Congregation Sha’are Shalom invites you to spend Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) and the High Holiday season with us. This year the High Holidays will look much different than usual, but our ultimate goal of creating meaningful connection remains. We will be providing a mix of “live” Zoom services, pre-recorded videos, inspirational links, recipes, and more.
Technology is going to be a large part of our services and interaction. The Rabbinical Assembly has provided guidance on keeping communities safe from the spread of COVID-19 while balancing Jewish traditions: JTS COVID-19 Information. It is our hope that the hard work by our High Holiday and Ritual Committees will provide you with a meaningful experience. For those of you not comfortable with technology, we will be offering tech support prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah and throughout the various services. Please indicate on the registration form or call the main office.
We have created a Padlet to allow our community to share DIY craft ideas, recipes, music, and videos. This is also where you will find all the service links and age specific resources for both children and teens. If you have never used a Padlet, it is basically an online cork board. Check it out and feel free to add your own contributions. See the newsletter for the link.
As part of our High Holiday Preparation, our September Book Club choice is This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Rabbi Alan Lew. RSVP here for the Book Club session on September 17th.
Please complete the 5781 High Holiday Registration Form by September 10, 2020.
We look forward to spending a meaningful and beautiful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur ‘together’!
Selichot & Havdallah
Saturday, September 12 from 8:00-9:00 PM
Bring a High Holiday ritual object (shofar, honey jar, etc.) or family recipe and share its story with the community
Back to Shul Drive-Thru
Machzor Distribution/Food Drive - Sunday, September 13 at 1pm-3pm
*Religious School families can pick up their mahzors and Return to Ruach from 10am-12pm
Tot Shabbat/Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 18 at 11:00 AM via Zoom
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 18 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Saturday, September 19
Morning Service/Modified Torah Service/Sermon at 10:00 AM via Zoom
Links available for Preliminary and Musaf Service to be done on your own time
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Sunday, September 20
Interactive Service at 10:00 AM via Zoom
Pre-recorded Shofar Blowing
Torah Discussion /Shofar recording at 11:30 AM via Zoom
Tashlich* Use the links provided on our Padlet to create your own service
* Tashlich is a Rosh Hashanah ceremony symbolically casting away the year’s sins by throwing breadcrumbs into flowing water.
Tot Shabbat/Yom Kippur - Friday, September 25 at 11:00 AM via Zoom
Erev Friday Night - Friday, September 25 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Shabbat Shuvah - Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 AM via Zoom
Pre Yom Kippur Teen Discussion - Self(ie) Reflection - Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 PM
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei) - Sunday, September 27 at 6:15 PM (remember Kol Nidre starts promptly) via Zoom
Yom Kippur - Monday, September 28
Pre-recorded Preliminary Service on your own
Morning Service/Torah Service at 10:00 AM via Zoom
Sermon/Discussion at 12:00 PM via Zoom
Yizkor at 12:30 PM via Zoom **
Musaf Service at 2:00 PM via Zoom
Family-Friendly Mincha at 4:00 PM via Zoom
Neilah at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Conclusion at 7:38 PM (tentative) via Zoom
Plan ahead for Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah
Sukkot Days 1 & 2 - Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4 (Family Program)
Shemini Atzeret** - Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 via Zoom (includes Yizkor)
Simchat Torah - Sunday, October 11 (Family Program)
**Yizkor will be held during Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret. Yizkor is the memorial service recited four times yearly to honor the memories of departed loved ones. See below for how to honor your loved ones.