The Hebrew month of Elul begins this year at sundown, Thursday, August 17, 2023. At CBST, we prepare for the upcoming Days of Awe, the High Holy Days of 5784, with unique opportunities for study, connection, and prayer. Let’s move into the new year with new hopes, together!
Elul Greeting from the CBST Clergy
“Elul asks us to look back on the year and take account of how we have behaved, where we have done our best, and where we have missed the mark? What were our areas of growth, and where are the places we are still growing into? Where have we abandoned knowing ourselves and where have we abandoned knowing our community?” Read the full greeting »
Programs & Classes
With Rabbi Yael Werber on Aug 29
- Sunday, Aug 20 – Taking a shame-free spiritual inventory of 5783
- Sunday, Aug 27 – Visualizing your Days of Awe
- Sunday, Sept 3 – What is it you wish to do with your one wild and precious life? Finding your Kavanah for the year ahead
Achat Sha’alti (from Psalm 27) by Israel Katz, recorded by the CBST Chorus, September 2020. Arranged by Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig.
The Shofar Project
Sign up for The Shofar Project: Getting Real for a New Year, a FREE five-week program featuring weekly teachings and live practice sessions with the IJS faculty, grounded in lessons from “This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared,” by Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l. The first live session takes place Tuesday, August 15, with IJS Senior Faculty, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith. Learn more and register »
Feminist Teshuva Circle
An offering from Rabbi Avigayil Halpern
Our community’s narratives of “teshuva” often harm vulnerable people. We are asked to be self-critical when self-criticism itself is something that is a constant, harmful companion; we are asked to treat traits that we need to cultivate (anger, for example) as inherently bad; and we are asked to focus on all of us as perpetrators of harm when some of us are undergoing profound experiences of victimization; and more.
In the Feminist Teshuva Circle, we will dive into each of these areas using the Torah of texts and of our lives, moving toward a vision of teshuva that settles us more deeply within ourselves.
Each week of Elul (starting August 18, on Rosh Chodesh), participants will have access to:
• Daily prompts for writing/thinking based on the week’s theme
• A Substack comment thread to discuss the prompts—and anything else on your mind—with the community
• Readings on the theme
• A processing hour on Zoom—optional from week to week
• A weekly wrap-up essay
• If there is interest, a feminist teshuva circle chavruta pairing, with optional prompts