Community-wide Selichot Program and Service
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The community is invited to participate in a city-wide Selichot program and service on Saturday, August 31, at Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th.
Selichot is an opportunity to examine one’s deeds of the past year, directing one’s heart and mind to the process of teshuvah (repentance), and seeking forgiveness. Some of the prayers and music found in the Selichot service are taken from the High Holy Day liturgy, thus providing a musical transition between the “old year” and the New Year.
The evening will begin with a dessert reception at 8:15 p.m. followed by Havdalah at 8:45 p.m. At 9:00 p.m., three vignettes excerpted from the award-winning play The Gates Are Closing by Merle Feld will be presented as staged readings by local actors. Each vignette will grapple with issues of communication, trust, forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation – themes common to all human relationships. Following each vignette, a panel of rabbis will offer personal responses related to teshuvah and the Days of Awe. Merle Feld is a widely published poet, award-winning playwright, peace activist and educator. Feld’s award-winning play has offered hundreds of synagogue communities and university groups from Brooklyn to Beijing a powerful and moving introduction to the themes of the High Holidays.
The Selichot service will begin at 10:10 p.m. and is designed to help worshipers begin to spiritually prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The service will be led by area rabbis along w/ Beth Torah Music Director Linda Sweenie and Cantor Sharon Kohn, and a community choir.
For additional information, visit www.kcrabbis.org or contact Annette Fish, Rabbinical Association Administrator. Those attending are asked to respond by email to email@example.com or by phone to 913-327-4622.
The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City sponsors the Selichot program with generous support from The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.
Selichot services also take place at Midnight at Kehilath Israel and 1:15 a.m. at Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner.
RE: Vocalists invited to participate in Selichot Service
A community choir is being assembled for this year’s Selichot service, which will take place on Saturday, August 31 at Congregation Beth Torah. The Selichot service begins at 10:10 p.m. Members of the Jewish community who have an interest in being a part of the community choir should contact Linda Sweenie, Music Director at Congregation Beth Torah, firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-498-2212. Vocalists should have choir experience and be available for two rehearsals on August 19, 7:30-8:15 pm and August 26, 7:30-8:15 pm.