High Holidays 2021 / 5782

Program Details

Please register by Friday, September 3rd
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Additional Info

Monday, September 6, 2021
Like all Kavana programs, this event is powered by partners, staff and participants.
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It’s been quite a year! As the Jewish New Year approaches, our primary goal for this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is to create spaces – both in person and virtually – where the Kavana community can celebrate being together. We want everyone to feel cared for and safe, in order to be able to do the deep reflective and introspective work of the season!

We have worked hard to put plans in place that allow maximal flexibility (and, of course, safety) for our community. Some of the solutions we’ve come up with for this year have the potential to make this our most powerful High Holiday experience yet, and closest to our vision of turning the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur into urban spirituality retreats for the Kavana community.

Please keep reading below for details. There’s a lot of information here, and we encourage you to take it all in, and then to register to join us in whatever ways feel comfortable and meaningful to you.

DETAILS

- Location(s): Evening services on Erev Rosh Hashanah (9/6) and Erev Yom Kippur (9/15) will take place on Zoom. Links will be shared with those who register in advance.

For Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (9/7) and Yom Kippur Day (9/16), we have secured a beautiful, campus-like venue in NE Seattle, where services and programming will take place in both indoor and outdoor spaces (see the full schedule for more details). Many of these offerings will also be shared virtually, through Zoom. The venue address/details and Zoom links will be shared with registrants.

For Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (9/8), we will be meeting at an outdoor location in Queen Anne. This service will not be available online, and the address will be shared with registrants.


- Cost: As in the past, we are requesting payment of $18 per partner, $250 per non-partner, to help us cover the many costs of making these holidays happen! (In addition, this year, for those who are planning to attend Rosh Hashanah Day 1 in person, boxed lunches will be available for pre-purchase.) In the cooperative spirit, Kavana expects everyone to contribute something; the differential pricing between partners and non-partners reflects the fact that partners already contribute to our operating expenses. If you are able to pay the full suggested amount, we encourage you to do so! If you are able to make an additional contribution to help underwrite this experience for others who can’t pay their own way, all the better! And, if you are unable to pay the suggested amount for whatever reason, please know that we never want money to be the issue… we ask you to contribute whatever you can that feels meaningful and doable for you.

- Registration: Advanced registration is required, whether you plan to participate in person or online. This year especially, it’s possible that details could change right up until the last minute. We strongly encourage you to register by Friday, September 3rd to ensure that you don’t miss pertinent information and updates.

- High Holiday Q & A: For more information about the venue, Covid safety, services, volunteering, and more, please click here to access our High Holiday Q & A

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE

In response to feedback, and based on how comfortable the set-up at our Rosh Hashanah day 1 venue felt, we have adjusted the Yom Kippur schedule to make the day flow even more smoothly, and the updated schedule appears below. We encourage you to join us in whatever ways you are able -- next Wednesday evening online for Kol Nidre services on Zoom, and anytime Thursday for our full-day Yom Kippur retreat.


Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur (Wednesday, 9/15)
(online only)

7-8:30pm - Kol Nidre/Evening Services, beginning with communal candle-lighting and Miriam Shames' rendition of Kol Nidre on cello, followed by traditional Kol Nidre prayers led by Jacob Nussbaum and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (online only)

Anytime - Watch/listen/read Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum’s Yom Kippur Message (online)


Yom Kippur Day (Thursday, 9/16)
(online & in-person at our beautiful NE Seattle campus venue)

Anytime - Yom Kippur Family Service with Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and Chava Mirel (pre-recorded, available online)

9:30-11am - Musical/Contemplative Service with Kohenet Traci Marx (in-person, outdoors; also on Zoom)

9:30-11am - Traditional Morning Service (Pseukei d’Zimra and Shacharit) with Jacob Nussbaum and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

9:30-10:30am - Youth Discussion Groups for older elementary, middle and high school students with Maxine Alloway (in-person, outdoors)

11am-12noon - Family Program with Maxine Alloway and educators (in-person, outdoors)

11:30am-12:30pm - Torah Service with Julie Kohl, Josh & Judy Elkin and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

12:45-1:45pm - Text Study & Discussion on Sustainable Justice: Tzedek & Tikkun with Bruce Kochis & Matthew Offenbacher (in-person, outdoors)

12:45-1:45pm - DIY Meditative Nature Walk or time in the Garden (outdoors)

2-2:45pm - Musical/Contemplative Yizkor (Memory) Service with Kohenet Traci Marx (in-person, outdoors; also on Zoom)

