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Year in Review 2022–23: Beit T’filah—House of Worship

06/01/2023 01:49:47 PM

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As a beit t’filah, house of worship, we explore and nurture our spiritual needs, observing rituals and holidays in traditional and innovative ways. In 2022–23, we introduced a new monthly T’filat Shabbat service and Café Shabbat on Saturday mornings, our young ones enjoyed a fun Amazing Shofar Race leading up to the High Holy Days, we gathered for a potluck seder on the first night of Passover in addition to our popular community seder on the second night, and we loved the costumes, joy, and community at the Community Purim Carnival and our Purim shpiel, “The Shushan Bride.”

Check out the other sections of our Year in Review 2022–23 to read about our community events, educational programming, and social justice activities. 

Life-Cycle Observances

Worship, Holidays, and Special Events

Clergy and congregants continued exploring new aspects of personal and communal worship in the ongoing program “Niftach Libeinu (‘Let Us Open Our Hearts’): Exploring New Possibilities for Prayer and Ritual.”

In November we introduced a new monthly T’filat Shabbat service and Café Shabbat on Saturday mornings.

Cuteness abounded at our Amazing Shofar Race as we prepared for High Holy Days and loved to hear the shofar blast.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah were filled with community gatherings for all ages as we dwelled in our sukkah and celebrated completing another cycle of Torah and starting anew.

The weather was lovely as we symbolically cast our wrongdoings (represented by birdseed) into Lake Wingra as part of our Rosh Hashanah observance.

We loved the costumes, joy, and community as we celebrated Purim at both the Community Purim Carnival and our Purim dinner and shpiel, “The Shushan Bride.”

We held a potluck seder on the first night of Passover in addition to our popular community seder on the second night of the holiday.

Music

We welcomed renowned performer and scholar Galeet Dardashti in July 2022 for a Shabbat filled with learning and song, exploring the depth and richness of Sephardi, Mizrachi, and North African Jewish musical traditions.

Our Pride Shabbat service in June featured melodies by LGBTQ+ writers and composers as well as songs with relevant themes.

 

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