Kavana Newsletter from Between the Holidays

What a glorious High Holiday season this has been at Kavana! It was lovely to gather with so many of you for Yom Kippur this week... some participants have described the experience as "most amazing" and "transportive." We will have more to say on this topic next week -- including a long list of volunteer and staff leaders to thank, and a follow-up survey to share with everyone who attended over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For now, here are a few glimpses below.

What a glorious High Holiday season this has been at Kavana! It was lovely to gather with so many of you for Yom Kippur this week... some participants have described the experience as "most amazing" and "transportive." We will have more to say on this topic next week -- including a long list of volunteer and staff leaders to thank, and a follow-up survey to share with everyone who attended over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For now, here are a few glimpses below.

Meanwhile, though, the Jewish calendar marches on! The next festival, Sukkot, begins this Sunday evening. Through this holiday, we embrace the vulnerability of life, dwelling in temporary booths that offer minimal protection from the elements. And yet, this is called "z'man simchateinu," the season of our great joy. So many of the themes of Sukkot -- harvest, hospitality, and the precariousness of our human circumstances, to name a few -- come together as we head to Oxbow Farm this Sunday for our community's annual gleaning event, where we'll be picking green beans and cherry tomatoes to be distributed through local food banks. It's not too late to register to join us!

Finally, the Kavana office will officially be closed for each of the next two Mondays and Tuesdays, in observance of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Expect to hear from us again during the intermediate days of Sukkot, in the second half of next week.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Sameach,

The Kavana Team