Selichot

Small Fuschia Leaves LogoWhat is Selichot?

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, we follow the Ashkenazic tradition of having a special service on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah in which selichot (prayers asking for forgiveness) are recited. Upcoming dates are as follows:

  • Jewish Year 5779: September 1, 2018
  • Jewish Year 5780: September 21, 2019

Small Fuschia Leaves LogoHow Does Fabrangen Celebrate Selichot?

For multiple years, Fabrangen  and Tikkun Leil Shabbat (a project of Jews United for Justice) have joined to provide a full evening for Selichot. At approximately 9:15 PM on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah, we gather to begin our joint celebration. We begin with multiple workshops on topics that are intellectual and/or experiential. For example, we have had hevruta (partnered) learning and then expressive art projects using clay, pipe cleaners, and other materials. We have had learning on a variety of topics, including our relationship to God, the meaning of teshuvah (forgiveness), chanting/music of the High Holidays, etc.

The Selichot gathering provides a space for a fresh approach to the High Holidays.

As Rabbi Shefa Gold says,

“With this practice, I acknowledge and celebrate the miracle of transformation. Each time I have experienced devastation, it feels as if even the possibility of Redemption is a cruel illusion. And then I find myself in Eden, surrounded by beauty, held in God’s loving embrace.”

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The following melodies (not the words) are featured in the 2018 Selichot services, led by Ethan Merlin of Tikkun Leil Shabbat.