Time & Location
About the Event
We are BACK! Kolot haKahal are blessed and humbled to be able to announce, after a long hiatus, an in-person Seliḥot service on the 23rd September – halfway through the ‘Aseret Yemé haTeshuvah (the 10 days inbetween Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur).
In the run-up to this service, we are also blessed and grateful to be joined by educators from around the world to infuse our Elul with the learning of Seliḥot, in order to enable a vibrant peer-led space come the 23rd. These sessions will be over Zoom, stay tuned for dates and details.
Anyone attending an in-person event must register their contact details, according to NHS Test & Trace regulations: https://forms.gle/ZoqsfkuxkaARPtDs5
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SELIḤOT SERVICE DETAILS
The service will take place in 14th Southgate Scout Hut, which has a large private outdoor area, at 8:45pm. It will use traditional Sephardi seliḥot liturgy, welcoming piyutim from any branch of the Sephardi/Mizraḥi world.
The service will be peer-led by the group as a whole. Beneath is a list of service components, please get in touch to let us know any and all melodies and chants you know for bits of it (even if you're not necessarily down to lead!) AND if you're interested in learning new passages, and we'll assemble a list of leaders. Also see a post in the discussion thread to share tunes and recordings!
– Ben Adam – Ashré and Kaddish Le‘ela – El Melekh & Adonai Adonai – Bedil Vaya‘abor – Anshé Emunah – Tamanu Méra‘ot – Vidui – Ḥatanu Tsurénu – Eḥad Elohénu – Elohénu Shebashamayim – Anénu Avinu – Anénu Elohé Avraham – Adon haSeliḥot – UvSefer Ḥayyim – VeḤusah ‘Al YisraÉl ‘Amekha – ‘Aséh – ‘Anénan – Yahh Shema’ – Atanu Leḥalot – Shower YisraÉl – Kaddish Te‘anu – Psalm 130 – We also need a SHOFAR BLOWER! This is NOT even close to an exhaustive list of all piyutim found in the Sephardi seliḥot liturgies. If there's anything else you want to bring, let us know!
We'd also love to hear from people interested in helping with organisation and logistics, whether just for this event and/or beyond.
Please note that it will be dark, we will have some light but to aid in reading maḥzorim we recommend bringing a torch.
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It is extremely important that this service takes place only in a way which minimises risks involved and ensures the safety of those within it. Regulations are as follows:
– All seating will be >2m apart – All present must wear masks – The service will aim to take place outdoors. Should weather force it indoors, the space in question is a large hall to which we will open all doors and windows. – Only the leader of each seliḥah will sing. Humming and spoken responses are firmly encouraged. – Those who can are encouraged to bring their own maḥzorim. We will also post a handout of the service that you can print out and bring with you. We will have some handouts for those for whom neither of these are possible. – We will have hand sanitiser available – If you or anyone in your household are recommended to isolate for any reason according to NHS Test & Trace guidelines, please do not come to this event.
We do not wish anyone to take risks they are not comfortable with, so please get in touch if there's a further way we can make this event accessible to you.
For further reference, see the government guidelines on religious services: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july
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In this difficult year where many of us may not be able to gather as we would wish for the Days of Awe themselves, we hope this will be, not a substitute, but a meaningful and valuable alternative. Tizku leShanim Rabbot.