Every now and then, a congregation needs to step back and hit the “refresh” button. We need to improve how our Congregation serves its members, how our members serve each other, and how we help heal the world. So we have launched a program for Jewish Renewal Renewal—we’re calling it Operation Reconnect—through which we will reconnect ourselves with each other and with our origins as a vibrant, participatory community, and restore our roots in Jewish values and history. Through Operation Reconnect we will remember Havurah’s vivid beginning, rededicate ourselves to our community and to its role in the world, and reinvigorate and rejuvenate our ties to Jewish values, traditions, and practices.
Practically speaking, that means that volunteers will be reaching out to each family in Havurah to participate in this discussion and the actions that grow from it. We hope this effort: identifies ways for new and long-time members to find meaningful connections; orients our activities to meet the spiritual, social, and social-action needs of the community; and provides some fun and unexpected turns along the way. This is not just a program for some—it’s a process in which we all need to participate.
Why Renew and Reconnect Havurah Shalom? Because post-modern life in the 21st-century fragments and disconnects us from others, from ourselves, from our familial and cultural origins. Because to help heal the world effectively we must be whole ourselves and connected to our own community. Because real participation in a vivid, questioning, seeking havurat can provide solid connections with our fellow Jews and between us and our rich Jewish tradition. Such connection to each other and to Jewish tradition doesn’t give us easy answers to life’s challenging questions, but it does give us strength to confront them and to make and then live our own answers for our own time.
Upcoming EventsSep 20 SatSep 22 MonSep 24 Wedall-day Erev Rosh HashanaErev Rosh HashanaSep 24 all-dayThe Jewish New Year http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-hashana?tag=ical8:30 am Morning MinyanMorning MinyanSep 24 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 amA focused minyan, saying Kaddish or not. For people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice.6:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah DinnerErev Rosh Hashanah DinnerSep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmFor Members and their guests only. Please join us for services at 8:00 pm which are open to the public.Sep 25 Thuall-day Rosh Hashana 5775Rosh Hashana 5775Sep 25 all-dayThe Jewish New Year http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-hashana?tag=ical9:30 am Family Service (for children ages 0-10)Family Service (for children age…Sep 25 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 amPlease RSVP using the link above. This upbeat, brief, and participatory holiday service is for the whole family! The service includes stories, a skit, visuals, [...]9:30 am Rosh Hashanah ServiceRosh Hashanah ServiceSep 25 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pmHavurah Shalom has opened our High Holiday Services to the community for more than 25 years.Admission is free and no tickets are required. Services are held [...]Sep 26 Friall-day Rosh Hashana IIRosh Hashana IISep 26 all-dayThe Jewish New Year http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-hashana?tag=ical9:00 am Rosh Hashanah ServiceRosh Hashanah ServiceSep 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pmHavurah Shalom has opened our High Holiday Services to the community for more than 25 years.Admission is free and no tickets are required. Services are held [...]Sep 27 Satall-day Shabbat ShuvaShabbat ShuvaSep 27 all-dayShabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning) http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shabbat-shuva?tag=icalSep 28 Sunall-day Tzom GedaliahTzom GedaliahSep 28 all-dayFast of the Seventh Month http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/tzom-gedaliah?tag=ical