In preparation for the High Holidays, we have been meeting and planning in order to provideyou with the meaningful services you’ve come to expect and love.
Given these uncertain times, we are particularly concerned with the overall health and wellness of our community. To this end, members and guests may choose between attending in‐person and/or via Zoom. It is possible further changes will be made, so we ask you to please remain flexible.
The full High Holiday schedule is below. Please read this letter through carefully first, as it contains a lot of important information.
We are currently planning to hold in‐person services at various settings: indoors in the Kol Emet sanctuary, outside in tents set up on our beautiful grounds, and at Pavilion 11 at Core Creek Park on Rosh haShana afternoon. Pavilion 11 is the largest in the park, and it is accessible to the lake shore which will enable us do Tashlich together in an uncrowded way. All services from the sanctuary will be accessible through Zoom. Please register to receive links.
Shana Tova Bags containing goodies (a card, apples and honey, and more) and essentials for services (service supplement, mahzor, yizkor booklets) will be available for pick up on Thursday September 2. You may also retrieve your bag at services if you will be attending in‐person.
Erev Rosh HaShana falls on Labor Day! That means that we will join together outside at Kol Emet for a Welcome Back Barbeque, to be followed by an informal Rosh HaShana service with shofar blowing. In the event of rain, the service will be on Zoom only, and the barbeque will be postponed to the following Shabbat, on September 10.
Young Children’s Services: We are delighted that Carrie Walinsky will again be leading these services appropriate for children aged 0‐7 years. Children must be accompanied by their adults.
Afternoon Family Services: Rabbi Anna will be leading these interactive services for all on the first day of Rosh HaShana at Core Creek Park following Tashlich and on Yom Kippur in the tent on our grounds.
Tashlich: Tashlich and Shofar blowing will take place on Rosh haShana Day 1 at Core Creek Park. In case of inclement weather, it will move to Rosh haShana Day 2 at the Yardley Boat Launch.
Contemplative Offerings: We are lucky to have Sherry Hanck to lead us in Yoga and Meditation on Rosh haShana morning, and for Susan Safranek to lead us in Meditation and Movement on Yom Kippur morning. Sherry’s session will be on Zoom only and begins at 8:30am, giving you ample time to change clothing if you wish for the main service and travel to Kol Emet. For Susan’s session, which begins at 9:00am, you may wear the same clothing as you would wear for services.
Thank you all for your help and your patience as we work to make these High Holy Days safe and sacred for all. Please contact us if you have any questions.