High Holiday 5781 Schedule

IJC Online 5781 High Holiday program will be as follows:

-Spiritual Preparation for Rosh Hashana, Tuesday, September 15, 7pm- 8:30pm

-Erev Rosh Hashana, Friday, September 18, 7pm - 8:30pm

-Shacharit Rosh Hashana, Saturday, September 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm 

-Rosh Hashana Kiddush & Virtual Lunch 12pm - Hosted by Lisa and Ruth 

-Alternative Tashlich, Saturday, September 19, 3pm - 3:30pm

-Shacharit Shabbat Shuvah, Saturday, September 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm 

-Spiritual Preparation for Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 24, 7pm - 8:30 pm

-Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur, Sunday, September 27, 7pm - 8:30pm 

-Shacharit Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 10:30 am - 12:00 

-Mincha Yom Kippur for children, Monday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

-Yom Kippur Shiur for adults, Monday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

-Yizkor & Ne'ilah Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

High Holidays 5781

This year we are approaching the High Holy Days in exceptional and historic circumstances, confronted and unsettled by the continued presence of Covid-19 and all the uncertainties it brings. But there are some certainties that remain: High Holy Day Services at IJC!

We are celebrating the High Holy Days online as fully as we can and with as much preparation as we can offer. The decision to move all our High Holy Day services online was made with the health and safety of both members and prayer leaders in mind, and in line with many – if not most - Jewish communities around the world.

Ilana will be helping us prepare spiritually for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on two separate evenings (see programme below). We will also have our regular High Holy Day cantor, Marty Eisenstein, who has been working hard to prepare our services from his home in Athens together with myself and Anneke Silverstein (our Ba’alat Tefilah – Prayer Leader – and Gabbai I & II). Marty will join us via Zoom from Athens while Anneke and I will be together in our sanctuary at Beth Hillel. We have also invented a new Gabbai III – our Zoom Operator Jesse G.

The services will follow our new Machzor Mishkan HaNefesh, each page of which will be shown onscreen for participants to follow at home. At different points of the services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, our Gabbai III will also invite some participants to read a short text – always on your screen.

During the Torah service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning, we will honour members of our community with an Aliyah to the Torah. Once again, the text of the blessings will appear on your screen in Hebrew, transliteration and in English.  Anneke will leyn the Torah portion using a special High Holiday trope during both morning services. Other honours (ark opening, Torah carrying, hagbahgelila) will not be possible, but we hope that those asked to do a reading will accept this as a special honour.

For Erev Rosh Hashanah we invite participants to have Shabbat/Yom Tov candles ready to light in their homes. Those who wish to make Kiddush on Rosh Hashanah should have wine and bread at the ready. We will hear the sound of the shofar according to the tradition, but from the homes of our shofar blowers. 

After morning services on Rosh Hashanah, our Zoom channel will remain open for those who wish to schmooze and eat together. So, have food at the ready!

Tashlich this year will also be unique. We invite participants to join in a special online meditation on the year past and choose from a variety of ritual options to be performed at home, near water, and even without water.

We encourage those who share the same social or family bubble to get together in small groups for services if that is possible.

We have been working hard to fashion these exceptional High Holy Day services into moments of prayer, spiritual depth, and communal connection, in spite of the physical distance between us. We hope they will run smoothly, but be patient with us if the Zoom gremlins decide to strike.

Brian Doyle-Du Breuil 

IJC Rabbinical Intern 

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High Holiday Services will be hosted on the usual IJC link.

Rosh Hashana Password to be sent later this week.

 

For Ilana's HH spiritual preparation course-

Please follow this link to register.

 

IJC Online 5781 High Holiday program will be as follows:

-Spiritual Preparation for Rosh Hashana, Tuesday, September 15, 7pm- 8:30pm

-Erev Rosh Hashana, Friday, September 18, 7pm - 8:30pm

-Shacharit Rosh Hashana, Saturday, September 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm 

-Rosh Hashana Kiddush & Virtual Lunch 12pm - Hosted by Lisa and Ruth 

-Alternative Tashlich, Saturday, September 19, 3pm - 3:30pm

-Shacharit Shabbat Shuvah, Saturday, September 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm 

-Spiritual Preparation for Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 24, 7pm - 8:30 pm

-Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur, Sunday, September 27, 7pm - 8:30pm 

-Shacharit Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 10:30 am - 12:00 

-Mincha Yom Kippur for children, Monday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

-Yom Kippur Shiur for adults, Monday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

-Yizkor & Ne'ilah Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

 

The Corona New Year

After the Corona spring and Corona summer, we face the Corona fall. I hope that your summer was relaxing, even though it might have been improvised. Patience and resilience are required before anything like normality returns. The IJC is taking baby steps to restart in-person services and community life.

 

Read more: The Corona New Year

Preparing for the High Holidays

By Ilana Sumka

‘Ever since reading Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, “This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared” on personal and spiritual transformation during the Days of Awe, I have been captivated by the ways that facing our own mortality can be – perhaps ironically – deeply life-affirming.  I’m teaching two classes for IJC this fall to share this wise book and its profound lessons as spiritual preparation for the High Holidays. 

 

Read more: Preparing for the High Holidays

A New Adventure

Abir Yisrael Mitra reports from Jerusalem

After a long period of living with uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis, I finally arrived in Israel mid-August to begin my studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. This is an egalitarian yeshiva in Jerusalem where students from all over the Jewish world come together every year to delve deep into an intensive study of classical Jewish texts that combines academic and traditional approaches.

  

Read more: A New Adventure

5781 Online Appeal

This year we will take the online approach to IJC fundraising which we successfully adopted last year.  Once again we want to avoid talking about fundraising during the High Holidays.  This will allow us to focus more on spiritual matters as well on charity projects in keeping with our progressive commitments. 

As many of you know, our annual dues provide only half of the IJC budget.  For the rest, we depend on donations. 

Our goal is to raise €16,000 for the year 5781 by the end of the High Holidays.  We will keep you regularly updated on our progress to this goal on the IJC website.

 

Read more: 5781 Online Appeal

Introducing 5781 Hebrew School Teachers

We are delighted to welcome two new teachers to the IJC Hebrew School this year: Sarah Lederman and Hadar Argamani. 

Sarah Lederman will be teaching Kita Bet.  Her family has been a member of IJC for many years and we are very excited she will be joining us.  She recently graduated with a Master in the Arts. 

 

Read more: Introducing 5781 Hebrew School Teachers