The pathway into Rosh Hashanah begins Saturday, September 1 with the Selichot service. The word Selichot means “forgiveness.” It’s a late-night service held on the Saturday night prior to Rosh Hashanah. We hear some of the High Holy Day music for the first time, share words of prayer that focus on teshuvah and renewal and hear the sounding of the shofar at the end of the service.  

7:30pm  Dessert Potluck – bring your favorite sweets (no nuts, please) to share with the community as we begin the evening together

8:00pm  Screening of Ushpizin, an Austin Jewish Film Festival selection

Moshe and Malli , an Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem, are childless and without means to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. After much prayer, they receive unexpected money, and Moshe is told about an abandoned shack where he and Malli can properly receive guests. However, they are visited by two ex-convicts with an unexpected link to Moshe’s past, and the celebration becomes a series of emotional trials.

9:30pm Together with the clergy, we’ll reflect on the themes of the film.  A great way to prepare for the Jewish New Year!

10:30pm Selichot Service