Rosh HaShanah: Chanting, Familiar Melodies, Shofar, Torah, Quiet Reflection, & More
Tashlikh (a Jewish "casting-out" ceremony, @ Laguna seasonal bridge!)
Potluck Item Sign Up Form HERE.
**FINDING US AT RAGLE PARK - There will be signs for finding us in the oak meadow, beyond the playground, and before the gazebo.**
We invite you to celebrate the Jewish New Year in the outdoors!
At 10:30 we'll be gathering for a special adult-oriented, song-filled, reflective space with Torah and shofar to start the New Year with community, intentionality, and a celebration of the creation of the world.
From 3:30 - 4 we'll be engaging in an ancient ritual of "casting out" those things that hold us back from our potential.
10:30-12:45 Celebrate the New Year and the creation of the world, actually in the outdoors!
12:45- 1:45 Kiddush/blessings & Pot-luck veggie/dairy/fish lunch, apples & honey (Details below)
Donations of local apples & honey welcome!
3:30-4 Tashlikh- Meet at the Sebastopol Community Center's playground structure. We'll walk to the Laguna's seasonal bridge together for a brief ritual to let go of that which is weighing us down.
Bring those things (in your heart, or symbols of them) that you'd like to be free of as you head into the new year, and in community we'll symbolically release ourselves of them.
We are looking forward to leaving lighter than we arrived!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with what gathering you are planning on attending, the number of adults and the number of children that will be attending, and the children's ages.
If you are able to do so, please make a tax-deductible donation here towards the expense of creating this experience. The Zmanim Board's suggested donation for the Rosh HaShanah Zmanim experience is $108 for a family and $54 for an individual, but please consider what works for your situation and give more if possible, or less if necessary. No one turned away for lack of funds. You can mark "RH" under "Special Purpose" on the easy, online donation form). Thank you for helping to make nature-connected, spiritual Jewish community in the outdoors possible.
To Bring for the morning:
- tallit/kippah (if you have them)
- meditation cushion/camping chair/blanket (something to sit on!)
- veggie/dairy/fish potluck dish to share (local, organic offerings from home gardens and farms especially appreciated). Please use this form so that we can all best coordinate the meal!
- your own place setting
- apples/honey to share (optional)
- other symbolic Rosh HaShanah foods (optional)
- shofar (optional)
*As always, advance RSVPs are much appreciated! Please RSVP by Tues., Sept. 27 to email@example.com so that we can prepare accordingly.
**Please arrive on time. **
To find us in the morning: enter Ragle Park, go straight and follow the signs. The gathering will be after the playground structures, and before the gazebo.
A reminder that you need to pay $7, or bring a Regional Parks pass, or park outside the official entrance and walk the short distance in.