High Holiday Services

High Holiday Service Schedule for 5782/2021

CELEBRATE THE HIGH HOLY DAYS WITH US

Begin the season together with the taste of the Jewish New Year at the Community-wide Selichot Program and Service:

Join us as we prepare ourselves to welcome the New Year of 5782.

A Community Selichot Program/Service, sponsored by the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors (SJBRC), will be held via Zoom on Saturday, August 28th, under the auspices of Beth El Synagogue in Margate from 9:00pm to approximately 10:00pm. Join us for a solemn and meaningful Selichot Service, beginning with Havdalah, that will bring us a taste of the High Holy Days to come and will feature the area’s Rabbis and Cantors, including our own Rabbi Fox.

For more information on the community-wide Selichot Service, which will help us prepare for the Jewish New Year to begin several days later, please contact the synagogue office or Rabbi Fox or contact Beth El Synagogue for a link.

The High Holy Days at Temple Beth Shalom via Zoom:

Please join us via Zoom on Monday evening, September 6th at 8:00pm to welcome the Jewish New Year of 5782.  Make the start of the holiday special by sharing apples and honey in our own homes after the service!

First things first: PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO RSVP FOR A HIGH HOLIDAYS MAHZOR PRAYERBOOK — IF YOU HAVE NOT ARRANGED TO PICK UP A COPY, please contact the synagogue office or Rabbi Fox.

Please also join us via Zoom on Monday, September 6th, beginning at 8:00pm,  as well as Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7th & 8th, beginning at 10:00am, for a joyous, spiritual New Year’s celebration with Rabbi Fox and our mellifluous-voiced High Holidays Cantor, Cantor Robert Freedman. Our services will be partitioned into two sessions with a brief break in between to reduce online fatigue. Click here to read about our new High Holidays Cantor, Cantor Robert Freedman.

Here are some important documents (in PDF format) to make our High Holidays services run smoothly and our experience that much more uplifting and meaningful:

*  Rabbi Fox’s High Holidays letter
*  High Holidays Service Schedule
*  Guide to High Holidays Services via Zoom at Temple Beth Shalom
*  The Tashlikh service booklet to be used for your contemplative Tashlikh alone or with your family on the second day of Rosh Hashanah (this ritual is not done on Shabbat)
*  A guided meditation to aid you in making your Tashlikh service meaningful
*  Our High Holidays Supplement to lift your spirits and inspire you to learn and grow
*  Since we will be abbreviating the reading of each day’s Haftarah, commentaries and study guides have been included to add to your spiritual experience. These include:
o Rosh Hashanah First Day Haftarah
o Rosh Hashanah Second Day Haftarah
o Yom Kippur Mincha — Book of Jonah study guide

For those who will be receiving a Torah Aliyah Honor, please find the Torah Blessings here.

Here is an explanation of our service schedule:

Rosh Hashanah (via Zoom)

Monday, September 6, 8:00pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Tuesday, September 7:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: ~11:45am: Rosh Hashanah First Day Service
Wednesday, September 8:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: ~11:45am: Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 7 & 8, ~2pm: Shofar Blowing (via Zoom and from Temple Beth Shalom’s Eternal Garden, significantly socially distanced from the corner)

TASHLIKH (together or on our own): In the interest of living the Jewish value of keeping others from danger and protecting human life, we will NOT be holding a communal Tashlikh service on the beach as we normally would. Rabbi Fox has included for you a Tashlikh booklet to be used for your contemplative Tashlikh to be held alone or with your family on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, as well as a guided meditation to aid you in making your Tashlikh experience even more meaningful.

For those who would like to join together, significantly socially distanced, to share in a brief, communal Tashlikh service, please meet in the backyard of 2201 Bayshore Avenue, on September 7, at 2:45pm. (Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast via Zoom for the Tashlikh service.)

Shabbat Shuva

Friday, September 10, 8pm: Join us for our regular Shabbat B’Yachad Zoom Gathering with a special emphasis on the introspection we practice during the Days of Awe.

Yom Kippur

Finally, please join us via Zoom for our Kol Nidre Service on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30pm and Yom Kippur Services on Thursday, September 16th at 10:00am. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO RSVP FOR A HIGH HOLIDAYS MAHZOR PRAYERBOOK — IF YOU HAVE NOT ARRANGED TO PICK UP A COPY, please contact the synagogue office or Gloria Jacoby or Rabbi Fox.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the details:
Wednesday, September 15, 6:30pm: Kol Nidre
Thursday, September 16:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: ~12:00pm: Yom Kippur Morning Service
Mincha and Neilah at ~6:00pm

Break-the-Fast: We have arranged for a boxed meal of kosher bagels, smoked fish, and more — $50 for a two-person box. Pick up is September 15 at 3:15pm — 4:00pm. Orders no later than September 3.

*Don’t Forget!*
Temple Beth Shalom’s Annual Food Drive:
Please bring canned/non-perishable food items to leave in the bin by the front door BY Monday, September 20, 2021. These items will be donated to the Jewish Family Service Food Bank. Any donation is gratefully appreciated. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you.

For more information, please contact the synagogue office or call us at 609/266-0403.

L’SHANAH TOVAH U’METUKAH — A GOOD AND SWEET YEAR AHEAD
 

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In the interest of living the Jewish value of keeping others from danger and protecting human life, we have made the difficult decision NOT to building a community Sukkah this year.

BUT, WE CAN STILL FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF
BUILDING A SUKKAH AT HOME AND, EVEN WITHOUT A SUKKAH,
WE CAN CELEBRATE THE JOYOUS HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT!

MOADIM L’SIMKHA — A SEASON OF JOY TO ALL

CELEBRATE SUKKOT WITH YOUR OWN SUKKAH!

For more information on how to build your own Sukkah
or celebrating the joyous holiday of Sukkot,
please contact the Rabbi Fox  via email
or leave a message at 609/266-0403.

Sukkot Begins on
Monday evening, September 20, 2021 • Candle lighting: 6:39pm

If you can’t make if to our Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service, please don’t forget the rest of Sukkot and to participate in the mitzvah of “Dwelling in the Sukkah!”  For more information, including the blessings that we recite in the Sukkah, please see below.

SHEMINI ATZERET YIZKOR SERVICE

We invite you to join together on Tuesday, September 28, at 12:00pm for a stand-alone Yizkor service. Friday’s gathering will be shorter than normal because the liturgy varies with the confluence of Jewish holidays and Shabbat, but Yizkor will run about the same, about 35-45 minutes.

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If you are blessed to be able to build a Sukkah at your home, don’t forget the rest of Sukkot and “Dwelling in the Sukkah!” During the week of Sukkot, consider having lunch or dinner in the Sukkah or just to sit and enjoy the Sukkah and the holiday.  Just remember: It is a mitzvah to simply sit in a Sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot!

When you are seated in the Sukkah, you may recite the following blessing:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kideshanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu leisheiv basukkah.

Blessed are you, Adonai our G-d, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made us holy through your commandments, and commanded us to dwell in the Sukkah.

Also, please don’t forget the blessing upon your first visit to the Sukkah:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, shehechianu v’kiyamanu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.

Blessed are you, Adonai our G-d, Sovereign of the Universe, for granting us life, for sustaining us, and for bringing us to this day.

HAG SUKKOT SAMEACH — HAPPY SUKKOT