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  • Writer's pictureAyelet HaShachar

Yom Kippur 2021/5782 Speakers Series

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

We've invited members of our community to lead workshops, reflections, and learning as part of our Yom Kippur offering.


Daniel Samowitz

12:30 - 1:10 pm - join via Zoom at:

This session will explore the intricacies of saying sorry. What is saying sorry? Who is it for? Why do we bother? Samo will lead us in looking at the word ‘sorry’ itself, and understanding the kinds of people we want to be and who and what we are responsible for. You’ll come out of this interactive session with a deeper understanding of the Teshuva process intrinsic to Yom Kippur, and a value of its power.


Jess Osie

12:30 - 1:10 pm - join via Zoom at:

This is the time of year where we are invited to reflect on the year that’s passed, with the view to step into the new year with greater potential, freshness and wholeness. In this workshop-style session, Jess will ground us into the present moment, before leading a guided reflection over the past year and setting intentions for the year ahead. For this session, please bring a pen and paper. You might like to set up your ‘space’ by lighting a candle, sitting somewhere cosy and removing all distractions.


Liam Getreu

1:15 - 1:55 pm - join via Zoom at:

Much of the Yom Kippur service is dedicated to our personal relations - to each other and to God - but ashamnu, a prayer we read during the Kol Nidre service, offers a chance to square our collective failures with our humanist commitment to tikkun olam. Join this session for an exploration of this prayer and how we can overlay it to meet the challenges of our current difficult and unprecedented time.


Kirsten Mackenzie-Shteinman

2:00 - 2:40 pm - join via Zoom at:

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and inner feeling. The intention of fasting and abstinence is to serve this purpose, but does it always? When told “Do not think of a white elephant”, what do you think of? This session will include discussions on what we feel and how can we manage ourselves to be best situated for self-reflection as well as some experiential observations.

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