Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur At A Glance
Details — Still Evolving! — for Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur 5781
Special Services for Children and Youth
This historic year is challenging us in so many different ways. For families with children, facing extra logistical challenges, staying connected is more important than ever — for the parents and kids alike.
Tot Rosh HaShana and Tot Yom Kippur – led by our beloved Ms. Ellie (Moses Schuchman), so you know it’ll rock, developmentally appropriately! Tots, please invite not only your parents but grandparents and other loved ones, of all ages — all are welcome.
School-Age Opportunities – with services streamed to your living room, and easy access in and out of the ‘sanctuary,’ we invite them to join you throughout the holiday season! Special sections of services will be extra-kid-friendly, which we’ll note in advance. A family-oriented online gathering will precede the fun-for-all-ages tashlich, on the afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah. And more is coming.
Teen Gatherings – led by our resident teen whisperer, Pam Sommers — a chance for teens to have a room of their own — to reflect on some of the big questions of this season, hang out together, and craft some new prayers for the season.
Holiday Services and Gatherings
Rosh HaShana Seder – a seder on Rosh Hashana? That’s not a typo; it’s actually an attested custom from some communities. As we know, ‘seder’ simply means ‘order’ — and though we automatically associate this word with Pesach, this year we can experience a newer new year ritual, around the table, all ages, all together.
Ma Nishtana haSeder haZeh (how is this seder different from all others)?! First and foremost, in length: our Rosh HaShana seder will be just 30 minutes long, ending in plenty of time for us to all sit down and eat a relaxed yuntif (festival) dinner, wherever we are. We’ll join together in the table prayers (candle-lighting, kiddush, and motzi), with special new year melodies. And we’ll express our wishes and hopes for the new year, with symbolic foods on our Rosh HaShana seder plate (honey, apples, challah, pomegranate, carrots, fish-head or a veggie substitute, and kiddush wine or grape juice!).
Community Worship – Rosh HaShana Day 1, & Yom Kippur Morning – with Rabbis Rachel and Fred. This service, designed for everyone in our community, has been thoroughly reenvisioned and reconstructed for the covid/zoom era. Only about 90 minutes long, it emphasizes key main themes from the traditional services, without trying to pack everything in. Join us for beloved holiday prayers, thought-provoking and soulful elements, familiar melodies plus beautiful new offerings produced by our choir, and focused teachings (from Rabbi Fred on RH and Rabbi Rachel on YK).
Rosh HaShana Day 2 – The full ‘feast’. Sunday morning September 20, we welcome everyone for a full traditional service, markedly different from Day One — this will include the major service elements from soup to nuts, with many beautiful community voices leading different parts of the service. And though much more ‘traditional,’ it’s still accessible to all — log on with machzor in hand, and enjoy!
Everyday T’shuvah – After Rosh Hashanah, the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) continue — plan to join us at 7pm each evening, and 8am each morning too, all week long. Together, we’re going to make each one of the עשרת ימי תשובה, Aseret (Ten) Y’mei HaTshuvah (Days of Repentance), count.
High Holy services via Zoom will be up-close, and personal, and (given the medium), short. While Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will stand on their own, we’ll also spread some of the learning, singing, praying and exploring across the full week between them. On-your-own activities, and action and reflection prompts, will supplement our daily gatherings.
Join us on a full ten-day journey. Together we’ll deepen our commitments during the holiday season, incorporate pieces of the traditional services across the week, learn from Isaiah’s ten-part t’shuvah guidance, and blow shofar and say “good yontiff” to one another ten times over!
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Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Beyond – let’s not forget Zman Simchatenu, the Season of our Joy!