Small Healings for a Strong Community: Jewish New Year Practices

Small Healings for a Strong Community: Jewish New Year Practices – The Jewish New Year always begins with small acts of interpersonal healing. Each fall, we learn together about repentance, forgiveness and atonement. Then we reach out to repair the small ruptures that stress friendships. And we take a deeper look at the bigger hurts that haunt us. While it is not always easy, it always strengthens our community.

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan is Director of Inter-Religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology and Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue. She is author of The Infinity Inside: Jewish Spiritual Practice Through a Multifaith Lens. Laura lives in Vancouver with her husband/musical partner Charles, their young adult children, and a changing array of companion animals.

Pet Blessing 2020

Pet Blessing – Join us as we engage in our annual practice of blessing the creatures of this world that have the ability to draw us more deeply into the circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator. The bond between person and their pet is unlike any other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love. For this service you are invited to either send in a picture of your pet or have it at the ready in your home to lift up and have visible at the time of blessing.

Longing to Go Home

Wiccan priestess, Starhawk says that “we are all longing to go home to some place we have never been – a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats.” We give thanks on this day for the power and blessing of the community of South Fraser Unitarians.