Beloved friends,

With sundown on Sunday, we will enter the Hebrew month of Elul, the month during which we prepare for the High Holy Days. Our vision for what Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would be like has once again necessitated a re-visioning. The reality of the ongoing ever-changing pandemic requires that we offer our worship experiences in a robust, multi-access mode that will help us ensure that we minimize the risk of illness and maximize the meaning for these Days of Awe.

Our theme for this season, and for this year, is a quotation from the prophet Jeremiah recorded in the book of Lamentations. The prophet exclaims “Return us unto You and we will return. Renew our days as in the past.” In this time, perhaps more than ever before, we seek to return to God by returning to each other at Temple. We seek the kind of renewal that we have experienced in the past.

Planning for the High Holy Days is still evolving as we work with our Covid-19 Task Force and our Spiritual Life Committee. The plan, as of today, is to provide one in-person worship experience in the building for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning. We will also have a tent in the South parking lot for all youth services including our children’s service, JeTY service, and Family services. Yom Kippur afternoon, Yizkor and Ne’ilah will be in the sanctuary. All worship experiences will be available live for digital participation. More details about masking, numbers, and parking will be available as those decisions are finalized.

Here is what you can do now:

  • Please participate in our High Holy Days Wishes Book by clicking here.
  • Please provide us with your Memorial Book remembrances by clicking here.
  • Please, if you did not do so already, submit photos for Yizkor of people you wish to remember by clicking here.
  • And, if you have not yet completed your membership renewal, click here.

Thank you in advance for your patience, your understanding, and most of all for your support. Cathy, Jacob and Elana, Eli, Anna and Hope join me in wishing you a happy and healthy and sweet New Year.

L’shanah Tovah,