SEPTEMBER Mon., Sept 7 | Yizkor booklet info due to Tamara Weil
Tues., Sept 8 | Deadline for RSVP'ing to Library Shabbat
Wed., Sept 9| 7:30 p.m. | High Holidays Discussion with Dan Savin
Fri., Sept 11 | Library Shabbat
ZOOM INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH YOUR KOHELET COMMUNITY!
We're very much looking forward to sharing the High Holidays with you. Here's some important information to keep in mind as we approach our first ever (and hopefully last!) online High Holidays services.
We will make a special High Holidays package delivery to each person who has pre-registered for services (registrations due by Sunday September 6th in order to receive delivery), and therefore we need an updated address list from which to work.
If you are not on our current membership roster or have new contact information, please email your address and cell phone contact info no later than Tuesday September 6th to Robyn firstname.lastname@example.org. Our dedicated, hard-working volunteer deliverers will text you re: delivery. We will check out and deliver a Machzor to every attendee who needs one, and we will then have a process for you to return them to Beit Kohelet. Please let Robyn know if you don't need a Machzor, that is, if you already have one (for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) at home. (Please note: Theregistration formis below. Giving Robyn your new address does not constitute registration.)
Even if you already have a Machzor, everyone who pre-registers will receive, via personal delivery, a beautiful printed High Holidays program including the schedule (thanks to Eliana for her artwork and Ed Stein for the layout!), Yizkor booklets (thanks to Tamara!), and a very special gift compliments of Jill Levy: a small, delicious, lovingly-made challah for each family! We can't thank Jill enough for this sweet, generous gift.
We invite everyone to bring that beautiful challah and a sip of wine or grape juice to our virtual services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. We are planning on slightly abbreviated services, and hope to be finished by noon (!) If you can, please join us as we linger a bit over Kiddush so that we can check in with one another and chat for a while. It's the best we can do to replace a potluck meal together!
Misty is our Zoom host, and she will mute all of us according to the requests of our service leaders. There might be times when we'll be unmuted periodically to sing together, cacophonous (and spirited!) as it may be.
Kohelet will send out the Zoom invitation the week before services, and that invitation and ID number will serve for the entire time of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, including the intervening Shabbat.
Chuck has an increasingly longer Mishaberach list. If you put someone on that list who should no longer be on it, please let him know.
We all recognize how disappointing it is not to be able to pray and celebrate with one another in person. Those who have attended our abbreviated but familiar weekly Shabbat observance on Zoom, know that our services have kept us well connected during a time of social distancing. We truly hope to "see" the entire community at High Holidays services this year, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together. Generous Kohelet members are working hard to provide all of us with as meaningful a prayer experience as possible as we welcome in the new year together.
Tashlich: Judith Cohen had the brilliant idea for those who choose to gather in person for a Tashlich service on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah somewhere along the banks of the Cherry Creek, place to be determined. If you have an idea of what place would lend itself to this activity, please contact Judith email@example.com.
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Friday September 18: 7:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Saturday September 19: 9:00 a.m.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Sunday September 20: 9:00 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur, Sunday September 27: 6:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur, Monday September 28: 8:45 a.m.
Cost: $100 for singles, $200 for couples/families.
Please note that 21% of our operating income comes from High Holidays revenue, and we've reduced our fees to reflect that we'll have fewer High Holidays expenses this year. However, they generate money that we use to operate throughout the year. We appreciate your generosity at this time. And as always, if these fees are difficult for you, no one will be turned away. Please discuss with our treasurer, Judith Cohen.
Your High Holidays Services Committee
Daniel Hettleman, Robyn Jacobs, Jonathan Katz
YIZKOR BOOKLET UPDATE
Due: Mon., Sept. 7 If you have names of loved ones who died this past year and would like them included in the Yizkor booklet, please send names and years of birth and death to firstname.lastname@example.org September 7th.
SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
Dear Kohelet Friends,
As the High Holidays approach, I am beginning to plan the special service in which we remember those of our relatives who have passed away since Yom Kippur 2019.
If you have someone whose name you would like me to say aloud during this service, it would be my honor to do so.
Please let me know their names, relationship to you and whether they were members of Kohelet.
Some of you may be interested in series of lectures on Jewish holidays and other topics, by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik. There are ten lectures, each of about 25-40 minutes duration, that can be found on the website: https://tikvahfund.org/meirsoloveichik/. Lectures 2 and 3 are on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, respectively. We will be having a discussion of these two lectures on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm. If you would like to participate, please send me an email at Daniel.email@example.com. I will send out a zoom link several days before the event.
Fri. Sept 11
RSVP due: Tues., Sept 9 Our next Library Shabbat Friday Night Dinner is scheduled for September 11. We still need to do this virtually, but hopefully we can soon go back to meeting in person. Our virtual dinners are always warm and meaningful. We enjoy lively conversation and good food--prepared by you, of course. Additionally, we are able to still stay connected. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Misty (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 8. Misty will send the Zoom numbers to those who have responded from her personal email on September 10. If you have never tried a Library Shabbat, please consider joining us.
We have been reading Psalms at Kohelet shabbat services. We will continue here sequentially reading excerpts with commentary.
Psalm 10: When dealing with an enemy considered evil, David says:
The wicked surround us and cause severe distress. They hunt down the poor, glories in personal desires, and says “There is no divine judge”.
G*d’s response often seems far removed as the wicked wait in ambush and spy on the helpless. They conceal themselves and pounces on helpless prey.
Arise O G*d, raise your hand and do not forget the humble! Teach those who are evil that you are there to protect.
David prays for us when threatened by an evil enemy.
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