High Holiday Service Schedule for 5784/2023
The High Holy Days at Temple Beth Shalom In-Person and via Zoom:
Please join us in–person (prior reservations required) or via Zoom on Friday evening, September 15th at 8:00pm to welcome the Jewish New Year of 5784. Make the start of the holiday special by sharing apples and honey together in the synagogue and in our own homes after the service!
Please also join us in-person or via Zoom on Friday, September 15th, beginning at 8:00 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday, September 16th & 17th, beginning at 10:00 am, for a joyous, spiritual New Year’s celebration with Rabbi Fox and our mellifluous-voiced High Holidays Hazzan, Cantor Gail Foorman. 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 Hazzan, Cantor Gail Foorman.
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:
* 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 first day of Rosh Hashanah
* 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 may 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 in person or via Zoom
Friday, September 15, 8:00 pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am: Rosh Hashanah First Day Service
Sunday, September 17, 10:00 am: Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service
Please join us to share in a brief, communal Tashlikh ritual as we cast our sins away into the Atlantic Ocean. We will meet on Sunday, September 17, the second day of Rosh Hashanah (due to the first day falling on Shabbat), at ~2:00 pm, in the backyard of 2201 Bayshore Avenue; you may enter from the side gate on 22nd Street S. (Bring your throwing arm to get your sins past the seagulls!) Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast via Zoom for our Tashlikh ritual.
If you prefer to observe a contemplative Tashlikh alone or with your family, please see the link above to our Tashlikh booklet with a variety of prayers as well as a guided meditation to aid you in making your Tashlikh experience even more meaningful.
No matter the setting, please observe social distancing and, if you feeling ill for any reason, please refraining from attending to ensure a joyous New Year for all.
We all wish each other a lightening of our burdens as we work towards creating our new selves in the New Year to come.
Friday, September 22, 8pm: Join us for our regular Shabbat service with a special emphasis on the introspection we practice during the Days of Awe.
Finally, please join us in person or via Zoom for our Kol Nidre Service on Sunday, September 24th at 6:15pm and Yom Kippur Services on Monday, September 25th 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:
Sunday, September 24, 6:15pm: Kol Nidre
Monday, September 25, 10:00am: Yom Kippur Morning Service;
Mincha and Neilah at ~5:10pm
Break-the-Fast: Please do not forget to register for TBS Congregational Break-the-Fast PotLuck Meal to be held at the Community Center after Yom Kippur Service (around 7:45 p.m.) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44AEA829A5FCCE9-congregational
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, October 9th. 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.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
CELEBRATE SUKKOT WITH US IN OUR SUKKAH!
Please join us for our Annual Sukkah Building Party! This is your chance to participate in the happy Mitzvah of building and decorating a Sukkah. Builders are needed on Thursday, September 29, 2023, at 9:30am and decorators at 10:30am. No special skills needed; just a willing body and a joyous heart!
FOR THOSE STILL NOT ABLE TO JOIN US,
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, September 29, 2023 • Candle lighting: 6:28pm
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 us in-person or via Zoom on Saturday, October 7th, beginning at 10:00 am, for Shemini Atzeret and Shabbat services that will include Yizkor, which we expect will run for a little over two hours.
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