High Holy Days

Dear TOHC Community:

We are excited to share with you our plans for the upcoming High Holy Days.  Rabbi Roberts, the Ritual Committee and The Board have already spent hundreds of hours on the planning.  Pikuach Nefesh, saving of lives, is the highest Jewish level of observance.  Thus, this year our gatherings for the Chagim (High Holy Days) will be all virtual to ensure that no one becomes ill due to our gathering.

Stated goals used in planning for our gathering this year include:  
    streamlining our rituals to make them more accessible for this virtual situation 
    modular programs, making it easier for you to “pick and choose” the elements most
       meaningful to you 
    15-minute breaks between modules so you can stretch, step away briefly if you want, use
       the “facilities” - all with the hope of lessening Zoom fatigue
    bringing the High Country Jewish community together in a variety of ways
    providing programing for the full range of our “under 18s” 

Below is a tentative schedule for our gatherings.  The exact times may change as our planning continues.  We will provide further information on a number of the activities in a few weeks.  

Friday, September 18
I. Rosh Hashana Eve
- 6:00 PM (approximately 15 – 20 minutes)
A virtual gathering using the Sephardic ritual of a Rosh Hashanah “Seder” using a Haggadah. Together we will light candles, say Kiddush, and so much more.  The Haggadah will be sent out in advance.  Following this, you will be able to virtually share your festive Rosh Hashanah meal with 1-3 other households. The board will coordinate these groups in advance – do let us know if you have a preference!

Saturday, September 19
II. Rosh Hashana Day

During the breaks between modules the congregation will be showing on our Zoom channel recorded short greetings from all members of the congregation [more details to follow]

a.    Under 18 programming at various times and for various age groups. More details will be sent out on this as
       we get closer.
b.    9:00 - 10:00 AM - Torah study focused on the Akeidah (The Binding of Isaac)
       [NOTE: there will be no Torah service. Rather, we will study together the portion normally read in our community.]
c.    10:15 - 10:30 - Live, communal outdoor Shofar soundings across the High Country at congregants’ homes.
        Let us know if you’d like to be one of the shofar-blowers! Details to follow in a separate email.
d.    10:45 - 11:15 - Sermon  & Presidential address 
e.    11:30 - 12:30ish - An abbreviated service beginning with the Barichu
f.    Tashlich on your own

Sunday, September 27
III. Kol Nidre - Erev Yom Kippur
(approximately 2.5 - 3 hours total)

a.    7:00 PM - Kol Nidre prayers live (60 minute session) with Rabbi’s sermon and Kol Nidre Appeal
       interspersed between different renditions
b.  
 8:15 - 10:00 PM - Abbreviated Yom Kippur service beginning with Barichu
       (after 10 minute break) - approximately 90 - 120 minutes

Monday, September 28
IV. Yom Kippur Day

During the breaks between modules the congregation will be showing on our Zoom channel recorded short greetings from all members of the congregation [more details to follow]

a.    Under 18 programming at various times and for various age groups.
       More details will be sent out on this as we get closer.
b.    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Services - Birchot Hashachar up to/through Shema
c.    10:15 - 11:00 - Torah Study Session 
d.    11:15 - 11:45 - Rabbi’s sermon and Presidential Address or Kol Nidre Appeal
e.    12:00 - 1:00 ish - Services continue from where previous 9 AM services ended
f.     2:00 - 3:00 PM - Study Session - topic to be announced
g.    3:15 - 4:15 - Mincha
h.    4:30 - 5:00 - Yizkor
i.     5:15 - 5:45 - Short study session on Neilah
j.     5:50 - 6:15ish - Neilah

We look forward to “seeing” you during the High Holy Days.  Together, as a community, we have tried to include something for all of you. We hope you will find our gatherings to be deeply spiritual, uplifting, and personally meaningful to you.

B’shalom,

Kurt Love        Medina Roy                               Stephen Roberts
President        Chair – Ritual Committee       Rabbi

P.S.  When you send in your membership forms, you can let us know how you would like to take part in this vibrant and active congregation in 5781.