High Holidays with Beyt Tikkun 2021

Rosh Hashanah | September 6-8th
Yom Kippur | September 15-16th
 

The central message of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur:

We can heal, repair, and transform ourselves, our society, and the life support system of planet earth. But we need to act quickly and decisively.

We do this in our tradition by focusing on three components: Teshuva (repentance), Tzedakah (social justice), and T’fillah (prayer). We will create sacred high holy day experiences that allow us to do the deep inner work and reparation needed to return to our highest selves while also following the traditional prayers and Torah readings. We will explore what changes and reparations are needed in our world and make commitments to participate in efforts to manifest those changes so we are partners in the ongoing evolution of the universe towards love. We will send you guidelines for steps you can take at home between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. All of this will be held in the container of meaningful prayer experiences which will touch our hearts and souls. 

Besides our inner transformation, we will also address:

- The Environmental Crisis
- Reparations for slavery
- Overcoming the Selfishness intrinsic to the competitive marketplace
- The attempts to dismantle democracy in the U.S. and many other countries
- Israel’s treatment of Palestinians

The Hasidim taught that in difficult times like these we must let our joy fill the air, and insisted that the High Holy Days must be filled with music, dance, and love. You’ll find this energy at Beyt Tikkun services!!! 

We’d love to have you join us. 

Ami Goodman will provide musical guidance. Cat Zavis will lead an exercise where we can express our anger, frustration, and grief and also reconnect to our hope and vision of the possibility of a transformed and healed world. Rabbi Lerner will lead us into a deep exploration of who and what God is, present a theology that challenges the simplistic views of God, how to make prayer meaningful, and how to cultivate a life of awe and wonder while participating in struggles for social justice.

Please register now. Rosh Hashanah will be here before you know it! It begins Monday night September 6th, the last night of Labor Day weekend. (We won’t be able to help you that weekend, so you need to register before then.)

Guest Teachers on Zoom will Include:

Bill McKibben

Founder of 350.org | Environmental Activist

Jessica Montell

Executive Director of the HaMoked,
Israeli Human Rights organization, Jerusalem

Sami Awad

Palestinian Justice & Non-violence Activist | Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem

Jeffrey Robinson

Civil Rights Lawyer & Executive Director of The Who We Are Project addressing Reparations for African Americans.

Ben Cohen

Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's which refuses to sell its ice cream in the Occupied West Bank


To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain the sense of mystery that animates all beings . . .  Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. 

Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. A liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement seeking to overthrow the forces that destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.   

- Abraham Joshua Heschel

We are living in very difficult times. The pandemic continues to create uncertainty in our lives. The conviction of George Floyd’s murderer has not yet brought about the deep structural changes needed. Instead, reactionary governments in many states in the U.S. have been passing laws to ensure that many people, mostly people of color, will find it harder or impossible to vote in the coming elections in 2022 and beyond. States are passing laws prohibiting the teaching of the history of slavery and racism under the guise that it will make students feel bad about themselves and the country. Hatred of Jews has been spreading on social media and in violent actions against Jews in the US and Europe. Right-wing Jews have blamed this on the Left and Jewish progressives for criticizing Israel rather than acknowledging that most of the hatred is being spread by right-wing organizations. Meanwhile, environmental destruction continues to accelerate and governments are taking partial steps without dismantling the largest polluters, including the military-industrial complex and large corporations. During our services, we will also pray for the Afghani people as they face the consequences of the U.S. invasion 20 years ago and the messy and poorly prepared withdrawal leaving many vulnerable and many refugees, as well as for all the people in the US and around the world who are suffering from the pandemic and are or will soon be suffering from the growing environmental crisis.


We will gather together on Zoom
SERVICES INCLUDING THE TRADITIONAL PRAYERS & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

LED BY:  RABBI MICHAEL LERNER, CAT ZAVIS, AMI GOODMAN, AND ABBY CAPLIN

We’d love to have you join us. 

