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High Holiday Prep Classes
We are looking for volunteers to greet our in-person guests.
This year we are very excited to welcome Eliana Light as our High Holiday musical guest! Eliana is helping to shape our prayer experience in the main sanctuary and will lead several prayerful gatherings for families and adults of all ages. Eliana Light envisions a joyful, vibrant, heart-centered Judaism that speaks to the soul and moves the spirit, reminding us that we all are One. She offers professional development to educators, clergy, and lay leaders to elevate and deepen their prayer gatherings, allowing them to offer more meaningful experiences to more people. She is also a sought-after songwriter and performer of catchy, content-rich tunes for all ages, and has put out three albums of original music. Eliana received her Master's in Jewish Education from the Davidson school at JTS in 2016. and is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.
Live streaming will be available through the video box below. Simply click "play" when services are to begin.
You may also access services via ZOOM. To access the ZOOM LINKS, please refer to the service schedule.
If the year is a train, the High Holidays are its engine. A delicate blend of joy and solemnity, feasting and fasting, and prayer and inspiration make up the spiritually charged head of the Jewish year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, actually means "head of the year." Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity, and blessing. It is also a joyous day when we proclaim God King of the Universe. During the times of the Temple, every seven years, the ceremony of Hakhel was performed during Sukkot, a holiday which itself is an extension of the High Holidays. During that time, all Jewish men, women, children, as well as "strangers" assembled to hear the reading of the Torah by the king of Israel. The primary message of the Hakhel ceremony was one of community. We know from experience that a person can lift and carry a much larger load when another person helps him/her lift it. As part of a Kahal (congregation), we can accomplish things that could not be done by the individuals, as individuals. One simple example of this is that we require the presence of a minyan to say Kaddish. By merely being part of a minyan and enabling people to say Kaddish for their loved ones, we effect a change in everyone present in that one becomes part of a "sacred congregation."
Rosh Hashanah is not only the beginning of the New Year but also the "head" of the year, influencing each and every day of the upcoming year. In order to set the tone for the New Year and in the spirit of continuing to offer spiritual upliftment and comfort to our community during this transition period, we are not requiring tickets to attend our in-person services, nor are we requiring payment for access to our virtual service experience. However, registration is required for anyone who wishes to attend in-person services, primarily to ensure the safety of everyone inside the building. Part of the registration process includes furnishing proof of vaccination. In an abundance of caution, masks will be required at all times when inside the building.
In order to make things simple, all information related to the High Holidays can be found on this page. See below for a full schedule of services, updated Covid-19 protocols, a link to register for in-person services, links for virtual participation in services (which will become live closer to the holidays), and everything else you need to know regarding the upcoming High Holidays. It will continue to be updated as new information is made available. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Leshanah tovah tikatev vetichatem – May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.