Event Details

Summer Limmud

Chapter 1: Prepping Rosh Hashanah - Rodef Reads

Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

We have a unique opportunity to explore the High Holy days from many different angles – just as Abigail Pogrebin did in her book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Pogrebin took the time to examine each holiday over the course of a year. . .interviewing people, tasting different foods, pushing her own boundaries with new experiences. . .Rodef Reads, our congregational read and year-long programming, will provide similar opportunities. It’s fitting that we kick things off at Chapter 1 and the literal beginning – with Elul beginning mid-August and Rosh Hashanah following soon thereafter, we will launch our journey with prepping for the High Holy Days. You’ll leave Summer Limmud (to learn) with a fresh perspective, ready to enter the new year!

Who Shall Live & Who Shall Die – Judging & Being Judged - July 12

facilitated by Rabbi Schwartzman, and Cantors Rhodes and Shochet

Unetaneh Tokef is known as one of the most fearful and awe-inspiring poems in Jewish liturgy, and the legends behind its authorship are mysterious. We will survey the text, history, and eclectic musical settings of this ancient piyyut (liturgical poem) that forces us to face our humanity each and every Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The Jewish Heart – Secrets of the Month of Elul - July 19

facilitated by Cantor Leider, rabbinic intern, Joseph Rosen, and guest cantor, Lisa Levine

We are called upon to look inward during the month preceding Rosh Hashanah to search our hearts as we begin our process of personal transformation in seeking and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness from the inside out begins with self-care and connecting with the deepest parts of ourselves. Lisa will lead us in exercises of breathing, chant and Yoga Shalom chair practice that accesses the deepest parts of spirit.

Apples, Honey, and Black-Eyed Peas: The Culinary Customs of Rosh Hashanah - July 26

facilitated by Cookie Mandell, TRS Director of Membership Engagement; supported by Paul Entis and the Jewish Food Experience

What do fish heads, pomegranates, and beets have to do with the new year? A Rosh Hashanah seder? What’s the deal with all this round food? In every corner of the world, Jews have used food to symbolize our hopes and aspirations for the new year. Foodie or not, you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of these culinary customs and be inspired to re-invent your holiday meal!

Samples will be served - Please make sure to RSVP for this session so we may prepare accordingly.

I’m Sorry if You Felt That Way: the Psychology of Forgiveness & Confession - August 2

facilitated by Rabbi Bernstein and Rabbi Saxe

Just as Jewish tradition places great importance on seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, it also emphasizes the importance of granting forgiveness to those who have wronged us. What does Jewish tradition teach us about how we should ask for forgiveness? What can we learn from our tradition about forgiving others, and ourselves?

Cost: Free

Contact: Cantor Allen Leider, Director of Lifelong Learning, email

Please email us if you need any accommodations to participate in this event.

  • When: Thu Jul. 12 - 7:00 pm
    Thu Aug. 2 8:30 pm

  • Address: 2100 Westmoreland Street
    Falls Church ,US 22043

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