Everything You Need To Know For The High Holidays!
Bring Your Mahzor
Due to limited storage space at Kol Emet, we encourage you to bring your own mahzor to services. If you wish to purchase a mahzor, we can order one for you. They can be picked up from our office on or before the High Holidays. Owning the mahzor will give you a chance to explore its pages, where you can find meaningful liturgical pieces, poems and commentaries throughout.
Come Early (or Take the Shuttle)!
Cars arriving at Kol Emet after the parking lot is full will be directed to the alternate parking site at the Lower Makefield Township pool. We only run one shuttle bus so plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before services begin. Drivers will drop off passengers at the upstairs entrance to Kol Emet. For your own safety, please
do not park on Oxford Valley Road! Cars parked there may be ticketed or towed. You may also register to reserve a spot in our lot, which is good for all High Holiday services.
Kids are Part of the Party
Beside three types of services for children and families, there will also be opportunities for kids to participate in our community service on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. After the preschool service concludes around 10:45am, Rabbi Anna will invite all children onto the bimah for a brief story and to open the Ark for Avinu Malkenu. School-aged children will then be invited downstairs to participate in Junior Congregation.
It’s a Round Time of Year
The High Holidays celebrate the cycle of life, and so it is traditional to eat round foods such as apples, eggs, bagels, and round challah to make the New Year special Come stay and celebrate with us at our two potluck meals - lunch on Rosh HaShanah Day 2, and our Yom Kippur Break Fast - and bring something round and tasty to share!
White is the New Black
It is traditional to wear white (and abstain from leather, jewelry or makeup) on Yom Kippur as a symbol of purity and introspection. A lesser known but more powerful reason to wear white is that Yom Kippur is a ritual death of sorts, and white recalls the white shroud in which the body is wrapped in a traditional Jewish burial. It gives us a way, especially in our culture, where we are so death-denying, to come to terms with what we are doing with our lives.
Be Prepared to Fast: Stay Hydrated
Even if you aren’t writing sermons, our preparation for the High Holidays must start well before the holidays. Start cutting down on your caffeine intake, and increase your hydration starting 48 hours before the fast. But don’t stop taking your regular medications and if you have any questions or concerns about fasting, please come speak with Rabbi Anna.
There are Lots of Ways to Give
Giving is a mitzvah and a responsibility. This year, we are making it possible to fulfill your High Holiday pledge when you register online. Please give to the level that you can. Know that you can make a difference. Nourish families in need by participating in the High Holiday Food Drive. We are collecting nutritious, non-perishable kosher protein items: canned beans, nut butters & canned fish from 8/31/18 through 9/27/18. Donations bins will be placed in the lobby. We invite you take on at least one action that serves others during these Days of Awe. Assist someone. Listen to another’s story. Volunteer with the children. Welcome new faces. Make a guest feel at home.
Account For Your Soul
Part of the work of the High Holidays is to take an accounting of your soul. Take some time to reflect on your growth in the past year. What stands out as triumphs? Who has played important roles? Have you expressed gratitude? Reflect on the areas where you have struggled. What weighs heavily on your heart and mind? What important aspects of your life have you ignored, and where have you frivolously spent your resources? Reach out to those people for whom repair is in order.