Discussion Groups

High Holiday Discussion Groups to Nourish the Spirit

Among JRC’s extensive High Holiday programs, discussion groups are a favorite tradition. Offered on the second day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, these groups are led by JRC members and others on a range of topics and themes related to the High Holidays. 

Rosh Hashanah Day II

Becoming a Trauma Informed Community: Going Deeper with Evanston’s James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Join the Peace Dialogue Task Force for the second discussion group led by members of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. The Moran Center provides legal and social services to low-income Evanston youth and their families. Kristen Kennard, LCSW, and Deputy Director and Director of Social Services will be this year's guest presenter. Ms. Kennard will screen a 16 minute film, Remembering Trauma, and lead a discussion identifying psychological and community trauma, how to move forward, and how we can become better allies. (Participants do not need to have attended last year’s presentation with Executive Director, Patrick Keenan-Devlin.) 

Yom Kippur 

Poetry on Immigration  
Members of the Immigrant Justice Task Force, Beth Lange and Tamar Frolichstein-Appel, will share poems and short readings expressing immigrant experiences. This non-scholarly approach will address the ideas and emotions around immigration as a way of connecting to the humanity of the immigrant experience. Readings will be provided at the discussion group.

Book Club: Moonglow by Michael Chabon
In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. 

Meditative​ Art for Young Adults 
Join JRC's young adults (20's-30's) for an alternative discussion group as we experience the High Holiday liturgy through art. We will be using oil pastels to reflect on passages from the Days of Awe to create illuminated texts. All artistic abilities welcome. Please join us if your observance allows it - we will be drawing and listening to reflective music.


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