The year 5781 promises to start out like no other. We will be doing almost everything differently this year, but the message of the Holidays--renewal, forgiveness, and a fresh start remains the same. Since we will not see each other in person, our socializing will be minimized.This means that more of the work we do during this time of year will have to be internal. We are hoping this will be the last time we will need to observe the Holidays in this way. In spite of all the changes, however, may we all find the meaning we need during this time of uncertainty. Shana tova to all!
-Dan Savin & Misty Davidson
SOME REMINDERS FOR OUR VIRTUAL HOLIDAY SERVICES
Since Erev Rosh Hashanah falls on a Friday, you will receive your Zoom link one day early, on Thursday, September 17. The link and numbers from September 18- 28 will not change. This includes Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat on September 26, and Yom Kippur. We will be having multiple services within a small time frame, and changing numbers constantly is simply a formula for confusion and frustration. Please do not share these links on social media to keep our security intact. We will resend the link on September 25, prior to Shabbat. If you lose the link, please email (email@example.com) or text me (720-231-1519) and I will resend it. You will be muted upon entry, so if you are a service leader, you will need to unmute. This preserves the bandwidth when we have a lot of people.
For those who pre-registered, the High Holy Days Committee will be deliver packages (which include a Machzor) on Thursday evening and Friday this week. For those who did not pre-register, Machzorim can be picked up just in time for the holidays, this Friday, September 18th from 3 pm - 4pm at Beit Kohelet. Or if necessary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org make other arrangements. Look for instructions on how to return your Machzorim after the holidays on an insert inside your Machzor.
Sun. Sept 20 at 2:00 p.m.
We will gather for taschlich on Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 pm at Creekside Park. The park is located on the south west corner of Virginia Avenue and Clermont Street. We will meet at the south end of the park near the bike path. There is parking along the east side of the park as well as in the office building parking lot, also on the east side. We will have a short service with prayers and poetry. Bring small stones or sticks (no bread crumbs) to cast your sins into Cherry Creek. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Wear masks and please stay six feet apart. This is our one opportunity during the High Holidays to see each other in person.
We have been reading Psalms at Kohelet Shabbat services. We continue here sequentially and with commentary.
We must guard against untruth, insincerity and self-promotion seen everywhere.
…truthful men have vanished from mankind. Untruth and smooth talk abound in our neighborhoods.
HaShem says now I will arise and grant safety for my words are pure and refined sevenfold.
Only God protects and saves. Be cautious among those who boast and profess loyalty. The assurances of
the Divine are forever.
PREPARATION FOR YOM KIPPUR YIZKOR
As with all Kohelet Yamim Noraim (High Holiday) services this year, our Yom Kippur yizkor service will be on Zoom. Yizkor comes from the Hebrew root verb which means “remember.” Since Biblical times, Jews have visited graves of generations past – in the Cave of the Machpelah in Hevron, or Uman, or local cemetaries – to pray to or for, or remember, our loved ones. During the yizkor service, one way to remember will be to have photographs of those for whom we say yizkor with us. During the service, we will encourage participants to share these pictures with the congregation if you feel comfortable doing so, either as a virtual background or by holding a photograph in front of your computer or phone’s camera. This way, in Zoom gallery view, the congregation will be able to see those who we are remembering.
-Steve Berson and Steve Kapnik
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 deliver a Machzor to all who need and who already pre-registered. Even if you already have a Machzor, everyone who pre-registered 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.
Please note that Jonathan will be playing the piano in accompaniment to certain of the High Holidays prayers that he will be leading. We're looking forward to it providing us with a more meaningful, moving and uplifting experience. Thanks to all for embracing flexibility in our services during these unique times.
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: JudithCohen 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
16 INNOVATIONS THAT COULD PUT AN END TO COVID My most recent post on PsychologyToday offers indications that we may soon conquer covid-19.
Interestingly, of all the countries in the world, the US is the leading innovator of ways to end the pandemic. Number two is little Israel. Here's an update on some of the particularly encouraging innovations from both, plus several from a few other countries as well.
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