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A LOOK BACK AT HIGH HOLY DAYS WORSHIP 2019

Havdallah, Study and Ritual – NEW!           

Selichot literally means “forgiveness.”  To prepare for the intensity of the High Holy Days, we began the week before with the ritual of Selichot.  This ritual begins the spiritual work of the High Holy Days: to process where we fell short this past year and work on aspirations for the coming year.

Selichot was particularly meaningful in 2019 as we joined for Havdallah, study and ritual in the personal setting of a member’s home this year.

We joined together to usher in Rosh Hashanah, our spiritual New Year. During this time we reflected on the ways we can become our best selves.  The apex of this service was the singing of Avinu Malkeinu, in which we called-out to God for renewal.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Morning Service

During this service, we contemplated the past year and gave thanks for the opportunities to come. The Torah was read, and the Shofar sounded. During the service, there was care for our younger children, with Jewish activities for babies and children. All children were invited into the sanctuary to hear the sounding of the shofar
 

Come Grow With Me! NEW!

Congregants and members of the larger community have come to love Come Grow With Me! on Shabbat—and in 2019 it was on Rosh Hashanah! It was geared toward our youngest members and their parents. Following the service, the New Year experience continued at Torah Tots for children, and in the Sanctuary for adults.

Tashlich

Everyone was welcome at this brief ritual in which we symbolically cast our sins into water. It was an informal, meaningful and family (and dog) friendly experience! Last year's Tashlich was held at Cleveland Metroparks Sulphur Springs Picnic Area in Bentleyville, OH.

Rosh Hashanah Family Experience: Get New Again! – NEW!

For families with grade school children, this informal Rosh Hashanah program explored through music and learning the meaning of Rosh Hashanah. It was in the same location as Tashlich!

During this highlight of the High Holy Day season, the lights were dimmed, the Torahs were removed, and the plaintive melody of Kol Nidre called us to reflect on the strength of our promises and to work on becoming our best selves. 

 

Yom Kippur

Morning Service

During this service, we joined together to contemplate the past year. This is the holiest day of the year, and we fasted and reflected through prayer, study, and connection. During the service, there ws care for our younger children, with Jewish activities for babies and children.

 

Come Grow With Me! – NEW!

Congregants and members of the community have come to love Come Grow With Me! on Shabbat—and in 2019 it was also on Yom Kippur! It was geared toward our youngest members and their parents. Following the service, the New Year experience continued at Torah Tots for children, and in the Sanctuary for adults.

Our Jewish Journeys: A Yom Kippur Symposium

Join Rabbi Vann and a panel of members gathered for an hour of reflection about the many paths upon which Judaism leads us.  Our members provided beautiful music for participants.

At-One-Ment – NEW!

Specifically designed for grade school children, through music, prayer and learning, participants explored experientially the deeper meanings of Yom Kippur. During this time, parents were invited into the Sanctuary for Jewish Journeys: A Yom Kippur Symposium.

Personal Prayer, Meditation and Study – NEW!

For those that wish to follow the tradition of remaining in the synagogue all day on Yom Kippur, the library was available for quiet contemplation. Materials for prayer and quiet meditation were provided.

Afternoon, Memorial (Yizkor) and Concluding Service (Ne’ilah)

Our afternoon worship focused on Torah reading and Haftarah reading, music, and renewal. The Yizkor Service remembers our loved ones with music, poems and a message from Rabbi Vann. Our final service, Ne’ilah, featured our Kolot Kol Ami congregational choir. We rose from our holiest day enriched from prayer and fasting, filled with hope.   

The congregation gathered immediately following the service for a light break the fast.

Simchat Torah Service and Celebration

After we came to the last word in Deuteronomy, we immediately began again with the first words in Genesis. Congregants rejoiced as members read from the Torah!  Members danced to joyous music provided by the Tischler Klezmer Orchestra.  

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