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Morristown Jewish Center- An Awesome Journey: An Alternative High Holy Day Worship Experience


Morristown Jewish Center High Holiday schedule will include an Awesome Journey: An Alternative High Holy Day Worship Experience led by Rabbi Amy Small.

This Alternative High Holy Day Worship Experience reimagines the High Holidays as a spiritual journey, while preserving the basic outline of the traditional High Holy Day services. The Holy Days convey great spiritual power to take us on a journey of self-reflection, insight, honesty, repentance and new directions for becoming and reclaiming our best selves.

 When we enter the journey of the Days of Awe with open hearts, it can take us to inspired, renewed, uplifted places.  The approach Rabbi Small will use will include contemporary melodies interspersed with traditional ones, with songs in English and Hebrew, for singing to engage everyone, evocative poetry presented by selected "reading chorus", Kavanot ( spiritual intentions) that will be offered at each transition of the service to help guide the participants,  shortened Torah readings to highlight the Torah's story and message , and a Sermon Dialogue- a brief presentation followed by a discussion for the community to engage in the stories and the ideas.

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      There will also be a Wilderness Tent to provide a quiet place for personal reflection. The High Holy Day Experience will use a combination of the Lev Shalem Machzor and a supplement that will be provided.

Community Members are welcome to attend by arranging with the office at 973 538 9292.  There is a modest fee to attend on the two days of Rosh Hashana and the day of Yom Kippur.

Come along on the journey with us if you are seeking an alternative to traditional services.  

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