High Holy Days 5779 (2018)


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Temple Sinai offers a variety of worship opportunities during the High Holidays. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we use Mishkan Hanefesh, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Services are accompanied by our Cantorial Soloist, organ, and choir.

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S’lichot/Teshuvah Workshop
Saturday, September 1 | 7:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah – The original Earth Day

Erev Rosh Hashanah Worship
Sunday, September 9 | 6:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Morning Children’s Service 
Monday, September 10 | 9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Morning Services
Monday, September 10 | 10:00 am

New Year by the Lake – A different kind of service
(Echo Leahy Center)
Monday, September 10 | 3:00 pm

Tashlikh Ceremony
Monday, September 10 | 4:30 pm

Services Between RH & YK

Chant & Meditation Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 14 | 6:30 pm

Shabbat Shuvah Shacharit
Saturday, September 15 | 9:30 am

Shabbat Shuvah Torah Study
Saturday, September 15 | 10:30 am

Lakeview Cemetery (New Section) Memorial 
Sunday, September 16 | 10:00 am

Yom Kippur – Coming Clean

Yom Kippur is our day to ‘come clean’ with ourselves and with God so that we might start the new year with a lighter load and clearer path.

Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18 | 6:30 pm

Yom Kippur Morning Children’s Service
Wednesday, September 19 | 9:00 am

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Wednesday, September 19 | 10:00 am

Yom Kippur Afternoon – Sharing Spiritual Autobiographies
Wednesday, September 19 | 2:00 pm

Yom Kippur Minchah and Torah Study
Wednesday, September 19 | 4:00 pm

Yom Kippur Yizkor
Wednesday, September 19 | 5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 19 | 6:15 pm

Break Fast
Wednesday, September 19 | 7:00 pm

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S’lichot/Teshuvah Workshop

Selichot, “songs of forgiveness”, marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, the Jewish period of self-reflection and community renewal. We will reflect on the power – and limits – of forgiveness, considering how we can live more joyously, and connect more fully with others and with God. This service of ancient and modern prayers has been a focus of Jewish musical creativity for centuries, offering stirring melodies together with quiet moments of reflection.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

With plaintive chants, uplifting songs, and the blast of the shofar, we will usher in the new year. All are welcome to our service that combines Hebrew and English readings and songs, traditional chants and modern compositions, as well as time for personal prayer and reflection. Our egalitarian, participatory service is in the best traditions of Reform Judaism.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Children’s Service

All the key parts of Rosh HaShanah reimagined for little Jews, from kazoo shofars to a
scroll all their own. With songs, stories, and dance, we’ll throw a party for the birthday
of the world, and remember that we are all created to be good.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Services

Please join us for our service of thanksgiving and forgiveness, marked by the blowing of
the shofar, and the chanting of Torah. It will feature beloved songs from our tradition as
well as new upbeat songs from new Jewish musical groups as well as participation in
creating our own Avinu Malkeinu.

New Year by the Lake

The traditional service not for you? Join Rabbi David Edleson of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Amy Small of Ohavi Tzedek for a different kind of Rosh Hashanah service, with stories, skits, songs, shofar blowing, and apples and honey. Then, our community gathers for:

Tashlikh Ceremony

We’ll cast our regrets into the lake.

Services Between RH & YK

Chant & Meditation Kabbalat Shabbat

In the spirit of the High Holy Days, we will have a different kind of Friday evening service. With a focus on teshuvah, or spiritual renewal, we will chant short Hebrew and English phrases, these kirtan-style call-andresponse chants in Hebrew and English will be accompanied with drums and harmonium, and paired with short visualizations from the Mussar and Kabbalistic traditions of Judaism.

Shabbat Shuvah Shacharit

Our one-hour Shacharit service is rooted in the traditional chanting of prayers, but includes English readings and song as well so that all can be included. (This service does not include a Torah service.)

Shabbat Shuvah Torah Study

The Torah portion for this special Sabbath of return is one of the most beautiful in the Torah: “Lo bashamayim hi” – the law is not in the heavens, or under the sea, but in our hearts and in our mouths that we may fulfill it.

Lakeview Cemetery Memorial Service 

As is traditional during the High Holy Days, we gather to show our respects in this service of poems and psalms.

Yom Kippur – Coming Clean

Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur

We all sometimes fall short of being the people we want to be, breaking promises to ourselves and others, little by little veering off the path we know is right. We gather on this most holy of nights to listen to the ancient melody of the Kol Nidre and to pray as a community for forgiveness for all the promises we’ve failed to keep.

Yom Kippur Morning Children’s Service

Using story-telling, dance, and songs to convey key Yom Kippur values like forgiveness, kindness, and honesty to the youngest members of our community, we’ll make prayers and apologies to place in the ark and learn a traditional way of washing hands as a symbol of purification.

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Yom Kippur calls to us in the voice of our ancestors, reminding us of the importance of humility and empathy in the face of a culture torn by polarization, consumption and egoism.

Yom Kippur Afternoon – Sharing Spiritual Autobiographies

We will join together casually to reflect on our own spiritual histories, hear people from our community share their brief spiritual autobiographies, and to consider where your spiritual path is leading you in this new year?

Yom Kippur Minchah and Torah Study

What does it mean to ‘run from God’? Where are we doing that in our own lives? As a community? What does it mean to live in the belly of Leviathan? On Yom Kippur, it is a tradition to read the Book of Jonah. We will begin with chanting the opening of Jonah, letting the melody of haftarah set the tone. Then Rabbi Edleson will lead a participatory discussion-focused study of it using ancient commentary, modern scholarship, and our own spiritual journeys and insights. All levels of knowledge and all civil points of view are welcome.

Yom Kippur Yizkor

The annual service to honor and remember our family members that have died, as well as our martyrs through the ages who have died because they were Jewish. We are their family, and we remember them with El Maleh Rachamim and Kaddish.

Yom Kippur Neilah – Will and Grace; A Celebration of Forgiveness

Prayers of forgiveness change into songs of gratitude for starting the new year renewed. We will include traditional Ashkenazi as well as some outstanding Sephardic melodies, and might even have an English pop song or two in the mix! The day culminates in the final T’kiah G’dola blast of all our shofars as the sun sets over the Green Mountains.

Break Fast – “Do Not Separate Yourself from the Community” ~Hillel

Join us for a meal to break our fast, and start the year off by being together as a community. Or, host a breakfast in your home and invite a few guests from new people you met at the holiday services.