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Mysteries of the Machzor with Liturgist Alden Solovy

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, September 10, 2020


Thursdays, August 20, 27, September 3, and 10, 2020, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Elul is about preparing for the High Holidays with prayer, study, introspection, and acts of charity. The Mysteries of the Machzor is about preparing for the High Holidays by understanding important parts of our liturgy. Each session will focus on one core prayer: Unetaneh Tokef (Power of the Day), Vidui (Confession), Kol Nidre (Release), and Aveinu Malkeinu (Almighty and Merciful). The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer.

Join Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy in preparing for the High Holy Days with an exploration of some of the treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book. Together, we will be engaged in the action of study in preparation for repentance by deepening our connections to the prayers of the season.

About Alden: Alden  Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. A liturgist, poet, and educator, his work has been used by people of all faiths throughout the world. He’s written more than 750 pieces of new liturgy, offering a fresh new Jewish voice, often challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, storytelling, personal growth and prayer. The Jerusalem Post called Alden’s writing “soulful and meticulously crafted.” Huffington Post Religion said his “…prayers reflect age-old yearnings in modern-day situations.” Alden’s fourth book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings, was released in 2019 by CCAR Press. His work has been widely anthologized, including: Choosing a Jewish Life, Men Pray, Gates of Shabbat, Mishkah R’fuah, and Mishkan Hanefesh. Alden’s teaching spans from synagogues throughout North America to Limmud UK to HUC-JIR and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. His prayers appear on ReformJudaism.org and RitualWell.org. He’s a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism. Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012 where he hikes frequently, participates in interfaith prayer and leads ManKind Project Israel. His latest work is available at tobendlight.com. 

There is no fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is held virtually on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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