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High Holy Days 2017/5778 at Beth Shalom

We look forward to gathering as one family and community for worship during this special time. We invite you, your family and your friends to join us at this time of reflection and observance. We ask that all guests, including relatives of members, register by contacting the office at 919-858-7777. We also offer babysitting and youth programming during Rosh Hashanah Day One and Yom Kippur Morning Services.  If you wish to register your children, please contact the office. While we do not charge non-members to attend our services, we ask that you consider making a donation, so that we may continue to offer programs and serve our community (suggested donation amount: $100.00 per ticket). If you wish to make an online donation, please click here.

Below is a schedule of our High Holy Days Services and a description of our additional services. We look forward to sharing this special time with you, and we hope that we can help make the High Holy Days a meaningful experience for you.

 Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day One Service Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Tashlikh (see below) Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at
Lochmere Lake
Rosh Hashanah Day Two Service Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Kol Nidre Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Saturday, September 30, 2017
     Morning Service      9:30 a.m.
     Afternoon Service      4:00 p.m.
     Yizkor      Following Afternoon Service, about 5:00 p.m.
     Concluding Service      Following Yizkor about 6:00 p.m.
     Havdallah Break the Fast (see below)      Following Concluding Service, about 6:30 p.m.

Additional Services

Selichot Service: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
It is an old tradition to open the High Holy Days season with the special service of Selichot, introducing the High Holy Days themes of reflection, forgiveness, and change. It is our own Beth Shalom tradition to present this introduction in a different way. We will gather to reflect and share our impressions, concerns, and perhaps plans surrounding the current events after Charlottesville. We invite you to join us.

Tashlikh: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Lochmere Lake
A Rosh Hashanah tradition at Beth Shalom, Tashlikh is a beautiful lakeside service for all – adults and children – where we cast our sins into the lake by throwing symbolic objects into the lake. We ask that people park at Lochmere pool and walk to the lake; please do not park on the street. If you wish, you may bring a dessert or non-alcoholic refreshment (e.g., soda, juice, water, lemonade, tea) to share.

Havdallah Break the Fast: Saturday, September 30, 2017, at about 6:30 p.m.
After Yom Kippur Concluding Services, we gather again as a family at this communal meal (dairy/parve). If you wish to participate, we ask that you either sign up to bring a food item to share or pay a fee to cover the food cost. We also request that you RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2017. To RSVP and sign up, please click here.

Sukkot: Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Shortly after Yom Kippur, we enjoy the holiday of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.  A joyous time at Beth Shalom, members build a sukkah in the backyard at Beth Shalom under which our children eat and say prayers with the Lulav and Etrog. If you wish to help with assembling the sukkah, please join us on Sunday, October 1.

Questions? Contact our High Holy Days Coordinator  or contact the Office at 919-858-7777.