Many Reform Jews view Rosh Hashanah as the beginning of the High Holy Days. However, tradition states that it is during the month prior, the month of Elul, that we are to begin to reflect, to cleanse our hearts and to ask forgiveness for our mis-steps of the previous year. The word Selichot, refers to a series of prayers that are said before and during the High Holy Days and other fasting days throughout the Jewish year. Our community observes Selichot together with a service on the Saturday typically one week before Rosh Hashanah. We enjoy a meal together as a community, then begin to prepare for the High Holy Days through prayer and song.