Events Calendar

September 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Selichot: Beginning the Process of Teshuvah
  • 10,000 Conversations Project: Caring for family members during the pandemic
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  • Uptown Hebrew
  • Machzor 101: Understanding High Holiday Liturgy with Cantor Margolius
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4
  • Shabbat Evening Service
5
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
  • No Yamim Yafim: Shabbat Ba-Boker!
  • Shabbat Rocks
  • Shabbat Morning Services
6
  • No Yamim Yafim: Labor Day Weekend
7
  • Selichot: Beginning the Process of Teshuvah
  • Labor Day - Office Closed
8
  • 10,000 Conversations Project: Challenges for educators and those close to them
9
  • Uptown Hebrew
  • Machzor 101: Understanding High Holiday Liturgy with Cantor Margolius
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11
  • Shabbat Evening Service
12
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
  • Yamim Yafim: Shabbat Ba-Boker!
  • Shabbat Morning Services
  • Selichot for Racial Justice
13
  • Yamim Yafim: 1st-6th Grade Opening Day
14
  • Planned Giving: A Conversation About Legacy
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16
  • Uptown Hebrew
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18
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
19
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
  • Tashlich and Havdalah
  • Tashlich and Havdalah
  • Tashlich and Havdalah
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  • Yamim Yafim Celebrates The High Holidays (Grades 1-6)
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22
  • Kever Avot
23
  • Uptown Hebrew
  • Yamim Yafim: 7th & 8th Grade
24
  • Kever Avot
25
  • Shabbat Shuvah
26
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
  • Shabbat Ba-Boker Rosh Hashanah Family Celebration
  • Rosh Hashanah Rocks!
  • Shabbat Morning Services
27
  • Yamim Yafim Celebrates The High Holidays (Grades 1-6)
  • Kol Nidre Service
28
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service
  • Yom Kippur Meditative Time
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning Sessions
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Service with Congregational Voices
  • Yom Kippur Yizkor and Neilah Concluding Service
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  • Uptown Hebrew
  • Yamim Yafim: 9th & 10 Grade

September 18, 2020
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
    Starts: 8:00 PM
    Ends: September 18, 2020 - 9:30 PM

    Location: Broadcast and Livestream


September 19, 2020
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM

    Location: Via Zoom,


    Description:

    Community members gather via Zoom to study the weekly Parashah (Torah Portion). The discussions are led by congregants who extend an open invitation regardless of experience with Hebrew or the Torah. Join the lively and informative discussion on what our ancestors had to say about the stories of the bible.

  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: September 19, 2020 - 12:30 PM

    Location: Broadcast and Livestream


  • Tashlich and Havdalah
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: September 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM


    Description:

    Tashlich and Havdalah
    Saturday, September 19 (multiple service times, 5 and 6pm)
    We’ll gather to participate in Tashlich, a ritual of “casting off” the remnants of the old year and embracing the possibilities ahead in the new one. We’ll conclude with a short havdalah service.

    To ensure enough space for as many people as possible to safely and healthily participate, we will be offering multiple tashlich/havdalah services and asking members to RSVP for one in advance. In case of inclement weather, we will postpone until the following evening, Sunday, Sept. 20.

  • Tashlich and Havdalah
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: September 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM


    Description:

    Tashlich and Havdalah
    Saturday, September 19 (multiple service times, 5 and 6pm)
    We’ll gather to participate in Tashlich, a ritual of “casting off” the remnants of the old year and embracing the possibilities ahead in the new one. We’ll conclude with a short havdalah service.

    To ensure enough space for as many people as possible to safely and healthily participate, we will be offering multiple tashlich/havdalah services and asking members to RSVP for one in advance. In case of inclement weather, we will postpone until the following evening, Sunday, Sept. 20.

  • Tashlich and Havdalah
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Ends: September 19, 2020 - 8:00 PM


    Description:

    Tashlich and Havdalah
    Saturday, September 19 (multiple service times, 5 and 6pm)
    We’ll gather to participate in Tashlich, a ritual of “casting off” the remnants of the old year and embracing the possibilities ahead in the new one. We’ll conclude with a short havdalah service.

    To ensure enough space for as many people as possible to safely and healthily participate, we will be offering multiple tashlich/havdalah services and asking members to RSVP for one in advance. In case of inclement weather, we will postpone until the following evening, Sunday, Sept. 20.

