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High Holiday Letter

Dear Temple Beth-El Family, Friends and Guests,

With the New Year 5781 drawing close, we would like to share with you more detailed information about our High Holiday programming, as well as a revised schedule of activities (attached).

First, as was pointed out, our programming this season will be divided between two “channels”.  The first (“Channel A”) is a non-interactive programming stream that will include our formal davening (worship services) and youth programming, as well as select artistic and cultural offerings.  

The second channel (“Channel B”), which will run in parallel, will comprise less traditional offerings, including discussion groups, musical and artistic content, spirituality workshops, etc.  This “space” is also available for congregants to drop in and “visit” with family and friends when no scheduled programming is running.  We hope that you will avail yourselves of it!

With respect to our Rosh Hashanah service schedule, you should be aware that while the liturgy for the First Day of Rosh Hashanah will be an abbreviated version of the traditional liturgy for all services (with some re-sequencing of the Torah service for logistical reasons), the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah will feature an Interpretive Musaf service composed primarily of more contemporary readings.  We hope you will enjoy the distinct avenue of access to the holiday and its themes that this offers.

On Yom Kippur there will be another departure from the schedule to which TBE members have become accustomed.  The additional services – Seder HaAvodah (a recounting of the ancient Temple rites), Eileh Ezkara (the martyrology), and Yizkor (the memorial service) – have all been moved to the afternoon/evening block because of scheduling considerations.  This means that those wishing to participate in the Yizkor service will need to join us at 6 p.m. on Mon, Sept 28.

Finally, the “honors” for this year’s High Holiday services will look different than in previous years.  We will obviously have no “ark openings” and many fewer English readings (because of time constraints).  Instead, we have also asked a handful of our larger families to be present in the sanctuary while the Torah is being read (to comprise an in-person minyan), while other congregants will read the aliyot and say the prayers from home.  

We apologize in advance if you and your family are not among those we could accommodate in this abbreviated list of honorees.  We have done our best to be inclusive and hope by next year to return to our cherished practice of incorporating every TBE household in our holiday rites.

With wishes for a bright, sweet, healthy New Year for all – L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’tikateimu

 -- Rabbi Rachel Safman and Members of the Ritual Committee


 

Temple Beth-El High Holiday Programming Schedule 5781


Zoom link for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services is HERE. (Channel A)

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Eve of the First Night – Friday, September 18

Note: Packets of activities will are available for children and youth to use offline at home throughout the holidays.  Links to these resources are below.

        Time

Channel A

Channel B

 

6:45-7:00 pm

 

Pre-holiday welcome and “Fashion show”—come to the camera in your grandest holiday ensemble!

 

7-8 pm

 

Rosh Hashanah Evening service

 

 

8-8:45 pm

 

Social hour—chance to exchange holiday greetings with TBE friends!

 


Rosh Hashanah, First Day – Saturday, September 19

        Time

Channel A

Channel B

8-8:30 am

Artistic montage I, beginning at 8:15 am

Meditation/yoga at 8 am, led by Jennie Lavine

(Click to see description below)

8:30-8:45 am

 

Tot service

Poetry slam

8:45-9 am

Socializing

9-9:15 am

Psukei d’Zimrah

 

9:15-10 am

Shacharit

Recorded vocal and instrumental music

10-10:30 am

Family service (primarily for students in K-5)

Social break

10:30-11:05 am

Torah service

Torah discussion, led by Rabbi Suzanne Brody

11:05-11:15 am

Haftarah

Artistic montage II

11:15-11:30 am

Drasha/Sermon

 

11:30 am-12:30              pm

Traditional Musaf

 

12:30-1 pm

Artistic montages I and II

 

3-4 pm

 

Study session, led by Rebecca Lesses

Rosh Hashanah Yoga / Meditation Description:   Join together for a gentle practice to prepare body, mind and heart (lev) for today's Rosh HaShanah journey into t'shuva, return to our truest selves, for the thing we seek is 'very close ... in [our] mouths and hearts ... to observe it' (D'varim 30:14).  

