The local Jewish community is sponsoring three notable spiritual experiences in upcoming weeks, associated with the advent of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar.
A Tashlich ceremony at JCMI will be conducted by Rabbi Gross and Cantorial Soloist Jacobsen at 11:00 on the morning of Tuesday, October 1st. The Hebrew name (which means “casting”) evokes the Biblical prophet Micah, who speaks of God “casting our sins into the depths of the sea.” As Rabbi Gross explains it, “this purification rite is a symbolic acting-out of our aspirations to divest ourselves of our unworthiness, and to become stronger and better people.”
October 4th marks Shabbat Shuvah, “the Sabbath of Return,” the dramatic midpoint of the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur. The occasion draws its name from “return, O Israel,” the opening words of Hosea 14, the prophetic lection read that Saturday morning. Worship at 7:30 that Friday night will feature some of the characteristic melodies of the High Holy Days, and help mark this Sabbath service as a distinctive occasion with special spiritual significance.
In the final run-up to The Day of Atonement, the Congregation will be paying a visit to the Marco Island Cemetery Jewish Garden at 11 AM on the morning of Sunday, October 6th. As Rabbi Gross explains it, “the Jewish New Year is traditionally an important shared family affair, so this is a season when the absence of those we have lost is particularly keenly felt.” Moreover, the Rabbi points out, at a season when The Judge of all the world evaluates every human soul “it is encouraging to feel that our loved ones who are already with God can put in a good word for us On High.”
The cemetery is at the southwest corner of Bald Eagle and West Elkcam. All other New Year programs convene at the Synagogue, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.
For more information, including scheduling of all New Year programs and events, or to secure a seat for Yom Kippur worship, call 239-642-0800 or visit our website at www.marcojcmi.com.