September 20, 2020
  • Yamim Yafim Celebrates The High Holidays (Grades 1-6)
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM


September 22, 2020
  • Kever Avot
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM


    Description:

    Kever Avot
    We will participate in the tradition of Kever Avot, visiting the graves of loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There will be a brief and meditative morning services during the Days of Awe and recall our dearly departed whom we carry with us into this new year.
    RSVP is required to attend.

September 23, 2020
  • Uptown Hebrew
    Starts: 3:30 PM
    Ends: September 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

    Location: via Zoom


  • Yamim Yafim: 7th & 8th Grade
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: September 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

    Location: TBD


September 24, 2020
  • Kever Avot
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 24, 2020 - 10:00 AM


    Description:

    Kever Avot
    We will participate in the tradition of Kever Avot, visiting the graves of loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There will be a brief and meditative morning services during the Days of Awe and recall our dearly departed whom we carry with us into this new year.
    RSVP is required to attend.

September 25, 2020
  • Shabbat Shuvah
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: September 25, 2020 - 7:10 PM

    Location: Zoom and Livestream


    Description:

    “JUDAISM IN THE AGE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER”

    Dr. Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College, whose scholarship focuses on intellectual representation of Jews, Judaism, race and racism. RSVP is required to join on Zoom. Link provided upon RSVP.

September 26, 2020
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 26, 2020 - 10:30 AM

    Location: Via Zoom,


    Description:

    Community members gather via Zoom to study the weekly Parashah (Torah Portion). The discussions are led by congregants who extend an open invitation regardless of experience with Hebrew or the Torah. Join the lively and informative discussion on what our ancestors had to say about the stories of the bible.

  • Shabbat Ba-Boker Rosh Hashanah Family Celebration
    Starts: 9:30 AM
    Ends: September 26, 2020 - 10:45 AM


  • Rosh Hashanah Rocks!
    Starts: 10:15 AM
    Ends: September 26, 2020 - 11:15 AM


  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: September 26, 2020 - 11:45 AM

    Location: Livestream


September 27, 2020
  • Yamim Yafim Celebrates The High Holidays (Grades 1-6)
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: September 27, 2020 - 12:00 PM


  • Kol Nidre Service
    Starts: 8:00 PM
    Ends: September 27, 2020 - 9:30 PM

    Location: Broadcast and Livestream


September 28, 2020
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: September 28, 2020 - 12:30 PM

    Location: Broadcast and Livestream


  • Yom Kippur Meditative Time
    Starts: 12:30 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2020 - 3:30 PM


    Description:

    MEDITATIVE TIME

    Our members are warmly invited to reserve a 20 minute block to engage in personal reflection and prayers. To minimize risk, there will be single-use seats and limited capacity for each block of time. RSVP is required.

    Please note that everyone entering the sanctuary will be asked to wear a mask and have their temperature screened.

  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning Sessions
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

    Location: Zoom and Livestream


    Description:

    YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON LEARNING SESSIONS

    Monday, September 28, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Recordings will be made available after Yom KippurZoom links provided upon RSVP.

    • The Biblical Origins of Yom Kippur with Dr. Jason Gaines
      Thousands of years ago, the ancient Israelites celebrated a holiday called “Purge Day,” or Yom Kippur, when God required that sacred objects and places be physically decontaminated of sin. The Torah’s version of this holiday is drastically different from the chag we observe today. In this talk, we will work to understand the origins of this most holy day, giving our commemorations further meaning and nuance.
    • Guilt, Shame, & Self-Compassion: Creating a Path Toward Self-Forgiveness & Everyday Holiness with Dr. Joseph Bodenmiller
      As we seek to give and receive forgiveness, we too often neglect the essential function of forgiving ourselves. Together, we will consider the nature of self-directed Rachamin (self-compassion) as an essential function of psychological wellness, and as a necessary ingredient in creating a life of everyday holiness.
    • How People Change with Kevin Wilkins
      During Yom Kippur, we reflect upon and commit to making changes in our personal lives for the upcoming year. We will consider this process through the lens of organizational change, asking ourselves the same powerful questions that help large, mission-driven institutions make change, seeking not only to survive this time, but to thrive.

  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Service with Congregational Voices
    Starts: 3:15 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

    Location: Zoom and Livestream


    Description:

    YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON SERVICE WITH CONGREGATIONAL VOICES

    Monday, September 28 at 3:15pm

    The Yom Kippur Afternoon Service focuses on our stories and values. Many from our congregation will give voice to these powerful texts, from Jonah wrestling with forgiveness to the ancient ritual of Yom Kippur in the Temple. RSVP is required to join on Zoom. Link provided upon RSVP.

