Summer Book Club with R. David

This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared

Join R. David for a summer journey into and through the High Holy Days using Alan Lew’s bestselling masterpiece, This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared (available from Amazon).
We’ll meet via zoom seven times between June 30 and September 12. Each session will cover one or two chapters keyed to the next step of the High Holy Day journey and its spiritual, liturgical and ritual themes.

Sessions will be 7:30pm on the following days:

  • Wed. 6/30 (chapter 1-2, the roadmap)
  • Wed. 7/14 (chapter 3, Tisha b’Av)
  • Wed. 8/4 (chapter 4, Elul)
  • Wed. 8/25 (chapter 5, Selichot)
  • Wed. 9/1 (chapter 6, Rosh Hashanah)
  • Wed. 9/8 (chapter 7, the Ten Days of Repentance)
  • Sun. 9/12 (rest of book, Yom Kippur)


Free to members.  Non-members are asked to contribute $54. No experience necessary. RSVP by email to

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