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Elul High Holy Day Boot Camp

August 17, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Beth El clergy throughout the month of Elul for engaging learning opportunities as we shift our focus and prepare our hearts and minds for the coming High Holy Day Season.


Thursday, August 17| 5:00 pm | Learning Center

So You Wanna Blow a Shofar: History, Tradition, and Technique of Sounding the Shofar

The Mishneh Torah describes the shofar’s blast as symbolic, saying “Awake, you sleepers! Awake from your sleep!” As we enter the month of Elul, we begin the process of “waking up” our souls by doing the spiritual work of heshbon hanefesh in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. Join us for “Shofar 101” as we learn the techniques used to blow the shofar, and discuss the history and meaning of the ram’s horn and its sounds.

RSVP to lrappaport@bethelsynagogue.org to secure your spot in this workshop!


Thursday, August 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Holiday Challah Baking

Learn the art of challah braiding and a little Torah with Rabbi Alexander Davis and Liz Rappaport.
Bring your favorite apron and come ready to learn how to create beautiful round challah braids in this hands-on workshop. Participants should plan to take home a challah that is ready to bake and enjoy!

RSVP to lrappaport@bethelsynagogue.org to secure your spot in this workshop!



Saturday, September 2 | 12:30 pm following Shabbat Lunch

Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai, Nagilah V’nismecha Bo:
THIS day, TODAY, was made by God for YOU! Rejoice in it!

What does this mean and how do we apply this to our lives today and every day? Are the ancient prayers and blessings that we say truly the pre-curser to mindfulness, of helping us to develop an attitude of gratitude, of living in the present and how can this help you get into the High Holiday spirit?



Sunday, September 10 | 10:00 am following minyan
This session also accessible via the CyberShul.

Hava Nashira: The Melodies of the Yamim Nora’im

Join Cantor Tisser for an hour of singing some of the melodies we love, and get a preview of some of the new music we will enjoy this year, as we turn our hearts and minds towards the High Holy Days.





August 17, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 United States
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