Yom Kippur Classes (in-person and virtual)

Thursday, September 16th

Session 1: 3 – 4 pm

Holy Folk: Jewish Burial and Death Rituals with R’Deena
In Jewish tradition, the body of a person who has recently passed is carefully guarded and prepared by a group known as the Hevrah Kadisha (Holy Folk). On this day when we stage a dress rehearsal for our own deaths, learn about the role and ritual of the Hevrah Kadisha, and lessons for treating our bodies as sacred all year long.
Location: North/Clark Cafe (Indoors)

Restorative Meditation with Sarah Mayhan Tran
Engage in a restorative lying down practice  (so we can gather stamina for the rest of the day) and embody the practice of  t’shuvah – bring something to lie down on, and whatever you need to make yourself comfortable. Sarah Mayhan (Tran) teaches movement, alignment, mind-body awareness via the Alexander Technique to desk warriors, anxious performers, nervous public speakers, and tired parents (she has been all of these things, at various points). Ask her about: Support Squad, her adorable 3-year-old. 
Location: North Lawn (directly north of the Tent)

Photography as Prayer with Rona Talcott
Photography as Prayer is not just about photography. It is about seeing, about being in the moment, about gratitude. For some, it is purely the pleasure of creativity. For others, it is a way of beginning a meditative practice, a voice for prayer, with or without words. Explore the new app released at the beginning of the year and now being used by thousands of people around the country with its creator, Mishkan family member Rona Talcott. We will do one of the photo-meditative practices and create our own prayer book entries. Download the free app: https://linktr.ee/photographyasprayer

Location: South Lawn (meet by circle of boulders, south of Tent)

Session 2: 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Prayer Workshop with R’Steven
Where do all these words come from anyway? Learn about the origins of the mahzor, the prayer book we use for the High Holidays, and experiment with creating your own prayers for the season. No liturgical experience required!
Location: North/Clark Cafe (Indoors)

Brokenness and Wholeness: Re-carving the Tablets on Yom Kippur with David Gottlieb
The rabbinic sages said that Yom Kippur was the day that Moses received new tablets bearing the Ten Commandments, after having smashed the originals. Come learn about how today we have the unique opportunity to break with our old ways, and to renew ourselves, our values, and our guiding principles. Dr. David Gottlieb teaches at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and Orot, the Center for New Jewish Learning.
Location: North Lawn (directly north of the Tent)

At-One-Ment Raja Yoga for Yom Kippur with Felicia Savage Friedman, BS, MEd and Martin Friedman
Come enjoy a restorative Raja Yoga session that will align the 8 limb Raja Yoga path with the spirit of Yom Kippur. You will be able to modify the practice for chair, standing, sitting or on a mat. Dress comfortably and bring a mat if you would like. Felicia’s credentials include: 500 hr. RYT-Registered Yoga Instructor, 500 hr. E-RYT-Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, YogaRoots On Location, LLC, 200 hr. RYS-Registered Yoga School, YACEP- Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.
Location: South Lawn (meet by circle of boulders, south of Tent)

Virtual Learning

  • From poet and Blavity co-founder, Aaron Samuels, Forgiveness interrogates the Jewish community’s collective atonement journey, grappling with the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism, which were intertwined and hyper-present in the years 5780 and 5781. Produced by Reboot, Samuels’ Forgiveness explores the transitional spiritual space that we enter on Kol Nidre, during which we reckon with our shortcomings and enter a period of repair and reconciliation. Watch here: https://bit.ly/forgiveness5782 
  • A lighthearted introduction, followed by a poignant framing of the Al Chet liturgy by Rabbi David Kasher of IKAR
  • Four Living Room conversations:
    • A thoughtful dialogue between Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR and Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative
    • A theological exploration between Rabbi Aaron Potek of Sixth & I and author and speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz
    • A conversation on accountability between Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie of Lab/Shul and public radio host Krista Tippett, Ayecha founder Yavilah McCoy, and Reverend Dr. Derrick McQueen of Columbia University’s Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice
    • An exploration of the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Rabbi Scott Perlo of Romemu, journalist Dahlia Litwick, and voting rights expert Yael Bromberg
  • Rethinking the concept of sin with Rabbi David Kasher of IKAR and Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, and a video production from The Kitchen looking at the birth of Isaac in the Torah (traditionally read the first day of Rosh Hashanah) from Hagar’s perspective  – at The Hearth
  • Exploring the themes of the High Holidays through movement (three videos) – at The Movement Studio
  • Beautiful adaptations from the Yom Kippur liturgy from the musical leadership and musicians from across the Jewish Emergent Network (11 pieces) – at The Conservatory
  • Meditative exercises and guided walks to zero in on the intentions of the day (three exercises) – in The Backyard

Chicago History Museum

September 6 – 16
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