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Erev Rosh HaShanah - September 18, 2020
Rosh HaShanah Days 1 & 2 - September 19 & 20, 2020
Kol Nidre - Erev Yom Kippur - September 27, 2020
Yom Kippur - September 28, 2020
 

HIGH HOLY DAY THEME

Our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur prayers end with hopes for these holy days.
Hopes for these difficult days of pandemic and disruption.
Hopes for when we are at home.
Hopes for when we can be out and about.
Hopes for ourselves and our world.
In this New Year, on these precious High Holy Days, we seek:
 
Strength, Blessing, Resilience
HaYom T'amzeinu - HaYom T'varkheinu - HaYom T'gadleinu - Amen!

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HIGH HOLY DAY EVENTS & RESERVATIONS

Please visit our Events and Reservations web page to make your reservations to participate with us in-person this High Holy Day Season.
Please log into your account to make your reservation. 
 
Confirmed reservations are required to participate in High Holy Day Havurot, Tashlikh Service, Second Day of Rosh HaShanah Hike, Shabbat Shuvah-Shabbat of Return, Shofar Sounding Car Caravan, and to receive your High Holy Day Home Haven package.
 
For assistance or questions, please contact shalom@cbe.org or 
call the office at 858-452-1734.
 

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high holy day greeting

This year, we will welcome the new Jewish year very differently than we ever have before. We are not alone. Every synagogue everywhere is adapting their ritual and community customs.
 
We, our synagogue staff, and lay leaders are working thoughtfully and creatively. Over the past many months, we have spoken with many of you, received valuable input and suggestions from numerous congregants, and participated in discussions about this year’s High Holy Days with other synagogue communities locally and across the country.
 
In these linked website pages, we are pleased to present how we will observe the 2020 | 5781 High Holy Day season at Congregation Beth El. 
 
We plan to honor important annual traditions as we move our services and programs to online and small group settings. 
 
We hope to enhance our online services and small group gatherings with original elements as we consider our world and our lives this New Year. 
 
We also offer new ways to help you celebrate Rosh HaShanah and honor Yom Kippur at home.
 
Much will be different this year, and much remains the same. 
 
Every year, in comfortable or challenging situations, as summer turns toward fall, Jews turn inward. For generations, in synagogue and at home, Jewish individuals and families have celebrated the beginning of a New Year by reflecting on the course of their lives and the condition of their world. In this regard, for us, this year will be no different.
 
Thank you for being a vital part of our synagogue family. Your virtual and personal participation binds us together as a sacred synagogue community. We wish you a sweet and good New Year!
 
L’Shanah Tovah!
Rabbi Ron Shulman
Rabbi Avi Libman
In this New Year 5781,
May you know all the goodness of life,
Health, happiness, and peace!
 

preparing for the high holy days

This year we’ll be observing Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur at home and online. Preparing in advance can help us get the most out of online High Holy Day services and at home celebrations.
 
We can think about what we are celebrating. We can explore how we are going to celebrate. In the compelling themes and ideas we encounter on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we can discover new relevance for this year and share for ourselves, and with our families, renewed understandings of why we engage with Jewish tradition and values in our homes.
 
View our Preparing for High Holy Days web page and join us in Preparing for the High Holy Days as scheduled below here. 
 
“How to High Holy Day at Home”
 Thursday, September 3 | 7:00 p.m. 

“How to High Holy Day Online” 
Thursday, September 10 | 7:00 p.m.

Selihot: A Service of Repentance & Resilience
Saturday September 12 | 8:30 p.m.
Livestream from the Stone Family Sanctuary
 
We begin the High Holy Day season with and unique and evocative "Service of Forgiveness." The melodies and themes of the High Holy Day liturgy invite us into the Days of Awe. Our service will introduce this year's High Holy Day Theme: "Strength, Blessing, Resilience." Rabbis Shulman and Libman along with Ba'al Tefillah David Lipsitz lead the service which concludes with the sounding of the Shofar.
 

Our service will introduce this year’s High Holy Day theme: “Strength, Blessing, Resilience.” Rabbis Shulman and Libman along Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz lead the service which concludes with the sounding of the Shofar.

Our service will introduce this year’s High Holy Day theme: “Strength, Blessing, Resilience.” Rabbis Shulman and Libman along Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz lead the service which concludes with the sounding of the Shofar.

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HIGH HOLY DAYS AT HOME

This year we’ll be home for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. As we set aside our annual feelings about going to the synagogue for the High Holy Days, we realize we need to think differently about what it can mean to welcome the new Jewish year.
 
This year we will reflect on the course and meaning of our lives and celebrate our Jewish heritage by ourselves, or perhaps with our families, or maybe even gathered with a few friends. 
 
Some of us may feel a sense of loss. We can’t join together in our customary ways. Other of us may feel a sense of excitement.
 
We can create the mood and moments that will fill our High Holy Day season with delight. Many of us are also wondering. How are we going to do this? What are we going to do?
 
Here’s how we can help you, and how we’ll connect as a synagogue family to begin the New Year.
 
We invite you to view our High Holy Days at Home web page and make a reservation to receive your
High Holy Day Home Haven package here
 

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HIGH HOLY DAYS TOGETHER

This year, instead of our usual large High Holy Day gatherings, we’ll join together in smaller, more intimate settings in order to follow all appropriate health and distance protocols. In these small group experiences we’ll be able to share favorite holiday traditions and new opportunities to find personal significance as the new Jewish year begins.
 
We’ll spend High Holy Day moments together this year.
 
View our High Holy Days Together webpage, make your reservations to participate with us here.
 
High Holy Day Havurah
Tashlikh Service
Second Day Rosh HaShanah Hike
Shabbat Shuvah - Shabbat of Return Plaza Prayer Service
Shofar Sounding Car Caravan to end Yom Kippur
 

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HIGH HOLY DAY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

We invite you to actively participate with Rabbi Ron Shulman, Rabbi Avi Libman, and Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz in our online High Holy Day services.
 
In a blend of Livestream real time prayer and pre-recorded service enhancements, we will share in the richness of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur ritual and the familiar customs of our Congregation Beth El community.
 
This Schedule of Services is subject to change. You will receive a final schedule before the High Holy Days arrive.
 
View our High Holy Day Schedule of Services here. 
 

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Fri, October 23 2020 5 Cheshvan 5781