Ashland's Havurah Synagogue will host "Finding Joy in Impermanence: Meditative Reflections on Ecclesiastes from Jewish and Buddhist Perspectives" on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The three-hour event is in conjunction with Sukkot, the Jewish festival held each fall for eight days to celebrate the gratitude for the autumn harvest and the temporary nature of life. On this festival a "sukkah" is erected in gardens and at synagogues. It is an outdoor hut with roofing material made from the trimmings of plants and trees left over from the harvest to represents the physical embodiment of the temporary bodies we inhabit.
Bringing together the wisdom of King Solomon’s Book of Ecclesiastes along with its meaning through a Buddhist lens, Rabbi David Zaslow and Dharma Teacher Alexa Singer-Telles will offer a morning of chanting, study, meditation, and sharing to help participants find greater joy in our lives woven amidst loss, and to better understand the words “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”
The event is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, outside in the sukkah in the garden at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 North Mountain Ave. in Ashland. A brown bag vegetarian luncheon follows. Admission is on a sliding scale from $12 to $26. To register, call Kim at 541-488-7716.