The High Holidays for 5782 will be held in house and on Zoom. Stay tuned for dates and links to our services.
Here is an easy reference guide to our schedule of services, followed by all the details you might need if you will be joining us from home.
Creating Your Sanctuary at Home
The mystery and majesty of gathering in a synagogue and standing before the Ark will be greatly missed. Sitting before computers that we use for work and play may seem to diminish the special feeling of the holy days. Our challenge is to create a sacred space at home. Here are some suggestions:
· Clear your desk of day-to-day items and replace them with Jewish artifacts that might remind you of the Holidays, Cover your desk or table with a white table cloth or placemat. Add flowers or other special items.
· Limit distractions by turning off emails, text messages, and other audible notifications.
· Move your computer to a different space, or project the display to your TV, so it feels less like you are using a work device. Sit in a special chair, or make whatever changes you need so that you feel “this is a holy place and I did not know it!”
· Wear what you might wear to the synagogue. Wear a kippah or a tallit if they help you connect to being in shul.
· Be sure you have your machzor with you, just like on past High Holidays when we gathered in person. As you feel its cover and edges and flip its pages, remember the times you’ve used it before—who you sat near, what moved you in the service, the first time you used it, etc. You can pick up your copy at the Temple Office before Rosh Hashanah. (You can also follow along using your own electronic copy, but we will not be sharing pages on the screen.)
· Print or hang a sh’viti (an inspirational image or blessing) such as the one shown above from http://www.alephtechnology.com/shiviti.html to bring awareness to your sanctuary at home. Dedicate your sacred space with a blessing: Baruch Atah Adonai, hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol. Blessed are You Adonai, who separates the holy and the ordinary.
High Holy Day Zoom Links
- August 28 8:30pm Selichot, Saturday Night
- September 6 6:30pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner
- September 6 7:30pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
- September 7 9:30am Rosh Hashanah Day 1
- September 8 9:30am Rosh Hashanah Day 2
- September 15 6:00pm Kol Nidre
- September 16 9:30am Yom Kippur
We welcome you and look forward to spending the High Holy Days together. May the new year be a sweet one and bring blessings for you and for all those you love.