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High Holy Days 5784/2023 at Beth Shalom

L'Shana Tovah! (To a good new year!)

All are welcome to attend our High Holy Days services! We hope you will join us as we gather to observe the Days of Awe. We hold a variety of services and activities during the High Holy Days, providing opportunities for all ages, schedules, and preferences. At Beth Shalom, we do not charge for tickets so that all may participate; we do appreciate donationsAll guests, including guests of members, are required to register.

On behalf of all of us at Beth Shalom, we wish you and yours a sweet, happy, and healthy new year!

High Holy Days Services and Schedule

During our services, Hebrew and English are combined and balanced. Our prayer book contains full transliteration of all prayers and songs so that if you do not read Hebrew, you may comfortably and easily join in. We are fortunate to have many talented musicians and singers who enhance our services with a combination of traditional and contemporary music. At Beth Shalom, many congregants join in the leading of services alongside our rabbi. 

Our Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day One, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services are traditional services. In addition, we gather for Tashlikh, where we symbolically cast away our sins to begin anew. Immediately following our Yom Kippur Morning service will be Yizkor, a service of prayers and quiet contemplation as we remember those whom we have lost. 

New this year, our Rosh Hashanah Day Two service and our Yom Kippur afternoon service will be family services. A shorter experience, these family services are crafted for children and adults; we'll enjoy music, prayers, shofar blowing, and a Torah story. 

Zoom attendance is provided for all services except the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services due to the interactive nature and in person engagement of these services. Finally, at the conclusion of Yom Kippur Family Service, we come together for Break the Fast, as we celebrate the start of the new year (all members and guests must register for Break the Fast).  We look forward to seeing you and your family, as we gather to celebrate, sing, reflect, and connect.

Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade can enjoy crafts and playtime during Rosh Hashanah Day One Morning Service on September 16 and Yom Kippur Morning Service on September 25.  Please complete our High Holy Days Childcare Registration Form.

High Holy Days Schedule 5784/2023

Erev Rosh Hashanah Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day One Service Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Tashlikh at Lochmere Lake Saturday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Family Service* Sunday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Kol Nidre Sunday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur & Yizkor Monday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur Family Service* Monday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Break the Fast Monday, September 25 at about 6:00 p.m.

* Family Services are in-person only.

Additional High Holy Days Activities and Services

Tashlikh. Please join us as we continue our tradition of gathering together by the beautiful lake at Lochmere, singing the songs and prayers of the Tashlikh service and throwing pebbles into the lake. As always, all ages are welcome along with family dogs!  Please bring snacks and beverages to share. Please park in the upper pool parking lot by the office and basketball hoop at the corner of Lily Atkins and Lochmere Drive.

Yom Kippur Food Drive. A long-standing tradition at Beth Shalom, we have an opportunity to help those in need by bringing food items to Yom Kippur services.  Details will be provided on the bags given out at Rosh Hashanah services.

Sukkot. A joyous festival, we gather to give thanks for the food and shelter that we have. We will come together to celebrate Sukkot at our Sukkot Shabbat on Friday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Tue, September 26 2023 11 Tishrei 5784