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Elul Opportunities

We are excited to offer various opportunities to prepare for the High Holidays during the Hebrew month of Elul. Below, please find descriptions of our offerings.

Our Elul offerings are provided via the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis. For more details/information on the Center and all it has to offer, click HERE to visit its website.

1.) Elul Email Blog

According to Jewish tradition, the Hebrew month of Elul (the month preceding the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) is a time for us to undertake cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul.

It is a time for us to reflect on the year that has passed and on the kind of people we were during that year.  It is a time to ask ourselves – are we living the life that God wants for us?  A life that makes our families proud?  That makes us proud?  Each person must go about this accounting in their own unique way, but the more one prepares, the more meaningful the High Holy Days can be. It is our hope that Word for Word: 29 Words, Reflections, and Questions to Help Us Prepare for the Days of Awe can be a helpful tool in your own cheshbon hanefesh. Each day during the month of Elul (Sunday, August 12 – Sunday September 9), either in your email inbox or through the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis, you can find one word, idea, or practice that can assist you in your spiritual preparations. 

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2.) Meditation Sits 

Elul Meditation Sits at the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis

Wednesdays from 12 – 12:45 p.m.

September 4, 11, 18, and 25

During the month of Elul (the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah), it is traditional to spend some dedicated time in silent contemplation and reflection each day.  All are welcome to join Rabbi Goldstein for four special Elul meditation sits focusing on themes of the upcoming High Holidays including impermanence, prayer, repentance and forgiveness.  No previous meditation experience is necessary.  Join for as many of these free sessions as you are able.  RSVP appreciated. Walk-ins welcome as well.




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