High Holidays 5782 / 2021

High Holidays 5782 / 2021

Join JRC for our community High Holiday Experiences to reflect on this past year and gather strength and hope for the next. Experience the beauty of our social justice values tangibly woven into thousand-year-old liturgy for contemporary times. Join us In-person Outdoors, Online, and at home. All services – whether online only or outdoors and in-person – will be accessible via Zoom or Facebook live. Whether you are a JRC member, friend or family, or if you are looking for a spiritual community that feels like home, we welcome you to spend these High Holidays with our wonderful congregation.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate please contact Micky Baer at mbaer@jrctogether.org. Live Captions for Zoom programming will be provided.

 
 

Rosh Hashanah

Selichot at JRC: August 28th, 9:00 pm

Held Outdoors at JRC and Facebook Live

 

Join us at JRC at 9pm to gather under the summer sky and open ourselves up to the themes and music of the Season of Teshuvah/Return. We will continue our tradition of personal reflection and private accounting of wrongdoings, which we share anonymously on Yom Kippur. Join us for the practice of Cheshbon Nefesh/Accounting of the Soul, as we open the High Holiday season. All are welcome to attend in-person or via Facebook Live.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask.

 

 

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Shofar Walk: September 6th, 5:00 pm

The Mile Between Lee Street Beach to Clark Street Beach and Facebook Live

From Shofar to Shofar: Sing and Shout Out the New Year! Walk 1-mile along the lakefront with Rabbi Rachel, Cantor Howard, and Rabbi David as we sing and sound shofarot across the community. Bring a Shofar! Bring your family and connect outdoors with community members we haven’t seen in-person in so long. All are welcome to join the 1-mile processional, or stand in one place to greet along the way, or join via Facebook Live!

Click here to view our Shofar Walk Route!

Want to be a Shofar Sounder? Please email info@jrctogether.org.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask (unless you are blowing a shofar!)

Download The Shofar Map Here

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Services: September 7th, 10:00 am

Join Us on Zoom

JRC will offer a high-quality Zoom experience, with our clergy leading from our JRC Sanctuary. We weave music, sermons, liturgy and interactive chat into our service, along with member participation via Zoom, and we invite you to gather on your own in small outdoor groups to experience the service together. Our zoom gabba’im make sure the technology flows, and the experience is intimate and engaging.

 

 

Rosh Hashanah Family Services: September 7th, 3:00 pm

Held outdoors at Dawes Park by the lakefront and Facebook Live

This Rosh Hashanah Family service, led by Rabbi David Eber and Cantor Howard Friedland, is geared towards K-6th grade families, with adjacent programming for those under 5. This camp-style service features singing, stories, and multi-age celebration of the new year. All are welcome to attend in-person or via Facebook Live. Children are required to attend with a grownup.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask.

 

Tashlich: September 7th, 4:30 pm

Held outdoors at Dawes Park by the lakefront

Gather at Dawes Park with Rabbi Rachel and Cantor Howard on the pier. This ritual of casting out sins, and the things we’re ready to let go of in the new year, is a ritual of release and renewal. In keeping with our Jewish value of caring for our climate and earth, rather than throwing bread we invite you to cast off birdseed, small stones, frozen corn and peas, or other bird-and-fish and environmentally friendly items.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask.

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Services: September 8th, 10:00 am

Join Us on Zoom

JRC will offer a high-quality Zoom experience, with our clergy leading from our JRC Sanctuary. We weave music, sermons, liturgy and interactive chat into our service, along with member participation via Zoom, and we invite you to gather on your own in small outdoor groups to experience the service together. Our zoom gabba’im make sure the technology flows, and the experience is intimate and engaging.

 

 

 

Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives

As a community, we are profoundly moved by the anti-racist activism and soul-searching inspired by the unforgivable murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. As a result, we dedicated a portion of our 2020 Yom Kippur service to the below words of confession and repentance in our Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives, which you can watch below, read by Rabbi Rachel Weiss. To engage with JRC’s racial equity and anti-racism efforts, connect with JRC’s Racial Equity Task Force. 

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre: September 15th, 6:30 pm

Join Us on Zoom

JRC will offer a high-quality Zoom experience, with our clergy leading from our JRC Sanctuary. We weave music, sermons, liturgy and interactive chat into our service, along with member participation via Zoom, and we invite you to gather on your own in small outdoor groups to experience the service together. Our zoom gabba’im make sure the technology flows, and the experience is intimate and engaging.

 

 

Yom Kippur Morning Services, Including Yizkor and Open Mic: September 16th, 10:00 am

Join Us on Zoom

JRC will offer a high-quality Zoom experience, with our clergy leading from our JRC Sanctuary. We weave music, sermons, liturgy and interactive chat into our service, along with member participation via Zoom, and we invite you to gather on your own in small outdoor groups to experience the service together. Our zoom gabba’im make sure the technology flows, and the experience is intimate and engaging.

Following the Torah service, we will have our Community Yizkor, which will feature time for remembrance as well as a Yizkor Photo Montage. There will not be a Yizkor service later in the day. We invite anyone to remain for Yizkor, whether or not you are mourning a loved one, as we support our mourners as a community. 

Use This Form To Share Your Yizkor Memorial Book and Video Submissions

Open Mic is a longstanding JRC tradition, in which we invite members to share their Avodat HaLev/Offerings of the Heart. While the traditional Musaf service consists of special offerings for Yom Kippur, it is our JRC tradition that these short personal reflections comprise our offerings. Any JRC member may submit a reflection, but these should not be advertisements or promotions. To submit an Open Mic offering, please contact Marla Baker at marla.hillel@gmail.com. Open Mic will be accessible for all via Zoom.

