Let this booklet guide you through the High Holy Days with your children with helpful suggestions for conversation points, activities, crafts and ways to make the days interesting and relevant to kids and teens of all ages.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
We are a community of Jews committed to the healing, repair and transformation of our world, the Jewish community, Israel, and our own inner selves. We are part of an emerging movement of Jewish Renewal that is seeking to return to the deepest sources of Jewish spirituality. We sometimes describe ourselves as neo-Hasidic: Hasidic because we believe that serving God is not only a matter of the head but of the heart, neo because we are committed to equality of the sexes, welcoming to gays and lesbians, and rejecting every form of chauvinism and affirming the equal value and equal closeness to God of all people on our planet. We are a community that is lively, intellectually serious, spiritually deep, joyous, supportive of each other, and full of good humor, generosity and fun. And this is our vision of how to serve God. As Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught, Serve God with joy.
We are aware of the serious responsibility we have to heal our planet and save it from ecological destruction and spiritual vacuity. But we are also aware that this larger political task cannot be achieved unless we simultaneously work on creating an environment that is spiritually and emotionally supportive for those who wish to be part of the movement for social transformation. It is this unique insistence on both the inner transformation and outer social change that is characteristic of our synagogue's vision of the unique path we want to follow as Jews. Needless to say, these ideas are not fully embodied in our practice. We are still very imperfect human beings. Many of us are coming to Judaism with no previous knowledge. Others grew up with deep knowledge but got estranged from the spiritual emptiness or moral vacuity we found in various Jewish institutions. But in Beyt Tikkun, following the path articulated by Rabbi Michael Lerner, we are finding a way to reclaim that which is most spiritually and ethically powerful and most beautiful in the Jewish tradition. We are creating a vibrant Jewish community, and we hope that you will join us.