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Important information regarding HIGH HOLIDAYS 2020

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are collectively known as the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), the holiest days of the year. We welcome the new year with apples and honey, family togetherness, and hope for the days ahead. The sounds of the shofar remind us that forgiveness and change are both possible and necessary.

While it is clear that this year’s High Holiday experience will look very different, we are working diligently to create meaningful opportunities for our entire community to learn, pray, and reflect. Please check this page often as we continue to share information about B’nai Israel’s High Holiday experience, which will offer both in-person and virtual opportunities for traditional services, family and youth engagement, pre-holiday workshops and learning and more. We look forward to greeting 5781 with you.

Please note that all mailings, schedules and plans for the holidays are dependent on current recommendations from our Roadmap to Reopening Task Force under guidance from public health officials. Maintaining the health and safety of our entire community has been and continues to remain our top priority.

High Holiday 2020 Information Packet

Please click here for our 2020 High Holiday Information Packet, including a letter from Rabbi Safra and President of the Board of Governors Steve Rothenberg as well as the daily schedule of services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

All services in Dweck Sanctuary will be broadcast as an enhanced virtual experience, which will serve as the primary worship portal for most of our congregation. We will be allowing some people to gather in person in Dweck Sanctuary and another traditional service in Goodman Assembly Hall. Exact numbers are subject to county rules that remain in flux, but we are planning to operate at approximately 10% capacity. In addition to our traditional services, we will be hosting non-traditional in-person family services and reserving a couple of prayer opportunities exclusively for seniors. Learning and discussion opportunities, including Ask-the-Rabbi, will take place during the week via Zoom. Please read the schedule carefully, as it is very different from a “normal” year.

Click here for the B’nai Israel 2020 High Holiday Packet.

 

YIZKOR MEMORIAL BOOK

Each year, B’nai Israel Congregation provides a Book of Memory for use at the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Pesah, and the second day of Shavuot. Including the names of our deceased loved ones in our Yizkor Memorial Book is a meaningful tribute to them and a tangible reflection of their impact on our lives. May the memory of our loved ones always be a blessing.

To learn more about placing an entry in the 2020 Yizkor Memorial Book, please click here. Entries must be received by July 31 and can be made via this link or through the traditional printed form as a part of the High Holiday mailing.

 

HOLIDAY FLOWERS

Enhance your own holiday table or send flowers to a family member or friend. A beautiful flower arrangement always complements a holiday table. Let B’nai Israel Sisterhood take care of the legwork so you have less to think about during your holiday preparations. Click here to download the order form.

 

MORE UPDATES TO COME

We look forward to reflecting on the year that was and beginning a hopeful and healthy new year together. Thank you for being part of our B’nai Israel community.

Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780