Were I asked to sum up, in one word, the High Holy Days experience, I would choose the word “change” and I think it fair to say that “praying for change” is what this sacred time is really about.

In keeping with High Holy Day themes which urge us to look inside ourselves to effect change in our lives, we understand that we are also obligated to look at the world around us to see what positive transformations we can promote through our efforts. This is why this year, on September 20, 2014, the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah when S’lichot is traditionally observed, Falmouth Jewish Congregation will join with hundreds of organizations and individuals throughout the world to support Playing For Change Day, an event whose purpose is to raise funds for music education throughout the world.

Playing For Change Day unites a global community through the power of music to affect positive social change. Communities will gather as musicians from all over the world performing on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes, all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people. In response to the enthusiasm inspired by ‘Songs Around the World’ (a series of marvelous CDs featuring collaboration from musicians around the world) and the mission of the Playing For Change Foundation, Playing For Change Day was created in 2011 so that everyone can get involved and become a part of our global community.

Learn more about Playing For Change by visiting www.http://playingforchangeday.org/ or by visiting its Facebook page.

You will find FJC listed as one of many venues hosting events for this wonderful cause.

On Saturday night, September 20 @ 7:00 PM, FJC will host a fund-raiser coffeehouse for Playing For Change, featuring FJC’s own Ted Jellinek (jazz piano) with Lynn Goucher (jazz violin), Three-Legged Dog (Elias Lieberman, Wendy Nelson & Pamela Rothstein, offering folk/rock) and Ensemble Passacaglia (medieval and renaissance music from across Europe, along with traditional pieces from the Middle East and beyond.)

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music and an opportunity to support the best kind of change in our world!

[Please note: This year our S’lichot ritual of changing our Torah covers will take place on Sunday morning, September 21st at 11:30A.M., during Beit Sefer. All are invited to be present for that ritual of change.]