As summer nears an end and we start to see signs of fall, I wanted to reach out to you and update you on our plans for High Holidays 5781.
What do the holidays hold in store for us? In July, Rabbi Greenstein and I wrote to tell you that we made the difficult decision to not have in person services and that we would spend the summer creating a memorable holiday experience that would include the entire community rather than just a few that could be accommodated in the social hall or sanctuary. We promised a series of programs for adults and children of various ages to be experienced not only on the holiday but in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and during the Days of Awe. We also told you that we would be reaching out for your participation.
So, while the final schedule will be published shortly, emailed to you and posted on our website, I wanted to give you some insight as to what we have planned. None of this could have been accomplished without the help of so many of you.
- Thoughts of the day every day during the month of Elul that can be found on our very own Facebook page.
- @Nourish Zoom sessions on September 1, 8, and 15 featuring guest speakers. Get into the spirit of the holiday as we explore Music, Spirituality and Social Justice at these interactive sessions. See Shomrei Week and our website for more details.
- High holiday gift bags filled with items to be used during the holiday as well as machzors and tallit that you can borrow. Just fill out the form on our website to arrange pick up.
- A Selichot experience where this year, the Conservative Movement will come together to learn, sing, and connect as a community to usher in the High Holiday season. Check our website for info.
- And on the High Holidays:
o Live Streamed services led by Rabbi Greenstein
o Prerecorded participation from over 100 of our community members
o Torah and Haftarah readings
o Yizkor Service
o Storytime for Children and a Hinei Ma Tov service
o Teen discussion with leaders from our own community
o In person shofar blowing throughout the community with members from other area synagogues
Shomrei is our sacred community and we are finding ways to connect in these unusual times. As you wait for the final schedule, I have a favor to ask. Can each one of you reach out to at least one member of our Community during this season with a call or a note and wish them a Happy and Healthy New Year? This will help us stay connected and feel the spirit of the Holidays.
David and I are looking forward to sharing the holidays with you and we will “see” you at the various programs and services as we create new traditions!
Shana Tovah and may you have a sweet New Year,
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