New Synagogue Project (NSP) is a new Jewish community that is spiritually vibrant, radically inclusive, and reflects our vision for a world of justice, equity, and liberation. NSP is being created by and for families with kids, couples and single people, queer and trans people, interfaith families, Jews of color and white Jews, Jews from many religious and secular backgrounds, and anyone interested in exploring and experiencing Jewish life.
Following an incredibly successful series of events this past spring and summer, the New Synagogue Project will be hosting a number of High Holiday services and programs to celebrate and commemorate the new year together.
The High Holidays take us on a powerful journey from grief, through struggle, then to joy, celebration, and liberation. This year in particular it feels like our world is breaking apart. And yet Leonard Cohen reminds us that “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” How can we find the light through the cracks? How we can open our hearts? How can we move together through the open gates? We’ll explore these questions and more as we reroot ourselves in tradition and reroute ourselves in a new direction for the coming year. There will spirited singing, delicious food, community, introspection, and fun!
NSP’s doors are open to everyone, and this is also true for High Holiday services, where no ticket is required. While we don’t have tickets, advance registration is appreciated and strongly encouraged! High Holiday events are free. However, for those with the means, donations are strongly encouraged.
Option One: Movement, Meditation, and Music!
Join us for a calm, introspective space filled with simple movement and yoga stretching; meditation and breathing exercises; and music.
Option Two: Reflecting on 5778: An Open Mic!
This will be a communal space for us to share and listen to stories from the last year. Those interested in speaking are invited to share stories and reflection from the last year, whether they are personal or more broad, joyful or painful. We welcome in the cracks as well as the light. This is open to everyone, whether you want to participate in the Open Mic or be in the audience.
Option Three: Queer Talmud Study!
Dive deep into the spiritual practice of Talmud study, SVARA-style: hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive! We’ll learn a complete Talmud text, start to finish, to memorization and with deep and total ownership. This bet midrash is an opportunity to build community, explore the radical roots of the Jewish tradition, and have lots of subversive fun along the way!
In this three-hour session we’ll be learning a text that relates to themes of Yom Kippur: teshuva (forgiveness) and tochecha (rebuke), our ethical and social responsibilities, what kind of person the Jewish tradition wants us to be, what kind of people we want to be, how the ancient rabbis dealt with the slippery and messy reality of human relationships, and how the complexity of their world invites us to consider the complexity of our own world.
All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and if you don’t feel quite there yet, click here for opportunities to learn. All identities and levels of familiarity with text study are welcome.
You’ll be learning with Rabbi Mónica Gomery, Associate Director and faculty member at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. SVARA is a nation-wide learning community where queer people—those with the deep insight that comes from being marginalized in our society, through experiences of sexuality, gender expression, race, class, disability, etc ―are recognized as the visionary and prophetic voices of our Jewish tradition. We are excited to have Rabbi Mó as a teacher-in-residence and tefilah (prayer) leader with us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Please fill out this special registration form for this Yom Kippur afternoon option: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBhmBRSf6q4O1pZ_XgcxsKK7449VLo8THIEm1tb47AOh6twg/viewform