Meditation for the week:
“This is the secret of the unity of God: no matter where I take hold of a shred of it, I hold the whole of it.”
* Worship services
* Pre-High Holiday Sing-Alongs
* High Holy Days FAQS
* High Holy Days Schedule
* Renew Yourself: Become a 2014-2015 Member of the Yavneh Community
* Important Information for Families With Children
* Upcoming Yavneh Events
* Community Events
* Social Action
* Request Pastoral Support
* Connect with Yavneh
Please remember to bring donations for the Food Basket or school supplies (click here for list) for Wilburn Elementary when you attend. As well, Wilburn students are in need of underwear, socks, plain T-shirts (solid color, no decoration), pull-up shorts, and elastic-waist slacks.
Please firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 3 for our “Family Shabbat Dinner,” Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm, CLC-1. Plan to bring a contribution to the dinner according to your last name: A – I, main course; J – S, side dish; T – Z, dessert; bread, wine, and drinks provided. Keep in mind that some of our members are vegetarians, some are gluten intolerant (not a political position), and some are vegan -- an index card listing ingredients is always appreciated.
Shabbat morning worship, Saturday, September 13, 10:30 am.
Kabbalat Shabbat Worship, Friday, September 19, 7:45 pm.
Selichot, Saturday, September 20, 8:30 pm: gathering/study/worship - "God Wrestling 101".
All worship services meet at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 1725 North New Hope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604.
Pre-High Holiday Sing-Alongs
Preparing musically for the new year: If you are interested in becoming more familiar with High Holiday music, please join Cantor Karen and Kol Yavneh (our singing and music ensemble) for an informal "sing-along" session on Tuesday evening, September 16, 7:00 – 8:30 in the Sanctuary. Please RSVP to email@example.com ASAP so that we know how many copies of the lyrics and/or music to bring.
High Holy Days FAQS
It is Yavneh’s minhag (custom) to welcome all who wish to join us for High Holy Day services, members or not. We do, however, invite our members and guests to honor the Jewish tradition of tzedakah at this time of celebration and remembrance. If you are not yet a member of Yavneh and choose to join the community later in the 2014 - 15 fiscal year, 100% of your High Holy Day contribution will be credited toward annual affiliation.
Please consider how your holy giving can help support our synagogue now and throughout the year, so Yavneh may continue serving you and others in the community whenever needed. Click here to access the 2014 High Holy Day reservation form and here to download the detailed holiday schedule.
Please notify Reb Raachel of loved ones you would like to remember during our Yom Kippur Yizkor (memorial) service (firstname.lastname@example.org). Memorialize loved ones bydonating to our Flower Fund for the Holy Days.
* To donate food or funding for our Rosh haShanah oneg and the Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast, or to volunteer to help set up and clean up, please contact Caro Foulkrod (email@example.com).
* Would you honor us by serving as a reader during our High Holy Day worship? Please contact Dr. Jeff Land to receive your volunteer English reading assignment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Calling Shofar-blowers! Help us bring in the new year with the awe-inspiring voice of the shofar. Please let Reb Raachel (email@example.com) know if you would like to blow shofar for Selichot (Saturday evening, September 20) or on Rosh haShanah morning (Thursday, September 25). We invite all of you to create a “T’kiah G’dolah M’od,” a really loud blast, at the end of our Yom Kippur Worship (Saturday, October 4).
High Holy Days Schedule
Our 2014/5775 High Holy Day worship schedule includes:
Saturday, September 20 - Selichot (8:30 pm)
An evening of soulful preparation through community, learning, and prayer
Wednesday, September 24 - Erev Rosh Hashanah (7:45 pm)
Join us as we begin the Ten Days of Awe, looking to the past and the future as we start to engage in the High Holy Days process of realigning our lives.
Thursday, September 25
Rosh Hashanah (10:30 am)
Taschlich (4:00 pm, Lassiter Mill Park)
Saturday, September 27 - Shabbat Shuvah (10:30 am)
The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath of Returning, a time of meditative prayer, reflection, and recommitment to our best selves.
