Join us for our innovative Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances. At Temple Beth Israel in Danielson, we draw on our proud and colorful history to fashion rituals that are authentic, meaningful and provocative. We welcome everyone to our ritual. 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 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 to 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, partner, friend, sibling, son or daughter am I? Am I using my time and 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 ancient melodies in an ancient and holy language and, if it works, we will emerge refreshed, restored, inspired and with renewed energy to enter into the New Year.
Rosh Hashanah Eve: October 2, at 7:00 pm
First Day of Rosh Hashanah: October 3, at 9:30 am (followed by Tashlikh Service by the water)
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah: October 4 at 9:30 am
Yom Kippur Eve – Kol Nidre: October 11 at 7:00 pm
Yom Kippur Day: October 12 at 9:30 am