High Holy Day Programming with KITS
This year is different from all other years. But, we at Keeping It Sacred are dedicated to lifting up the essence of the High Holy Day Season: Sweetness and Sacredness. We have designed a comprehensive High Holy Day experience that will emphasize these qualities and uplift the essence of the holy days through intentional programming rooted in the wisdom of Jewish tradition.

All programs below are designed by Rabbi Miller to be accessible, relevant and empowering. And, unless otherwise noted, each are 1-hour.

*All services with an asterisk will rely on the prayerbook called Mishkan HaNefesh and will be featured on the zoom screen. Following this form, you will be provided with information in case you'd like to use the free digital flip book on your device, or purchase (with a special discount code) the hard cover two-volume books.

Keeping It Sacred is not organized on the congregational membership or fee-for-service model, but rather a community that relies on the generosity of participants. Please consider contributing generously to uphold the value that no one should be turned away for lack of funds. Thank you-- your contributions ensure high quality programming and necessary infrastructure. Note: as we are a new venture, funding is not tax-deductible.
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, INTRO TO THE HIGH HOLY DAYS 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST New to the High Holy Days? The Days of Awe? The Jewish New Year? Or would you like to go deeper in your understanding of this sweet and sacred season? Rabbi Miller will guide us through the structure of these days and offer spiritual frameworks to help us prepare to enter with intention.
AUGUST 12, DINNER WITH THE RABBIS OF THE TALMUD 5pm PST/8pm EST This program follows up on our Shavuot Slumberparty with the Rabbis program, where we began to learn about various rabbis and their relationships with one another, their personalities, backgrounds and perspectives. For those who joined us for part one or those who are joining us for the first time. (2hrs.)
SUNDAYS, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 and 9/6: RE(SOUL)UTIONS: ELUL COUNT 9am PST/12pm EST Join us as we read Rabbi Miller's book, Re(Soul)utions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair in the month of Elul.The book is written with one reading and introspective prompt for each day of the week of Elul, the month preceding the High Holy Days. Jumpstart your introspection this year, a year when so many of us are rethinking what is important in life. Clear out the energy of the year 5780 and prepare for the year 5781 with renewed sense of self and resolve to act in alignment with our values. Rabbi Miller will lead a four session class--9am PT/noon ET on Sundays, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, and 9/6.
SUNDAY, 8/16 ALL ABOUT THE SHOFAR! 10am PST/1pm EST How do you sound a shofar? What are the calls? How is it made and what makes it kosher? And, can we practice? YES! We will address all of these points and more during our All About the Shofar workshop! Prepare to gain a new skill and get ready to sound the shofar this holy day season! 
SUNDAY, 8/23 PRAYER WRITING WORKSHOP 10am PST/1pm EST Having trouble finding the words? Want to understand some of the history and beauty behind the writers of our most hallowed words? Join Rabbi Miller as she teaches us all about writing prayers-- from the Torah to King David, Hannah, Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz, to contemporary writers of prayers. Write your own prayer to share during this High Holy Day Season privately or with our community!
SUNDAY, 8/30 HANNAH AND SPIRITUAL ANGST 10am PST/ 1pm EST Hannah poured her heart out in the Temple. Why was she distraught? What did those who found her think about her outpouring? What can we learn from this kind of deep expression of spiritual realness? And, how can we get in touch with our deepest spiritual yearnings to prepare for the Days of Awe? Let's get deep in this workshop exploring Hannah and her life. 
SUNDAY, 9/6 JONAH THE REBEL 10am PST/ 1pm EST Jewish communities around the globe have read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur for thousands of years. What makes this work, about a rebel running away from God, so special that it would be read on the most sacred day of the year? And most importantly, what might we learn from this story that would deepen our own understanding of faith, doubt, and reconciliation?
FRIDAY, 9/18 EREV ROSH HASHANAH NEW YEAR DINNER 5pm PST/ 8pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and friends for a truly universal celebration of creation. Tune in with friends from various traditions to reflect upon the power of creation and this season where we re-create ourselves anew. This year we will usher in 5781 with gratitude for the diversity of the world around us. Bring your dinner and your shofar and your best hopes for the new year. 
SATURDAY, 9/19 ROSH HASHANAH DAY I* 10am PST/ 1pm EST Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Rosh Hashanah with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. (75min.) Virtual Oneg to follow; enjoy your own apples and honey and round challah.
SUNDAY, 9/20 GAME ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST 10am PST/ 1pm EST The season of reflection is a perfect time to consider what matters most to you. We will play a game (yes a game!) about life and death and meaning that is sure to spark some of the deepest conversations strangers can have with one another. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to have fun while being purposeful. (2hrs.) 
SUNDAY, 9/20 TASHLICH 3pm PST/6pm EST Tashlich is the service where we cast away any old behaviors that we would like to rid ourselves from in the new year. Rabbi Miller will Zoom in LIVE from a living body of water to perform this ritual on behalf of all of us, but you may also Zoom in LIVE from your preferred favorite living body of water as well. Don't forget to bring bread crumbs! (30min.)
SUNDAY, 9/27 KOL NIDREI/ EREV YOM KIPPUR* 6:30 PST/ 9:30pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and musical guest for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Yom Kippur Evening Service, known as Kol Nidrei, with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. Together, we will usher in this most sacred day of the Jewish Year. (75min.)
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR MORNING* 10am PST/ 1pm EST Join Rabbi Miller and musical guest for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of Yom Kippur with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. (75min.)
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR YIZKOR* 12pm PST/ 3pm EST Virtual Yizkor Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of the Yizkor Memorial Service with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction. Remember our loved ones in community. (75min.) YIZKOR NOTE: If you would like the names (as you'd like for them to appear), a corresponding photo, and brief (25 word) description of deceased loved ones to appear on the screen during the service, please send these to rabbiheathermiller@gmail.com.
MONDAY, 9/28 YOM KIPPUR NE'ILAH & VIRTUAL BREAK-THE-FAST* 5:40pm PST/ 8:40pm EST Join Rabbi Miller for a Zoom experience designed to uplift the essence of the Ne'ilah Service with prayer offerings, stories and lessons from our tradition, and invitations for thoughtful interaction that will close out the most sacred day. Following this, let's break bread together (virtually)! Register for programming HERE. (75min.)
This space is open for you to share your thoughts about participating in the High Holy Days with Rabbi Miller and Keeping It Sacred.
This space is open for you to share how you might like to participate in any of the services. Let us know if you'd like to help lead by participating in an English or Hebrew reading, chanting prayers or Torah, if you'd like to sound the shofar, or volunteer to help with tech.
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