Friday, October 3 - Kol Nidre (7:45 pm)
Our Yom Kippur observance begins as we find release from those things that bind us, so that we may more fully discern where we need to go with our lives.
Saturday, October 4 - Yom Kippur Morning Service (10:30 am)
Meditation (1:00 pm)
Study (2:00 pm)
Afternoon Service-Yizkor-Ne’ilah (3:30 pm)
Break-the-Fast following conclusion of service
Saturday, October 11 - Shabbat/Sukkot Festival Service and picnic (10:30 am)
Wave the lulav & delight in the smell of the etrog, enjoying the bounty of the fall harvest.
Wednesday, October 15 - Erev Simchat Torah with Freylach Time Klezmer Band (7:30 pm)
Finish the Torah reading cycle and return again to our divine beginning, dancing joyously with the scrolls.
Renew Yourself: Become a 2014-2015 Member of the Yavneh Community
Please affirm your affiliation with Yavneh by initiating or renewing your membership in our sacred community for the congregational fiscal year beginning July 1. Whether you attend frequently or occasionally, whether you join in for study only or for social gatherings, please know how welcome and how vital your membership commitment is to fulfilling Yavneh’s mission. Clickhere to download a membership form, and please contact either Reb Raachel or Peter Gabor if you have questions about how you can best support Yavneh. If you choose not to set up a monthly payment plan, we would appreciate your establishing or renewing your commitment by the High Holy Days.
Important Information for Families with Children
Yavneh partners with the Chabad Center to provide basic Hebrew education for our children. The Sunday morning program includes participation by instructors from Yavneh along with the Chabad Center’s excellent teaching staff. We plan to supplement the Hebrew program with Yavneh family learn-shops throughout the school year, and we will continue offering our own b’nai mitzvah instruction as our students reach that important milestone in their Jewish learning. Contact Reb Raachel for further information or click here to download the student registration form for 2014 – 15.
Upcoming Yavneh Events
Yavneh’s Men’s Spirituality Group will meet next on Wednesday evening, September 3, at 7:30 . This group provides an opportunity to explore how we can understand Torah/Jewish-based spirituality from our perspectives as men, fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, and friends and to explore how Torah/Jewish-based spirituality can inform how we live our lives. For information or to RSVP, contact Lewis Copulsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-606-4276; directions provided when you RSVP.
Spirit-Wisdom-Intuition Yavneh SoulCollage® workshop, facilitated by Doreen Clark, will next meet on Sunday, September 7th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. (Please note that this is a change, for September only, from the second Sunday of the month.) These gatherings are now FREE (except for a small materials and refreshments fee of $5 collected anonymously). Although geared to Yavneh members, the sessions are open to all. Attendees are invited to arrive at 1:00 to enjoy an hour schmoozing and snacking beforehand. Email Doreen at email@example.com to reserve your spot. Enrollment at each workshop is limited to eight participants. For more information about SoulCollage® in general, see www.soulcollage.com.
PLEASE NOTE - Because of the holidays, The Yavneh Mitzvah Study Group will not be meeting in September. The next meeting will be October 15th.
Libi Eir (Awakened Heart) Mikveh at Beth Meyer Synagogue invites men in the Jewish community to participate in the inaugural “Mikveh, Men, and Mimosas” on Sunday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. This event offers an opportunity to learn about immersion as part of your spiritual practice in preparation for the Days of Awe. Rabbi Eric Solomon will offer a short teaching on repentance, and there will be nosh and drinks (of course!). RSVPmikveh@bethmeyer.org.
The Shalom Club presents a concert on Monday evening, September 15, 7:00 - 9:30 at the Carolina Preserve (107 Arvind Oaks Circle, Cary). Jane Peppler, Roger Spears, and others will perform whimsical Yiddish Songs of the Jazz Age – with subtitles. Much of this music has been rediscovered since the Shoah, and this same program will be performed in October at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Admission: $5 by check at the door.
