Yom Kippur Afternoon Programs and Activities


What is the Path to Atonement?

 

All afternoon learning and gathering opportunities will take place at Central Synagogue and the Community House. Limited transportation will be available to bring members to and from Radio City Music Hall. 

Lounge and Sharing Our Stories (12:00–3:30 pm)

Location: Pavilion (in-person for Central Synagogue members only)

Unwind in a members lounge between morning and afternoon services. Sit with friends or family, relax on your own, or participate in our ongoing Sharing Our Stories project by recording a short response. 

Yom Kippur Afternoon Speaker: Rabbi Rick Jacobs (1:15–2:00 pm)

We are honored to host Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, for our afternoon study session, "Eradicating Hate." 

Location: Beir Chapel (in-person for Central Synagogue members only) and live-streamed (open to the public)

At a time when our world is awash with hate, our spiritual health demands that we limit its corrosive toxins in our lives. Long before these days of increased anti-Jewish hatred and other forms of racism, our Jewish tradition taught that we are each capable of hateful words and deeds. While there are now vaccines for COVID, is there a vaccine for hate?  We will explore Judaism’s best strategies for eradicating hate from our hearts and communities by examining ancient and modern texts, including the rituals and texts of Yom Kippur. Rabbi Hillel famously said that the essence of Judaism is “what is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor…”  However, we know that’s easier said than done. 

Yom Kippur Afternoon Text Session with Rabbi Rick Jacobs (2:15–3:00 pm)

Location: Community House (in-person for Central Synagogue members only)

Continue the conversation with Rabbi Rick Jacobs and participate in deeper text studies on the topic of hate.

PDF text study coming soon.

Repairing the Path: Climate Justice & Atonement (2:15–3:00 pm)

Location: Community House (in-person for Central Synagogue members only)

We are commanded on Yom Kippur to walk along the path to atonement–but how can we navigate the route if the path floods or burns or disappears from view entirely? Join Jake Stepansky, Program Manager for Adult Programs, for a joyful and provocative learning experience about resilience, reflection, and repair. 

Chamber Music (2:15–3:15 pm)

Location: Community House (in-person and on Zoom for Central Synagogue members and Neighbors; be on the lookout for an email with the Zoom link)

Tune in or drop in for a relaxing and meditative hour of chamber music presented by pianist Seth Weinstein and violinist Earl Maneein. 

The End of Jonah, a text study with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Kaplan Mandel (2:15–3:00 pm)

Location: Community House (in-person and on Zoom for Central Synagogue members and Neighbors; be on the lookout for an email with the Zoom link)

The Book of Jonah ends with such a dramatic question mark that customary readings on Yom Kippur afternoon tack on three verses of the book of Micah to create a conclusion. What does the lack of resolution in this holiday’s prophetic text suggest to us as we prepare to write a new year’s chapter of our own lives?

Questions?

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