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What brings you here this year?
Where you are in your Jewish (or spiritual) journey?
What are your hopes for the new year?
What do you look for in a synagogue community?
What are your hobbies, interests, your favorite books and music?
We can't wait to learn more about you!
There is no charge for this year's High Holiday services, but if it is your custom to make a donation, your support is always welcome. There will be a link to donate after you click "submit."

 

Shanah Tovah!

All our High Holiday services will be held virtually this year, and tickets have been sent by email. If you registered -- or you are a Shir Tikvah member -- check your inbox and spam folder.

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Contact help@shir-tikvah.org or 781-281-9792 (text or leave a voicemail).

Digital Yizkor Book

Click Here to download the Yizkor book, a central part of the afternoon Yizkor service at 4:30 pm.

Here's the Schedule: (click to download as a PDF)

Nuts and Bolts: A Quick High Holiday Q&A

Q: I'm a Shir Tikvah member. Do I need to register/buy a ticket?

A: No! We will send members an "e-ticket" directly the week before Rosh Hashanah. It will have all the links you'll need. Remember to check your email.

Q: I'm not a Shir Tikvah member. How can I sign up for High Holiday services?

A: Fill out the registration on the left. It's quick, easy, and there is no charge.

Q: I have family or friends that I want to "bring with me" virtually. What should I do?

A: Please have them come here to www.shir-tikvah.org/HighHolidays and sign up.

Q: What technology will I need to join services?

A: Most larger services will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and more. Smaller services (including the Aleph and Kehillah services for families) will be on Zoom.

Q: Do I need a prayerbook?

A: The text of all prayers will be shown on-screen. Shir Tikvah members (optionally) can request a printed prayerbook before September 9 and pick it up on September 16 or 17, from 12 - 7 pm.

 

Will the High Holidays be different this year?

Yes. And no.

We will gather online rather than in Town Hall. The services will be shorter. You won't have to worry about parking. Some things will be brand new, like an Erev Rosh Hashanah seder.

But many things will be the same. We will hear the shofar, Kol Nidre, and our choir. We will be led in prayer by our beloved clergy Rabbi Cari and Cantor Beth Levin, with the familiar faces of Rabbi Jessica Marshall and Beth Goldstein for our family services. And we will journey together in joy and awe out of the (admittedly pretty crazy) year of 5780 into the unknown of 5781.

In more detail:

Monday Morning Minyan: Start the week with morning prayers, joyful song and learning in this half hour community minyan with Beth.  All ages most welcome.   

Thursday Refletion: Join Beth and Rabbi Cari as we explore the words of Psalm 27 and how they can serve as a frame for a spiritual practice as we prepare to enter the New Year.  Sessions last for 45 minutes.

Slichot Service: This contemplative service  includes many of the highlights of the High Holy Day Liturgy.  In the quiet of a Saturday night take and hour to reflect with our community.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Seder: A Sephardic practice that  adapts the concept of the Seder to Rosh Hashanah.  We will gather around our tables, and join each other as we eat symbolic foods and pray for a good year ahead.  For further information on the tradition click here.  You can also get items for the seder from this optional shopping list!

Rosh Hashanah Family Services: Rabbi Marshall and musician Beth Goldstein join to lead families in song and prayer as we celebrate the New Year.  The 45-minute aleph service is perfect for pre-school aged children and their families while the Kehillah service’s fuller liturgy is a great prayer opportunity for elementary school age children and their families. 

Rosh Hashanah Community Service: Join Rabbi Cari and Beth.  During this service we will sing with the voices of the choir, experience the chanting of Torah as never before, hear the sounding of Shofar, and reflect on the power of our tradition with a sermon. 

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Service: Join Rabbi Cari and Beth for an hour of prayer.  We will have a chance to more fully sing the liturgy of holiday and hear another sounding of the shofar. 

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Rim and Minnie Halpern:  Traditionally our second day services create an intimate atmosphere for learning and reflection. Grab your holiday lunch and join for learning on Reverence on the Cosmic Level followed by guided conversation on the topic. 

Daily Reflection: Drop in for 15 minutes of meditation and reflection.  A deep breath together in community.

Shabbat Shuvah Prayer Writing: Using writing prompts, Temple member Sara Epstein will guide us in exploring the ideas of Psalm 27.  The time together will enable each participant to craft an individual  prayer for Yom Kippur’s Neilah service.     

Kol Nidrei Service: Join in the majesty as the three time recitation of these ancient words open our hearts to the work of the day.  This hour long prayer experience led by Rabbi Cari and Beth includes a sermon as well as traditional liturgy.

Yom Kippur Family Services: Rabbi Marshall and musician  Beth  Goldstein  join together again to lead families in prayer as we reflect on our mistakes and learn the ancient wisdom of saying “I’m sorry” when you make a mistake . The 45 minute aleph service is perfect for pre-school aged children and their families while the Kehillah service’s fuller liturgy is a great prayer opportunity for elementary school age children and their families.

Yom Kippur Community Service: Join Rabbi Cari and Beth as we  concentrate on the focus on the connection between the healing of our souls and the healing of the world.  We hear the spiritual journey of Temple member Marian Weisenfeld as well as words shared by synagogue president Jerilyn Heinold.

The Book of Jonah and the Torah of Social Justice: Hear the call of the Torah’s Holiness Code, an interview with Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz- author and activist, and participate in a conversation on social justice and the Book of Jonah.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Sessions:

A Journey with Mourner’s Kaddish: Join Rabbi Rim and Rabbi Suzanne Offit for an exploration of the personal journey of mourning followed by an interactive teaching by scholar Ina Lipkowitz on the word’s of Mouner’s Kaddish

Yizkor: We will take time to remember those we’ve lost.  We will hear the El Malei prayer as well as recite Mourner’s Kaddish in community together.

A Healing Space in the Time of Covid-19: Join Rabbi Offit, Rabbi Rim, RC and Beth as we make space and acknowledge all that has been lost in the time.

Neilah: Join Rabbi Cari and Beth as the gates close.  We will conclude with the sounding of the Shofar and the joyful melody of Havdalah.

A letter from Rabbi Cari and Beth

Read this update from Rabbi Cari and Beth about what you can expect during the High Holy Days this year.

Past High Holidays

The Shir Tikvah community and friends gather at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to take a personal and communal inventory of the past year and to envision the next. Services are a moving blend of prayer, contemplation, and remembrance, woven together with music—our cantor's soulful chant, our choir, members who are talented vocal and instrumental soloists, and the entire congregation singing as one. 

To accommodate the large turnout, High Holiday services are held at Winchester Town Hall, a short walk from the temple building. The second day of Rosh Hashanah takes place at the Temple. Families can also celebrate the holidays together at child-friendly services. Aleph services are geared to children 5 and under; Kehillah services are for families with kids ages 6-10. Aleph and Kehillah services are held at the Temple, and led by Rabbi Jessica Marshall.

 

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781