High Holidays 5781 (2020)

Schedule of All Services

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Before the High Holidays

VIRTUAL Sept 13 @ 5pm: Shofar: A World History – Learn about the sacred tradition of blowing shofar from a world perspective with our resident shofar expert Art Finkle

VIRTUAL 3-Part Spirited Conversation on “Preparing your Heart for this Crazy World” with Rabbi Anna

  • Aug 19 (Rosh Hodesh Elul) @ 8pm
  • Sept 9 (20 Elul) @ 8pm
  • Sept 23 (5 Tishrei) @ 8pm

Sept 12: Kehillah sponsored community Selichot program (@ 8:00pm) and service (@ 9:00pm). Hosted this year by Beth El.

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 18
6:00pm-6:45pm – VIRTUAL Rosh HaShanah Seder
Seders are not just for Passover! Rabbi Anna will lead us in a modern take on this traditional Sephardi/Mizrachi home-based ritual, a perfect complement to the holiday meal. If you wish to share mealtime with others, please stay on the call after the seder concludes.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday, September 19, 2020

Zoom 1 – Public

9:15am-10:15am – VIRTUAL Morning service (no Torah service)
Rabbi Anna will lead from the Kol Emet sanctuary as participants fully immerse from home with breakout chats and readings for an interactive Rosh HaShanah service for all ages.

10:30am-11:15am – VIRTUAL Sermon and discussion
Rabbi Anna will share her Rosh HaShanah message live from Kol Emet via Zoom, and then we will all have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation

11:30am-12:15pm – VIRTUAL Torah service
Leading from the Kol Emet sanctuary, Rabbi Anna will combine recordings of readers chanting directly from the scroll with live honorees leading us in the aliyah blessings.  Dramatic elements of Musaf will conclude our service.

Zoom 2 – Private

9:00am-9:30am – VIRTUAL “With Gratitude and Renewal” Movement and Meditation with Sherry Hanck

9:45am-10:15am – VIRTUAL Tot service/activity led by Anne, Sarah and Chelsea Agajanian
It’s the birthday of the world – let’s have a party! Appropriate for children aged 2-6 accompanied by a responsible adult.

10:30am-11:15am – VIRTUAL “Shofar – the Original Primal Scream?”
RS family interactive session led by Teddi Matisoff. Learn about all kind of shofars, how they are made, and why they express our prayers for the New Year. Appropriate for children age 7-12 and their families

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sunday, September 20, 2020

Zoom – Public

9:15am-10:45am – VIRTUAL Morning service
A heymish, more traditional version of Day 1, this service includes a Torah service and blowing of the Shofar. Rabbi Anna will lead from the Kol Emet sanctuary as participants fully immerse from home with breakout chats and readings.

11:00am-11:45am – VIRTUAL “The Wonders of Creation” Text study led by Rabbi Judy Abrahamson

12:30pm-1:30pm – IN-PERSON Community Picnic at Core Creek Park Pavilion #2
There will be lots of space to spread out and to also enjoy being together!  BYOPicnic – this is a carry-in carry-out event and no food or items will be shared.

1:30pm-2:15pm – IN-PERSON, VIRTUAL AND STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK Shofar service and Tashlich at Core Creek Park Pavilion #2
Release your regrets by the water and enter the New Year with an open heart! This year, we will hear the shofar together, in person, with room for social distancing.  Please wear a mask. Temperature will be taken upon arrival. Bring your own bread or pebbles for Tashlich.

The Days Between…

IN PERSON Multiple Tashlich and Shofar blowing experiences geared to different groups in our community. Pick the one that fits your schedule and interest.

IN PERSON “Visiting Hours” at Kol Emet. In Psalm 27 (which is traditional to read this time of year), the Psalmist beseeches God to be able to “visit in God’s temple.”  At a time when we may feel painfully separated from our holy spaces, we invite you to visit the Kol Emet sanctuary for some quiet, prayerful time, to sit in the space and approach the Ark and Torah scrolls if you wish.  Social distancing and mask wearing is required.

VIRTUAL Special Musical Limmud (Adult education) program on Thursday evening!

IN PERSON Contemplative Shabbat Shuva (Shabbat of Return) experience on Saturday morning with Rabbi Anna and Meditation with Sherry Hanck on Monday afternoon

VIRTUAL Storytime with Carrie for young children on Wednesday evening

Monday 9/21 Tuesday 9/22 Wednesday 9/23 Thursday 9/24 Friday 9/25 Saturday 9/26 Sunday 9/27

*4-8pm IN PERSON Visiting Hours (with Julie Asplen)

*3-3:30pm VIRTUAL Meditation with Sherry Hanck

*5:30pm – IN PERSON Social Justice-themed Shofar service and Tashlich at Yardley boat launch with Tikkun Olam Committee members

*4:45-5:30pm VIRTUAL Religious School

*4:45-5:30pm VIRTUAL Religious School

*7-7:20pm VIRTUAL Storytime with Carrie

*8-9pm – VIRTUAL Spirited Conversation with Rabbi Anna

*8-9:15am IN PERSON Morning Minyan and Exodus-themed Shofar service Tashlich at Yardley boat launch

*5:30-6:15pm  IN PERSON Family-friendly Shofar service at Kol Emet

*7pm – VIRTUAL Musical Limmud program with Susan Sacks

*11am-3pm IN PERSON Visiting Hours (with Randi Davis)

*6pm-6:45pm VIRTUAL Friday Night Lights with Rabbi Anna

*9:30-11am VIRTUAL Torah Study

*11am-12 noon IN PERSON Contemplative Shabbat morning experience at KE with Rabbi Anna

*10am-1pm IN PERSON Visiting Hours (with Julie Asplen)

Yom Kippur

Erev Kol Nidrei – Sunday, September 27, 2020

Zoom – Public

6:30pm-8:00pm – VIRTUAL Kol Nidrei Service
The spiritual pinnacle of the year, as the Ark is opened for the singing of Kol Nidre. It is customary to wear your tallit for this unique evening service.

