S’lichot Service & Film

September 16, 2017 Canton Free
“The Women’s Balcony” (Courtesy photo)
“The Women’s Balcony” (Courtesy photo)

Begin the High Holiday season with the celebration of S’lichot. Like many Reform congregations, we have developed a beautiful and meaningful program for the observance of S’lichot, held on Saturday evening prior to Rosh HaShanah.

At the end of the Shabbat day, when three stars appear, it is time for the brief ceremony of Havdalah (literally, separation or distinction), at which time we take leave of Shabbat. We take a cup of wine, a box of spices and a beautiful braided Havdalah candle, and we sing the blessings.

Click here to see the movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ae4MShFUgo

The Women’s Balcony is an Israeli comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values, and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism. An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Following the film, Temple Beth David will have a S’lichot service, beginning at 11:15 p.m. We welcome you to join us, saying poems and prayers to lead us into the upcoming High Holidays.

After the movie and discussion, the S’lichot service will start with the ritual of changing of the Torah covers to those specifically designed for the High Holidays. These special covers are white, representing purity and the wish that through repentance, our sins will be made white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

During the S’lichot service prayers are read and meditations considered as individuals are encouraged to reflect on the past year and the changes they wish to make in the upcoming one.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Temple Beth David-South Shore
1060 Randolph St
Canton, MA 02021

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