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Call of the Shofar

In preparation for the High Holiday season, Olam Tikvah is excited to gather in new ways through our Call of the Shofar initiative. Beginning in the month of Elul and continuing through the High Holidays, we look forward to offering new and different ways to connect our community socially, intellectually, liturgically, and spiritually. See the programs below and stay tuned for more opportunities.

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Introduction | Rosh Hashanah Card | Short Story ClassMy New Year Photos | Wine TastingShare a Prayer | Be a Shofar Blower

Rosh Hashanah Card

Looking for a fun way to stay in touch with family and friends during the holiday season?

How about sending a Rosh Hashanah greeting with a family picture? We want to help so please come to Olam Tikvah and have your picture taken by our professional photographers in front of a special High Holiday banner. You will receive a digital copy of your picture to make a postcard or to send to your friends and family by email.

Click here to sign up

Short Story Discussion Series

Join a lively literary discussion without committing to read a novel.

How many of us said we were going to take advantage of this quarantine to make a dent in a novel we've been meaning to read? If you haven't started yet, you're not alone! Instead of a lengthy tome, sign up for our Short Story Discussion Series. Relax with a good story and then talk about it with your OT friends.

The series begins August 25. Choose the stories that interest you or sign up for the entire series! Stories will be distributed to all pre-registered attendees prior to each class.

Click here to register

Want to lead a discussion of your favorite short story? Email Erin Dreyfuss to become a discussion leader.

My New Year

Photographs tell a story. Photographs are powerful. They capture experiences, Jewish ritual, learning. They teach us about ourselves and about the photographers who take them.

This year, we want you to help tell the story of us – the story of the Olam Tikvah community – in pictures. What does this season mean to you? Capture the essence of your New Year in an image and share it with us to be included in a Call of the Shofar My New Year slideshow.

Please email photos to Debra Beland Ackerman by September 1

Israeli Wine Tasting

A Serial, Social-Distanced tasting of Israeli Wines
Thursdays, August 27, September 3, September 10

Come together on zoom to learn about the wines, wineries and winemakers, and the geography of winemaking in Israel. Educator and Israeli wine enthusiast, Steve Kerbel, has curated a half-case (six wines) of Israeli wines for a special Call of the Shofar class. Each week, we will enjoy one red and one white. We won’t plan to finish the bottles during the tasting, so split the half-case with friends and join the class together socially distanced on a patio, save the wine you don’t drink in class for Shabbat dinner, or unwind with another glass later in the week.

Click here to learn more about ordering the wine and to register to receive the zoom link


Share a Prayer

Share a prayer with our community!

We are looking for volunteers to submit writings - a prayer, a dream, a poem, a reflection - that we will send to our OT community during the month of Elul. Please share something in your heart, be it your dreams for humanity, the possibilities of the New Year, the reflection of what Yom Kippur means to you this year, or anything that moves you. Write a sentence, a paragraph, or a page.

Please email your prayer to Erin Dreyfuss. Submissions due by August 7

Blow the Shofar

Can you blow the three notes of the shofar?

Tekia, Shevarim, Truah

Please join our team of shofar blowers who will record themselves at home blowing one set of holiday blasts (Tekia, Shevarim, Truah, Tekia) to be enjoyed by the community leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Please submit your video by August 14.

To sign up and/or learn more, email Erin Dreyfuss

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