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For this coming holiday season, we will host inspiring and uplifting worship online. You and your family will have options of participating in conveniently scheduled online worship and study times through either interactive or livestreaming platforms.
 
We will hear familiar sounds of the holidays, from the blasts of the shofar to Kol Nidrei, from Yizkor to Vidui (Confession). We will recognize with our entire being that these holidays have arrived despite the different setting of our worship. Together, we will transform our home viewing areas to places of sanctity and refuge. Not even this virus will prevent us from observing these special days with joy and meaning.

Below you will find the milestones along the journey to transformation. Each holiday or observance is paired with a step. Choose from any of our events, programs, workshops, and worship experiences to participate in, listed along with each step.

17th of Tammuz: July 8–9, 2020
STEP 1: INTROSPECTION AND INNER REFLECTION
Only when we reflect on our actions carefully can we truly become aware of how we’ve “missed the mark” in the past.


Cheshbon Hanefesh: An Accounting of Our Souls
Thursday, August 13, 7:00–8:00 pm • Zoom
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Tishah B'Av: July 29–30, 2020
STEP 2: CONFESSION AND PERSONAL/INDIVIDUAL REBUKE

“They who cover up their faults will not succeed. They who confess and leave them behind will find mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).


Erev Tishah B'Av Observance
Wednesday, July 29, 8:00–9:00 pm • Zoom

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Rosh Chodesh Elul: August 21, 2020
STEP 3: REPENTANCE AND ATONEMENT

To repent is to feel remorse or self-reproach for the transgressions one has done or things one has failed to do, to the point where the regret is strong enough to change one’s mind or point of view.


Young Families Program: Steps of T'shuvah as a Guide for Conflict Resolution
Sunday, August 16, 10:00–11:00 am • Zoom

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Family Education: Beautify and Sanctify Our Worship Spaces
Wednesday, August 19, 5:00–6:00 pm • Zoom

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Sounding the Shofar across Madison
Friday, August 21, 12:00 pm • Breese Stevens Field, Capitol Square, Wingra Park, Elver Park, Fireman’s Park in Middleton & Facebook Live

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Shabbat Worship: Rosh Chodesh Elul
Friday, August 21, 7:30 pm • Facebook Live

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S'lichot: September 12, 2020
STEP 4: REJECTION OF REPEATED SIN

Repentance is considered to be efficacious only when people learn from their mistakes and refrain when confronted with an opportunity to do the same wrong deed again.


Family Education: High Holy Day Boxes
Wednesday, September 2, 5:00–6:00 pm • Zoom
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Transformation Journey Workshop: Efsharut Has’lichah: The Possibility of Forgiveness
Thursday, September 10, 7:00–8:00 pm • Zoom
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S'lichot Worship
Saturday, September 12, 6:00–8:00 pm • Zoom

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Rosh Hashanah: September 18–19, 2020
STEP 5: FORGIVENESS

When we are granted forgiveness, the one we have wronged has renounced anger and resentment toward us, we have been absolved from any further retribution for our wrongdoing, and we are thereby freed from the consequences of our error.


Transformation Journey Workshop: Haramat Masa: Granting Forgiveness
Thursday, August 27, 7:00–8:00 pm • Zoom
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Family Education: The Things We Carry
Wednesday, September 16, 5:00–6:00 pm • Zoom
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Erev Rosh Hashanah Worship
Friday, September 18, 5:45–7:00 pm • Zoom

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Young Families Rosh Hashanah Worship Experience
Saturday, September 19, 9:00–9:30 am • Facebook Live

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Congregational Rosh Hashanah Worship
Saturday, September 19, 9:45–11:00 am • Zoom

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Rosh Hashanah Interactive Session
Saturday, September 19, 11:15 am–12:30 pm • Zoom

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Tashlich
Saturday, September 19, 2:00–3:00 pm • Wingra Park and Facebook Live

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Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 25,
7:15–9:30 pm • Facebook Live
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Yom Kippur: September 27–28, 2020
STEP 6: RENEWAL AND TRANSFORMATION

T’shuvah—return—asks who we will become in the future. While couched mainly in the language of petition and supplication, the prayers of forgiveness ask for the strength to change, to renew and transform ourselves into a better version. In the words of Psalm 51:12: “Create a pure heart for me, O God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.”


Transformation Journey Workshop: Michsholei T'shuvah: Roadblocks to Transformation
Thursday, September 3, 7:00–8:00 pm • Zoom
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Kol Nidrei: Erev Yom Kippur Worship
Sunday, September 27, 5:45–7:00 pm • Zoom
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Young Families Yom Kippur Worship Experience
Monday, September 28, 9:00–9:30 am • Facebook Live

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Congregational Yom Kippur Worship
Monday, September 28, 9:45–11:00 am • Zoom

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Yom Kippur: Interactive Session
Monday, September 28,
11:15 am–12:30 pm • Zoom
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Yom Kippur: Intermission
Monday, September 28, 12:30–1:30 pm • Zoom

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Yom Kippur Meditation and Discussion
Monday, September 28,
1:30–2:45 pm • Zoom
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Yom Kippur Minchah and Yizkor
Monday, September 28, 4:00–5:00 pm • Facebook Live

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Yom Kippur N'ilah
Monday, September 28, 5:15–6:00 pm • Facebook Live

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Sukkot: October 2–3, 2020
STEP 7: DEDICATION

We dedicate a new dwelling filled with the reminders of a rich harvest.


Mikdash M'at: Create a Sukkah at Home
Wednesday, September 30, 5:00–6:00 pm • Zoom
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Shabbat Sukkot
Friday, October 2, 6:00–7:00 pm • Facebook Live
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Simchat Torah: October 9–10, 2020
STEP 8: CELEBRATION

We celebrate the personal transformation to new ways of life.


Erev Simchat Torah
Friday, October 9,
7:00–9:00 pm • Facebook Live 
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