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Guest Speaker Joel Grossman
(During our regular Sunday service)
Talk title: Days of Awe: The Jewish High Holy Days
The Jewish high holy days, called the 10 ”Days of Awe,” start with Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year,” which begins on Sunday night, September 29, and ends with Yom Kippur, the “day of atonement,” on October 9. This talk will focus on the ways the Jewish people celebrate and observe this holiday period.
Rev. Joel Grossman, Interfaith Minister, has been a hospice chaplain for 14 years and is presently Director of Spiritual Services with Constellation Hospice, Newburyport, MA. He has had a private practice as a spiritually based psychotherapist since the late ’70s. He is a founding member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME), an interfaith seminary based in Portland. Joel is a past president of his synagogue, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport, MA, and led Kabbalah classes and Jewish meditation sessions there for many years.
He also will present a workshop, Having Days Filled with Awe, noon-2 p.m. today.
In this workshop, we will explore how you can promote awe in your life. Drawing on some ways Jews bring life to the “Days of Awe,” and on other religious/spiritual practices for experiencing awe, and from open discussion, we will bring awe to this session and promote awe in the rest of life.