Selichot - Hiding and Seeking

A CBE Selichot Event

Hiding and Seeking

Saturday, September 21

  • 8:00 PM, Join us for the screening and discussion, with special refreshments!
  • 10:15 PM (approx)Selichot Service
  • Dedication of Memorial Plaques hung in the past year will take place during the service

What is Selichot?

The Selichot service is designed to help us direct our hearts and minds to the process of teshuvah. We chant Selichot on the Saturday night prior to Rosh Hashanah. One of the most beautifully musical and spiritual services, attending Selichot is the perfect way to get ready for the High Holy Days.

"On Rosh Hashanah it (the fate of each human being) is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed...but repentance, prayer, and charity can overturn the severity of the decree."...excerpt from Unetaneh Tokef.

Why See Hiding and Seeking

Hiding and Seeking is about an Orthodox man with two even more Orthodox sons. The father is concerned that in their studies in Yeshiva, the sons are not learning to care about anyone other than their fellow Jews. He decides that they need to recognize the image of G-d in every person, so he takes them on a trip to Poland to find the farm and perhaps find the descendants of the family who saved their grandfather in World War II. The film illustrates several themes of the High Holidays. First, the concept of teshuvah, which means “to return” — they are literally returning to the land of their roots. In addition, on Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the time that G-d created the world and all of humanity, and we remember that we are all brothers and sisters, Jews and non-Jews alike. The film also supports the theme of accepting your mistakes and misunderstandings, and embracing your ability to change—the trip to Poland becomes a life-changing experience for the sons, the father and the whole family. We hope you will join the Beth Emeth community for this meaningful and free event; no RSVP is needed.