High Holy Days

2020/5781 High Holiday Schedule and Information

All services will stream live on Zoom video and audio unless otherwise noted. Please e-mail berithsholom@gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like the Zoom information or if you did not receive it as a member. 

Free online “flip books” can be accessed here for   Rosh HaShanah  and  Yom Kippur

You can also buy the inexpensive Kindle editions through Amazon.  These can be read on any device using a free Kindle reader app.  Consider starting at smile.amazon.com and designating a tzedakah of your choice to benefit from your purchase.

Preparing for services this year means more than choosing what to wear. By all means dress up! Consider where you will sit and how you will make the space feel special.  Rabbi Elyse Goldstein offers these brief kavvanot (prayers of intention) to mark where you are sitting as your mikdash m’at, your small sanctuary.   Cover the surface where your screen will rest with a festive cloth.  Will you have flowers?  Comfy pillows?  A special Zoom background? Can you stream to a large screen? How many devices do you need? See each service for additional items you may wish to prepare ahead of time.

Sunday, September 27

11:00-11:30 a.m. In-person event Kever Avot Memorial Service at the Berith Sholom Cemetery (masks are required)

Inside Elmwood Hill Cemetery, entrance at the end of Belle Ave, Troy. Turn right inside the gate.

Kever Avot (“Ancestors’ graves”) is the custom of visiting the graves of loved ones and friends. It is a special mitzvah to visit before or during the High Holy Days. This year it is one of the few opportunities to see each other face to face. Please join us as we honor those who went before us.

Yom Kippur Hunger Appeal—Regional Food Bank: https://regionalfoodbank.net/yomkippur/

Via Zoom:

7:15 p.m. Kol Nidrey cello prelude
7:30 p.m. Kol Nidrey service 

If you can, please have some or all of these prepared:

  • Candlesticks, candles and matches
  • Tallit (tallis)

Monday, September 28

10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service — Have your tallit (tallis) ready if you can
11:00 a.m. JKids storytime: ages 2-5

12:00-12:30 p.m. Yizkor  (time approximate)

2:00-3:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Creative Interlude: Join Berith Sholom congregant Audrey Seidman (on Zoom) for a Yom Kippur Creative Interlude to explore if and how elements of  the Biblical shmita year – lying fallow, promoting economic equity – showed up in your life over the last six months, and begin to consider how you might use the Shmita year that begins September 2021 for individual and communal transformation. Click here for more information.

All day: Zoom rooms will be open, including opportunities for discussion and pre-recorded learning sessions with professors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Afternoon Service, including discussion of Jonah

6:00-7:00 p.m. N’ilah, “closing of the gates” service

7:00 p.m. Break the fast on Zoom together

If you can, please have some or all of these prepared:

  • Shofar
  • Food for break-the-fast