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Schedule of High Holiday Services


CONGREGATION HABONIM SERVICE (dates and times below):

This prayer service, led by Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Jessica Futran, offers our traditional High Holy Day experience. This year we begin with Shaharit and the beautiful HaMelech. Those who wish to pray the earliest morning blessings and prayers (Birkot HaShahar and P'seukei D'Zimra) originally crafted as home prayers, may do so on their own. You will find audio recordings for these earliest prayers on our website closer to the High Holy Days. 


CLASSIC HABONIM SERVICE (dates and times below):

This service, led by Cantor Bruce Halev, includes the music the early members of our community brought with them from Germany, a choral service with organ, choir, and compositions from the late 1800s. Five years ago, Cantor Halev recorded the High Holy Day service at Central Synagogue, the location of Habonim's first service in 1940. This year, Cantor Halev will daven the service and include music of major prayers from this recording. 

YOUTH SERVICES (dates and times below):

Torah Tots (for children 4 and under with parents, grandparents, or guardians):

Bring your shakers, drums, tambourines, guitars, and your happy selves! Zoom in for a joyous service that provides a special High Holy Day experience for children and their families, connecting everyone to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through prayers, songs, movement and stories.

Congregation Katan (for children in pre-kindergarten through 2nd Grade; parents are welcome):

 Zoom in for a joyful musical prayer service for the children, who will also listen to stories, play games, and sing songs. Be sure to have your High Holiday Treasure Chest* to use during the service.

Junior Congregation (for children in Grades 3-7):

A meaningful service, during which the children will explore High Holy Day themes through prayers, stories, games, and self-reflection. Children can volunteer to lead some of the t'flliot (prayers) and everyone will have the opportunity to participate and interact. 

(On Yom Kippur, children in preK-2nd Grade can opt to also join the Junior Congregation service to hear the story of Jonah at 11:15 am, during the congregational Yizkor service, which will include Rabbi Gelber's sermon.)

Congregation Habonim Services

Kol Nidre: Sunday, September 27
Start - 6:30 pm

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28

Shaharit - 9:30 am

Torah Service - 10:30 am

Yizkor Sermon and Yizkor Service - approximately 11:15 am

Musaf - 12 noon

Minhah - 1:45 pm

Meditation - 4 pm (details below)

Neilah - 6 pm

Shofar - 7:23 pm

Meditation -4 pm. Join Rabbi Gelber to open your heart most fully to the New Year as we spend guided time in preparation for Neilah and the final hours of Yom Kippur. 

Classic Habonim Service

Kol Nidre: Sunday, September 27

Start - 6:45 pm

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28

Yizkor - 5:30 pm

Neilah - 6 pm

Youth Services and Programming

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28

Torah Tots - 9::25 - 10 am

Congregation Katan - 10:15 - 10:55 am

Junior Congregation - 11:05 - 11:50 am

(On Yom Kippur, children in pre K-2nd Grade can opt to also join the Junior Congregation service to hear the story of Jonah at 11:15 am, during the congregational Yizkor service, which will include Rabbi Gelber's sermon

Tashlich, the ceremonial release of our sins - thoughts and actions that hold us back from becoming our best selves - provides the opportunity to let go of obstacles to spiritual growth. 

For Teens and Grown Ups
In preparation for Tashlich, ask yourself

1. What behaviors prevent me from being my best self?

2. What fears present themselves as obstacles to living my fullest life?

3. How do I imagine myself happy and whole?

As you approach the water, offer the following intention (or something like it!):

Just as I cast these crumbs off into the water, so too do I let go of the obstacles that bind me. Just as these crumbs follow the ebb and flow of the river, so too do I open myself to the uncertainty of the unfolding New Year. Just as these crumbs are absorbed within the water, so to do I release myself to new opportunity, growth and potential. 

For Children - Young and Old:

As you scatter the crumbs into the water say:

I am grateful for a new year to grow and change.
Thank you Gd for helping me make this a year of ma'asim tovim, acts of goodness and kindness. 

As you throw your crumbs into the water say:

Gd. You created me in your image.

I am like you and I am myself.

I make mistakes.

I am a hard worker.

I am a good friend.
I am ____________

I am ____________

I am ____________

This year, I will work hard to _________________________


Rabbi Lisa Gelber

Walking Meditation following Tashlich

Click here for Walking Meditation following Tashlich

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781