High Holy Days 2017/5778

L’Shanah Tovah U’Metukah - Happy New Year!
May your year be filled with sweet blessings of health and happiness -- we look forward to sharing this time of renewal and inspiration with you.

High Holy Days Highlights

Elul: Several opportunities to prepare during  the High Holy Days
The High Holy days are a time of repentance for Jews, a time for us to take stock in the ways in which we've missed the mark during the past year. A time for T'shuvah, for returning to our path and to God. During the month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, we begin to make our way back. Elul begins on the same date thousands of years ago when Moses climbed Sinai to receive the second set of tablets. The shofar was blown then, as a reminder to the people not to again involve themselves with idolatry. In the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides describes the sound of the Shofar as the call to T’shuvah. We sound the shofar during the month of Elul to remind us that the new year is coming, and to awaken our desire for repentance.
Join us for a special series of sermons during the month of Elul. The sermons crafted by our clergy will be presented on Friday nights for the month preceding the High Holy Days. Each week we will hear another aspect of preparing our souls for reflection, forgiveness and atonement.  
     August 25, 6:15 pm - Cantor David Margules
     September 1, 6:15 pm - Rabbi Stacy Friedman
     September 8, 6:15 pm - Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown and Venetia Valley School Principal Juan Rodriguez
     September 15, 7:30 pm - Rabbi Lara Regev


S'lichot with Cantor David Margules and violinist Steve Machtinger
Saturday, September 16
7:30 pm program | 9:00 pm service
T'shuvah can happen in an instant. Bring on that moment by looking deep inside yourself to repair your relationship with yourself, your partner, your child, your friend, and your God. Through music and guided meditation we begin the annual process of seeking forgiveness and righting our spiritual path. No RSVP required.
Men's Mikvah
Sunday, September 17
6:00 am, meet in sanctuary
Join Cantor David Margules for a brief gathering in the sanctuary before carpooling to the beach for this spiritual 
exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days. Come and explore your soul: What changes do I want to make in my life? How have I missed the mark this year? How can I become a better person and Jew this year?
Bring a towel and an open heart and soul. Afterwards, we’ll decompress together over breakfast. RSVP here
Women's Mikvah
Sunday, September 17
6:30 pm, meet in sanctuary
We look forward to sharing the powerful ritual of mikvah immersion with you as we prepare for the High Holy Days. We will meet in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary at 6:30 pm for pre-mikvah reflection and ritual, after which we will walk together to the JCC, where we will enjoy a meaningful group mikvah immersion. You are welcome to bring a swimsuit if you choose. Additionally, we invite you to come dressed for immersion (bathrobe) so as to minimize changing time. We will have access to dressing rooms but our hope is to facilitate an easy flow form synagogue ritual to water. We recommend bringing a towel and/or robe to wear after the immersion and some warm clothes to change into for our post-immersion ritual and New Year’s toast. Please bring a small vegetarian food item to share for our post-mikvah celebration. RSVP here.

Programming for Children and Teens

In addition to our children's services at 1:15 pm on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will be offering age-appropriate programming and services for older children and teens.
Teens (grades 8th - 12th)
3:30 pm: On the first day of Yom Kippur, we will have a special teen program in the JCC Lounge.
8:00 pm: On Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre, we are offering an alternative youth service to our teenagers in the Civic Center Green Room! This service will have lots of music, reflection, and age-relatable learning for all who join. The goal is to provide meaning and intention to these Days of Awe. Don't worry, we will return to the main service to hear the rabbi's sermon. If you would like to join us for any of these programs, RSVP to Youth Engagement Director Rachel Altfeld at [email protected].  
Children (grades K - 6th)
9:00 am: On mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are offering programming for children in kindergarten through sixth grade on Swig Field behind Brandeis Marin. RSVP here.
Childcare (for children ages 3 - 5)
9:00 am: We are providing childcare for young children (must be out of diapers) during morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare will take place in Brandeis classrooms. Snack and light lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
Tenneesee Valley Tashlich Hike with Dan Nichols
Friday, September 22, 3:30 pm
Our Tashlich hike, led by beloved star of the Jewish music world, Dan Nichols, takes place on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Tashlich is the ritual where we symbolically cast our "sins" intot he water (we use bird-friendly oats or rice) and talk about how we can better ourselves in the new year. Meet in Tenneesee Valley parking lot in Mill Valley at 3:30 pm. 
Yom Kippur Afternoon Discussion: Navigating Jewish Life in Contemporary America
Saturday, September 30, 2:30 pm, Civic Center Auditorium
Dr. Marc Dollinger, longtime Rodef Sholom congregant and esteemed professor of Jewish Studies, will be leading our Yom Kippur afternoon discussion with Michael Jacobs.