High Holiday Services

High Holiday Service Schedule for 5781/2020

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 5781.

A Community Selichot Program/Service, sponsored by the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors (SJBRC), will be held Saturday, September 12th, under the auspices of Shirat Hayam Congregation in Ventnor from 8:00pm to approximately 9:00pm. 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 Shirat Hayam Congregation for a link — see more information here.

The High Holy Days at Temple Beth Shalom via Zoom:

Please join us via Zoom on Friday evening, September 18th at 8:00pm to welcome the Jewish New Year of 5781.  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 Friday, September 18th, beginning at 8:00pm,  as well as Saturday and Sunday, September 19th & 20th, beginning at 10:00am, for a joyous, spiritual New Year’s celebration with Rabbi Fox and our mellifluous-voiced High Holidays Cantor, Cantor Nancy Abramson. Our services will be partitioned into two sessions with a brief break in between to reduce online fatigue.

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

Here is an explanation of our service schedule:

Rosh Hashanah (via Zoom)

Friday, September 18, 8:00pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Saturday, September 19:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: 11:45am: Rosh Hashanah First Day Service
Sunday, September 20:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: 11:45am: Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service

TASHLIKH: 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 hold a communal Tashlikh service as we normally would on the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah. We will be sending you a copy of a brief Tashlikh service that you can perform in an introspective spiritual ritual on your own or with your household. If you have not received your copy with your link to services, please contact the synagogue office or Rabbi Fox.

Shabbat Shuva

Friday, September 25, 6pm: Join us for our regular Welcoming Shabbat 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 Sunday, September 27th at 6:15pm and Yom Kippur Services on Monday, September 28th 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 Rabbi Fox.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the details:
Sunday, September 18, 6:15pm: Kol Nidre
Monday, September 19:
First Part: 10:00am & Second Part: 12:00pm: Yom Kippur Morning Service
Mincha and Neilah at 6:00pm

Click here to read about our mellifluous-voiced High Holidays Cantor, Cantor Nancy Abramson.

*Don’t Forget!*
Temple Beth Shalom’s Annual Food Drive:
Please bring canned goods and non-perishable food items and leave them in the bin by the front door BEFORE Thursday, October 1, 2020. These items will be donated to the Jewish Family Service Food Bank. Your donations are 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
Friday evening, October 2, 2020 • Candle lighting: 6:19pm

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 Saturday, October 10, 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