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High Holidays 5782 (2021)

Some of the most important days of our religious year are nearly here—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, like last year, is a year like no other. Temple Isaiah will offer services in person and via Zoom. Each of us will choose how to worship—outside at the temple, in our homes, or at a temple service offsite. We hope that every choice brings us close to each other and reminds us that we are a community no matter where we worship at this special time of year. We are, together, Temple Isaiah, no matter where and how we celebrate and follow our sacred traditions.

*If necessary, we will adjust our worship plans in response to new developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.*

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Selichot
Saturday, August 28

Selichot Service with Temple Emunah
8:00 pm, Zoom
View Zoom details here.


 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 6

Congregational Service
8:00 pm, Online
View Zoom details here.
No registration required. Zoom and streaming links will be provided.


 

Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, September 7

*New* Contemporary Service
9:00 am, Outdoors (Weather permitting)
Registration has closed.
This service will be in-person only unless there is inclement weather. In case of weather, a notice will be sent by email with details to attend online.

Congregational Service 
10:30 am, Online
View Zoom details here.
No registration required. Zoom and streaming links will be provided.

Meet and Greet
Online via Zoom
View Zoom details here.
Join us immediately following the 10:30 Congregational Service on Zoom to connect with other Temple Isaiah members and friends in small breakout groups.

Youth Programming (For students in Grades K-5)
10:30 am, Zoom
Registration has closed for this program.
For students in Grades K-5. If you previously registered for in-person youth programming, and would like your child to participate in remote programming, please be sure to submit a new registration. 

Family Tot Service
2:30 pm, Outdoors (Weather permitting. If inclement, online.)
Registration has closed.
Appropriate for families with young children, 0-6 years old.
This service will be in-person only unless there is inclement weather. In case of weather, a notice will be sent by email with details to attend online.

SMALLY/LEFTY Service (For students in Grades 6-12)
2:30 pm, Outdoors
To register, email Briley Newell, Junior Youth Engagement Coordinator, at bnewell@templeisaiah.net.
This service will be in-person only unless there is inclement weather. In case of weather, a notice will be sent by email with details to attend online.

Tashlich and Shofar Sounding
4:00 pm, Lexington Old Res.
Registration has closed.


 

Kol Nidre
Wednesday, September 15

Congregational Service
8:00 pm, Online
View Zoom details here.


 

Yom Kippur
Thursday, September 16

*New* Contemporary Service
10:30 am, Outdoors
Registration has closed.
This service will be in-person only unless there is inclement weather. In case of weather, a notice will be sent by email with details to attend online.

Congregational Service
10:30 am, Online
View Zoom details here.

Youth Programming (For students in Grades K-5)
10:30 am - Noon, Online
Registration has closed.

Family Tot Service
2:15 pm, Outdoors
Registration has closed.
Appropriate for families with young children, 0-6 years old.
Registration details coming soon!
This service will be in-person only unless there is inclement weather. In case of weather, a notice will be sent by email with details to attend online.

Adult Learning Session with Rabbi Jaffe
2:30 pm, Online
View Zoom details here.

Afternoon Service
3:30 pm, Online
View Zoom details here.
Includes Jewish Journeys with temple members Robert Isenberg and Margie Bogdanow who will share their personal stories.

Yizkor/Memorial Service
5:00 pm, Online
View Zoom details here.

Neilah/Closing Service
5:45 pm (approx), Online
View Zoom details here.

Light the Way in Our Glow Stick Parade
6:15 pm (approx), Online
View Zoom details here.
For those who would like to light the way for us into the new year with a glow stick (available for pickup in the cabinet outside the temple entrance), we invite you to join this Zoom meetingat 6:15 pm so that you can appear on everyone’s screen during this Glow Stick Havdalah Parade. (Please note, in order to see and hear the rest of the Havdalah service, please log in to the Neilah Zoom webinar as well.)

Holiday Services

Meaningful worship is important to our community at all times and especially on the High Holy Days. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are proud to offer a variety of services to create distinctive experiences for all Temple Isaiah households. Please see the service descriptions below to help choose which service is best for you. We look forward to being together!

