Menu of Opportunities 5781 (2020)

These were our offerings for Days of Awe 5781 in the fall of 2020. (Nishmat Shoom offerings are shown in white boxes with pomegranate text. Information about the type of offering is in brackets. All times are Eastern Daylight Time [EDT].)

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IMPORTANT NOTES:
– Registration is required 24 hours in advance to help ensure safety of our online events.
– Some offerings require separate registration (as indicated on the events).


Preparation: Elul, Mikveh, and Selichot

How to High Holiday This Year
[guide, on your own]
Start here: A guide from Dori Midnight to help you map your own journey leading up to and during the Days of Awe

Nishmat Levi’im: A Virtual Song Circle
[live, online]
September 10
7:00-8:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join Margot Seigle and Ollie Schwartz for our virtual song circle as we prepare to enter the Days of Awe. We will learn some of the central songs that will be woven throughout our Days of Awe offerings. All are welcome to come, sink into the music, and get your selves prepared for Tishrei.

Selichot Ritual Guide
[guide, on your own]
Spiritually prepare for the Days of Awe with this guide from Randy Furash-Stewart and poet Dane Kuttler.

Living with Death: a virtual space for Days of Awe
[live, online]
September 13
12:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Join Emily Eliot Miller as we dive into our grief and wrestle with our mortality in a structured, live environment. Separate registration is required (see event details).

Elul Offerings from our Collaborators and other Communities
[various]
A collection of workshops, services, and other Elul guides! There’s even a virtual mikveh!


Rosh Hashanah and the Ten Days of Awe

Nishmat Shoom Machzor supplement and playlist
[text, playlist, on your own]
Explore the Nishmat Shoom 5781 machzor supplement—for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and listen to our companion playlist!

Erev Rosh Hashanah Opening Ritual & Candle Lighting
[live, online]
September 18

5:30-6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join us for an intention setting opening for the Days of Awe, not a full service for Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Shoomie Social
[live, online]
September 20
7-8:30 p.m. (EDT)

A virtual space for our Nishmat Shoom community to gather to feel socially close while we’re physically distant.

Rosh Hashanah Havdalah
[live, online]
September 20 8:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join us as we close out Rosh Hashanah/Rosheshone through song and the ritual of Havdalah/havdole.

Tashlich
[guide, on your own]
Perform the ritual of Tashlich on your own with guidance from ritual guide by Dori Midnight and Jo Kent Katz.

Visit a Sacred Space
[on your own]
Visit one of the physical sacred spaces our community members have set up.

Rosh Hashanah Services and other offerings from Jewish Voice for Peace and Other Communities
[various]
Explore this list of links of options for Rosh Hashanah Observances.

Share and Witness the Days of Awe Online
Use @nishmatshoom and #nishmatshoom to share and witness experiences of preparing for, observing, and reflecting on the holidays!


Yom Kippur and Yizkor

Nishmat Shoom Machzor supplement and playlist
[text, playlist, on your own]
Explore the Nishmat Shoom 5781 machzor supplement—for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and listen to our companion playlist!

Kol Nidre
[live, online]
September 27
5:30-6:30 p.m. (EDT)
A brief, introspective journey through some Kol Nidre liturgy.

Neilah and Havdalah
[live, online]
September 28
6:30-8:00 p.m. (EDT)
Join us for a live Neilah service, followed by Havdalah as Yom Kippur draws to a close.

Yom Kippur D’var Torah
[text, on your own]
Dive into the Yom Kippur Torah portion with this D’var Torah by Megan Lieff.

Yizkor Ritual Guide
[guide, playlist, on your own]
Explore this ritual guide and playlist from Randy Furash-Stewart, Emily Eliot Miller, and Margot Seigle on your own time. Yizkor is an invitation to remember our dead, to feel them among us, and to support those among us who are deeply grieving.

Visit a Sacred Space
[on your own]
Visit one of the physical sacred spaces our community members have set up.

Yom Kippur Services and other offerings from Jewish Voice for Peace and Other Communities
[various]
Explore this list of links of options for Yom Kippur observances.

Share and Witness the Days of Awe Online
Use @nishmatshoom and #nishmatshoom to share and witness experiences of preparing for, observing, and reflecting on the holidays!