  • Yom Kippur Yizkor and Neilah Concluding Service
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: September 28, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Zoom and Livestream


    Description:

    YIZKOR AND NEILAH CONCLUDING SERVICE

    We conclude this holy day by remembering all our loved ones whom we have lost in recent and distant days. The 5781 Book of Remembrance will be mailed to each household. Additional copies will be available for pick-up from the Touro Synagogue office. We will conclude with our last Tekiah Gedolah and Havdalah at 6:00pm.

September 30, 2020
  • Uptown Hebrew
    Starts: 3:30 PM
    Ends: September 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

    Location: via Zoom


  • Yamim Yafim: 9th & 10 Grade
    Starts: 5:30 PM
    Ends: September 30, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: TBD


October 1, 2020
October 2, 2020
  • Shabbat Sukkot and Celebration of Rabbi Silverman
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: October 2, 2020 - 7:10 PM

    Location: Livestream,


    Description:

    SHABBAT SUKKOT AND CELEBRATION OF RABBI SILVERMAN

    Sukkot is known as the most joyful holiday of the Jewish year. Its hallmarks are a return to the gentle embrace of nature, audacious hospitality, and an open heart to those who have neither home nor shelter. We’ll savor this week of communion with our natural world by shaking the lulav, dwelling outside in the sukkah, and reflecting on our responsibility to provide for all. Most especially, we look forward to celebrating the leadership of Rabbi Todd Silverman on the first night of Sukkot, Shabbat evening, October 2 at 6:00pm. 

October 3, 2020
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: October 3, 2020 - 10:30 AM

    Location: Via Zoom,


    Description:

    Community members gather via Zoom to study the weekly Parashah (Torah Portion). The discussions are led by congregants who extend an open invitation regardless of experience with Hebrew or the Torah. Join the lively and informative discussion on what our ancestors had to say about the stories of the bible.

  • Yamim Yafim: Shabbat Ba-Boker Sukkot Celebration
    Starts: 9:30 AM
    Ends: October 3, 2020 - 10:45 AM


  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 3, 2020 - 11:45 AM

    Location: Livestream


October 4, 2020
  • Sukkot Rocks!
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: October 4, 2020 - 10:15 AM

    Location: Bowsky Garden (rsvp required)


  • Yamim Yafim: 1st-6th Grade (Sukkot Celebration)
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: October 4, 2020 - 12:00 PM


October 5, 2020
  • Congregational Sukkah
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 5, 2020 - 7:30 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


October 6, 2020
  • Congregational Sukkah
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 6, 2020 - 11:00 AM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


  • Learning in the Sukkah: Rooted School
    Starts: 12:00 PM
    Ends: October 6, 2020 - 1:00 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


    Description:

    Tuesday, October 6 at 12:00pm

    with Kaitlin Karpinski, Principal, & Jonathan Johnson, Founder and CEO of Rooted School

    Rooted School exists to provide students personal pathways to financial freedom.

    Kaitlin Karpinski is School Leader at Rooted School New Orleans. A member of the founding Rooted School team, Kaitlin served as a curriculum consultant and Assistant School Leader until she moved into the School Leader position. Highly qualified in Mathematics, English, and Special Education, Kaitlin has taught in traditional and charter public high schools in Hawaii, Indiana, and Louisiana and worked for Teach for America as a Corps Member and Advisor. Kaitlin earned her Masters of Education degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in Special Education with a focus on Mild to Moderate Disabilities, and her Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, having majored in Musical Theatre.

    Jonathan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Rooted School. Rooted School is a nonprofit based in New Orleans that partners with communities across the U.S. to open charter high schools that provide underestimated youth earlier paths to living-wage jobs while addressing local talent gaps, starting with the growing technology sector. A graduate of Chapman University, he has been nationally recognized as a “Change-Maker” by The 74. He was recognized by the Fishman Prize for Excellence in Teaching and as an emerging social innovator by Echoing Green — among the one percent of entrepreneurs in the world to receive this honor. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s The Giving Pledge campaign recognized Jonathan as one of the most innovative school builders in the country. By many accounts, his work is considered one of the most ambitious projects in charter school history.

