Sunday, September 11, 2011

Getting Ready for the New Year - 5772

The Jewish High Holy Days begin in the month of Elul (September this year).  The entire month is one of reflection and preparation for the new year and for the act of Teshuvah, turning back to God.

On Rosh Hashanah ( the beginning of October this year), we celebrate the coming year with the hope and prayer that it be a good year, a sweet year, and a prosperous year.  We dip apples in honey, eat round Challah and drink wine.

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are The 10 Days of Awe, during which time we are to make amends for the wrongdoing of the year past, by going directly to the persons we have wronged, if possible, to say we are sorry.  Forgiveness from the persons wronged is not required. Taking responsibility for our mistakes is the objective, not gaining forgiveness.  We must, however, go to each person 3 times, and if they do not except our apology, we need not try again.

On Yom Kippur, we tell God that we are sorry for the wrongdoings committed against God.  We do ask for God's forgiveness, which comes (or does not) in the form of being written in The Book of Life for another year.  We ask for another year of life to "get it right".  We also remember those in our families who have died by lighting candles saying special prayers.At sundown on Yom Kippur The Book of Life is closed for another year.  We say Havdalah (we seperate these holy days from the rest of the year), wishing for a "Good year, a year of peace in which the Messiah (the one anointed to announce the time of peace and plenty on the earth) may come."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


The  Rosenzweig  Gallery
Judea Reform Congregation 
1933 W. Cornwallis Road,   Durham, NC  27705


The American Guild of Judaic Art-
Southern States Membership Exhibition
September 2 – November 30, 2011
 Celebrating the Guild's 20th Anniversary in 2011 !

Please join us for the
"Meet the Artists Reception"
 Sunday, September 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Rosenzweig Gallery is pleased to announce the very special exhibit of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA), September 2- November 30, 2011.  The AGJA is an international non-profit organization of artists that specialize in all forms of art that focus on Judaic and spiritual subject matter, and includes artists that create Judaic artifacts used both in the home and the Synagogue. Their mission is to build awareness of fine art and Judaic artifacts created in the "Jewish Spirit". 

The exhibit at the Rosenzweig Gallery will present 21 AGJA member artists from six Southern States in honor of the Guild's 20th anniversary as a national organization.  You are invited to the exhibit and the reception, to meet the artists, have refreshments, and hear remarks about the Guild from the National President, Flora Rosefsky, a prominent Judaic artist from Atlanta. Most of the work in the exhibit will be for sale, so this is a great opportunity to purchase meaningful Judaic art for your home. We look forward to having you join us for this event!

States/Cities  and  participating artists:
FLORIDA: (Orlando area) – Judith Segall; (Boca Raton)- Jackie Olenick
GEORGIA:(Atlanta area) -  Susan Big, Ellen Filreis, Barbara Ladin Fisher, Pamela Rishfeld, Flora Rosefsky, Barbara Rucket, Megan Trace Tenenbaum
NORTH CAROLINA (Durham/Chapel Hill area) – Galia Goodman,Ali Halpersin, , Simone Soltan (Hillsborough) Alice Levinson; (Greensboro) Dori  Jalazo; 
(Asheville) Nelle Fastman Pingree; (Wake Forest) Sol Levine
SOUTH CAROLINA: (Charleston)- Julie Klaper
TENNESSEE: (Knoxville) Arnold Schwarzbart;   (Memphis)Carol Buchman, Mildred Schiff
VIRGINIA: (Oaktan) Reeva Shaffer