For Guidelines and Details On Open Mic, See This PDF. Submissions are due to Marla by September 6th.

Yom Kippur Contemplation and Connection: Member-Led Activities: September 16th, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Held Outdoors at JRC and on Zoom

This afternoon of reflective and holiday-themed activities will include discussion groups, art, meditative music, and gatherings by the lake. Some activities will be outdoors in-person, while others will be exclusively on Zoom. Participants who are vaccinated may choose whether or not to wear masks and participants who are unvaccinated must wear masks.

RSVP For Member-Led Activities Here

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Sessions:

  • Poetic Parting: A Poetry Workshop with Kim Moldofsky and Arlyn Miller
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sessions:
  • Discussion Group with Carol Friedman: “Blindness” by José Saramago
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sessions:
Yom Kippur Family Services: September 16th, 3:00 pm

Held outdoors at Dawes Park by the lakefront and Facebook Live

This Yom Kippur Family service, led by Rabbi David Eber and Cantor Howard Friedland, is geared towards K-6th grade families, with adjacent programming for those under 5. This camp-style service features singing, stories, and multi-age celebration of the new year. All are welcome to attend in-person or via Facebook Live. Children are required to attend with a grownup.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask.

 

Ne'ilah By The Lake and BYO Break the Fast Picnic: September 16th, 6:00 pm

Held outdoors at Dawes Park by the lakefront and Facebook Live

As the gates close, we close the holidays with singing, Havdalah, and one final shofar sounding by the lakefront, followed by a break-the-fast BYO Picnic. All are welcome to attend in-person or via Facebook Live.

In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants to wear a mask.

 

 

High Holidays 5782 / 2021 FAQ’s

I was looking forward to gathering in JRC’s building. Why did those plans change?

All of us at JRC are eager to return to our synagogue building, and we had put time and energy and creativity into planning for an indoor, in-person option this year. Unfortunately, due to the surge in cases and the extremely contagious and virulent Delta variant, our medical team has advised us that meeting indoors with large groups of people is not a safe option at the moment, even for fully vaccinated people.  We appreciate your patience and your commitment to the health and safety of our members, our staff, and our clergy, and we invite you to take advantage of our outdoor, in-person programming to see each other face to face.

What if I am not vaccinated? What if my child(ren) are not vaccinated?

At JRC, we encourage anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to be vaccinated. Public Health is a Jewish value.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are welcome to attend our outdoor, in-person programming. In the spirit of community health and safety, we ask all participants at in-person programming (even outdoors) to wear a mask, with the exception of our Yom Kippur afternoon member-led activities which will not include crowds of people singing together.

Family and youth-specific programming will take place outside on the afternoons of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so that families can opt to attend both adult and youth services. These family services will be clergy-led.

In order to take advantage of being outside, which allows both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to attend together, we are offering creative experiences for Rosh Hashanah Evening and for Ne’ilah. Please see:

Shofar Walk
Tashlich
Ne’ilah

Which online platforms will be used to stream services and programming?

On Rosh Hashanah morning, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning, JRC will offer a high-quality Zoom experience, with our clergy leading from the JRC Sanctuary. All services and experiences that will take place in-person outdoors will stream live on JRC’s Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view, just simply go to JRC’s Facebook page.

We are grateful for our Zoom gabba’im and member-led tech team who make sure the technology flows, and the experience is intimate and engaging.

I'm not a member of JRC. Will I be able to attend services?

Yes! Whether you are a JRC member, friend or family, or if you are looking for a spiritual community that feels like home, we welcome you to spend these High Holidays with our wonderful congregation.

In order to receive Zoom links to our services or to join JRC at our many in-person, outdoor services and experiences, please register at the link below. There is no ticket fee; we simply ask that you consider supporting JRC via a donation on our High Holiday Registration Form.

Click HERE to access JRC’s Non-Member High Holiday Registration Form

Will there be a fee for non-members to attend?

If you are not yet a member of JRC, we are so happy to welcome you to our community. While in the past we charged a fee of $225-$395 for non-member High Holiday tickets, this year, we simply ask that you consider supporting JRC via a donation on our High Holiday Registration Form.

If you would like to explore the possibility of becoming a member, Rachel Sherman, our Clergy Assistant and Membership Coordinator, or Micky Baer, our Executive Director, would be happy to connect and answer any questions. Click here to learn more about joining JRC.

 

How do I register for High Holidays this year?

We are no longer requiring members to register. Thank you to those who have already completed the form. We appreciate your understanding. JRC will email Zoom links to all members in good standing; no need to register as long as you have renewed your membership. If you have not yet renewed your 2021-2022 commitment to JRC, please do so now.

Our signature name tags will not be mailed to you before the holidays, as you will not need tickets for our outdoor services but will be available once we resume programming in our building.

Non-members must register in order to receive Zoom links and to attend our outdoor services and experiences.

Click HERE to access JRC’s Non-Member High Holiday Registration Form

 

 

High Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2020, we were blessed with the incredible gift of meaningful connection on the High Holidays across many screens of Zoom. Our 2020 High Holidays were coordinated by an incredible team of members and staff — in months of work inspired by sheer love and dedication — who assembled a deeply meaningful and soulfully connected set of high holiday services and experiences. This year will be no different!

 

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In 2020, JRC’s Rebbetzin, Julia Tauber, led a collective of over a dozen congregant bakers who donated delicious homemade challot, bringing a taste of JRC into our members’ homes