High Holy Days

HAR SINAI TEMPLE

HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE

2020 / 5781 

“Once upon a time . . .” – This will be a High Holy Days like no other, one that we will talk about for decades to come.  Due to the pandemic, we must adjust our observance to meet the times we are living in.  Our holiday observances and customs will be experienced almost entirely online.  While this presents real challenges, it also offers us a “crisis-unity” to come together in new ways that we hope will be meaningful and inspiring.  Obviously, this is all new and thus we will be experimenting with innovative ways of bringing the music, prayers, and traditions of these holy days to you.  We invite you to join us for these services as we open our hearts to God and to each other.  And we wish you a Shana Tova – May God bless us with good health, sustenance, love, and happiness as we celebrate this New Year with our family and friends.

SELICHOT

Selichot Savignon      Saturday, September 12,       7:30-8:30 pm

This will be an informal zoom gathering to introduce the themes of the High Holy Days with music, readings, and study/discussion.  Uncork a “new” bottle of your favorite vino so we can say “L’Chayim/ To Life” as we approach the New Year 5781.

ROSH HASHANAH

EVENING                      Friday, September 18                6:00 – 7:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service/ Seder

Create a sacred time and space in your home as we welcome the New Year 5781.  Similar to Passover, we will have a special Seder service in advance of our evening meal.  This service will include beautiful prayers, music, and the tasting of “simanim” – ceremonial foods that symbolize the blessings we hope for.  We will bless the wine, a round challah, apples and honey, a pomegranate, dates, and sesame seeds (or halvah) during the service and you can have these on your table at home to taste if you wish. [You do not have to have these items at home to enjoy the service]

Rosh Hashanah Bedtime Story                                    7:30 – 8:00 pm

Rabbi Goldson will read a Rosh Hashanah story to the children (online) and teach a relaxing “niggun” lullaby to help tuck them in for the first night of the year.

MORNING Saturday, September 19

Rosh Hashanah Service for Young Children                9:00-9:45 am

Susan Sacks will lead a fun and engaging Rosh Hashanah service online for our youngest children (up to 2nd grade) filled with interactive music, prayers, and the sounds of the Shofar.

Rosh Hashanah Service – Part 1                                  10:00-11:15 am

A Rosh Hashanah morning service which will include meaningful prayers, beautiful music performed by our wonderful choir and Cantor Green, and the traditional Torah reading for the day.  The sermon, Haftarah reading, and Shofar Service will take place during the afternoon.

Rosh Hashanah Junior Congregation Service             11:30 am -12:15 pm

Susan Sacks and Greg Rapport will provide a wonderful holiday service for our older children (3rd-6th grade) filled with music, age-appropriate prayers, and the sounds of the Shofar.

AFTERNOON – Saturday, September 19

Rosh Hashanah Sermon – Part 2                                 2:00-2:30 pm

Rabbi Jordan Goldson will deliver an inspiring and thought-provoking sermon.  This will be recorded so that those who cannot tune in can listen to the sermon at their convenience.

Rosh Hashanah Haftarah – Part 3                               3:00- 3:45 pm

The Haftarah for Rosh Hashanah will be chanted and Cantor Orna Green will lead a discussion about its meaning for our time.

Rosh Hashanah “Drive-In” Shofar Service – Part 4    4:30-5:30 pm

It’s time to get out of the house and drive to the Temple for an innovative Shofar Service which will be held in Har Sinai’s Parking Lot.  You don’t even have to get out of your car!  Just roll down the windows and enjoy the stirring sounds of the Shofar as you have never heard them before. [This service will be live-streamed for those who decide to stay home] 

MORNING – Sunday, September 20

Tashlich “Bagel Nosh”                                                 10:00-11:00 am

This outdoor ceremony, held beside a body of water, is one of the ways that we prepare for Yom Kippur by symbolically casting our sins into the “depths of the waters.” We will read prayers, sing songs,  sound the Shofar, and cast birdseed into the water. Breakfast will be provided.  Location TBD.  [For those who wish to observe Tashlich on their own, a guide and service will be posted on the Har Sinai Temple website]

AFTERNOON – Sunday, September 20

Kever Avot – Visiting the Cemetery

Rabbi Goldson will lead a memorial service honoring the memory of our loved ones.

3:00 pm – Greenwood Cemetery

4:00 pm – Ewing Cemetery

YOM KIPPUR

EVENING –          Sunday, September 27                        7:00 – 8:30 pm

Kol Nidrei

Of all our traditions, this service is the most profound, meaningful, solemn, and beautiful.  This Kol Nidrei service will kick off our Day of Atonement with the prayers, music, and messages that we all look forward to each year.

MORNING –        Monday, September 28

Yom Kippur Service for Young Children                       9:00-9:45 am

Susan Sacks will lead a fun and engaging Yom Kippur service online for our youngest children (up to 2nd grade) filled with interactive music, prayers, and the longest blast of the Shofar.

Yom Kippur Service – Part 1                                        10:00-11:15 am

The Yom Kippur morning service, which includes familiar prayers and music, invites us to do the spiritual work that is necessary if we are to change ourselves and our world for the better.

Yom Kippur Junior Congregation Service                    11:30 am -12:15 pm

Susan Sacks and Greg Rapport will provide a wonderful holiday service for our older children (3rd-6th grade) filled with music, age-appropriate prayers, and the longest blast of the Shofar.

AFTERNOON –    Monday, September 28

Yom Kippur “Study and Schmooze” with Rabbi Goldson     1:00-2:00 pm

The quiet of Yom Kippur afternoon is the best time to study a text that helps us to understand the meaning of “teshuvah,” repentance.

Music of Har Sinai Temple                                                    2:00- 3:00 pm

Cantor Orna Green and our choir have recorded many special pieces of music for these High Holy Days.  Take some time to listen and as you relax during the afternoon

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service  – Part 2                                3:00-4:15 pm

A service with contemporary readings and music that is called “A Confession for our Time.”  This stirring expression of our hopes and desires for the coming year will touch and inspire you.   The service will conclude with the Haftarah reading of Jonah.

Yizkor Memorial Service – Part 3                                           4:30-5:00 pm

Jewish mourning is both private and public.  We join as a community to honor and remember those whose lives have been a blessing for us and for all who knew them.

Neilah Concluding Service – Part 4                                        5:15-6:00 pm

As Yom Kippur draws to a close, we feel the power of this day.  We conclude with the longest blast of the Shofar and the ceremony of Havdalah.  And we emerge from our services renewed to face a new year.