Echoes of Elul 2016

September 4 – October 1, 2016

May we renew our words of prayer tonight –
restore their luster,
bring them to life.
Let song and silence and shofar-sounds
awaken our souls.
Mishkan HaNefesh

The Echoes of Elul reflections shared over the past twenty-nine days have inspired, challenged and touched us as we move into these High Holy Days. To all of our contributors, thank you for your creativity, your generosity and for sharing part of yourself with our Temple Beth Sholom family. To all of our readers, thank you for engaging in the conversation virtually, via email and blog comments, as well as with one another at TBS events and Shabbat services. To Matt Cohen, thank you for providing the technological expertise necessary to set the echoes in motion.

It was incredible to share the experience of Elul together as a congregation. Wishing you and your families a very healthy, introspective and sweet new year!

L’Shanah Tovah,
Michele Shugarman, Vice President of Worship
Soni Sanberg and Juliet Friedman, Echoes of Elul Co-Chairs

You may also view previous years’ postings.

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