Tradition & Innovation

Klei Kodesh: Spiritual Tools for Challenging Times

Led by Rabbi Elisa Goldberg
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00–8:30 PM ET

Jewish tradition offers a road map for living with uncertainty in the quintessential prayer of the High Holidays, the Unetaneh Tokef. This prayer confronts us each year with the fragility of life: “On Rosh Hashanah, all is written and revealed, and on Yom Kippur, the course of every life is sealed... Who shall live and who shall die….” Yet it also presents a way for us to respond: “But Teshuvah (repentance), Tefillah (prayer), and Tzedakah (justice)” allow us to live with what is inscribed for the year—in the face of all we cannot change. These three practices—Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah—Judaism’s prescription for resiliency—enable us to live in the face of life's uncertainty, and continue to thrive.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the klei kodesh, the spiritual tools, we need as we turn inward through Teshuvah, upward with Tefillah and outward through Tzedakah. We will look at examples of each from Jewish tradition and spend time reflecting on the klei kodesh that help you connect to yourself, to a sense of the sacred in the world and to other people. We will focus on concrete steps for strengthening these practices in this challenging time. 


This sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch the recording at your own convenience.

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Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, M.A.H.L., currently serves as the Director of Rabbinic Career Development for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Previously, she directed Chaplaincy Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) for fourteen years where she dedicated herself to creating an inclusive Jewish community that provided for the spiritual needs of the underserved. Rabbi Elisa has led several congregations in a part-time capacity and has served as a Spiritual Director for many years. She authored a guidebook on spirituality and recovery with Drexel University and consults with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities on the integration of spiritually informed care. Rabbi Elisa shares her home with her partner Steve and daughter Jesse. She has been a student of meditation since high school, an occasional artist, a passionate cook and a lover of beauty.  

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