Join us for our innovative Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances. At Temple Beth Israel, we draw on our colorful history to fashion rituals that are authentic, fresh, meaningful and provocative. We welcome everyone to our observances. You don’t need to be Jewish or know how to read Hebrew. Just bring an open heart.
We create a safe and supportive environment in which to contemplate our place in the universe and think about whether we are doing all that we can to live a meaningful life. And we do this with a unique blend of traditional prayers, contemporary poetry, old and new songs, lessons and ideas.
Tradition has us set aside time every fall to take stock before moving on into the next year. we are urged to engage in a personal reckoning. We ask the questions: Am I living the life I want to live? Am I making the most of my time on earth? What kind of spouse am I? What kind of parent, friend, sibling, son or daughter am I? Am I using my talents wisely? Am I helping to make the earth, my community, my country better? Am I working for peace? Am I an agent for good?
These are important questions. In our day to day lives we generally don’t get to take time to think about these things. Rosh Hashanah creates a space for us to consider our vision for ourselves. It is a time for accounting, recognition and acute self-awareness. We cannot move forward without an honest assessment of how we have been doing.
We will read together, sing together, listen to each other, hear ancient words and melodies in a holy language and, if it all works as designed, we will emerge refreshed, restored, inspired and with renewed energy to enter into the New Year.