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High Holy Days 2021 (5782)


5782 Guidebook coming soon!  

Dear Members of the Beth El Family,

Welcome to a very different looking High Holy Day Season.  For millennia, the Jewish people have adapted to the many challenges we have faced.  When our temple was destroyed and our holy city of Jerusalem conquered, we reinvented Judaism as personal and portable, revolving around prayer rather than sacrifice.  When the Babylonian empire fell, we Jews crossed the known world to found Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities.  When expelled or cast out from our host communities, we Jews brought our institutions of the synagogue and beit midrash (study center) with us.  Jewish communities adopted enlightenment ideas of rationalism, pluralism and egalitarianism in order to bring us into the modern era.  And today, as our world suffers through the Covid-19 pandemic, we have sought to maintain our people’s entrepreneurial spirit by creating a series of rituals and learning opportunities to allow our community members to celebrate and observe these days in a safe and meaningful way.

Over the month of Tishrei, spanning from Selichot through Simchat Torah, our congregation will offer a series of events - both online and in person.  This High Holy Day bag has been created as a resource to help you to navigate your way through this season.  We suggest beginning by reading through the contents in order to chart your own family’s path forward.  Perhaps you may think of this as following the IKEA construction model, in which best results will stem from reading the instructions and organizing the tools which will be called upon.  Start with the calendar below and then the table of contents for this bag.  

Our clergy, staff and lay leaders have spent the summer carefully laying out each piece, so that you and your family may take advantage of any and all experiences that resonate with you.  And while this year’s observances will certainly look a bit different, we are confident that meaningful reflection can nevertheless be gleaned, and together, we may enter into a new year, with all of the hope and promise of a happy and healthy 5781.

L’Shana Tova Umle’at Bri’ut,

Rabbi Jaffe

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Read Our 2020 High Holy Day Sermons

Fri, July 30 2021 21 Av 5781