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S'lichot Film, Discussion & Service

Saturday, September 17, 2022 21 Elul 5782

7:30 PM - 10:00 PMFilm & Discussion at 7:30 PM, Social Hall*; Service at 9:00 PM, Sanctuary* & Livestream

Each year, the Beth Am community enters the High Holy Day season on the night of S'lichot (meaning "prayers for forgiveness"). This year we will screen the film Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most remarkable and inspiring figures of the American 20th Century. He was a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the entire Civil Rights Movement, a leading critic of the Vietnam War, a champion for Soviet Jews and a pioneer in the work of interfaith dialogue. The film combines archival photographs and rarely seen footage, as well as interviews with: Civil Rights leaders Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Young, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Taylor Branch, public theologian Cornel West, Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen, daughter Susannah Heschel and others. Watch a trailer about the film. (Closed captioning is available.)

Following the film, the clergy will lead a discussion of how the film's themes relate to the High Holy Days. Then we'll join in a short S'lichot service featuring the beautiful music and liturgy of these Days of Awe.

  • 7:30 PM: S'lichot Film (1-hour long) & Discussion, Social Hall
  • 9:00 PM: S'lichot Service, Sanctuary & Livestream

*COVID Policies: Vaccination is required to attend in person for everyone over age 5. Mask policies will follow Santa Clara County guidelines. Currently, masks are recommended for any indoor participation.

Learn more about High Holy Days 2022.

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