We Welcome the New Year With Virtual High Holiday Obervances

We celebrated High Holidays 2020 in virtual, online Zoom services on Sept. 19, 27 and 28, 2020.  At times, over 40 members, friends and guests some from California, Washington state, Tennessee and Bermuda, participated.   Portions were pre-recorded but most of the ritual was live. Former President Norman Berman served as “host” and curated the prayers and readings. Participants read, sang and followed along with a customized online prayer book. Joel Rosenberg blew the Shofar.  Alan Turner and Peter Granoff read the Torah portions and Marty Drobiarz led traditional elements of the services. The Aliyot were awarded in a virtual auction a few days prior to Rosh Hashanah which brought back fond memories and kept alive a time-honored tradition that goes back to the original founders of the Temple.  These innovative services included contemporary poetry, prayers and recordings by Leonard Cohen, Daniel Kahn, Phil Ochs and Metalica, as well as nationally acclaimed cantors and choirs.  The services received enthusiastic reviews from many who attended.

Join Us Online for the High Holidays

Aliyah Auction: Sept. 15, 7:00 PM to 8 PM

Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 19, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Erev Yom Kippur: Sept. 27, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur: Sept. 28, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

To Register, please click on the headline or go to TBIPSEvents.Eventbrite.com to receive an invitation.

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Our services are fresh, progressive, and inclusive and provide a meaningful connection to our rich tradition.  Join us as we welcome a new year together with music, chanting, poetry and prayer.  There is no charge for participation but we welcome your generous support.  We are committed to social justice and making the world a better place.

For questions or more information, please contact Norman Berman at nberman@templebethisraelct.org

High Holidays 5781 – Online

After careful consideration, the Preservation Society Board has decided that our High Holiday services will be held remotely this fall. In light of the current circumstances, we will take this unique opportunity to have a meaningful, albeit different, experience.

While the specifics of our holiday observances are still being shaped, we are excited about the creative possibilities and energy this situation presents. We will likely use recorded and live-streamed elements including singing and reflection.  Our ritual committee is hard at work preparing the observance. It promises to be a fresh, progressive and meaningful connection to a rich tradition.

We did not arrive at this decision lightly. We are guided by the CDC and the State of Connecticut as well as the Rabbinical Assembly.

We will miss being together in the same room in our historic and beloved Temple and the casual interactions which make this annual reunion of our community so special.  At the same time, we are excited by the opportunity to try something new. Traditions begin somehow—perhaps we will discover something that will become a memorable feature of future holiday observances.

Throughout our long history as a people, our ability to adapt to adverse circumstances while holding on to what is most important, accounts for our enduring vitality and relevance. We will do this in a sensitive and caring way – together.

May this year’s High Holidays be meaningful for everyone.  With wishes for health and strength – zeit gezunt un shtark! Stay healthy and strong!

The Board