Congregational Letter

Dear Temple Emanu-El members,                                                                                                     August 25, 2020

Shanah Tovah – Happy New Year!

This year has presented many new challenges for us as individuals, as families, and as a congregation, and we want our High Holiday services and events to support the health and wellbeing of our community. Rabbi Setel and our Ritual Team have been meeting during the summer to create meaningful services and events that will allow as many people as possible to participate. We will be following our state and community covid-19 guidelines and as a result, our holiday services and events will mainly be on Zoom. This will allow us to connect with each other safely. Being online will also allow us to include out-of-town family members and guests to join our Temple Emanu-El family for worship and study – all are welcome!

For security reasons, we will need to know in advance who is coming – click here to register and receive a Zoom link for our High Holiday services and events. You only need to register one time – the same Zoom link will allow you into all of our High Holiday services and events. The registration link will also be posted on our website,, and in our upcoming weekly bulletins. In addition, we are working to try to provide our members who do not have internet options the help they’ll need to participate, including calling in by phone, providing printed materials, etc.

Our High Holidays services and events are listed on the next page. Please note that they will begin promptly as scheduled. If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, login during the “early login” times; someone will be available to help you with your volume, video, etc.

We are continuing our tradition of involving as many members as possible in the services and events. If you are interested in doing an English or Hebrew reading, reading Torah, blowing shofar, or leading a discussion, please contact Leslie Schwartz (585-944-2361,

Each year, Temple Emanu-El creates a List of Remembrance for use at the Yom Kippur Yizkor (Memorial) Service. This includes all the names we have on file for Yahrzeit notifications as well as the names of loved ones who have died in the past Jewish year. To add other names, contact our Temple office (585-266-1978, no later than September 13. If you are unsure if a name is on file, please check with us.

The High Holidays are also a time to consider donating to help run Temple Emanu-El. We will gladly accept contributions this year to our Yizkor Fund, Music Fund, and Temple Fund.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our upcoming High Holiday plans, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. On behalf of our Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees, I wish you, your loved ones, and our whole community a very Happy and Healthy New Year.


Jonathan Rubin, President, Temple Emanu-El



High Holidays 5781 / 2020 – Schedule of Services and Events

Click here for more details about Elul Meditation, Elul Study, and S’lichot

Click here for more details about our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services and events

  • Elul Meditation
    Mondays, Aug 24, 31; Sept 7, 14; 12:15 – 12:45 pm
  • Elul Study: Reflections on Race and Repentance
    Tuesdays, Aug 25; Sept 1, 8, 15; 7-8:30 pm
  • S’lichot
    Saturday, Sept 12, 7pm
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah
    Friday, Sept 18
    7:30 pm – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
    8 pm – Service begins
  • Rosh HaShanah
    Saturday, Sept 19
    10 am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
    10:30 am – Shofar Service begins
    12:30 pm – Tashlich, in person at Seneca Park
    2 pm – Torah Hour
    4 pm – Virtual Tashlich
  • Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
    Sunday, Sept 20
    10 am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
    10:30 am – Service begins
  • Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre
    Sunday, Sept 27
    7:30 pm – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
    8 pm – Service begins
  • Yom Kippur
    Monday, Sept 28
    10 am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
    10:30 am – Service begins
    1 pm – Torah Hour
    3 pm – Study group and meditation options
    5 pm – Yizkor Service
    5:30 pm – Closing Service

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