August 18, 2020
The High Holiday Contingency Committee and Ritual Committee have been meeting weekly to provide our members and friends with a very special Yom Tov this year. Each week leading up to the holidays, we will be sending you information about all that is happening
Above you see a sample of what Zoom participants have been seeing each Shabbat morning, with a view of the Holy Ark and our torahs as well as the sanctuary. This is, in some way, a dress rehearsal of what your experience would be on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please join us for a Saturday morning service to see for your yourself how interactive our services are and will be.

Last Friday night, many folks joined us for Kabbalat Services with our Holy Day Hazzan, Sara Geller. Not only does she have a beautiful voice but she is most engaging and adds so much to our service.

Here are a few things to note:

Beginning this Friday, Rabbi Jay will be conducting a morning service every Sunday - Friday beginning at 8:15 AM. He will be blowing the shofar as is the tradition in the month of Elul each morning. What a nice way to beginning the day - our Jewish alarm clock.

We are beginning to receive responses for services, New Year Greetings and Book of Remembrance listings. The deadline for Greetings and Listings is September 4th. We encourage you to send in your requests sooner rather than later, particularly due to issues with the USPS.

If you have concerns about how to navigate the services on Zoom and the Live Stream, please let us know by responding to this email. We will try to partner you with someone who can help you become proficient with this technology.

A CALL OUT to anyone who would like to be a Zoom Sheliah (Zoom Emissary) and help congregants learn how to connect with Zoom. Please reply to this email if you can assist.

Click on the button below for the schedule and order form.

This year we will be using Mahzor Lev Shalem, a new Conservative mahzor
for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with gender neutral translation and running commentaries that explain each prayer. 

We have made arrangements to make the prayer book available to you electronically. As the service this year has been abbreviated. ticket holders will also receive a worship service schedule with page numbers.

For those who want a hard copy of the Mahzor, we are making them available through the synagogue discount. If you would like your own prayer book, please respond to the office with this link OFFICE EMAIL by 8/20/20. The cost of the book is $30.00 plus shipping fees.

We are bringing you up to the Bimah with our High Holiday Services. Imagine being right there as the Torah is being read. What an experience for you and your family. Here is Rabbi Jay with the yad (pointer) as Aaron Lombardi reads the Torah portion.
Look for emails from Rabbi Jay about various programming during the month of Elul, including spiritual preparations for our Holy Days, the beautiful liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and how to create a Mikdash M'at (a miniature sanctuary) in ours homes as we attend Zoom services.

We look forward to your joining us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the Days of Awe celebration.  Please let Rabbi Jay ( know if you need any additional information or assistance.  
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