High Holy Days

Your Temple Beth-El clergy and staff are working hard to create a meaningful High Holy Day experience for you. Starting with the month Elul, continuing through the Days of Awe, and concluding with Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we will be #virtuallytogether this fall.

This year, we ask that you make your own home a sanctuary. Wear something that feels special. Decorate your living room with flowers. Make a beautiful meal to usher in each holiday. Then, join TBE’s clergy online for worship services that are designed just for this moment.

Most High Holy Day worship services will be broadcast using the same link. Some interactive programs, such as our annual Yom Kippur study session, the meditation service, and others, will take place on Zoom with separate links.

This year, we are delighted to offer complimentary guest access for all TBE holy day worship services. You are welcome to invite your friends and family from far and wide.

 

 

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HOLIDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Our clergy and staff are diligently working on finalizing the High Holy Day programs. A full schedule of services can be found here. Most of our services will be broadcast or held via Zoom. We will gather in person for Tashlich on both days of Rosh Hashanah, weather permitting. Space for Tashlich is limited. Sign-up here.

REMEMBERING YOUR LOVED ONES
We invite you to remember your loved ones by listing their names in the program. A portion of the donations this year will support The Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Please complete this form by Tuesday, September 8 or contact Dina Fisher at dinafisher@templebethelnj.org or 908-722-0674, ext. 312.

LINKS for SERVICES
Most High Holy Day worship services will be broadcast. Some interactive programs, such as our annual Yom Kippur study session, the meditation service, and others, will take place on Zoom. All members will automatically receive links for services. Watch your email for more info. Click here for a full schedule of services.

YOUNG FAMILY HIGH HOLY DAY BOXES
If you have a young child in your family, we’re pleased to share that we now have Young Family Holiday Boxes. Our first boxes are now available just in time for the High Holy Days. Each box will contain craft materials, recipes, a children’s book, educational materials to help teach children (or grandchildren) about the holidays, and more. All materials and activities will be appropriate for young children up through grade 2. Reserve your box no later than Sunday, August 30.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. for our Young Family High Holy Day Experience via Zoom (link to follow).

STAY CONNECTED – DRIVE THROUGH CHALLAH CHIBBUK (HUG)
We are delighted to invite you to drop by temple for a drive-thru Challah Chibbuk (khee-buk means “hug”). You will be greeted in your car by the clergy and staff. Tell us how you’re doing and leave with a holiday Challah and treats. Thursday, September 17, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required so we have enough supplies. Register using this Challah Chibbuk form by September 10. We can hardly wait to see you!

Also, we’re using the Challah Chibbuk as one of four opportunities for people to drop off food donations as part of our annual High Holy Day Food Drive. If you’re able, bring a bag of non-perishable food for The Food Bank.

GET a PRINT COPY of the HIGH HOLY DAY SLIDES
Our holiday liturgy will be presented on-screen. If you prefer to hold a physical prayerbook, a downloadable version will be made available for you to print at home. If you don’t have ability to print at home, you can email the office to request a print version to be sent to you.

VISITING the SANCTUARY
Many people have asked for an opportunity to sit quietly in the sanctuary to reflect before the Days of Awe. We’re pleased to make such an opportunity possible. Sign-up here. Slots are limited. You will want to bring your own tallit and kippah to wear or wrap your family in as you stand before the Ark. We invite you to bring your food donation for the annual food drive as you come for your visit if you haven’t already done so.

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
Our annual High Holy Day Food Drive benefiting the The Food Bank of Somerset County is a cherished aspect of our community’s observance of the holy days. This year, you will have four opportunities to bring your food donations: during the Challah Chibbuk, during each Tashlich service, or during a visit to the sanctuary.

GUEST REGISTRATIONS
This year, we are delighted to offer complimentary guest access for all TBE holy day worship services. You are welcome to invite your friends and family from far and wide. Please ask your guests to complete the guest registration form by Monday, September 14 so that we can share broadcast links directly by email with your guests.