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Memorial service at the cemetery
September 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
It is customary to gather at the cemetery between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The tradition honors our ongoing (and sometimes complicated) relationship with people who have been important to us, even after they have died.
From one perspective, we come to do the work of t’shuvah – asking their forgiveness, or forgiving them, whatever is an appropriate next step in our relationship with them. You can do this whether or not they’re buried in our cemetery; the surroundings help us focus.
Another part of the tradition grows out of our expanded perspective at this time of year. As we celebrate the opportunity to start over afresh at the new year, we are more aware then usual of the passage of time. Our visit to the cemetery reminds us of the importance of making change today, since we will not have forever in which to do so. And it also affirms that whatever we accomplish in our lives will live on — through its influence in the lives of those who knew us, and also in the lives of people who did not know us but benefit from what we do now.
Please join us for this brief and meditative service.
- September 16
11:00 am - 12:00 pm