Selichot Service and Program

the green dumpster.jpgThe month of Elul precedes the month of Tishrei, the month beginning the New Year. In Elul we begin to prepare ourselves for the sanctity of the New Year. Many prepare themselves spiritually for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by participating in a special Service called “Selichot” (forgiveness). The Selichot service is held traditionally on the Saturday evening before Rosh Hashanah, the New Year.

 We invite you to attend our Selichot program and service on Saturday, September 8. On that evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Rabbi Matt will show and review the film The Green Dumpster Mystery. One of the best Israeli films of recent times, it received the Yad Vashem Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival 2008 (Chairman’s Award for Artistic Achievement in a Holocaust-related film).

 Traveling on his scooter through Tel Aviv, filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe finds a discarded box of old photographs in a green dumpster. This docu-detective film, slowly unwinds a family history,

beginning in Lodz, Poland, and traveling through the Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, a Ha’apala ship, and the battlefields of the Sinai Peninsula. Like Daniel Mendelsohn’s bestseller The Lost and David Ofek’s film No. 17 is Anonymous, this tightly-paced tour de force vividly evokes the now-extinguished lives of an anonymous—but typical—Israeli family.

 “I think there are thousands of families with not exactly the same story but families with Holocaust survivors as grandparents and great-grandparents, with IDF soldiers who got killed. It’s a typical family, and a tragic family. Everything that could have happened to them, happened to them.” -Director Tal Haim Yoffe

This documentary The Green Dumpster Mystery vividly evokes the now-extinguished lives of an extended family seared by the Holocaust and modern Israeli tragedies. The film is narrated in a voice over by the filmmaker, as he tells the story of finding the old photographs in a dumpster.

Following the discussion, Rabbi Matt will lead the 8:00 p.m. Selichot service. As part of this service our beautiful colorful Torah coverings will be replaced with the High Holy Day white mantels; this is a truly moving experience.

You are welcome to attend either or all parts of the Selichot program.