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2020/5781 High Holiday Programming Links and Information

Dear Temple Shalom Family, Guests and Visitors,

We know that there are so many emails coming out with a great deal of information about what is happening over the next several weeks during this High Holiday season. This document will be regularly updated to provide you with information for each program and happening including the links to more information.

In addition to what you find below, we ask that you all also read through the below links carefully to make the most of your High Holiday experience:

  • Watch our High Holiday Crew video for a smile!
  • This link explains how you will get access to High Holiday services and includes the form we need you and your guests to fill out.
  • This link provides you with helpful technological tips for our services and programs. Please also remember to update to the most recent version of Zoom regularly. Instructions on how to update can be found here.
  • This link includes the information about high holiday blessing photos.

Please be our guest for High Holidays—If you are not a member of Temple Shalom and not connected to any members, please fill out this form to receive access to services.

  • For security reasons, we are not posting Zoom links to our main services. You will receive an email with links closer to the High Holidays.

L’Shalom [In Peace],

Your Temple Shalom High Holiday Leadership Team


7:30 PM-Shabbat Shuva


10 AMShabbat Morning Worship and Torah Study

To join Shabbat Morning Worship and Torah Study click here.


8 PM-Kol Nidrei (Yom Kippur Evening Services)

Kol Nidrei is one of the only evening services where a tallit is worn in the evening and not only in the morning. We also ask you to consider wearing white in honor of Yom Kippur.

Following Kol Nidrei services there will not be an oneg-time, but you can use this link to enter the “lobby” if you are looking for people to shmooze with after services. 

Click here for the Yom Kippur song sheet.


Consider wearing white in honor of Yom Kippur today.

  • Throughout the day: The ‘Lobby’ will be open all day for you to shmooze between programs!
  • 9 AM-Yom Kippur Activity for Families with Young Children with ELC Director Lisa Heiser-Polin: We will read a short story about “Oh No George” focusing on ways we can “rewind” and make better choices this New year! We will also float away some ways we missed the mark. Have a bowl of water, tissues, and markers or water colors available. 
  • 9 AM-Yoga Practice for Yom Kippur with Michelle Cohen: Join us for a brief all-levels yoga class to find holy presence in movement and stillness to prepare you for a day of prayer and atonement.
  • 10 AM-Morning Service with Youth Component: Akin to our usual Yom Kippur sanctuary service, this service will also include a youth component throughout and a breakout room for our youngest participants during the Torah service. 
  • Click here to learn more about the Experiential Youth Program for Yom Kippur.
  • 12 PM/Directly After the Conclusion of Morning Service-Music for Reflection with Andrew Stewart: Program to include works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvořák, as well as improvisations on sacred melodies.
  • 1 PM-Your Role as a Member of the Jewish Community in Addressing Systemic Racism with Rachel Breman and John Landesman: Join us for an initial conversation about what systemic racism is, how it impacts our communities, and how to be anti-racist.
  • 2 PM-Afternoon Service Including Family Jonah Reading.
  • 3 PM Family Service: Join us for a thought-provoking, music-filled service and story. Bring your family, friends, and shofar!
  • 3 PM: When Uncertainty Meets Hope with Abby Adler Mandel and Rachel Miller: Asking questions is central to Jewish learning. In the spirit of these High holidays, we will explore how questioning our incompatible feelings of uncertainty and hope–evoked by COVID-19, social and political events—as well as sitting with the discomfort that may result from these feelings–can help us pursue clarity and shalom.  
  • 4 PM-Healing Service: A contemplative service for those seeking a place to reflect on and pray for the healing of themselves, loved ones, and the world around us during this tumultuous time. 
  • 4 PM-Text Study with Anne Feinberg: Together we will explore the Yom Kippur Torah readings. 
  • 5 PM-Yizkor/Ne’ilah/Havdalah: We join together as the gates begin to close to mourn our communal losses and remember our loved ones lost. We will then close out Yom Kippur with the moving Ne’ilah liturgy. Please bring a Yizkor (Memorial) candle with you to light during the Yizkor service. We will conclude with Havdallah, so bring your candle, spices, and grape juice/wine if they are available.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2–Erev Sukkot, Shelter of Peace 

5:30 PM-Tot Shabbat

7 PM-Erev Sukkot Shabbat Service with Guest Artist Michelle Citrin

7:30 PM-Intergenerational Congregational Concert with Guest Artist Michelle Citrin

Made possible through the generosity of Joan Meier and Jerry Silverman, with support from the Tretter Family Music Fund

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3–Shabbat Sukkot 

10 AM-Sukkot Festival Service with Temple Sinai & Temple Emanuel


Erev Simchat Torah Service

Simchat Torah: A Celebration of Torah through Chai-kus! We are calling upon our Temple Shalom Family to collectively bring our voice and creativity into the words of Torah this year! As we celebrate Simchat Torah, we are asking people to sign up for 1 (or more!) Torah portions and write a chai-ku summarizing that particular Torah portion.  Click here to sign up and learn more!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10–Shabbat Simchat Torah

10 AM-Confirmation Service

10 AM-Simchat Torah Festival Morning Service hosted by Temple Emanuel with Temple Shalom and Temple Sinai

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