2-3:15pm - Traditional Yizkor and Musaf Service, including Avodah and Martyrology (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

3-4pm - Writing Workshop with Stacy Lawson (in-person, outdoors)

4:30-5:30pm - Gentle Yoga with Stacy Lawson (in-person, outdoors; also on Zoom)

6-7pm - Book of Jonah Text Study with Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, outdoors)

7:15-8:05pm - Traditional Neilah Service, ending with a final Shofar blast and Havdalah (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

8:05pm - Break-the-fast: Bagels to go (in-person only)


(PAST) ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE

Erev Rosh Hashanah (Monday, 9/6)

3-4:30pm - Apples & Honey in a Park (Partner-Only Event)

7-8pm - Rosh Hashanah Candlelighting, followed by Evening Services (on Zoom)

Anytime - Watch/listen/read Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum’s Rosh Hashanah Message (online)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Tuesday, 9/7)
(online & in-person at our beautiful NE Seattle campus venue)

Anytime - Rosh Hashanah Family Service with Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and Chava Mirel (pre-recorded, available online)

9-10:30am - Musical/Contemplative Service with Kohenet Traci Marx (on Zoom)

9:30-10:30am - Youth Discussion Groups for older elementary, middle and high school students with Maxine Alloway and educators (in-person, outdoors) 

9:30-10:45am - Traditional Morning Service (Pseukei d’Zimra and Shacharit) with Deb Arnold, Jacob Nussbaum, and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

10:30-11:30am - Morning Yoga with Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg (in-person, outdoors; also on Zoom) 

11am-12noon - Family Program with Maxine Alloway and educators (in-person, outdoors)

11am-12noon - Torah Service with Julie Kohl, Josh & Judy Elkin and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

12-12:30pm - Shofar Service with Kohenet Traci Marx and Suzi LeVine (in-person, outdoors)

12:30-2:00pm - Lunch (Order boxed lunches online -- link coming soon! -- or bring your own); DIY Tashlich/ Nature walk to the water (in-person, outdoors)

2:15-3:00pm - Traditional Musaf Service (in-person, indoors with option to sit either inside or outside to participate; also on Zoom)

2:15-3:45pm - Writing Workshop with Stacy Lawson (in-person, outdoors)

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Wednesday, 9/8) - in-person at a Queen Anne garden location

9am-12:30pm - Traditional Morning Services (Pseukei d’Zimra, Shacharit, Torah service and Musaf) with Jacob Nussbaum and Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (in-person, outdoors)


Program Staff

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
Rabbi and Executive Director

Rachel Nussbaum co-founded Kavana in 2006 and serves as its Rabbi and Executive Director. Thanks to her leadership, Kavana has received lots of recognition for its innovative approach to building Jewish community, and Rachel’s responsibilities run the gamut… from teaching and counseling, to dynamic prayer leadership, to re-working the synagogue model for the 21st century. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel holds degrees from Duke University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been a recipient of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AVI CHAI Fellowship, and the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship; more recently she helped to found the Jewish Emergent Network and serves on its executive committee. Rachel resides in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood with her husband Noam Pianko and their three children, and the whole family enjoys the outdoorsy, low-key vibe of the Pacific Northwest.

Maxine Alloway
Maxine Alloway
Educator

Maxine has served as an educator at Kavana for many years, helping us to develop our educational approach. She currently leads our monthly Havdalah Club and Prep & Practice programs, and teaches over the High Holidays. Outside of her work with us, Maxine is a faculty member in the University of Washington's College of Education, working primarily with soon­-to-­be elementary school teachers.

Traci Marx
Traci Marx
Spiritual & Musical Director

Traci Marx is a musical prayer leader who prays and plays with great joy and deep reverence.  Traci found Kavana in 2015 and serves as the Spiritual and Musical Director, where she leads prayer services, Hebrew chanting sessions, and spirituality retreats.  Ordained as a Kohenet, Hebrew Priestess, Traci officiates weddings, B’nai mitzvah, memorials, and other life cycle events, utilizing meaningful ritual, heartfelt prayer, and embodied song to elevate as sacred all of life’s experiences.  Traci brings music and Jewish ritual to political actions, uplifting community and offering spiritual focus to political work.  Traci earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and brings warmth, sensitivity, and attunement to all of her work.  Traci parents two children, one of whom recently became a Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Rachel.  Traci finds balance and soul-soothing happiness singing Grateful Dead tunes with other musicians in her role as organizer of the Pacific Northwest Deadheads.