Special Message – High Holidays 2019/5780

Hello Temple Sinai!

Shana Tova Tikatevu! May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for Blessing. As we approach this period of reflection and prayer, remember that our services are open to all and tickets aren’t needed, so it is a great time to invite friends and family. This email is to give you more information about the upcoming High Holy Day services, and let you know of a few things that will be different than last year.

On our High Holy Days web page are the schedule and detailed descriptions of each service. You will also find words and links to some of the songs we will be doing during services. Meanwhile, here are FIVE KEY THINGS to be aware of:

ROSH HASHANAH EVENING – This service will be a celebration of the “Birthday of the World,” a traditional name for the day. It will be more upbeat and celebratory than a traditional Rosh HaShanah evening service, with some popular fun songs alongside the traditional prayers.

KOL NIDREI – For this service, the sanctuary will be set up differently than in years past, with lowered lights, and seating ‘in the round,’ with our bimah “Sephardic style” in the center off the room.

YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON – Who by Famine and Who by Thirst? Immigration, Climate Change and Social Justice Pablo S. Bose, Ph.D. On Yom Kippur afternoon, from 2:00-3:30pm, we are lucky to have Professor Pablo S. Bose coming to speak with us about the connection between climate change and refugees/displaced persons. This is part of our campaign to raise awareness about refugees and those seeking asylum.

NEILAH AND BREAK FAST – Neilah, the closing service of the High Holy Days moves from repentance to celebration, and the service will end with upbeat music and a community break fast. Please plan to join with us!

SHABBAT SHUVA – Like last year, the Friday night of Shabbat Shuva (the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) services will be “Chanting and T’shuvah,” and will be a “kirtan” style, chanting and meditation/reflection on repentance, forgiveness, and renewal. More below.
As for Rosh HaShanah Morning, Yom Kippur Morning and Minchah, they will be much like last year, focusing on the traditional but Reform in spirit.

Be sure to click below or visit our High Holy Days web page to read detailed descriptions of each service, and words and links to some of the songs we will be doing during services. We look forward to worshiping with you this High Holy Day season.


Rabbi David Edleson

Links to High Holiday Tunes and Lyrics  Holiday Worship and Events