Three Rabbis To Lecture On High Holy Days

September 8, 2009

The Jewish Community Center of Houston is hosting a three-part lecture on the meaning of Judaism’s highest holy days, from three rabbis with distinct theological perspectives.

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year – celebrated this year on September 19 — begins a ten day period of self-reflection that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest day in the Jewish year. 

On Sunday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m., just a week before the solemn period begins; the JCC of Houston has invited three leading community rabbis to speak on the central themes of Rosh HaShanah. This conversation, entitled Entering 5770: Insights into the New Year, is a unique opportunity to hear these rabbis in an inter-denominational dialogue on a unifying Jewish experience.  

Rabbi Barry Gelman, of United Orthodox Synagogues, will offer his perspective on the Shofarot sectrion of the Rosh HaShanah liturgy.  This section discusses the importance of the Shofar, or the ram’s horn, in the message of the New Year.

Rabbi Ranon Teller of Brith Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, will present his thoughts on the Malchuyot section of the liturgy which presents God as the ultimate sovereign of the universe. 

Rabbi Roy Walter of Congregation Emanu El, a Reform synagogue, will share his thoughts on the Zichronot section of the liturgy and the importance of remembrance during the New Year season. 

The three-part presentation is intended to give participants an insight into the shared messages and theological differences of the three rabbis, and the movements they represent. The program is free and open to the entire community, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. For more information, please visit

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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