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High Holy Days

 

Rosh Hashanah

The beginning of a new year is filled with mixed emotions. In looking back on the previous year we focus on our failures, missed opportunities and the precious moments that slipped by. At the same time, the High Holy days provide us with a new year full of hope and renewal.

The rituals and symbols of Rosh Hashanah wonderfully capture and express these mixed feelings. The shofars’ blasts cry out for the year gone by. The shofar urges us to wake up, look inside ourselves and to recognize our habitual shortcomings. By beginning the process of introspection in the month of Elul we can recite the prayers of the High Holy Days with a sense of seriousness and urgency.

But Rosh Hashanah is more than just somber prayers in a minor key. Gathered as families around the dining room table, we dip challah and apples into honey. The sweet honey reminds us of the many pleasures we experienced in the course of the previous year. By reciting special blessings we ask God to grant us a new year of health and happiness.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur lacks the shofar and the festival meal of Rosh Hashanah, but its rituals are no less powerful, its symbols no less evocative.

During the course of the day’s extended prayers, one symbol is repeated over and over again. As we recite the vidui (confessional), it is customary to stand slightly bowed and to lightly beat our hearts with our fisted right hand. Bent over under the weight of burdens and pain, we express our humility. Admitting that our hearts turned astray, we beat our chest to express the pain we caused ourselves and others. When done for the first time, the customs of beating our chests may feel awkward and embarrassing. But it helps us better enter the words of our prayers and the mood of the day.

Schedule of Services

SELICHOT
Saturday, September 12
  7:00 pm    Selichot Program
                    Service 
                    Via Livestream
 
ROSH HASHANAH
Friday, September 18
  7:00 pm    Evening Service
                    Via Livestream
Saturday, September 19
10:00 am     Morning Service
                     via Livestream
12:30 pm     Temple Family                         Picnic - Temple                       Grounds 
                     In- person
  1:30 pm     Shofar and                              Tashlich
                    Temple Grounds                       In-Person
  
 
KEVER AVOT
Sunday,September 20
10:00 am  Fairlawn Cemetery
11:30 am  TBI Memorial                            Cemetary 
 
YOM KIPPUR 
Sunday, September 27
 7:00 pm   Kol Nidre Service
                  via Livestream
 
Monday, September 28
10:00 am   Morning Service
                   via Livestream
1:00 pm     Yizkor - Via                               Livestream
3:00 - 5:00 pm  Afternoon                         Study via Zoom  
6:00 pm      Ne'ilah
                    via Livestrem
7:15 pm      Community                              Break-Fast -
                   Temple Grounds 
                    In-Person    
         
SUKKOT 
Friday, October 2
 
Saturday, October 3
 

SIMCHAT TORAH / SHEMINI ATZERET

Friday, October 9

 

Saturday, October 10

 

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781