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High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Israel - 2022


Beginning on Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 28) the blasts of the shofar heralded the new year and each day continues to call us to the task of looking inward as we prepare to do teshuvah – to repent, to return, to make positive change. Our services during these Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im) gather the entire community together to engage with this important spiritual work.

We want to inform you, as much as we currently can, of how our observances of the Days of Awe will unfold this year, and to invite your participation in sacred service during this year’s High Holy Days. The schedule below, with a printable version on the left, lists the dates and times of events during this season of repentance, reflection, and celebration. And this year, for the first time in three years, all our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be in person, in our sanctuary. We ask that all who come to those services be fully vaccinated against Covid, and remain masked except when leading prayers. Of course, even with those precautions, not everyone will find it comfortable to attend in person, and for those persons we are pleased to be able to announce that all services in the sanctuary will be livestreamed and available to watch via Zoom

Machzor for Zoom services: If you need a machzor (High Holy Days prayerbook) to follow along at home, please contact Larry Hamermesh or Miriam Sigler.

Here are some highlights about how our observances of the Days of Awe will unfold this year; scroll down for the schedule and links to register for certain services and events.

  • For Selichot (Saturday, September 17), Kehillot congregations are invited to come to a performance of "Oh, G-d" by Theatre Ariel, followed by Selichot services led by Rabbi Linda, along with other rabbis.
  • On Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sunday evening, September 25), there will be a young family gathering, a festive Rosh Hashanah dinner planned potluck, followed services in person in the sanctuary.
  • Weather permitting, an intergenerational combined Tashlich and shofar service will be held at Smedley Park on Monday afternoon, September 26 at 12:30pm, after the conclusion of that morning’s services, which will be in the sanctuary.
  • Services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah (Tuesday, September 27) will also be in person, in the sanctuary.
  • Finally, our Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services will be held in the sanctuary.
  • Then, we move into the festivals of Sukkot and Simchat Torah and all of their joyous events!

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For up-to-date information about this year’s High Holy Days, including the schedule, look for emails and check back on this webpage. Questions and concerns can be addressed to Laura Lee Blechner and Larry Hamermesh.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing all of you very soon!
See the Essential High Holy Days Links section for important links and information.

RSVP for Events: 

Zoom links will be sent by email and are here for members

Selichot Program and Services (on Zoom)

Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 pm Theatre Ariel program followed by services

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 25 at 4:45 pm Young Family Gathering
Sunday, September 25 at 5:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah planned potluck (outdoors) RSVP needed
Sunday, September 25 at 7:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah services (sanctuary and Zoom)
Monday, September 26 at 10:00 am Rosh Hashanah services (sanctuary and Zoom)
Monday, September 26 at 12:30 pm Outdoor Shofar & Tashlich Event for Tots, Teens & the Whole Community with Rabbi Linda & Rabbi Nathan at Smedley Park BYO Lunch
Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 am Creative Rosh Hashanah experience (sanctuary and Zoom)

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 4 evening at 7:00 pm including Kol Nidre (sanctuary and Zoom
Wednesday, October 5:
Yom Kippur Morning Family Service 9:30 am (Lower level only)
Morning Service 10:00 am, with Yizkor service at approximately 12:00 pm (sanctuary and Zoom)
Drumming at 3:00 pm (Outside at BI)
Healing Service led by Rabbi Linda at 4:00 pm (Zoom only)
Healing Service led by Rabbi Linda at 4:30 pm (sanctuary only)
Mincha/afternoon service with Avodah & Martyrology at 5:00 pm (sanctuary and Zoom)
Neilah/closing service at approx 6:30 pm (sanctuary and Zoom) followed by a break-the-fast nosh in the portico


Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 am Sukkah Structure Building (adults & teens please)
Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 am Sukkah Decorating during Hebrew School, followed by pizza lunch (all are welcome) RSVP/pay for pizza lunch needed
Monday, October 10 and Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 am Joyful singing of Hallel at our Weekday Spiritual Practice Zooms
Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 pm FUSE dinner and program in the Sukkah RSVP
Friday, October 14 at 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat family gathering (outdoors)
Friday, October 14 at 6:30 pm Shabbat/Sukkot Services Around the Table with Rabbi Linda (outside in sukkah) Catered Dinner $15/person RSVP/pay for dinner needed (if needed, financial help is available)
Friday, October 14 at 7:15 pm Optional Potluck Beer Tasting 21 and older

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 pm Special Hebrew School afternoon session
Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 pm Adult learning during Hebrew School: topic and teacher TBA
Sunday, October 16 at 5:30 pm Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah Bring a dish/drinks to share RSVP (outdoors)
Sunday, October 16 at 6:30 pm Erev Simchat Torah services with Rabbi Linda, Rabbi Nathan and BIMAS (sanctuary and Zoom)

Mon, April 15 2024 7 Nisan 5784