Congregational Services

Congregational Services are our “main services” and will be held virtually. This service is appropriate for adults and older children and includes extensive music and formal messages from our rabbis.  These services will be led by Rabbi Jaffe, Rabbi Maimin, and Cantor Doob. 

*New* Contemporary Services, Outdoors

New this year, we are offering a Contemporary Service held outdoors. This service will bring together the themes and traditions of the High Holidays with creative, participatory, and contemporary music, readings, and story. This shorter service is appropriate for all ages, families together or adults, and will be using an original machzor (prayer book) created especially for Temple Isaiah by our clergy. It will be led by Rabbi Amy Hertz, Rabbi Rachel Maimin, and Cantorial Soloist David Smerling.

Youth Programming

Rosh Hashanah Programming will include crafts, games, and explorations with opportunities to reflect, set goals, and learn about the New Year. So that everyone who registers may fully participate, Temple Isaiah Religious School will provide material kits for pick up from the Temple between September 2 - 6 for registered families. 

K - 5 Rosh Hashanah Programming is available to all children of member families in grades K - 5. Registration is required, so that we may prepare materials for you to pick up ahead of time. Registration must be submitted by August 31. 

If you have previously registered for in-person K - 5 High Holiday Programming, and would like your child to participate in remote Rosh Hashanah programming, please be sure to submit a new registration. 

Family Tot Services

These services are designed for families with children 0-6 years old and are filled with music, joy, and creativity. This is a wonderful service for prospective members and those with young children.

Childcare

This year we will not be offering childcare because of safety regulations and space constraints. We apologize for any challenge that this causes.  

Special Seating Assistance and Preferential Parking

As part of Temple Isaiah's commitment to ensure that all congregants are welcome and able to actively participate in services, we want to know of any special need ahead of time so that we can be responsive and prepared. As you register for outdoor services, please make note of any special assistance that you might need. We will try our best to accommodate you.

Volunteers

Volunteers are essential for services to run smoothly, this year more than ever!  Please consider volunteering this year during the High Holidays. As you complete service registration, please sign up to volunteer for one service or many.  Any questions, contact Head Usher, Bob Zacher.

Joining in Community From Home

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Blessings

Aspects of the High Holy Days have always taken place at home.  A festive meal is accompanied by blessings at the outset of Rosh Hashanah and just before Yom Kippur.  You can find those blessings for Rosh Hashanah here and blessings for Yom Kippur here.

Holiday Meals to Go

The allergy-friendly (gluten free, dairy free and nut-free!) and delicious Inna's Kitchen is now taking pre-orders for all of your Rosh Hashanah holiday favorites - round challah, matzo ball soup, honey glazed chicken, stuffed cabbage, noodle kugel, honey cake, and more!  Just go to innaskitchen.com, select the online order form and choose the Temple Isaiah pick-up time on Sunday, September 5, from 3:30-4:30pm, to begin your order. The firm deadline to place your order is Tuesday, August 24, so don't delay!   

Flowers

We are excited to partner with Cricket's Flowers to help enhance the High Holiday experience this season. Congregants will receive a 20% discount off the prices listed. View flowers and prices here.

Connecting Virtually

Both our Congregational and Contemporary services will be available in person as well as virtually. Hineinu, We are here, together, even if we are in different locations.  To avoid technology challenges on the holidays, please be sure to download the Zoom app on your computer, tablet, or phone in advance. If you have technical difficulties on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, the temple has arranged to have IT support available.  More details will follow.

Home as a Sacred Space

If you are going to be worshiping from home, you might think about creating a sacred space that helps encourage prayer.  You could try moving your computer away from its normal place and putting it on a table with a nice tablecloth (white is traditional). For Rosh Hashanah, you might add some flowers, put out a bowl of apples and honey, candlesticks, Kiddush cup, a shofar if you have one, Rosh Hashanah cards you’ve received, or Jewish art.  For Yom Kippur, you could display photos of loved ones or family heirlooms. Drape your chair with a tallit or a scarf and add a festive pillow. Dress for the occasion, wear clothes that will make the day feel special and holy. Wear a kippah and tallit if you wish. Participate fully, It may feel odd at first, but stand at the appropriate moments (or sit up straighter), and sing along.

Technology Support

More details coming soon!

Shanah Tovah, may this be a good and healthy year for all of us!

Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782