  • Congregational Sukkah
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: October 6, 2020 - 7:30 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


October 7, 2020
  • Congregational Sukkah
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 7, 2020 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


  • Yamim Yafim: Teens
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: October 7, 2020 - 6:00 PM


  • “Stop ‘n’ Shake” for Touro Teens (7th-12th Grade)
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: October 7, 2020 - 6:00 PM


  • No Uptown Hebrew
    Starts: 3:30 PM
    Ends: October 7, 2020 - 6:00 PM


  • Learning in the Sukkah: Julie Ward
    Starts: 6:30 PM
    Ends: October 7, 2020 - 7:30 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


    Description:

    Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm

    with Julie Ward, Founder of Home is Here Migrant Housing Project

    The Migrant Housing Project exists to grow capacity for migrant housing and hospitality in New Orleans and the Gulf South.

    Julie Ward is the current Director of Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, which serves immigrants and refugees in the Greater New Orleans area through legal representation, social support, and ESL programming. Ms. Ward is an immigration attorney and has been an advocate for immigrants and refugees for almost 20 years. She has spent much of her career working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in D.C., Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean to ensure humanitarian protections for refugees and other displaced people in detention, urban areas, and refugee camps. Ms. Ward has served as the Louisiana State Refugee Coordinator, as well as a Pro Bono Coordinator for attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant children. Ms. Ward grew up in Los Angeles, and New Orleans is her chosen home. Ms. Ward comes from a family of refugees, and believes in the power of our stories – both individual and collective – to build power, community, and connection.

October 8, 2020
  • Congregational Sukkah
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM

    Location: Under the Sukkah


  • Learning in the Sukkah: Rev. Gregory T. Manning
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: October 8, 2020 - 7:00 PM


    Description:

    Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm
    with Rev. Gregory T. Manning, Founder of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition
    The GNOICC exists to establish working objectives to green faith communities, address environmental injustice, and preserve the environment.

    Reverend Gregory T. Manning believes firmly that everyone’s life has a story. This present chapter of his life includes a strong commitment to the ministry of Broadmoor Community Church, community organizing, and the consistent fight to dismantle systemic institutional racism on all fronts. Pastor Manning is the founder and chairman of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition. He has been deeply engaged in the fight against the petrochemical industry’s poisoning of river parishes as facilitator for Coalition Against Death Alley. Pastor Manning is co-moderator for Justice and Beyond and serves on the steering committee for the Peoples DA Coalition to elect a progressive district attorney for New Orleans. Pastor Manning also enjoys serving on the board of directors of The Greater New Orleans YMCA, The Lighthouse of Louisiana, The Salvation Army, and Rebecca’s Garden of Hope.

October 9, 2020
  • Shabbat Evening Service/Confirmation Celebration on Simchat Torah
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: October 9, 2020 - 7:10 PM

    Location: Livestream,


    Description:

    CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION ON SIMCHAT TORAH

    Our Touro family will gather outside as we celebrate our return to the beginning of the Torah! Just as Simchat Torah pairs the conclusion of one cycle of Torah reading with the first words of the next, we will honor our Confirmation students as they transition to the next phase of their Jewish learning. RSVP is required for in-person attendance.

October 10, 2020
  • Lay-Led Torah Study
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: October 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

    Location: Via Zoom,


    Description:

    Community members gather via Zoom to study the weekly Parashah (Torah Portion). The discussions are led by congregants who extend an open invitation regardless of experience with Hebrew or the Torah. Join the lively and informative discussion on what our ancestors had to say about the stories of the bible.

  • Simchat Torah - Festival Yizkor Memorial Service
    Starts: 10:30 AM
    Ends: October 10, 2020 - 11:45 AM

    Location: Zoom and Livestream


    Description:

    Our tradition teaches that when we celebrate festivals together as a community, we also bring the memories of those who are no longer with us. We will read the names of those in our extended Touro Synagogue family who have died since last Simchat Torah. We will also read the names of loved ones we have lost in years past. Please call Donna in the office at (504) -895-4843 to add the names of those you are remembering to our Yizkor service.

October 11, 2020
  • Simchat Torah Rocks! (w/ Shabbat Ba-Boker)
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: October 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM


  • Yamim Yafim: 1st-6th Grade (Simchat Torah Celebration)
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: October 11, 2020 - 12:00 PM


October 14, 2020
  • Uptown Hebrew
    Starts: 3:30 PM
    Ends: October 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

    Location: via Zoom


  • Yamim Yafim: 9th & 10th Grade
    Starts: 5:30 PM
    Ends: October 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: TBD