EREV YOM KIPPUR | Kol Nidre - Wednesday, September 15th - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm  (Pacific Daylight Time)

A focus on the mystical links between the generations

YOM KIPPUR DAY - Thursday, September 16th - 10:00 am (Pacific Daylight Time)

Shacharit     

Slichot: confronting where we as individuals and as a society and global human community have missed the mark with special focus on racism

Torah Service

Rabbi Lerner on Who and What Is God

Small group discussions about God

Yizkor (memorial service)   

Musaf   Seeking forgiveness from the Earth

Break for personal - Teshuvah (repentance) focus: Individual exploration of how you are going to transform in areas you have identified so you can live this coming year in alignment with your highest values and vision

Minchah: Book of Jonah

Ne’ila and ending the fast


Registration

You can join us as a member (which includes High Holidays and other holiday services) or you can join us solely for the High Holidays. Either way, there are three ways to pay. After you donate, you still need to register to receive the Zoom link and other important information for the HHD services. Please be sure to wait a few seconds - you will be redirected to a page to enter that information. If you pay via check or over the phone, we will send you a link to register. Once you register, you will receive the Zoom link and other details, including an electronic version of our Mahzor.

Option 1:

Beyt Tikkun PayPal donation website 

Credit Cards accepted

Option 2:

Call Alden to give your credit card info to a person you can talk to.

Monday - Friday
9 am until 1 pm 
(510) 644 1200 

Option 3:

Send a check to Beyt Tikkun

951 Cragmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708

Please be sure to include your full name, email address, snail mail address, & phone number.

Membership

When you join as a member, you become part of our community and receive High Holidays and all other celebrations and Beyt Tikkun events for free from this Rosh Hashanah till Rosh Hashanah 2022. The cost is 1% of your household income but not less than $400 for a couple or $300 for a single. Children are free.

You can also pay monthly or quarterly, or if you want to be a member but can’t afford this much, we will work out a way you can afford it: call Alden at 510-644-1200 or email, Monday-Friday 9 am - 1 pm Pacific time.

Donations to Beyt Tikkun can be listed as charitable donations on your federal income tax.

Money is not our bottom line. We believe every institution and social practice (including our economy, political system, legal system, educational system, cultural systems) should be judged efficient, rational, and productive not to the extent that they maximize money and power (the capitalist Old Bottom Line) but rather by our New Bottom Line: the extent to which they maximize our capacities to be loving and generous, kind and empathic, actively supporting environmental sanity and social justice, uprooting racism in all its forms, capable of treating others as a manifestation of the holy (and not valuable solely to the extent that they meet our needs), and responding to the universe with awe, wonder, and radical amazement. 

CREDIT CARD / PayPal

Note: After you join as a member, you still need to register to receive the Zoom link and other important information for the HHD services. Please be sure to wait a few seconds - you will be redirected to a page to enter your information.

Questions?
Email Alden - Click here

MAIL A CHECK

Mail a check payable to Beyt Tikkun

Address:
Beyt Tikkun
951 Cragmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708

Please be sure to include your full name, email address, snail mail address, phone number, & write "BT Membership"

CALL

If you prefer to give your credit card to a live person, call Alden @ (510) 644-1200

Monday - Friday
9 am - 1 pm (PDT)


For those not joining as members, we are delighted to have you join us at High Holiday Services

CREDIT CARD / PayPal

(Please click one of the four buttons below to make a donation)

Note: After you donate, you still need to register to receive the Zoom link and other important information for the HHD services. Please be sure to wait a few seconds - you will be redirected to a page to enter that information.

MAIL A CHECK

Mail a check payable to Beyt Tikkun

Address:
Beyt Tikkun
951 Cragmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708

Please be sure to include your full name, email address, snail mail address, phone number, & write "HHD 2021"

CALL

If you prefer to give your credit card to a live person, call Alden @ (510) 644-1200

Monday - Friday
9 am - 1 pm (PDT)


We will send you the Zoom link, an electronic copy of our Machzor (High Holiday prayerbook in Hebrew and English), along with a guide to doing personal teshuva/transformation. Please make your donation and register before then. This year we do not have separate prices for attending only one or two services (of course you can join us for any part of the services you wish). The more services you attend and the more you engage in the teshuva process in the workbook we send you, the deeper and richer your experience will be.

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10 thoughts on “High Holidays with Beyt Tikkun 2021

  1. Oh, my goodness! I forgot to register for Rosh Hashona zoom services and it’s Fri. night, Sept. 3 now, so I guess it’s too late. Silvio wanted to attend on my computer too. Boo! Hoo! I will do it for Yom Kippur.

  2. I thank you for this . We are receiving only tiny bits of truth and we all need to be aware of how we all need to repent and forgive.

  3. I paid and have been unable to find a registration or zoom link. Please could you make this easier to find or receive in future. I am appalled that I have been given no links or materials. 🙁

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