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We miss you! We hope you are all doing well and staying safe.

As the High Holy Days approach, we recognize we are embracing far more questions than answers. As a Jewish people, we understand what it is like to face uncertainty and challenging moments. That doesn’t make them any less uncomfortable, not to mention unwanted. But, in times of unpredictability, our tradition is a stabilizing force. Our faith provides us a foundation upon which we can stand firm amidst the shifting sands around us. In this spirit, we enter our sacred season.

This year, we will experience a High Holidays unlike any other! We eagerly anticipate welcoming a new year, filled with renewed connections, renewed joy and renewed normals. In order to guide our hearts and spirits, we invite you to participate in our 6-week journey to UNLOCK the HIGH HOLIDAYS!

The Jewish period of renewal and forgiveness arrives Friday, August 21, 2020 as we begin the month of Elul. Traditionally, a time for self-reflection and introspection, we will prepare for the new year. Beginning that week and continuing through Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we will focus on different themes, exploring how we create meaning during this most unique time. We hope you will join us on this personal and communal journey.

The work of change is not easy in ‘normal’ times. All the more so, we are leaning on our tradition to support us now. The month of Elul will allow us to release the weight our current reality has deposited in our hearts. It will create space for forgiveness and personal change inherent with the new year. During Elul...

We will ACKNOWLEDGE the realities around us and take accounting of where we find ourselves.

We will EXPLORE how we find holiness in a wild world.

We will ENGAGE the diverse members of our community through tikkun olam, prayer and renewal.

We will CONNECT with one another through shared experiences.

We will CELEBRATE the new year, full of hope and joy.

You are the key to a memorable and remarkable High Holidays. Thank you for all you add to our Temple B’nai Israel community! We are honored to be your clergy. Let us UNLOCK the HIGH HOLIDAYS together!

Shana tova,

Rabbi Joshua Lobel and Cantor Katie Oringel

Tue, November 24 2020 8 Kislev 5781