Why do bad things happen to good (or innocent) people? It is remarkable that our ancestors addressed this question 2,500 years ago!. Read the first half (chapters 1-21) of the book of Job and join the conversation. All are welcome. We meet in the Board Room
SELICHOT — Forgivenesses — how many things during the course of a year need forgiveness!
The inattentive moment – when we should have been giving our full attention to the person who needed us;
The insensitive comment – that cut deeper than we could ever know;
The eyes we turned away from the homeless person, our inability even to acknowledge that person’s humanity;
The piece of trash we careless dropped on the ground, despoiling our tiny share of God’s earth;
Our impatience with a co-worker, an employee, a student, our child, our spouse;
Our refusal to help out because we were too busy, too lazy, because we just didn’t care.
The white lie we told for convenience’s sake, a lie that didn’t seem to matter but just might have. . .;
The bigger lie we told;
So much more.
All of us need to ‘come clean’ and think about how we need to be forgiven AND . . .
All of us need to think about how we need to learn to FORGIVE.
This is the purpose of Selichot – a crucial part of the High Holy Day season.
Please join us as we gather to support one another in the important and introspective work of forgiving and seeking forgiveness. We'll be in the Chapel.
On Tuesday, September 8, as Congress begins to debate the Iran nuclear deal, Kol Ami and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) will cosponsor a program to explore this historic agreement with White House and other national experts, both in favor of and against the proposed deal.
The meeting will feature:
• Keynote speaker Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President
• Discussants Allen Keiswetter, Middle East Institute Scholar and former diplomat, and Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute's Military and Security Studies Program
• Moderator Don Kraus, Senior Fellow, Citizens for Global Solutions
This event will be free and open to the public. Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations from the area are invited to attend and there will be time for questions from the audience.
Colin Kahl is the Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President and was extensively engaged in the P5+1 diplomatic negotiation that forged the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Formerly, he has served as an associate professor in the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In addition, Dr. Kahl served as the Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. From 2009-2011, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. Prior to that he served in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations.
Be a part of the Kol Ami Annual High Holidays Food Drive, collecting food for the Capital Area Food Bank!
WHY WE DO THIS: The need is staggering. Even though the economy is improving, demand for food assistance is still on the rise. According to the Food Bank's website, the CAFB:
• Annually distributes 45 million pounds of food, equivalent to 35 million meals
• Of which, 17 million pounds are fresh fruit and vegetables
• Serves over 500,000 people in the region struggling with hunger
• Spends 92 cents of each dollar raised for food distribution, transportation and programs
Many of the food bank’s 500 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, from 30 to 100 percent. This increase is due to: job loss, the economy, high cost of housing, lack of health care and other issues. The CAFB’s motto is “Together we can solve hunger”
HOW WE DO THIS:
Bring canned/boxed food to the Yom Kippur morning service. If you're only coming to one of the other High Holiday services, that's OK! Feel free to bring your contributions to the Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidre services. Here's a link to a flyer with info on what the Food Bank needs most: http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Most-Wante....
Also, if you have access to good, sturdy, lidded boxes, I'd appreciate it if you can bring them for the drive.
Finally, cash donations are accepted - please make checks out to the Capital Area Food Bank.
QUESTIONS? Email Mattie Cohan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us for the first of the High Holy Day services. You'll enjoy a spiritually-rich and ruach-filled service led by Rabbi Gilah Langner in the Sanctuary. Visitors are welcome. Registration information is available here.
Come join us for the first day of Rosh Hashanah. You'll enjoy a spiritually-rich and ruach-filled service led by Rabbi Gilah Langner in the Sanctuary starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration information is available here.
Children's services for ages 3-6, led by Rabbi Joseph Berman, will be held in Room 11: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Services for older children, ages 7-12, led by Rabbi Joseph Berman, will be held in Room 11: 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
A Tashlich service led by Herb Cooper-Levy will immediately follow services.Tashlich means “to discard” or “throw off.” At this ritual we toss bread crumbs into the water, cleansing our souls in preparation for a fresh start in the New Year. We will stand at the water’s edge and share prayers and then cast our crumbs away. There will be ways for every age to participate in this pleasant and powerful ritual.
Tashlich will take place at Alcova Heights Park, at the intersection of George Mason Drive and 8th Street South. It is walking distance from the UUCA and there's parking on site. We will leave immediately after the Rosh Hashanah morning services Kiddush.The Tashlich service itself is brief.
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