Welcome to Makor Hayim! From the month before High Holy Days, (it's called Elul, and it starts on August 9th 2021) we'll welcome you in to attend any services, come to our Elul preparation sessions and High Holy Day learning to get you into the right space, send you resources (physically as well as digitally if you live in the UK!), welcome you to our pre High Holy Day virtual meals, High Holy Day learning, events and services, as well as Succot and Simchat Torah afterwards. A ticket includes everyone in a household. We can't wait to welcome you to our community!
Please note - if this price is unaffordable for you, or going to put a difficult strain on your finances, we want you to come and we can reduce the price! Just send us a message and we'll be in touch about how to access our services at a different rate.
This year, we're doing High Holy Days differently...
We offer more than just a service. Our HHD package includes all our events from the beginning of Elul - 9th August to Simchat Torah on the 28th September - but we offer more than just events. We'll help you get into the right headspace with pre HHD prep, deliver resources to your door (if you live in the UK..) and help you meet other members of our congregation to have a meaningful High Holy Day experience
LEARNING FOR YOUR HEAD.... AND YOUR HEART
With an Elul programme to reflect on the past year and learning throughout the High Holy Days we'll be coming together to process the past year - and set our plans for the next one. You can read about all our High Holy Day events by clicking here - and our special series, looking at the poetry and lyrics of Leonard Cohen in order to prepare for High Holy Days, here.
A COMMUNITY THAT BUILDS PROFOUND CONNECTIONS
No one shows up to our services without having someone there to welcome them unless they want to. Sign up to our HHD experience and we'll organise you a buddy and a pre High Holy Day virtual meal with others. We're a community who want to welcome you in, and make sure this High Holy Days you're able to build meaningful connections
A CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY AND TEACHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD
This year, we're connecting with our loved ones all over the globe. Our online programme means we're bringing some of the best educators from across the planet to our learning sessions, and we welcome those whose family are far away and often separated at this time to all join together- infact, if you're a Makor Hayim builder, we have a discount code you can use to invite your loved ones with.
SERVICES TO INSPIRE AND ORIENTATE US- ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO SIMCHAT TORAH
So many 'High Holy Day packages' miss out on some of the best bits of the Jewish calendar at this time of year. Drinking hot soup outdoors in a succah? Chasing chocolates and rejoicing at Simchat Torah? Our temporary builders package gives you access to all our events all the way through to the end of September.
A CHANCE TO REFLECT AND PROCESS THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS
It's been quite a year. Together we'll reflect, process, learn, mark, mourn, grieve, celebrate and digest the last twelve months - and set our intentions for the new year.
One thing that won't be different is the values we are built on
Learning and being in active conversation with ancient wisdom that holds, moves, informs and challenges us
- Being ‘radically relational’: building a community of kindness, care and friendship; showing up for each other’s joys and struggles
Acting with justice and compassion, working towards the creation of a more loving world; acknowledging the connectedness of our fate with the fate of other communities, British society and the wider world
Creating meaningful Jewish rituals that guide and build intention: engaging intentionally and creatively with Torah & Jewish practice to inspire meaning and connection in our lives
Here I am/Leadership
Believing that every one of us, Jewish or Allies, whatever our backgrounds, strengths and relationships with Judaism, has something of value to offer, and the power to make change.
We aim to build a radically welcoming and egalitarian community, where people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, backgrounds, with and without disabilities, can feel there is a place for them as Builders of the community. We strive to ensure that both Jewish and non-Jewish Builders are treated with equal dignity, and can develop their own unique relationship with and contribution to the community. Our goal is for Builders to own, participate in and lead the community, and to recognise and dismantle barriers to participation and leadership for everyone.
Do these fit with your values? Come join us this High Holy Days.