Dear TOHC Community:

We are excited to share with you our plans for the upcoming High Holy Days!  

Rabbi Alty, the Ritual Committee, and the Board of Trustees have spent many hours planning the holiday services.  Pikuach Nefesh, saving of lives, is the highest Jewish level of observance.  Therefore, this year our gatherings for the High Holy Days will be hybrid, with the services provided virtually via Zoom as well as in-person for fully vaccinated and fully masked attendees, to ensure that no one becomes ill due to our gathering.  Due to health safety concerns, we will not have a break-the-fast, but we will be giving out snack bags after the Yom Kippur Yizkor-N'eilah service.  

There will be handicapped parking in the temple's lower parking lot.  The upper parking lot and the Human Resources/Senior Center parking lot across the road will be available for parking during the evening and daytime service time frame.  Parking in the Human Resources/Senior Center parking lot at any other time may result in a parking ticket from the Town of Boone.   Please park away from the buildings out of courtesy for the staff and clients who use the building, and to make it easier for us to get permission from the Town of Boone to use the lot each year during the High Holy Days, as well as other times during the year.  

This year, we will continue with our annual food drive for the Hunger & Health Coalition.  Shopping bags for non-perishable food items are available in the lobby for you to take home and fill when you arrive for the High Holy Days services.  Filled bags can be returned to the temple lobby.  Checks can be made out to the Hunger and Health Coalition only.  We look forward to being with you this special time of year!  May you and your loved ones enjoy a happy and healthy new year.

Membership cards will be given out the first time you arrive at services. 
Each High Holy Days service will be approximately 2 hours long. 
The prayers will be shown on the Zoom screen for your convenience.  

Enjoy our the collaboration of our amazing cantor, Rabbi Alty; our exceptional choir director, Dr. Linda Larson; our special High Holy Days musicians; and our dedicated choir, joined on Kol Nidre by the voices from the renowned choir of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock!  

And if you'd like to see what you missed on Rosh HaShanah,
click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6s5QJWjk8E
 for Rabbi Alty's sermon or
here https://youtu.be/2XOlMTFIJ40 for the entire Erev Rosh HaShanah service.

Below is a schedule of our services.

Please listen to Rabbi Alty’s  Kol Nidre.  It is deeply moving and inspirational:  https://youtu.be/DdugdC24o6w

Wednesday, September 15
Erev Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre - 6:30 PM
St. Mary of the Hills Church Choir Joins the Temple Choir to Provide an Extraordinary Kol Nidre Service                                                                                                                              

Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur Day - Shacharit - 10:00 AM
                                Yiskor-N'eilah - 5:00 PM

We look forward to seeing and being with you during the High Holy Days.  We hope you will find our gatherings to be deeply spiritual, uplifting, and personally meaningful to you.


Kurt Love        Medina Roy                               Alty Weinreb
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 5782.