Songs of Forgiveness for the Season of Return
Saturday, September 1, 7:30 PM

Selichot is traditionally held on the Saturday prior to Rosh Hashanah, this year on September 1, and is the prelude to the Days of Awe. Please join us at 7:30 PM for Dessert and Discussion led by Jay Gainsboro. “During our study session we will explore the concept of Forgiveness through the lens of the wisdom of Judaism. We will read, discuss and wrestle with contemporary situations that present us with cases where we will explore whether or not to forgive. The real-world examples are chosen to help us gain greater insight in how to think about our own situations involving forgiveness.”

Jay has spent the past 25 years studying Jewish Philosophy, Kabbalah, Jewish Meditation, Mussar, Biblical Text Study and Jewish Prayer. He has taught several Adult Ed classes at Temple Shir Tivkah in Wayland. He is a graduate of Hebrew College’s Me’ah program. He is a Trustee of Tal Orot, Safed, Israel,a society for the refinement of Jewish spiritual and ethical awareness; Jewish Family Services of MetroWest (Framingham) and Hebrew Senior Life – The Institute for Aging Research.

We will conclude the evening with a beautiful Selichot Service at 9 PM, led by members of Am HaYam. The service begins with Havdallah and concludes with the sounding of the Shofar, after which, we will quietly leave the building.

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Am HaYam Havurah has a unique place in the Jewish life of its many members. It is place of study, prayer and meeting, created, nourished, and enlarged by the volunteer efforts of its members who work together to create a sacred community. We are an egalitarian Jewish community led by membership and committed to provide an inclusive, rich, and varied Jewish experience.

Since its founding in 1987, Am HaYam has grown to include more than four hundred members including year-rounders, seasonal members, and vacationers. It continues to provide religious services in addition to educational programs such as the Women's Torah Study, Rosh Chodesh Women, Men’s Torah Study, the Play Reading Group and Sunday Torah Study. Its Adult Education Committee provides educational and cultural programs with speakers and Jewish films covering a wide variety of topics and interests. All members are invited to take part in any of our programs and to join the committees that make them happen.

Am HaYam has no dues and relies entirely on donations to fund its services and programs as well as its own commitment to support local non-profit organizations such as Lower Cape Outreach Council, Habitat for Humanity, VNA, Homeless Prevention Council and more. It also supports LCOC with an annual food drive between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Am HaYam's services and events are free and open to the public.

Am HaYam Havurah: a community of prayer and reflection, of education and study, of friendship, family and caring. It is a community that recognizes the equality of men and women in religious practice and welcomes all individuals regardless of sexual preference, marital status and religious background. Open to all without regard to income or status.


Membership is open to any individual who would like to participate. There are no dues. We are supported solely by voluntary tax-deductible donations. All members are invited to take part in any of our programs and to join the committees that make them happen.


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