Welcome to the New Year

Temple Beth Israel’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services were well attended and, according to many who attended, they were beautiful and inspiring.   The observances were innovative, progressive and engaging.   Click on the headline above for the full schedule of services.  
The rituals were designed to make everyone feel welcome and at home.  They were conducted in English and Hebrew, spiced with inspiring tunes and insightful explanations throughout.

Rosh Hashanah:

September 29, Evening Service: 6:30 pm

September 30, Morning Service: 9:30 am followed by Tashlikh Ritual by the river in Putnam.  Special Guest – Rev. Jonathan Chapman

October 1, Morning Service:  9:30 am

Yom Kippur:

October 8, Evening Service – Kol Nidre: 6:00 pm

October 9, Morning Service:  9:30 am.  Special Guest – Rev Jane Newall

The High Holidays – with their haunting melodies and repeated refrains – were meditations on repentance.  As we chanted the liturgy we accounted for our deeds of the past year, both as individuals and as a community, and pledged to improve ourselves and our community.

Let our observances this High Holiday season be an accounting of our potential.  Let our singing be a catalyst for the transformation that we hope to achieve in the year to come.  With each prayer we commit ourselves to teshuvah – a personal and global pursuit of justice.

Thank you to all who made these holiday services meaningful and beautiful.  Wishing you all a happy, healthy and meaningful new year.