High Holidays 5781

Thank you for joining Kehillah for High Holy Days this year! We look forward to having you. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services and programs will be offered virtually. We have a full schedule of programs for the weekends of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which you can view below.

We are offering all members to join services via Zoom. We will have 4 options for members: the main service, the lobby for casual socializing, children’s services, and a variety of accompanying parallel programs. The links to all Zoom meetings are below and the password for all meetings is on your High Holy Days brochure.

We are offering all others to join our main services via public livestream. The links to all livestreams are also listed below.

You can also read our High Holy Days brochure, access our Machzorim, and view other resources including information about the Yom Kippur Food Drive on this page.

ZOOM SERVICES WITH LINKS FOR MEMBERS

rosh hashanah

Friday, September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah

The password for all Zoom services is on your High Holy Days Brochure!

Time Main Service

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85427976764

7:30 pm Ma’Ariv

Saturday, September 19: Rosh Hashanah Day One

The password for all Zoom services is on your High Holy Days Brochure!

Time Main Service Time Parallel Programs Time Lobby Time Children’s Services
https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/85482145561

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/86186312432

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/83509877261

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/85847013626

9:00-9:30 am Pzukei d’zimra 9:00-9:45 am Body & Soul 9:00-9:30 am Lobby 9:30-10:00 am Tot Service
9:30- 10:30 am Shacharit 9:45-10:30 am Renewal & Remembrance 9:30- 10:30 am Lobby 10:00-10:30 am 1st-4th grade Service
10:30-10:45 am Rabbi’s D’var
10:45-12:30 Torah Service and concluding prayers
11:45 am-12:30 pm Torah Study 12:15-1:00 pm Lobby 11:45-12:30 5-7th grade Service

Sunday, September 20: Rosh Hashanah Day Two

The password for all Zoom services is on your High Holy Days Brochure!

Time Main Service

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88005664071

9:30 – 10:30 am Special brief, interactive service
10:45 – 12:15 pm Torah Service Shofar blowing
Tashlich to follow

yom kippur

Sunday, September 27: Kol Nidre Yom Kippur

The password for all Zoom services is on your High Holy Days Brochure!

Time Main Service

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88221952735

6:30 pm Ma’Ariv

Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur

The password for all Zoom services is on your High Holy Days Brochure!

Time Main Service Time Parallel Programs Time Lobby Time Children’s Services
https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/81556021313

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/84099086722

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/81515119752

https://us02web.zoom.us

/j/87950213211

9:00-9:30 am Pzukei d’zimra 9:00-9:45 am Vulnerability and Self-Compassion 9:00-9:30 am Lobby 9:30-10:00 am Tot Service
9:30- 10:30 am Shacharit 9:45-10:30 am Contaminating and Purifying 9:30- 10:30 am Lobby 10:00-10:30 am 1st-4th grade Service
10:30-11:45 am Torah Service
11:45-12:00 pm Rabbi’s D’var
12:00-1:00 pm Yizkor & Concluding Prayers 12:15-1:00 pm Lobby 11:45-12:30 pm 5-7th grade Service
4:30-6:00 pm Martyrology/Mincha & the Book of Jonah 4:30-5:15 pm The Temple as Fallen Monument 4:30-6:00 pm Lobby
6:30-7:30 pm Neilah, Final Shofar Blast & Havdallah

Resources

Right-click on the image to download and use as your ZOOM virtual background during services

How to use Virtual Backgrounds on ZOOM
LIVESTREAM SERVICES FOR NON-MEMBERS

The Main Services for all of our High Holy Days observances will be available for public (non-member) viewing via Youtube Live. Below is the full schedule of all Main Services via livestream for non-members.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Main Service
  • Friday, September 18 at 7:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Main Service
  • Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Main Service
  • Sunday, September 20 from 9:30 am -12:15 pm
Kol Nidre Yom Kippur Main Service
  • Sunday, September 27 at 6:30 pm
Yom Kippur Main Service
  • Monday, September 28 from 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Click to view youtube live
DESCRIPTIONS OF PARALLEL PROGRAMS

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • 9:00 – 9:45 am: Preparing Body & Soul for the New Year led by certified yoga instructor Andrea Didisheim

Join us for meditation and gentle yoga to help settle our minds and open
us to gratitude and blessing.

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Renewal & Remembrance through the Lens of Poetry led by UNC Professor Emerita of American Studies Joy
    Kasson

Using our liturgy and the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost,
Marge Piercy and others, we’ll explore what it means to seek renewal and
regeneration on these sacred days.

  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Torah study and discussion led by holocaust educator Steve Goldberg

Together we’ll reflect on two key moments in the narrative of Genesis 21 — God
“taking note” of Sarah, and Abraham and Sarah’s casting out of Hagar. What do
these pivotal events teach us about the world of our ancestors, and about us?

Yom Kippur

  • 9:00 – 9:45 am: Vulnerability & Self-Compassion led by UNC Lineberger Cancer Center IAYT certified Yoga therapist Doreen Stein-Seroussi

In this time of self-reflection, we are aware of our vulnerability and the need to not just forgive each other but ourselves as well. Join us as we let go of the stress held in our bodies, and then turn inward for self-compassion.

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Contaminating & Purifying People, Things and Nations led by Ziggy Rivkin-Fish

What can Yom Kippur teach us about demonizing and decontaminating others? How is COVID-19 related to controversies over people who have migrated here? What does Yom Kippur tell us about dehumanization and decontamination?

  • 4:30 – 5:15 pm: The Temple as Fallen Monument – Rewriting History as an Act of Penance led by Kehillah founder and historian of Jewish Heritage Leonard Rogoff

Witnessing the fall of the Temple the ancient rabbis rewrote history and demanded our penance, personally and collectively. What does the Avodah liturgy (the re-enactment of the High Priests’ Yom Kippur rituals of atonement) teach us about truth, reconciliation, and reparations?

MACHZORIM

You are welcome to download or print the following Machzorim in preparation for services.

Renew Our Days (for all members and guests)

Click to view

Tot’s Service Machzor (Tot – Kindergarden)

Click to view

Kid Service Machzor (1st – 4th grade)

Click to view

Liturgical Offerings for Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Morning

Click to view
SELICHOT
TASHLICH, FOOD DRIVE, HOW TO PREPARE, AND MORE
  • Tashlich

Sunday, September 20th at 4:00 pm

Come join this beautiful ritual of tossing breadcrumbs/fish food into moving water to symbolize releasing sins and purifying our souls for the New Year. For Kehillah members, we’ll have a few outdoor sites in Orange and Durham Counties for gathering, keeping our numbers to a maximum of 25 at each location. Masks and social distancing required. You’ll receive an e-mail to sign up in advance. For a self-guided ritual, click here.

The upcoming High Holidays will be unlike any most of us have known. We have woken up to our deep interconnection to all people and our own fragility. We have seen more clearly the deep injustice of systems and power structures in our country. We have heard voices pleading for life. Perhaps we are awake in a way we have not been before. How can we maintain and even deepen this awareness as we enter a new year?

The Shofar Project is a free program open to people of all backgrounds who want to make this a year of continued awakening, responsiveness, renewal, and transformation. It takes place during the Hebrew month of Elul, the month preceding the Jewish High Holy Days, a traditional period for intensive spiritual reflection, introspection, and moral accounting (August 21 – September 18, 2020).

HIGH HOLY DAYS BROCHURE
click to view the brochure

*Please note that the time of our first parallel program on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 is listed wrong in the brochure. Body & Soul will be from 9:00 – 9:45 am.