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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

09/06/2023 03:30:41 PM


Rabbi Daniel Sherman

Here at Temple we are getting ready for the High Holy Days.  We are excited to welcome everyone back home to Temple Sinai as we begin the New Year 5784.  Rosh HaShanah is just over a week away.  Rosh HaShanah begins on Friday evening, September 15 and continues on Saturday, September 16.  Yom Kippur is Sunday evening, September 24 and Monday, September 25.

I want to remind everyone that we are asking you to make reservations for High Holy Day services again this year.  You can do this through the weekly email blast, the Temple website, or by calling the Temple office.  This is for security purposes and will help us to welcome everyone into the Temple building for services.  We appreciate your doing this.

This evening I invite you to join me for Wednesday Night Live at 7:00pm on Zoom.  We will be discussing our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur plans and answering questions about the High Holy Days: from music to liturgy to traditions and foods.

This Saturday, Sept. 9, we will host our Selichot Service.  “Selichot” are our “prayers for forgiveness” which we begin to recite at this time of year.  We will begin at 7:00pm in the auditorium for coffee, desserts, and Havdalah.  At 7:30pm we will host our Selichot Service in the sanctuary.  Selichot introduces us to the music, themes, and prayers of these ASERET YEMEI TESHUVAH – the “10 Days of Repentance” – that begin with Rosh HaShanah and conclude with Yom Kippur.  It is a great way to prepare for the beginning of the New Year.

We also want to wish Cantor Garfein and her family “Mazal Tov!” as her son, Jake Gellman, becomes a Bar Mitzvah this week at our Shabbat Morning Service, which begins at 10:30am.

Remember: now is the time to get ready for the start of the New Year.  Make your plans, set some goals, and take advantage of this prep time.  The more we put into our holy day observances, the more we will get out of this holiest time of the year.

Thu, February 22 2024 13 Adar I 5784