With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, just having passed, this month will also see the observance of the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, a “Day of Atonement.” We’re pleased to announce that three of our faculty members in Jewish Spirituality will be among the conveners of “A Call to All People of Faith” special event for Yom Kippur this year: Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison, Director of the GTF’s new D.Min. in Jewish Spirituality; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Professor of Jewish Spirituality; and Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Professor of Jewish Spirituality. The event will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln Memorial on September 22 and 23 and will include a variety of activities such as a scriptural reading, chanting, reflective spiritual exercises, afternoon worship and vigil. “A Call to People of All Faith” will be an event that will address how “humans are in need of atonement for the ways in which we have desecrated the Earth; this desecration is the result of our lack of at-Onement with the Earth – our separation from all life” (theshalomcenter.org).
From the announcement:
This year Yom Kippur occurs immediately prior to the Pope’s unprecedented address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Yom Kippur, with its focus on our need to atone for human wrongdoings, including desecration of the Earth, is a most appropriate time to support Pope Francis’s message to the United States and the world.
Beginning with Kol Nidre, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening, September, 22, we will focus on prayers of atonement as we move toward a sense of atonement with all that is. During Yom Kippur Day, Wednesday, September 23, from 10 am-1:30 p.m., we will share our atonement for what has occurred and our prayer for the future of all life through Scriptural Reading, Chanting, and Reflective Spiritual Exercises. As Yom Kippur is ending, there will be afternoon worship, including a Martyrology for the Earth’s Vanishing Species, followed by a multi-faith vigil called for 7:30 p.m. to usher in the Pope’s address the next day. We will break our fast with people of faith who have been fasting for up to 10 days near the White House, calling attention to the need to act for the sake of all life.
To read the complete announcement, please visit the Shalom Center.