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New School Year, New Month, New You!

For those of you who are moving to Berkeley this week, we wish you all the best in settling in to your new space. For those who are preparing for distance-learning this semester, wherever you may be, we can't wait to see you virtually.

We have just entered a new month in the Hebrew calendar, the month of Elul. We are one month away from Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, and traditionally this time period is marked by a period of deep introspection, reflecting on our past year and thinking forward to how we want to act, and also, who we want to be, in the upcoming year.

While many of us only hear the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and the end of Yom Kippur, some of us also have a practice of hearing the shofar every day in this month of Elul, and the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The deep tone of the shofar is meant to awaken us, to bring us into this present moment of reflection, and to encourage us to do the self-work necessary to start a new Jewish year with a fresh slate.

In that spirit, here are some questions for this month:

- What is something that you are really proud of from this past year?

- What is something that you wish you had done differently?

- Who do you want to be in this new school year, and what actions could you take to get there?

In this time of transition for all of us, we wish you a chodesh tov, a good month, and we can't wait to see you soon!

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