Re Je Wvenate

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Re Je Wvenate says
The High Holy Days—especially services—can feel so big and overwhelming.

Even the imagery we sometimes use—a scale to weigh our good deeds against our bad deeds—looms large and menacingly. But these days don’t have to be so big and scary. Their intent is to help us check in with ourselves, with our souls and the way we live our lives.

There is a rich, diverse world of Jewish ritual and practice. Congregation Emanu El’s annual ReJEWvenate at the Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr.) on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. will allow participants to sample some of the alternative High Holy Day practices from that big Jewish menu.

An experience for all ages and open to all members of the community, ReJEWvenate will offer two tracks for children and for the first time, two clearly distinctive tracks for adults. Babysitting for children three and under is also available.

The ‘Study’ track for adults will be comprised of three holiday text study experiences with each block featuring one of the three Emanu El clergy members - Rabbi Oren Hayon, Rabbi Pam Silk and Rabbi Samantha Kahn. The themes engaged in these experiences will be prayer, repentance and charity.

Adults choosing to participate in the ‘Experience’ track will focus on more spiritual pursuits. The five different spiritual practices available include meditation, yoga, intentional silence and writing as prayer. A fifth session will be led by Cantor Richard Cohn, Emanu El’s ‘Visiting Cantor’ for this year’s High Holy Days. Cantor Cohn is an experienced presenter for the Institute of Jewish Spirituality.

While each of these approaches to Jewish thought and practice can be intimidating, ReJEWvenate is a taste of these Jewish experiences.

The two children’s tracks will feature one for ages three to six and another for ages seven to ten. Each of these experiences will vary slightly by age, though the programs will include children’s yoga, music, Arts Alive and a service project.

Registration is just $5 per person. To register for any of the track options available and/or babysitting, please visit

For over the phone registration or for additional information, contact Alisha Klapholz, executive assistant to Rabbi Kahn at (713) 529-5771, ext. 213 or
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By: Congregation Emanu El

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