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Opening Up to Return: preparing for the High Holy Days

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Opening Up to Return: Preparing for the High Holy Days
Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

5 Monday evenings - 7:30 - 9:00 pm

  • Aug. 28
  • Sept. 4
  • Sept. 11
  • Sept. 18
  • Sept. 25

“You are walking through the world half asleep. It isn’t just that you don’t know who you are and that you don’t know how and why you got here...A great horn sounds, calling you to remembrance, but all you can remember is how much you have forgotten. Every day for a month you sit and try to remember who you are and where you are going...The time of transformation is upon you.”
This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, Alan Lew

The Hebrew month of Elul is an invitation. An alarm clock. A doorway opening to us.
During Elul, the month before the Jewish New Year, we are invited to take intentional steps and pave our own pathway towards the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Each Elul presents a new opportunity for introspection and renewal, and each year, Elul is offered up to you as a month to prepare for this time of year in the ways that you most need.
Where do you need to dig more deeply?
What needs to be broken down in order to make space for what you wish to build?
What questions do you need to live into in the present moment?
What type of teshuvah - return - are you looking for this year?

This 5-session class will explore all of these essential questions through the lens of the wonderful book by Rabbi Alan Lew, “This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared.”


We will read the book together and discuss its beautiful teachings to help us prepare together for the High Holy Days. The class will integrate the text of the book, outside texts, group discussion, reflective writing, mindfulness, and paired learning, with guiding questions offered between each class meeting.

The class will take place via the online video learning platform of zoom.


Before the start of class, the book must be purchased by each student here


Cost of live class: $75

*Cost of receiving the recorded classes and handouts: $40

Register by Aug. 14th

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