh Hashanah, shows someone blowing a shofar, a goat, and people holding flowers and prayer books

    Kol Nidre & Yizkor

    Tuesday 4 October 2022 |20:00-21:30 UK
    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    On Yom Kippur, we are present with our own souls, and the souls of those who have gone before us.

    Join Kohenet Rachel for an evening service combining the prayers and declarations that welcome Yom Kippur, with Yizkor prayers, accessible songs and chants based on liturgy, mourner's Kaddish, and additional readings for types of bereavement that are often not spoken of in the traditional Yizkor service.
    At the end of the session we will hold an additional half hour for those who need a little more time to talk before they leave. 

    Important Note: Please take care of your own needs and boundaries when deciding to attend this often emotional service, especially since we cannot be with you to offer in person support. If you are feeling very fragile, please consider if joining us is healthy for you right now. If you still wish to attend, perhaps consider what support you might arrange for yourself before or after our circle if it might be necessary, such as arranging for a friend to phone you afterwards.

    Marc Chagall's painting, Rosh Hashanah, shows someone blowing a shofar, a goat, and people holding flowers and prayer books

    Yom Kippur Selichot Circle

    Wednesday 5 October 2022 |15.00-16.15 UK time
    Zoom | £10 / £15 /£20

    Selichot are prayers and poems of repentance and forgiveness, recited many times over this season.

     

    Join Kohenet Rachel for chants, songs, and meditations inspired by these prayers as we journey through the last hours of Yom Kippur.

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