Beth Haskalah Rosh Hashanah Observance

The summer is winding down and the very late High Holidays are coming soon. We may start to assess ourselves on how we lived this past year.
This is the end of a year of challenges beyond our expectations. We have to continue to adjust to these changes.
I get many internet offerings concerning the many responses that come from the various segment of the Jewish world. Many of them have parts that are bolstering our view of our Jewish lives. Some are “right on the mark” and totally amplify the value of our humanistic Jewish point of view.
I will bring examples of these (printed) to our High Holiday services. You will be able to see the variety of possibilities open to us because parts of the Jewish world have been making more investments in actively making our world better. A example is the “Never Again Action” movement, even a “Never Again Rochester” group on Facebook. (This will also be discussed at our first study group on Oct. 13th.) Please feel free to bring your own unique links for the group, to either the study group or services.

Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated on Sunday, September 29th at 5 pm.  We will have our service and then have our usual vegan put luck.   Please contact me so I can direct you to the location and discuss what to bring for the vegan pot luck.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Rosh Hashanah. Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions.
Shalom, Barry Swan, Madrikh   585-329-3305


Study Group , Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019


Our first study group of the year will be on Sunday, October 13 at 7pm .  (Call me- Barry Swan for directions.  585-329-3305   Our first study group of the year is usually an affirmation of our secular humanistic Jewish values.  This year we may do this by appraising the ways that we can activate these values in our lives.  This has been a particularly turbulent year and we must choose how we respond to its challenges.

Our first study group will be a discussion of the ways we can participate in both local and national (or worldwide) activities which promote our values.  We can discuss activities which emerge from our humanistic values as well as our Jewish values.

We can see that there are many opportunities.  We will discuss a great variety of opportunities with varying levels of explanations.  I know that many individuals in our group have both ideas and specific contacts which may be presented to the group.

While adding to the list of our own personal options, we will also see the possibilities of our participation in a group Beth Haskalah activity.  The Jewish community, which has had issues dividing it, seems to have come together over immigration.  The “Never Again” movement  has been spurred on by a serious Jewish youth response.  It has affected Jewish youth like no movement in recent memory.  Jewish congregations and other organizations have joined together to invoke the tragic memory of the helpless Jews who could not find a refuge.  This issue has resonated with Jewish youth.

An example is an article on the SHJ temple in Detroit.:
The Birmingham Temple, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Detroit, MI featured in a Detroit Jewish News Article.

Please bring your ideas to this discussion.  I am looking forward to this discussion.
Shalom , Barry Swan