Sunday, Sept. 29 Rosh HaShanah Eve
7:30 p.m. Rosh HaShanah Evening Service
This beautiful service begins our High Holy Day observance. We will announce the New Year as we welcome these Days of Awe and Repentance as one holy congregation and community. Our greeting for each other will be “L’Shanah Tovah – May it be a good New Year.”
Monday, Sept. 30 Rosh HaShanah Day
9:00 a.m. Temple Toddlers Rosh HaShanah Service (Chapel)
This service is specifically designed for our youngest children (ages 0-5) and their parents. We will celebrate Rosh HaShanah –the birthday of the world – with story and song and an age-appropriate service. Child care will then be available for the Morning Service.
10:00 a.m. Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
The Morning Service continues our prayers and our supplications for forgiveness at the head of this New Year. We pray that we will be written in the Book of Life for a good New Year. A highlight of the service is the sounding of the shofar, along with our special Torah and Haftarah readings for Rosh HaShanah.
2:00 p.m. Rosh HaShanah Family Service
All are welcome to join us for this special multi-generational service. This service, led by Rabbi and Cantor, is specifically planned for our first through fifth grade students and their parents, siblings, and grandparents. The service will take place in the sanctuary and will include the reading of Torah and the sounding of the shofar.
3:00 p.m. Tashlich
We will meet at the Temple following our Family Service and then walk to Audubon Park. Tashlich is the ceremony in which we attempt to rid ourselves of sin by symbolically casting off our sins into the water. Bring some bread to throw and join us for this Rosh HaShanah tradition.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 YOM KIPPUR EVENING
7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Evening Service
This service sets the tone for the entire Day of Atonement. We will hear the beautiful and haunting melody of Kol Nidre, both instrumental and vocal. We will also recite the Vidui – the “Confession of Sin” section of our liturgy for the first time.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 YOM KIPPUR DAY
9:00 a.m. Temple Toddlers Yom Kippur Service (Chapel)
This service is specifically designed for our youngest children (ages 0-5) and their parents. We will talk about Yom Kippur and practice saying, “I am sorry.”
10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service
Again we gather to pray and to confess our sins, as individuals and as a community. We are reminded that “on Rosh HaShanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.” Thus we pray that we will be sealed in the Book of Life for a good New Year.
12:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Study Session (Library)
We will gather together after the morning service for a “Yom Kippur Shiur” (study session), beginning with Rabbi Sherman, in which we will examine and discuss the liturgy, biblical readings, and meaning of this day. Bill Hess will lead the second part of our study session and a special discussion on the State of Israel.
12:30 p.m. Music and Meditation (Chapel)
Everyone is welcome to remain all day at Temple. We will have special music for Yom Kippur in the chapel, as well as a chance to continue with the additional readings in our Yom Kippur Machzor (prayerbook).
2:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Family Service
This special multi-generational service in the sanctuary is designed for children in first through fifth grades and their parents and families. All are invited to join us.
3:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
This service continues the liturgy and themes of this Day of Awe. The special Haftarah reading is the book of Jonah.
Yizkor and Neilah Services
It is a tradition to remember our loved ones who have died as we begin the New Year. Our Yizkor Memorial Service will begin immediately following the conclusion of the afternoon service and will include the recitation of the names of all those in our congregation whom we have lost in the past year. After Yizkor we will proceed directly into the Neilah (or Concluding) Service. Please plan to stay for both services. We will end Yom Kippur with a triumphant blast of the shofar, and then join together for our congregational Moise S. Steeg break-the-fast.