November 29, 2020 |

High Holidays – General Information

Shana Tova— wishing you a sweet new year!  We look forward to celebrating with you on the High Holidays this year. While our services will be virtual, we are working hard to assure that they meet the spiritual needs of members of all ages!

If you are new to the area or to Temple Israel, please fill in this Information Form to receive information regarding how you can join us for High Holiday Worship .

We offer a variety of services for all age levels to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse community. Our High Holiday services are led by Rabbi Daniel Liben and Cantor Ken Richmond. We use the Lev Shalem Mahzor; this inclusive and accessible resource makes it easy to follow along with the service in Hebrew and English and provides an engaging and relevant in-depth commentary.

In addition, we hold fantastic age-appropriate services for preschool-age children and youth services for grades K-7. Throughout the holidays we will be offering high quality family and inter-generational services provided by some of the Conservative movement’s top musicians and educators.

High Holidays: Quick Links!

Learn about Israel bonds  and complete your virtual tab-card here.

Feed the hungry by contributing to  Mazon

Support our Masorti movement and promote religious equality and inclusion in Is. Fael

Temple Israel Food Drive Information

TASHLICH – (“TO CAST AWAY”)

 The Tashlich service offers a physical means toward the spiritual task of renewal. During this service, which traditionally takes place on the first day of Rosh Hashana, (or the second day if the first is a Shabbat) we toss pieces of bread into a living body of water (any stream, brook, lake or river will do). These crusts of bread represent the sins and regrets which we wish to throw away. The water then carries away our mistakes, and we emerge from the ceremony cleansed and prepared for renewal. The practice is based on a verse from the book of the Prophet Michah  (Michah  7:19) …

V’tash-likh bim-tsulot yam kol hatotam

“And you shall cast all your sins into the depths of the sea”

There are no special prayers for Tashlich, however, there are several readings relating to teshuvah (repentance) and selichot (forgiveness) that are very appropriate.  Families with young children are encouraged to introduce them to this lovely aspect of the holiday. Plans for neighborhood, communal Tashlich services and opportunities to hear the Shofar will be announced with the rest of our High Holiday Schedule.