Wear comfortable clothes and sit in a chair, preferably one with a back but no arms. If you get cold easily, I recommend bringing a blanket to place on your lap.

Activity Packet, Rosh Hashanah Bingo, Rosh HaShanah Services Supplement


Zoom link for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services is HERE. (Channel A)

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day – Sunday, September 20

Time

Channel A

Channel B

8-8:30 am

Artistic montage II (beginning at 8:15)

Meditation/yoga at 8 am, led by Jennie Lavine

(Click to see description above)

8:30-9 am

Tot program

Socializing

9-9:15 am

Psukei d’Zimrah

 

9:15-10 am

Shacharit

Recorded vocal and instrumental music

10-10:30 am

Family service (aimed primarily at students in K-5)

Social break

10:30-11:05 am

Torah service

Torah discussion (Rabbi Brody)

11:05-11:15 am

Haftarah

Artistic montage I

11:15-11:30 am

Drasha/Sermon

 

11:30-11:45 am

Congregational singing (pre-recorded)

 

11:45 am-12:30 pm

Alternative Musaf
Click to download PDF for service

 

3 pm & 4 pm

Shofar service and Tashlikh—weather permitting*

 

 

Activity Packet, Rosh Hashanah Bingo, Rosh HaShanah Services Supplement

* Shofar blowing and Tashlikh will take place at outdoor gatherings in multiple locations, to be announced separately.  If the weather is inclement, a notification will occur at the end of the Musaf service and remain on the screen.

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Kol Nidre – Sunday, September 27

Zoom link for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services is HERE. (Channel A)

Time

Channel A

Channel B

6:15-6:30 pm

Welcome – Calling Presidents into assembly

Social time

6:30-6:50 pm

Recitation of Kol Nidrei (annulment of vows)

 

6:50-7:50 pm

Yom Kippur Evening Service (including rabbi’s sermon)

 

7:50-8 pm

Presidents’ address

 

8-8:30 pm

 

Exchange of congregational greetings

 


Yom Kippur Day – Monday, Sept 28

Zoom link for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services is HERE. (Channel A)

Time

Channel A

Channel B

8-8:30 am

 

Meditation/yoga at 8 am, led by Jennie Lavine

(Click to see description below)

8:30-8:45 am

Tot program

Artistic montage I

8:45-9:00 am

Socializing

9-9:15 am

Psukei d’Zimrah

 

9:15-10:15 am

Shacharit

Recorded vocal and instrumental music

10:15-10:30 am

Congregational singing (pre-recorded)

Social break

10:30-11:05 am

Torah service

 

11:05-11:15 am

Haftarah

Artistic montage II

11:15-11:30 am

Drasha/Sermon

 

11:30 am-12 pm

Family service (aimed primarily at students in K-5)

Interpretive Selichot exercise

12-1:30 pm

Musaf

 

1:30-2 pm

Artistic montages I and II

 


Break (Channel B open for socializing, youth drop-ins)

5:30-5:45 pm

Seder HaAvodah (recounting the historic Yom Kippur service)
Download the PDF HERE.

Discussion of Yonah (Ross Brann with partial chanting of the haftarah by Cantor Richard Rosenfield)

5:45-6 pm

Eilah Ezkarah (Martyrology)
Download the PDF HERE.

6-6:30 pm

Yizkor

 

6:30-7 pm

Minhah (including Torah service)

 

7-7:45 pm

Neilah (Concluding service)

 

7:45 pm

The fast ends

 

Yom Kippur Yoga / Meditation Description:   Join together for a gentle practice to prepare body, mind and heart (lev) for today's Yom Kippur journey into the transformational power of forgiveness -- asking for it, extending it toward others, and offering it to ourselves.

Wear comfortable clothes and sit in a chair, preferably one with a back but no arms. If you get cold easily, I recommend bringing a blanket to place on your lap.

Yom Kippur activity packet, Yom Kippur Services Supplement

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