As in past years, Temple Emunah seeks to provide its members and guests across the entire age spectrum with meaningful and heimish religious experiences. THIS CALENDAR contains descriptions of our service options. These include:
• The Main Service - starting at 8:20 AM on Rosh Hashanah and at 9:00 AM on Yom Kippur
To sign up for tickets to the various services, babysitting or reserved parking, please fill out THIS FORM and return it to the Temple Office.
OTHER HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES:
SELIHOT: The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selihot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness called Selihot are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Selihot are recited from the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. The first Selihot service of the holiday season is usually a large community service, held around midnight on Motzei Shabbat (after nightfall on Saturday).
We will celebrate Selihot this year on Saturday, September 16 in the evening with Temple Isaiah members (at Temple Emunah). We will start with minhah at 5:30 PM, then have a Seudah Shlisheet meal at 6:00, sponsored by The Ladle Fund. At 7:00 PM we will begin study sessions with with Rabbis Lerner and Fel from Temple Emunah, and Rabbis Jaffe and Perlman and Cantor Doob from Temple Isaiah. Following the study sessions we will have Havdalah and Selihot services. All are welcome to attend this free event!
Tashlikh: All are welcome to participate in our community walk from Temple Emunah to Potter Pond on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, September 21, in order to perform Taslikh (casting away our sins into a body of water). We will leave the shul at 4:45 PM, and our service (with light refreshments) will begin at 5:30 PM. We will return for Minhah, text study, and Ma'ariv at the shul at 6:45 PM.
MEDITATIVE MARTYROLOGY: One of the most painful of all Jewish prayers is "Eleh Ezkereh,” which translates to “These We Remember." It is often referred to as The Martyrology, and it is a passage we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. It describes in graphic detail the torture and death of ten great Rabbis by the Roman Empire, two thousand years ago. This year we are once again having our own special Meditative Martyrology Service on Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 PM. The theme of this service is “untangling the knots in our souls.”
We have all experienced loss and grief in our lives and the inevitable knots that arise in our souls. Yehudah HaLevi wrote eloquently about grief in his poem that is read on Yom Kippur; “tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.” We will gather as a community to reflect on the spiritual meaning of grief as we listen to readings and participate in a 10 minute reflection. The reflection will be based on Yehudah HaLevi’s moving poem.
Ne'ilah Youth Program: Join our staff for a special Ne'ilah service and program on Saturday, September 30, 5:45 - 7:00 PM. This program is open to all kids and teens, starting at 2nd grade. Please stay for our Community Breakfast after the service ends!
SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH INFORMATION
Lulav Orders: If you would like to order a lulav and etrog set, please contact Jodie Parmer by Wednesday, September 13. Cost is $55 for a pre-assembled set, $40 for a make-your-own lulav. This year we are also selling reusable plastic lulav bags for $10! All pre-ordered lulav and etrog sets can be picked up at our Sukkot Market and Lulav Pick Up on Sunday, October 1st, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Upper Lobby. This year, in addition to sukkot decorations, we have a limited supply of Lulav bags for $10 each!
TOT Sukkot Program: All young families are invited to join Rabbi Fel on Thursday, October 5, for a special Tot service celebrating Sukkot! There will be stories, songs, prayers, and fun! This service will meet at 11:00 for an hour, and all families are welcome to participate in the Progressive Sukkot Lunch, beginning at noon in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah.
Shabbat Open House in the Sukkah: David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan invite all temple families to their Sukkah on Saturday, October 7, 3:00 - 5:00 PM for a Shabbat-Sukkot afternoon schmooze! Join your temple friends for an informal afternoon of snacks, schmoozing, and games in the Rabbi's sukkah. This event is FREE and open to all, but please RSVP to Ellen Weene by October 2, 2017.
Sukkah Open House for Families with Young Children: All families with young children are invited on Saturday, October 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM to a special Sukkot celebration at the home of Rabbi David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan! Dinner will be provided, along with games, crafts, shmoozing, and fun for all! Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by Monday, October 2, 2017. This program is FREE and open to both Members and non-Members of Temple Emunah, however space is limited, so priority will be given to the first 40 families who RSVP!
Sukkot Shelanu: Everyone is welcome to celebrate Sukkot on Sunday, October 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM with games, crafts, snacks, learning, and fun! Temple Emunah, the Israeli Community of Lexington, and the IAC (Israeli American Council) invite all families to join us for a variety of activities, including making Ushpizin puppets, edible sukkahs, kites for peace to honor Janusz Korczak, bubble-making, and more! There will also be interactive learning stations, snacks, and schmoozing. Cost to attend is $5 / person (free for children 0-2 years), with a $15 family cap.
Simhat Torah Morning: Be sure to come back the next morning, Friday, October 13, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah, Hal Miller-Jacobs, and Kallat Bereisheet, Judith Himber!
With the ongoing security concerns in Israel and throughout the world, we will continue to be vigilant about security this year, so please bring your name tags as we will absolutely be checking them at the door. Please understand that the members who will be checking tickets have volunteered their time - time away from family and friends. Some of our newer member volunteers may not recognize our long-time members. In the spirit of the High Holy Days, please be patient and understanding.