At Temple Beth Israel, we draw on our proud history to fashion rituals that are authentic, progressive, meaningful and provocative. We welcome everyone. You need not be Jewish or read Hebrew. Just bring an open heart.
We create a safe and supportive environment in which to contemplate our place in the universe and consider whether we are living up to our expectations and values. We do this with a unique blend of traditional prayers, contemporary poetry, old and new songs, lessons and ideas. And this year, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we warmly welcome the Reverend Jonathan Chapman, pastor at the Westfield Congregational Church as our guest speaker.
Tradition instructs us to set aside time every fall to take stock before moving into the new 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, partner, 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?”
Our New Year observances provide space and time for us to consider our vision for ourselves. It is a time for accounting and acute self-awareness.
We will read together, sing together, listen to ancient melodies in a sacred language and, if it works, we will emerge refreshed, inspired and with renewed purpose.
Our 2018 New Year Observances will be held as follows:
Rosh Hashanah Eve – Sunday, 9/9/18, 7:00 PM
First Day of Rosh Hashanah – Monday, 9/10/18, 9:30 AM (Rev Chapman) (Tashlikh to follow)
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah – Tuesday, 9/11/18, 9:30 AM
Yom Kippur Eve – Kol Nidre – Tuesday, 9/18/18, 7:00 PM
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, 9/19/18, 9:30 AM (Yiskor Service at approximately 11:00 AM)