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High Holy Days

    High Holy Days Service Schedule — 2019 – 5780

    Recognizing the Jewish diversity within our community, BZBI offers two different inclusive, egalitarian tefillah (prayer) experiences for the High Holidays. All of our services welcome adults and families seeking an uplifting spiritual experience.

    Goldberg Sanctuary Service

    The Goldberg Sanctuary Service offers a moving tefillah experience led by Rabbis Abe Friedman, Annie Lewis, and Yosef Goldman. The High Holy Days liturgy is enhanced by inspiring readings and Rabbi Goldman’s evocative singing, weaving together traditional and contemporary melodies.

    Kahaner Service

    The Kahaner Service features community-led tefillah (prayer) in an intimate, participatory setting. Grounded in Hebrew liturgy, this service emphasizes communal singing and a well-paced High Holiday experience, with teaching by Rabbis Annie Lewis and Abe Friedman.


    Rosh Hashanah

    First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 30

    8:30 AM: Childcare begins
    8:30 AM: Service in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    9:00 AM: Service in the Kahaner Auditorium
    9:00 AM: Service for Families with Young Children
    10:00 AM: All Youth Programs & Services begin
    5:15 PM: Community Tashlich at the Schuylkill River at Locust Street

    Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, October 1

    9:00 AM: Childcare begins
    9:00 AM: Community Service in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    9:00 AM: “Love and Fear” with Rabbi Abe in the Kahaner Auditorium
    10:00 AM: All Youth Programs & Services begin
    10:00 AM: Rosh Hashan-ahhhh: High Holy Day Yoga in the Kahaner Auditorium
    11:00 AM: Chai Chi with Doug Barg in the Kahaner Auditorium


    Yom Kippur

    Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 8

    5:30 PM: Childcare begins
    5:45 PM: Service in the Goldberg Sanctuary beginning with meaningful, evocative musical prelude
    6:00 PM: Service in the Kahaner Auditorium

    Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9

    9:00 AM: Childcare begins (available until the end of morning services)
    9:00 AM: Service with Yizkor Memorial Service in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    9:00 AM: Service with Yizkor Memorial Service in the Kahaner Auditorium
    9:00 AM: Service for Families with Young Children
    10:00 AM: All Youth Programs & Services begin
    2:15 PM: Congregant Hour in the Chapel
    4:00 PM: Public Yizkor in the Chapel 
    4:15 PM: Afternoon childcare begins
    4:30 PM: Restorative Yoga in the Lower Wolfsohn Auditorium
    4:30 PM: Mincha in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    6:00 PM: Neilah in the Goldberg Sanctuary, followed by Break-the-Fast in the Kahaner Auditorium.
    7:11 PM: Fast ends


    Sukkot

    Join us in decorating our Sukkah on Sunday, October 13 at 10:00 AM.

    Sukkot Day 1, Monday, October 14

    9:30 AM: Festival Service
    11:00 AM: Service for Families with Young Children

    Sukkot Day 2, Tuesday, October 15

    9:30 AM: Festival Service

    Hoshanah Rabbah, Sunday, October 20

    9:00 AM: Festival Service in the Chapel

    Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 21

    9:30 AM: Service with Yizkor Memorial Service


    Simchat Torah

    Erev Simchat Torah, Monday, October 21

    4:45 PM: Youth & Family Simchat Torah Dinner and Activity
    6:15 PM: Hakafot Service

    Simchat Torah, Friday, October 22

    9:30 AM: Festival Service


    Childcare

    Childcare is offered for children ages 18 months to 13 years old during service times on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & 2 and Yom Kippur. It will be available in the Lower Wolfsohn and Upper Laurie area (signs will be posted with specific room assignments).

    Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & 2:

    18 months – 3 years old: Babysitting from 8:30 AM until the end of services.
    4 year old and older: 8:30-10:00 AM babysitting, followed by peer-group programs and services until 1:30 PM.

    Kol Nidrei:

    18 months – 13 years old: Babysitting from 5:30-8:00 PM.

    Yom Kippur:

    18 months – 3 years old: Babysitting from 9:00 AM until the end of services.
    4 year old and older: 9:00-10:00 AM babysitting, followed by peer-group programs and services until 1:30 PM.
    18 months – 13 years old:Babysitting from 4:15-7:30 PM.

    High Holy Days Guest Ticket Policy

    BZBI has a limited number of guest tickets available to members. You can find our guest ticket policy on the dues commitment form. All dues must be current before receiving High Holy Day tickets or guest tickets. For questions about dues, please contact the Temple Office.

    Accessible Seating

    BZBI has a limited number of “reserved” seats available for those with special needs. You must arrange well in advance for these seats. Please contact the Temple Office for more information.

    High Holy Days Food Drive

    BZBI is excited to be participating again this year in the Mitzvah Food Pantry’s High Holy Days Food Drive.  At Rosh Hashanah services this year, BZBI members will receive an empty bag and list of acceptable food items.  We ask every member to return their bag, filled, on Yom Kippur. We look forward to everyone’s participation!

    Be an Usher During the High Holy Days

    Ushers are vital in helping to maintain the beauty and decorum of our services. It is not too early to sign up to be an usher. If you would like to help welcome your fellow BZBI members and guests during these special days, please contact the Temple Office.

    High Holy Days Floral Sponsors

    For many of our BZBI families, it has become a tradition to sponsor flowers and greens to beautify the Temple during the holidays. Floral sponsors are listed in our “BZBI Year at a Glance” book. We hope you will participate in this time-honored tradition at BZBI. For more information, please contact the Temple Office.

    Order Your Lulav & Etrog

    BZBI is taking orders for your own personal Lulav and Etrog set.  The cost is $54 per set and the deadline to place your order is Wednesday, September 25.  To reserve your set, please order using the form below or send your check payable to Beth Zion-Beth Israel on or before the deadline.

    Credit card payments incur a 2.5% processing fee. To avoid this fee, you can pay via cash or check. 



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