House of Awe
I am late to the party because I was out of town this past week (as yesterday was the last day ) but the House of Awe & Repentance Cafe will hopefully be an annual event.
The Days of Awe, is the time period between Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year ) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). It is a time to observe and prepare from the beginning of the year for 10 days until the day of atonement which is a time to reflect and think about the promise of moving forward.
The House of Awe and the Repentance Cafe took over an empty space on 8th street, during this time, for people to come in and engage in an interactive environment. There was a variety of artistic installations. Also, Rabbi Dan, was on hand to have conversations with people coming in an out.
This picture is of a ventricle type structure that has a video inside of an artist acknowledging things she might have done. Very clever.
What I liked most of all is that the leaders of our temple are really thinking out of the box on how to engage community members and possible new members. They are trying to keep connected to observances that probably the majority of Jews presently do not engage in but have in the past and try to engage with the realities of practicing Jews in the 21st century.