Once again this year, some of the New York area’s most distinguished pulpit rabbis will exchange places on September 23, the Sunday before Yom Kippur, to provide their “Reflections on Teshuva,” an OU signature High Holy Day program. This year, for the first time, the program has been extended beyond the New York Metropolitan Area to include Harrisburg and Allentown in Pennsylvania, as well as another pairing in the Philadelphia suburbs; Denver; Chicago/Skokie; and in Canada, Toronto and Montreal.
Reflections on Teshuva is a program of the OU’s Department of Community Engagement, coordinated by Community Engagement Program Coordinator Hannah Farkas. According to Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, “This unique arrangement will allow these experienced and always stimulating rabbis to share profound thoughts on a profound subject – teshuva — with new audiences. The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time of personal introspection and this OU program will present a unique opportunity for communities to hear from visiting rabbis to supplement what they have learned from their own shul’s Rav.” Read more here or in The Jewish Press‘ impressive full-page coverage of the event here.