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2020 High Holy Days 5781

CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM OF THE WOODLANDS HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICE SCHEDULE 5781 / 2020

 

S’lichot (Service of Forgiveness) Saturday, September 12 9:30 P.M.

Wine & Cheese Reception before services begins at 8:30 P.M.

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Friday September 18 7:30 P.M.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Saturday September 19

Rosh Hashanah Family Service (grades 4 and younger) 8:30 A.M.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 10:30 A.M.

Tashlich (casting of sins) observance will be held at the conclusion of services

 

Memorial Service (Kever Avot) at Forest Park Sunday, September 20 11:00 A.M.

 

  1. Shabbat Shuvah ( of Return) Friday, September 25 7:30 P.M.

 

Yom Kippur Eve (Day of Atonement) Sunday, September 27 7:30 P.M.

Yom Kippur Monday, September 28

Morning Yom Kippur Family Service (grades 4 and younger) 8:30 A.M.

Yom Kippur Morning Service 10:30 A.M.

Yizkor Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of the morning service

 

Afternoon Yom Kippur Study 3:30 P.M.

Yom Kippur Afternoon (Minchah) Service 4:30

Yom Kippur Concluding (N’eilah) Service 6:00 P.M.

Community Break-fast, after Concluding Service and Havdalah

 

Sukkot Celebration (Festival of Booths) Friday October 2 7:30 P.M.

Sukkot Morning Service Saturday October 3 10 A.M.

Simchat Torah (Celebration of Torah) Friday October 9 3rd Grade Consecration 7:30 P.M.

Simchat Torah/Yizkor Service Saturday October 10 10 A.M.

 

 

All services, except S’lichot and Sukkot, and Kever Avot, will be held in our Social Hall

High Holy Days

 

 

 

Rosh Hashanah [Jewish New Year]

 

Rosh HaShanah is literally the "Head of the Year." It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance called known as the Yamim Noraim [Days of Awe or High Holy Days]. The holiday is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which due to differences in the solar and lunar calendar, corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include home observance and prayers in the synagogue. Highlights of the holiday include the sounding the shofar [ram's horn], eating a round challah [braided egg-bread] and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

Apples & Honey for a Sweet New Year

 

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]

 

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. The observance is marked by fasting, prayer and repentance. It occurs on the 10th day of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar as serves as the conclusion of Yamim Nora'im [Days of Awe]. Yom Kippur is a time to dedicate mind, body and spirit to reconcile with God, our fellow human beings and ourselves. 

                           The Shofar [Ram's Horn]

The Shofar [Ram's Horn]

 

Sukkot [Festival of Booths]

 

Sukkot is one of the festivals of the Jewish calendar. Originally a pilgrimage holiday, Sukkot meaning "booths" or "huts," gives thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. During this seven-day [or eight-day] festival, it is customary to build a sukkah or small, temporary booth which is used for eating, entertaining and even sleeping.

Other names for the festival are Z’man Simchateinu [Season of Our Joy] and Chag HaAsif [Festival of the Ingathering]. During Sukkot it is a mitzvah [sacred obligation] to waive the four species in the sukkah. The four species are: lulav [palm frong], hadas [myrtle], arava [willow] and etrog [citron].

                    Lulav & Etrog Set     

Lulav & Etrog Set     

 

Simchat Torah [Rejoicing with the Torah]

 

At the conclusion of the seventh day of Sukkot, the Reform Movement celebrates Sh'mini Atzeret [day of assembly] and Simchat Torah on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This holiday affirms Torah as one of the three foundations of Judaism: God, Torah and Israel. Many congregations unroll the entire scroll of Torah to read the final verses of the D'varim [Deuteronomy] and the opening verses of B'reshit [Genesis]. It is a time of joy and merriment. 

Torah Scroll

 

Thu, April 9 2020 15 Nisan 5780