Elul 2020

Elul 2020

We are excited to offer various opportunities to prepare for the High Holidays during the Hebrew month of Elul. Below, please find descriptions of our offerings.

Elul Email Blog

The Hebrew month of Elul (the month preceding the High Holidays) is a time for us to engage in reflection. When you sign up for the email blog, you will receive a daily email throughout the month that contains one word, idea, or practice to assist you in your spiritual preparations. Join us on this thoughtful journey. Sign up here! (You can also view our Word for Word email archive here, beginning August 21).

Elul Meditation Series


  • September 8 – 11:30 a.m. to noon (Zoom link)
  • September 15 – 11:30 a.m. to noon (Zoom link)


Please note that a meeting password is required to join these meetings. For access to the password, please email [email protected] or check your Mindfulness Center emails. 

Join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for one or both of these unique weekly Mindfulness Meditation sits. Incorporating lessons from the weekly Torah portion, as well as stories, rituals and symbols of the season, Rabbi Goldstein leads participants in practices that open our hearts and minds to the possibility of continual growth and change. No meditation experience necessary.

Beginning Again: A Zoom Writing Workshop Adventure

Wednesday, September 2 – 7 to 8 p.m.

Writing can offer a healthy outlet to reflect on ourselves and on our world. Join with writer and teacher Debra Solomon Baker as we use the themes of the New Year as inspiration for some written words. All are welcome, even those who think, I am not a writer. Who knows? This might even be the start of a meaningful practice in the new year. There will be an opportunity, though never a requirement, to share with other participants.

Debra Solomon Baker teaches reading and writing to teenagers in the Clayton School District and is a mom to Max and to Sarah, both college students. A trained and published writer, Debra carries a notebook through life, scribbling down small moments before they drift away.

To register, click here.

Creating Sacred Space at Home

Wednesday, September 9 – 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Transform a place in your home into a mikdash me’at, a small sanctuary, for the upcoming High Holy Days. Join local artists and Rabbi Goldstein for an opportunity to learn about ways of creating simple, yet beautiful, sacred spaces at home. You do not need to be creative or artistic to enjoy this time together.

To register, click here.

Creating Sacred Space at Home for Families

Saturday, September 12 – 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Join artists and art instructors, along with Rabbi Rachel Bearman, for an engaging hands-on workshop where your children will be able to help transform a place in your home into a mikdash me’at, a small sanctuary, for the upcoming High Holy Days. This program is most appropriate for families with children ages 4-10.

To register, click here.

Poetry of These Holy Days

Wednesday, September 16 – 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The High Holidays are ripe with themes of repentance, renewal, forgiveness and hope. Grab some tea or a glass of wine and join Scott Berzon for a poetry reading illuminating many of these themes in beautiful and surprising ways.

Scott Berzon holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and has taught poetry and fiction courses in Ann Arbor and St. Louis. He is also the Business Operations Director of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

To register, click here.

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