Each year, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I feel a sense of excitement and anticipation about the ways in which the High Holy Days connect us as an intergenerational community. I’m inspired by the revitalization that takes place in our souls as we determine how to become the best version of ourselves, and I’m passionate about motivating others to be inspired as well. But I do not take this sacred challenge lightly: I am humbled to help guide BJ members of all ages and life stages on their journey of self reflection and spiritual growth.
With immense gratitude for the Miriam Siroky Fund and the generosity of Ed Brill, I’m thrilled to share that BJ has created Mahzor Ledor: An Intergenerational Family Mahzor, an incredible prayer book for the High Holy Days that supports and invites reflection and connection in new ways. The mahzor, which has prayers in Hebrew as well as English translation and transliteration, includes thoughtful commentary and discussion questions and features artwork from BJ teens, children, and families. We’re delighted that we were able to use it in our BJ family services this year!
Our hope is that the mahzor will help lead our children and teens—along with us—to a place of introspection, opening up our families and our community to personal and spiritual growth as well as strengthening our connection with God, the High Holy Day liturgy, and each other.
I am indebted to all of the help and support from my extraordinary colleagues at BJ as well as to the partners and contributors who gave their expertise, time, and dedication to help make this mahzor a reality.
It is an enormous blessing to be on this spiritual quest with you and to help lay the foundation of values that guide us and the next generation through a life filled with love for ourselves, for each other, and for Judaism. May this mahzor be an integral part of our journey together.
Mahzor Ledor: An Intergenerational Family Mahzor is available for dedication and for purchase.