Food for Thought – High Holy Days 2020/5781


Partake of some enticing “food for thought” on this somber day of fasting. After the morning service on Yom Kippur , we are offering a variety of learning opportunities.


Session 1 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Option 1. Sermon Talk Back with Rabbi Gimbel
Following services, join Rabbi Gimbel for a discussion of his sermon, reflection on our own experiences, and tools to integrate our learnings into 5781.


Option 2. Grief, Loss and Mourning Discussion with Rabbi Nevarez and Rabbi Aliza Berk
Join Rabbi Nevarez and Rabbi Aliza Berk, as they will provide a safe space to discuss our loss over the past year, as well as uncover ways in which we, as individuals and a community, can process our grief.


Session 2 – 1:15 pm -2:15 pm


Option 1. Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? with Rabbi Berk
Just as Yom Kippur begins to reach its high point, we re-tell the story of the martyrdom of ten of the greatest rabbis of Second Temple times. We have in each of these stories a painful truth thrust upon us: bad things happen to good people. That truth undermines the bible’s promise of God’s blessings if we obey Him, and Yom Kippur’s promise that if I truly repent for my sins, I can get close to God, who will forgive my sins. In this session we will look to The Book of Job, which asks this question; and we’ll see that it has a surprising answer.


Option 2. Grief, Loss and Mourning Discussion with Rabbi Gimbel and Gail Braverman
Each of us has experienced loss in new and different ways since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In this session, Rabbi Gimbel and Gail Braverman will provide space to discuss our loss or normalcy as well as ways we, as individuals and a community, can process our grief.