Selichot –A Time to Begin Our Task of Self-Reflection and Improvement
The occurrence of Selichot is when we inaugurate in earnest, and in advance of the High Holy Days, our personal duty to acknowledge the flaws in our soul and to improve ourselves. We identify the transgressions that we have committed, large and small, and we promise to make positive changes in our lives. We hope you can join us for this evening of thinking, singing,worship, and dedication to ourselves and to others, to achieve lives of quality and integrity.Our evening program is divided in three parts, each one dedicated to bringing us closer to ourselves and to each other, to help to reassemble the pieces of our lives. Please join us!
7:15 pm – A Screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 93 minutes, MPAA rating PG-13) followed by a discussion of the film.
Every life may not mirror the life of Hushpuppy, a six-year-old witness to upheaval and calamity, but she can teach us much about how one lives through challenges, especially those over which we have no control. Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and a flood that threatens her ramshackle bayou community, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. A surprising fantasy story of resilience, interdependence, and humanity.
“The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted…I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe.” (Hushpuppy)
This film was nominated for four Academy Awards and winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2013 plus numerous other awards. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rates this movie PG-13 because of certain thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language, and brief sensuality.
9:00 pm – Ice Cream Social and Sundae Bar
Summer memories are still with us as we inaugurate our High Holy Day Season. Join members of Temple Beth El and other guests over cool, sweet, and delicious treats! Let Aleeza know you'll be joining us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-238-3123.
10:00 pm – The Service of Selichot, a Service of Forgiveness
Our Selichot Worship service begins our annual self-examination of the soul.
Join us for a quiet and beautiful Havdalah service preceding our hour-long service of forgiveness and repentance. During the service we will change our Torah mantles from our colored covers to their white vestments in preparation for our worship over the entirety of the High Holy Day season!