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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: ccarpress.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)
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 15 8 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday September 16 10 AM Rosh Hashanah
Sunday September 24 8:00 PM Kol Nidre Erev Yom Kippur
Monday September 25 10:00 AM Yom Kippur Morning Service
11:30 AM Yizkor (Approximate time)
5:00 PM Afternoon Service (Reading of Jonah)
5:30 PM N’eilah (concluding service)
Dusk Community break fast
THIS IS OUR ONLY HIGH HOLIDAY APPEAL!