SELICHOT SERVICE: A Sacred Time for All

Saturday, September 9, 2023
Sanctuary ONLY, tickets not required

S’lichot Healing Service

The observation of Selichot, the traditional prayers recited in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah is one of the most inspirational services of the High Holy Days season. 

To comprehend the profound idea of forgiveness – we must seek ways to change, to reflect and to renew ourselves with others and with God during this time of the year. It is through liturgy, rituals and communal worship that can help us in this process.

During our service, we will witness the ritual of changing the Torah covers to the white ones, congregants will be invited to lead readings, our clergy will offer private blessings on the bimah to anyone who wishes to receive them. In addition, this is a unique opportunity to gather together during this sacred time of healing and meditation as we prepare ourselves to enter the upcoming High Holy Days season.

• 7:00 p.m. – T’Shuvah Workshop
Led by Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto, founders of Beit T’Shuvah

• 8:00 p.m. – Havdalah

• 8:15 p.m. – Healing Service
Join Rabbi Diamond, Cantor Shukiar, and the TAE Chorale for readings and prayers of healing. The Torah mantles will be changed to white in preparation for the High Holy Days. Rabbi Diamond and Cantor Shukiar will be wearing their white robes for the first time this year.

Selichot, the Hebrew word meaning ‘forgiveness’ refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews through the High Holy Days. The S’lichot service, held the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, gets us ready for the High Holy Days. It is a time where we seek meaning and healing by beginning the reflective process so we may improve our character over the Ten Days of Repentance.

Beit T’Shuvah’s mission is to heal broken souls and save the lives of those wrestling with addiction by providing integrated care in a community setting. 

Harriet Rossetto and Rabbi Mark met while Mark was incarcerated at the California Institute for Men -she, in a relatively new position as a social worker helping Jewish criminals, and Mark, a Jewish criminal…Their journey together is a testament to the power of giving people a second chance. Learn more here.

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