Yom Kippur Day – Monday, September 28, 2020

Zoom 1 – Public

9:15am-10:30am – VIRTUAL Morning service (no Torah service)
Rabbi Anna will lead from the Kol Emet sanctuary as participants fully immerse from home with breakout chats and readings for an interactive Yom Kippur service for all ages.

10:45am-11:15am – VIRTUAL Sermon and discussion
Rabbi Anna will share her Yom Kippur message live from Kol Emet via Zoom, and then we will all have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation

11:30am-12:15pm – VIRTUAL Torah service
Leading from the Kol Emet sanctuary, Rabbi Anna will combine recordings of readers chanting directly from the scroll with live honorees leading us in the aliyah blessings.  Dramatic elements of Musaf will conclude our service.
 
[time for additional lay led programming]

6:00pm-6:45pm – VIRTUAL Neilah
We conclude Yom Kippur in a beautiful and meaningful way. Rabbi Anna will lead this service from the Kol Emet sanctuary in front of the open ark.

6:45pm – VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON AND STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK Shofar blowing and Havdalah
Rabbi Anna will lead from the Kol Emet patio. You may participate via Zoom or choose to come to Kol Emet to hear the Shofar blown live from your vehicle. You may also stay on Zoom to break the fast virtually with community members.

* There will be informal “lobby” time between each service module

Zoom 2 – Private

9:00am-9:30am – VIRTUAL “Be Still and Know” Movement and Meditation with Susan Safranek

9:45am-10:30am – VIRTUAL Tot service/activity led by Anne, Sarah and Chelsea Agajanian
It’s so hard to say ‘I’m Sorry!’ Join us as we reflect on what was good about this past year and what we would like to change. Appropriate for children aged 2-6 accompanied by a responsible adult.
 
12:30pm-1:45pm – VIRTUAL Yizkor
A community space to remember those you love. Breakout rooms will be available to share stories and memories in a more intimate setting. This year it will feature a beautiful Yizkor photo montage.

2:00pm-2:30pm – VIRTUAL “In the Belly of the Whale”
A puppet show narrating the story of Jonah led by the Siegel family and Rabbi Anna. Discussion to follow. Appropriate for children ages 6-12 and their families.

 


Online Registration

Click here to register

For security purposes, everyone needs to be registered for all High Holidays services and events they are attending, both virtual and in-person.

Registration for Members, Family Members who are not Kol Emet Congregants
Members of your family who are not Kol Emet congregants are welcome to attend all High Holiday services. When you register, please indicate how many non-congregant family members will be joining you at services.

Registration for Guests from the Jewish Community
Members of the Jewish community are welcome to join us as guests of the Kehillah of Bucks County and the Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

We kindly suggest a minimum donation of $36 per guest, or whatever amount is meaningful for you.

Zoom invitations and links will be provided by September 11, 2020. Please be certain about the in-person events you wish to join as attendance limits may be imposed. We do not want folks to miss out on opportunities to participate in services or activities.

Greeters will be present at each in-person venue welcoming you to services. They are tasked with confirming your registration as well as implementing the Kol Emet COVID-19 Safety Protocol (link). They will take your temperature upon arrival, ask you several COVID-relevant questions and remind you to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. It is mandatory that all folks in attendance wear a face mask.  If you are unable to do so, you are welcome to join the event virtually. Please arrive early and be patient as we work together to ensure the safety and serenity of these holy days.

Mahzorim
Mahzorim (High Holiday prayer books) will be delivered to members in their Shana Tova gift bag, upon request through the Registration Form. If you wish to purchase a mahzor, you can do so through the Registration Form at $54 per book.


Membership

Current Member (2020-2021 Payment Option Form submitted) – Click here to register
Pending Member (Payment Option Form not yet submitted)
New Member  – Contact the Kol Emet office: (215) 493-8522 | office@kolemet.org


Other Relevant Information

High Holiday Appeal
This year, we are again making it possible to fulfill your High Holiday pledge when you register online.  Giving is a mitzvah and a responsibility.  Please give to the level that you can.  We value your presence most of all.

High Holiday Food Drive
YOU can make a difference. Nourish families in need by participating in the High Holiday Food Drive. Over 3,000 Jewish families are fed by your donations & 5 months of food pantry stock is supplied by this drive. We will be collecting nutritious, non-perishable kosher protein items: canned beans, nut butters & canned fish.
Donate your Kosher canned food at Kol Emet from 9/10/20 through 10/8/20. You can bring your donations to the synagogue when you sign-up for visiting hours, or to any of the in-person remote tashlich services where a member of the Tikkun Olam Committee will be happy to assist you. 

Lulav and Etrog Purchase
Would you like to shake your very own lulav and etrog this Sukkot??
Rabbi Anna will be placing an order soon to our lulav and etrog provider. If you would like to have one for this Sukkot, please email the office no later than 9/18/2020 at office@kolemet.org. They’re only $36 per set!

Yizkor Book
We are a people in whom the past endures, in whom the present is inconceivable without moments gone by…
Recollection is a holy act: we sanctify the present by remembering the past.

–Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
See online registration for details. Absolute deadline is 9/4/2020.