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High Holy Days

    High Holy Days Service Schedule — 2016, 5777

    Recognizing the Jewish diversity within our community, BZBI offers two different inclusive, egalitarian tefillah (prayer) experiences for the High Holidays:

    Goldberg Sanctuary Service

    The Goldberg Sanctuary Service offers a contemporary tefillah experience with traditional prayers and inspiring readings. Led by Cantor Sharon Grainer with Rabbis Abe Friedman and Yosef Goldman, this service blends the beauty of cantorial music with the emotional power of communal prayer in an atmosphere of reverence.

    Kahaner Service

    The Kahaner Service features community-led davening 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 Yosef Goldman and Abe Friedman. The Kahaner Service welcomes adults and families seeking an uplifting, traditional service.


    Rosh Hashanah

    Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, October 2 

    • RH² in Rittenhouse Square. 5:00 PM concert, 6:00 PM service. RH² is FREE and open to the public.

    Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, October 3

    • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 9:00 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 9:00 AM, in the Kahaner Auditorium
    • Rosh Hashanah for Families with Young Children , 9:30 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn, followed by a bring your own picnic brunch in Rittenhouse Square
    • Rosh Hashanah Junior Congregation, 10:45 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn, for students in grades 3-7
    • Rosh Hashanah Bonim and Gan service, 10:30 AM, in Room 1/2, for 4 years old through Kindergarten
    • Rosh Hashanah 1st and 2nd grade service, 10:30 AM, in Room 7/8
    • Rosh Hashanah Teen Yoga, 11:00-11:45 AM in the Chapel.  Teaching Torah to Teens, 12:00-1:00 PM, in Room 3
    • Rosh Hashanah Community Tashlich, 5:30 PM, on the Schuylkill River at Locust Steet

    Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Tuesday, October 4

    • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 9:00 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 9:00 AM, in the Kahaner Auditorium
    • Rosh Hashanah Junior Congregation, 10:45 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn, for students in grades 3-7
    • Rosh Hashanah Bonim and Gan service, 10:30 AM, in Room 1/2, for 4 years old through Kindergarten
    • Rosh Hashanah 1st and 2nd grade service, 10:30 AM, in Room 7/8
    • Rosh Hashanah Teen Israel Program, 11:00-11:45 AM, in the Chapel. Teaching Torah to Teens, 12:00-1:00 PM, in Room 3

    Yom Kippur

    Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 11

    • Kol Nidre in the Goldberg Sanctuary at 5:30 PM, beginning with a meaningful, evocative musical prelude. Services will begin at 5:45 PM
    • Kol Nidre in the Kahaner Auditorium at 5:45 PM

    Yom Kippur, Wednesday, Wednesday, October 12

    • Yom Kippur Morning Service & Yizkor, 9:00 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Yom Kippur Morning Service & Yizkor, 9:00 AM, in the Kahaner Auditorium
    • Yom Kippur for Families with Young Children , 9:30 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn
    • Yom Kippur Junior Congregation, 10:45 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn, for students in grades 3-7
    • Yom Kippur Bonim and Gan service, 10:30 AM, in Room 1/2, for 4 years old through Kindergarten
    • Yom Kippur 1st and 2nd grade service, 10:30 AM, in Room 7/8
    • Yom Kippur Teen Meditation, 11:00-11:45 AM, in the Chapel.  Teaching Torah to Teens, 12:00-1:00 PM, in Room 3
    • Yom Kippur Teshuva, Tefilla, and Tzedakah congregant teaching, 2:15-3:45 PM, in the Chapel
    • Yom Kippur Restorative Yoga, 3:30 PM, in the Kahaner Auditorium
    • Public Yizkor, 4:00 PM, in the Chapel
    • Mincha, 4:30 PM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Alternative Micha, 5:00 PM, in Lower Wolfsohn
    • Neilah, 5:30 PM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Break-the-fast, 7:30 PM, in the Kahaner Auditorium

    Sukkot

    Sukkot Day 1 & 2, Monday October 17 & Tuesday October 18

    • Sukkot Morning Service, 9:30 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary
    • Sukkot for Families with Young Children , 11:00 AM, in Lower Wolfsohn, followed by a Kiddush in the Sukkah (only Sukkot Day 1, October 17)

    Hoshana Rabba, Sunday October 23

    • Morning Service, 9:00 AM, in the Chapel

    Shemini Atzeret, Monday October 24 

    • Morning Service & Yizkor, 9:30 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary

    Simchat Torah

    Erev Simchat Torah, Monday October 24

    • Dinner for Families with Children, followed by a Simchat Torah Scavenger Hunt, 5:30 PM, in the Kahaner Auditorium
    • Hakafot Service, 7:00 PM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary

    Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 25

    • Simchat Torah Morning Service, 9:30 AM, in the Goldberg Sanctuary

    Babysitting

    Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & 2 and Yom Kippur, babysitting for ages 18 months – 4 years old will be offered in Room 5/6 from 9:00 AM until the end of services. We are providing childcare for children 5 years old and older from 9:00-10:30 AM and then they can attend their appropriate service.

    On Kol Nidre there will be babysitting from 5:30-8:00 PM. Children 18 months – 3 years old will be in the Lower Wolfson and children 4 years old and older will meeting in the Upper Laurie.

    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 Donna Rosenthal.

    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 Food Drive

    BZBI is excited to be participating again this year in the Mitzvah Food Pantry’s High Holy Days Protein Foods 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.

    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.

    Special Needs 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.

    BZBI High Holy Days: Sing Out Loud! Sing Out Strong!

    BZBI encourages our attendees to raise their voices in song together during all our services. Here are recordings of melodies we use during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to help you add your voice to the community during our High Holy Days services. L’shanah tovah! Cantor Sharon

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