TEMPLE BETH MIRIAM HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2017/5778

 

Saturday, September 16

Selichot Service 6:30 PM

 

Wednesday, September 20

Erev Rosh Hashanah 8:00 PM

 

Thursday, September 21

Rosh Hashanah Services

Children’s Service 9:00 AM

Morning Service 10:00 AM

Afternoon Service Open to All 2:00 PM (Formerly Community Service)

 

Friday, September 22

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 10:00 AM

 

Friday, September 22

Shabbat Shuvah Service 7:30 PM

 

Sunday, September 24

Cemetery Service 10:00 AM

 

Friday, September 29

Kol Nidre 8:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 30

Yom Kippur Services

Children’s Service 9:00 AM

Morning Service 10:00 AM

Afternoon Service Open to All 2:00 PM (Formerly Community Service)

Approaching the Ark 3:30 PM

Yizkor (Memorial) 4:00PM (approx.)

Neilah (Closing) 5:30 PM (approx.)

 

 

 

   

          

Things to know about the Days of Awe this year…

Rosh Hashanna at Beth Miriam

This year, Rosh Hashanna at Beth Miriam will be very special and different.  Immediately you will notice that we are using a new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh.  You may notice that there are not the usual ‘responsive readings.’ In fact, there are no instructions on how to pray, when to stand, when to sit, etc.  Rather, the rabbi and the cantor will be leading the service but you are encouraged and welcome during the service to not follow the reader and wander through the liturgy.   If you find a reading meaningful, linger, meditate, make your prayer moments special.

There are other things you will notice throughout the day.  There are so many things that will be familiar to you and there will be some new parts to the services, as well.

  • The Torah reading is different than what we have usually done. This allows us to further explore and reflect on the issues of sin and repentance.
  • The poems and readings are both personal and universal. You may find yourself deeply moved from time to time.  Embrace the moment and, when you find yourself praying, don’t be afraid or embarrassed by the moment
  • The music of the customary prayers and blessings for all services will be what we are accustomed to hearing for the High Holy Days.  You will see that in this new Machzor there will be new blessings with new music.  There will also be some unexpected songs that we hope will enhance and deepen the spiritual moments.

We are honored to share this Rosh Hashanna with you and wish the most joyous of new year for you and those you love.

Yom Kippur at Beth Miriam

This year, Yom Kippur at Beth Miriam will be very special and different.  Immediately you will notice that we are using a new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh.  You may notice that there are not the usual ‘responsive readings.’ In fact, there are no instructions on how to pray, when to stand, when to sit, etc.  Rather, the rabbi and the cantor will be leading the service but you are encouraged and welcome during the service to not follow the reader and wander through the liturgy.   If you find a reading meaningful, linger, meditate, make your prayer moments special.

There are other things you will notice throughout the day.  There are so many things that will be familiar to you and there will be some new parts to the services, as well.

  • There is a new Torah reading on Yom Kippur Afternoon. The new machzor deepens the Yom Kippur experience by opening up the Torah to a place which, while not traditional, offers new possibilities to understanding and appreciating the holy day.
  • The poems and readings are both personal and universal. You may find yourself deeply moved from time to time.  Embrace the moment and, when you find yourself praying, don’t be afraid or embarrassed by the moment.
  • The music of the customary prayers and blessings for all services will be what we are accustomed to hearing for the High Holy Days.  You will see that in this new Machzor there will be new blessings with new music.  There will also be some unexpected songs that we hope will enhance and deepen the spiritual moments.
  • Before the Yiskor service there will be a very special time: the Ark will remain open, the lights in the sanctuary will be dimmed, the music will play. You will have the invitation to stand before the open Ark, pray your prayer silently for as long as you want.  There will be no rush and no clock.
  • Yiskor will include some totally new liturgy and readings and ceremonies conducive to reflection and memory. It will also incorporate the Musical Interlude which was a separate Yom Kippur event.
  • There is no Community Service, per se. There is an Afternoon service which will be open to the community and which is part of the new machzor.  It is not intended as a family style service but it is warm and welcoming and people of all ages will find meaning and depth in it.

We hope that this year’s Yom Kippur touches you deeply and moves you to repentance and a new direction in your life.  It is our honor praying with you on this holy day.