The High Holidays are around the corner. It’s always a reflective time but this year in particular the New Year and the Day of Atonement will have a deeper meaning for many. A question you probably never thought you would need to answer is, “how can I make the ‘days of awe’ meaningful and fulfilling if I cannot attend in person?” Everyone will have to answer that for him or herself but Rabbi Pomerantz, Ira and Julia Levin (our cantorial duo) and your Leadership Board are doing our best to prepare and to help provide a deeply meaningful experience for the community.
Through the uncertainty of these times many have found that turning to their congregation has provided a critical comfort for them during the trauma of uncertainty and loss. The zoom services have been very special. Yet, we are concerned…our expenses remain the same but, without congregating in person we are worried that the donations will not provide enough support to cover our costs. That is why, in addition to providing the information that is enclosed in this letter, we are appealing to you for donations. Please consider the importance of the Jewish community that surrounds you (albeit virtually) and the need to support that community so that it remains available to you and all who need that support for this year and many years ahead.
The upcoming High Holiday services will be shared via zoom. You can email email@example.com or call 845-798-0783 and we can provide the link. See below for the schedule. New to zoom? Join us for a zoom practice session! See “zoom practice sessions” below for details.
Thank you for being a part of the Agudas Achim family. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Judy Siegel, President
Congregation Agudas Achim
You can order books to follow along in one of three ways.
- Call the CCAR Press (212) 972-3636 X241 and order a copy of the Mishkan Hanefesh for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur
- Go to the CCAR Press website: org and click where it says, in red at the top of the home page “we are offering a wide range of resources for the High Holiday this year” Once you click on that link you will see options to:
- Order a kindle version
- Order a print copy of the Mishkan Hanefesh for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur
- Use the flip book on your computer (you can click on the flip book and see that you can access each page directly from your computer) (this option is free)
- Borrow a copy of the Mishkan Hanefesh for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur from the Synagogue. We will be there on September 9 and September 10 from 2-4. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-798-0783 to let us know you would like to pick up a book. If you cannot drive to Livingston Manor or need to make different arrangements, please contact us.
ZOOM PRACTICE SESSIONS
We will be offering a practice zoom session on September 4th at 4PM. If you are new to zoom and want to understand it better, please join us! You can make sure you are able to log on and will learn how to use the mute/unmute button, change your name, call in if you do not have a computer and also access the chat session. Please email email@example.com if you would like to join us or call 845-798-0783.
Traditionally a yahrzeit candle is lit in honor of those that you are remembering. If you have one lit or plan to light one during yizkor, perhaps you can keep it near you and your computer and we will all share a view of our candlelights during the Yizkor service.
Friday September 18 8 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday September 19 10 AM Rosh Hashanah
Sunday September 27 7:30 PM Kol Nidre & Erev Yom Kippur
Monday September 28 10:00 AM Yom Kippur Morning Service
4:00 PM Afternoon Service
4:30 PM Yizkor
5:15 PM N’eilah (concluding service)
THIS IS OUR ONLY HIGH HOLIDAY APPEAL!
Yizkor means remember. The Yizkor service is an opportunity to honor those that have passed by giving tzedakah[charity] in their memory, on the theory that the good deeds of the survivors elevate the souls of the departed. By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.
You can donate directly with your credit card by clicking here or please fill out the form below with the name(s) of loved ones that you would like noted during the Yizkor service along with a donation to the synagogue in their honor. Once we receive the form and your donation we will place their names on a list and display it on the screen during the Yizkor service. Your generosity honors them and helps us keep our doors (virtual or actual) open so that we can continue to provide these services. Your donations are critical to our future. We understand that money may be a challenge right now. We hope you understand that money is a challenge for us as well, if you can, please be generous.
Please list the name(s) of those you would like to see listed on the screen during our Yizkor service. Forms must be received no later than September 21. Email form to: Agudasachim@hvc.rr.com or mail to Congregation Agudas Achim, PO Box 714, Livingston Manor, NY 12758. Please expect a confirmation so that you can be sure your request has been received.
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Please send donations to:
Congregation Agudas Achim
PO Box 714
Livingston Manor, NY 12758