The Chapel Hill Senior Center invites you to a program Thursday evening, September 4, 7:00 at the Seymour Center on Homestead Road in remembrance of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: “Aging with Arms Stretched Wide in Welcome.” Presenters include John Sullivan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Elon University, and Bolton Anthony, who edits a local publication called Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life. Please plan to arrive early for this free program, as the venue is of modest size.
The Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies opens its fall semester at the National Humanities Center in RTP on Tuesday, October 7 (subsequent sessions will be on Monday evenings. Please click here for full information about this semester’s topics and registration.
The Jewish Family Services B’Yachad Program is recruiting volunteers for a friendly visitor outreach to Jewish patients in area hospitals. Click here for detailed information or contact Tracey Bennett, the JFS B’Yachad volunteer coordinator (Tracy.Bennett@ShalomRaleigh.org, 919-676-2200).
The Tutoring Team at Wilburn can always use some more players: each member of the team helps one student at Wilburn Elementary twice weekly with reading. Next school year, we hope to welcome more Yavneh and St. Mark’s members to the team, as the need for reading assistance at Wilburn is far greater than we can meet with our small but dedicated group. Please contact Terry Wall (919-832-3055) to discuss becoming a volunteer tutor. An option for volunteers is to become an Augustine-method trained tutor. Augustine training costs approximately $300, with significant financial aid available; the training is helpful, though not required, for Wilburn tutors. If you wish to plan to participate in the training, available dates include September 8-12 (8:30 am -1:00 pm), Crossroads Fellowship, Raleigh and Oct. 6-17 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm.), Watts Street Church, Durham. Terry can also give you more information about the Augustine method.
Harvesting in the New Hope Community Garden takes place every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., and the harvested crops are donated to the Interfaith Food Shuttle for distribution to those in most need. The garden is located at St. James United Methodist Church, just off New Hope Road, north of Buffaloe Road. Turn west on Sue Ellen Drive, then take an immediate right turn onto St. James Church Road. Go to the second driveway on the right. The garden is behind the smaller buildings at the end of the parking lot. Please bring your own hat, gardening gloves, sun screen, and bug spray. Read more about the garden in this articlefrom the News&Observer.
Request Pastoral Support
We offer a Prayers and Remembrances page on our website. Go to this page if you wish to have a name included in the Shabbat worship Prayers for Healing, if you wish to request a pastoral visit from the Rabbi, or if you wish to have the passing of a loved one remembered during the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish. The page links to a form which captures information for Sh’loshim (first 30 days of mourning) and Yahrzeit remembrances, as well as directions for contacting the rabbi in the event of a pastoral need.
Connect with Yavneh
Help Us Build - If you enjoy attending Yavneh, reach out to your unaffiliated friends and invite them to accompany you to a Yavneh service or event – help build Jewish Renewal in the Triangle by encouraging others to be part of our synagogue without walls.
Be our friend! Keep up with all things Yavneh – visit us on Facebook and take a moment to “like” what we’re up to, yet another way to spread the word about our exciting and growing spiritual community.
Please consider making it your minhag (custom) to offer some tzedakah to Yavneh on a regular basis. In addition to your participation in our growing community, a gift that is beyond price, we would be most grateful to receive contributions through PayPal whenever you celebrate a simcha, remember a loved one, enter into Shabbat or holiday time, complete a project, recover from an illness (though we pray for your continued robust health), . . . you get the picture! Any and all donations make a significant impact on our efforts to build Yavneh’s Jewish Renewal synagogue-without-walls.
Another way to help Yavneh: if you shop at Amazon.com, please apply the AmazonSmile feature to your purchases, and our community will receive .5% of each order.
If you have questions about how Yavneh is evolving or suggestions to light our path, please contact Rabbi Raachel Jurovics.
Would you like to have your business listed in the Yavneh Members' Yellow Pages? Send a description of your business (maximum 100 words) including a web link or email contact address to firstname.lastname@example.org.