Today is April 16, 2021 /
Our High Holiday services are a mix of the traditional and the innovative which are always eagerly anticipated by our members. As with all our services, they are completely egalitarian.
Highlights of the High Holiday season include Taschlich, the casting away of one’s sins into a body of water. We traditionally have services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, then the morning services for both the first and second day. We now have a lovely solo cello rendition of Kol Nidre before the start of that service. We conclude Yom Kippur at Ne’ilah with the tradition of allowing our congregation to pass before the open Ark for a few moments of contemplation. And we have had a wonderful community Break Fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur for several years. The fall holidays conclude with the joyous festivals of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Services have been led by Rabbi Dana and Hazzan Ellen Arad. Sisterhood prepares the annual Book of Remembrance which is used for Yizkor at Yom Kippur and indeed throughout the year.
For 2020/5781 we planned a hybrid model of services with a small number present in the sanctuary and services going out virtually to the rest of the community. We distributed our Mahzor, High Holiday prayer book, as well as small gifts to the congregation to help make this year something special despite all of its challenges.