High Holidays 5781 – 2020

Shanah Tovah – Happy New Year!

The High Holidays will be taking place in a unfamiliar world this year, but while the mechanics of our observances may be different, we look forward to taking advantage of new opportunities for reflection, finding meaning, and being together.

Unless noted otherwise, our High Holiday services and events will take place online via Zoom. Anyone and everyone is invited to join us! For security reasons, we will need to know in advance who is coming, so registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR OUR HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES AND EVENTS

Please register at least two days before the first service or event you wish to participate in. You’ll receive a Zoom link by email that you can use throughout the High Holidays. The email should arrive about two days before Rosh Hashanah (or later, if you register late).

Our services and events 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.

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For a description of how to join an online Zoom meeting, click here.

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Erev Rosh HaShanah Service – Online via Zoom

Friday, Sept 18

7:30pm – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
8pm – Service

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our service, Charlene Sommers will be our cantorial soloist, and Bob Dietch will be our keyboardist. Participants are encouraged to have apples and honey available and to stay past the end of the service for a half hour of socializing. Rabbi Setel’s sermons will be recorded prior to each service; they will be posted at a later date. To view or download our prayer service, click here: Erev RH. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Rosh HaShanah Morning Service – Online via Zoom

Saturday, Sept 19

10am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
10:30am – Shofar Service

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our service, Charlene Sommers will be our cantorial soloist, and Bob Dietch will be our keyboardist. Participants are invited to bring shofars and other instruments that “make a joyful noise” (horns, kazoos, didgeridoos…) for a final, communal shofar blast. Rabbi Setel’s sermons will be recorded prior to each service; they will be posted at a later date. To view or download our prayer service, click here: Morning RH. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Tashlich – In person at Seneca Park

Saturday, Sept 19, 12:30pm

Temple Emanu-El member Denise Lippa will lead our outdoor Tashlich service, incorporating covid-19 safety measures with respect to masks and physical distancing. Donations of food and winter clothing will be accepted – click here for details. Contact Denise (585-461-0795, ddl3621@rit.edu) if you have any questions.

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Rosh HaShanah Torah Hour – Online via Zoom

Saturday, Sept 19, 2pm

The Torah hour will start with a group Torah blessing. The attendees will then be split into three virtual groups, in order to have a more intimate experience. After a brief Torah reading from the larger Torah portion (Gen. 1.1 – 2.3), the members of each group will be led in a discussion of the Torah portion. The three groups will reconvene and the session will end with our concluding Torah blessing. To view or download the Torah blessings and portion, click here: RH Torah. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Virtual Tashlich – Online via Zoom

Saturday, Sept 19, 4pm

Our virtual Tashlich will be led by Rabbi Drorah Setel. Participants are asked to have a pen, paper, and bowl of water handy. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Rosh HaShanah Morning Service – Online via Zoom

Sunday, Sept 20

10am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
10:30am – Service

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our service and Charlene Sommers will be our cantorial soloist. To view or download our prayer service, click here: RH 2. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre Service – Online via Zoom

Sunday, Sept 27

7:30 pm – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
8 pm – Service

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our service, Charlene Sommers will be our cantorial soloist, and Bob Dietch will be our keyboardist. Jonathan Vinocour, Principal Violist of the San Fransisco Symphony, will play Kol Nidre. Rabbi Setel’s sermons will be recorded prior to each service; they will be posted at a later date. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur Morning Service – Online via Zoom

Monday, Sept 28

10 am – Early login for those unfamiliar with Zoom
10:30 – Service

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our service, Charlene Sommers will be our cantorial soloist, and Bob Dietch will be our keyboardist. Rabbi Setel’s sermons will be recorded prior to each service; they will be posted at a later date. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur Torah Hour – Online via Zoom

Monday, Sept 28, 1pm

The Torah hour will start with a group Torah blessing. The attendees will then be split into three virtual groups, in order to have a more intimate experience. After a brief Torah reading, the members of each group will be led in a discussion of the Torah portion. The three groups will reconvene and the session will end with our concluding Torah blessing. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur Study Group / Meditation Session – Online via Zoom

Monday, Sept 28, 3-4pm

Choose between two options! After everyone logs in, the attendees will be separated according to whether they’d like to meditate (Meditation and Healing Circle, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel) or study (Stories of Life and Death in Talmud, led by Leslie Schwartz). To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur Yizkor Service – Online via Zoom

Monday, Sept 28, 5pm

The service will take approximately a half hour. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

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Yom Kippur Closing Service – Online via Zoom

Monday, Sept 28, 5:30pm

The service will take approximately a half hour. Participants are invited to bring shofars and other instruments (horns, kazoos, didgeridoos…) for a final, communal shofar blast. To login, use the link or phone number and meeting ID that you will receive after you register. You only need to register one time – the same link will work for all High Holiday services and events. If you haven’t already registered, click here: High Holiday Registration. If you have trouble connecting, call Carl Wetzstein at 266-6982 for help. If Carl’s line is busy, call Jon Rubin at 615-0573.

 

 

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