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Seasons & Reasons: Fall Holidays

  • The Gary Rosenthal Studio 4218 Howard Avenue Kensington, MD, 20895 (map)


With Avi West
Senior Education Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; Master Teacher


In this fall session, we will explore the universal themes of creation/stewardship, redemption and forgiveness, gratitude, and what's really important in life. We will then see how the particular rituals and texts associated with the Jewish fall holidays, (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret), provide perspectives - some 3,500 years in the making - for wrestling with these themes.

This is not a “how to celebrate” class; rather, it frames rituals as responses to the human condition, which we benefit from by revisiting each year.

This class is free and open to the public, however a limited number of spaces are available. You must register to reserve your spot.

Avi West

Avi West

Avi West is Federation’s Senior Education Officer and Master Teacher. Avi integrates accessible and inclusive Judaic content into instructional and identity-building experiences for learners of all ages. As a specialist, he is the coordinator of ROUTES, Federation’s annual community-wide day of adult study, and works to make a more robust framework for adult Jewish learning in Greater Washington. Avi consults with educational leadership and offers professional development workshops for educators and Jewish life presentations for parents. Among his teachers and influencers are his 6 grandchildren in Israel and Gaithersburg.