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High Holy Days

Your Temple Board of Directors is pleased to announce that all High Holy Day tickets are free of charge. Guests of member congregants as well as non-members within the community are welcomed and invited, free of charge, to join us in prayer. To receive complimentary tickets, guests must complete our High Holy Day Ticket Request found HERE

If you’ll be traveling during the holidays and wish to attend services at another congregation, Temple B'nai Israel will contact the other congregation on your behalf. The congregation will then communicate directly with you.

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 21
  7:00 pm    Selichot Program
  8:30 pm    Havdalah &                                      Healing Service
 
ROSH HASHANAH
Sunday, September 29
  7:30 pm*^ Evening Service
Monday, September 30
10:00 am*^ Morning Service
10:00 am    Tots and their
                    Grown Ups
12:15-ish    Covered                                            Dish Luncheon
  5:00 pm    Shofar & Tashlich
 
KEVER AVOT
Sunday, October 6
 1:00 pm  TBI Memorial Park 
 2:00 pm  Fairlawn Cemetery
 3:00 pm  Emanuel Hebrew                             Cemetery
 
YOM KIPPUR 
Tuesday, October 8
 7:30 pm*^ Kol Nidre Service
Wednesday, October 9
10:00 am*^ Morning Service
10:00 am    Tots and their
                    Grown Ups
12:15 pm^  Adult Learning and                        Discussion
  2:00 pm    Yom Kippur for                                Families
  3:00 pm^  Afternoon Service
  4:30 pm^  Yizkor Service
  5:30 pm Neilah and                                        Havdalah
*Tickets required. 

^Babysitting with Jewish games and activities available at no charge

 

SUKKOT 

Sunday, October 13
  4:00 pm    Family Fall Funfest**
Monday, October 14
10:00 am    Sukkot Study at                              Rabbi’s  Home**
Friday, October 18
  7:00 pm    Shabbat Services
                    Sukkot Oneg**
Saturday, October 19
10:30 am     Tot Shabbat**
**plan to be in the sukkah / outdoors

 

SIMCHAT TORAH / SHEMINI ATZERET

Sunday, October 20

 5:00 pm      Hands on the Torah

 6:00 pm      Chili Supper

 7:00 pm      Simchat Torah                                 Celebration

Monday, October 21

10:00 am     Holiday Yizkor                                 Service

 

Tue, November 19 2019 21 Cheshvan 5780