Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
On this most solemn evening of the year, we gather as a community to hear the plaintive music of the Kol Nidre prayer and begin the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Kol Nidre is the “people’s prayer” — a prayer that our rabbis were ambivalent about. They worried that releasing ourselves from our vows and oaths in advance would be misconstrued by the outside world. But the Jewish people insisted that Kol Nidre be recited year after year, insisted that forgiveness for ourselves and for others be publicly proclaimed, that we as a community allow for second chances, year after year.
Join Rabbi Gilah Langner, Hazzan Jim North, and Steve Pershing as well as the Kol Amite musicians for a spiritual journey into Yom Kippur. Our focus will be on the theme, You Fall Down, You Get Back Up. Our speakers will explore what this means on a societal level — Steve Pershing will address voting rights setbacks and Sammie Moshenberg will talk about the Dobbs decision — as well as on the individual level. How do we overcome setbacks and challenges, failures and disappointments? And how do we get back up again, renewing our lives and our spirits?