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High Holy Days Services 2020/5781

Kol HaLev Welcomes You Virtually to High Holy Day Services
 Judaism at Kol HaLev is alive and in the process of becoming.
We combine respect for the traditional as well as openness to the spiritual.
Our High Holiday programs are collaborative efforts involving rabbi, cantor, and individual members.
Individual participation and creativity are encouraged.
We are an intimate and varied community, and we invite you to join us for the holidays.
We are so happy that you are able to join us to celebrate the High Holy Days this year! The changes brought by the pandemic have shown us how very precious community is, and how much we truly need each other. Please consider making a donation to Kol HaLev Synagogue, to show your appreciation for this community where you are always welcome, and to help us keep our doors open to all who reach out to us.
Please DONATE NOW to Kol HaLev Synagogue.
Intermediate Days - Evenings, September 19 – 26
7:00 p.m. — Stories, Readings, Poems - Inspiration and Discussion (Beth Bugnaski and Shira Kurrus).
Date          Reader                    Reading/Poem/Story
Sat 9-19     Cantor George          Trisha Arlin –“Draw a Line”
Sat 9-19     Linda Silvern             Carlbach – “Barking Dogs”
Sun 9-20    Beth Bugnaski            “G-d is a woman”
Mon 9-21    Shira Kurrus              "Training Messiahs"
Tue 9-22    Jonathan Lowenberg   “Where Can I Find God?”
Wed 9-23   Maia Meeron              Meditations – Sin
Thu 9-24    Beth Bugnaski            "Kapparot"
Fri 9-25      Sela McMullan            "All Our Grudges" during Shabbat service.
Sat 9-26     Shira Kurrus               Original poems – Godliness
Shabbat Shuvah - Saturday, September 26
10:00 a.m. — Morning service
11:00 a.m. — “Contemporary Torah” - This week is the “Sabbath d Return” (some say “Repentance’), the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Shuvah is related to teshuvah, and it’s the opening word of the haftarah from the prophet Hosea (14:2-10), “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have fallen because of your sins.”  This year we are bringing some "contemporary torah” — from the likes of John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Rev. William Barber — to help us envision and make make our way through the current challenging times and to a “Land of Promise.”  

12:00 p.m. — “Judgement”: An outside, in-person, one hour, group discussion led by Jill Yesko near her home. There is much in our liturgy about God judging us. But it's not exactly like we get such a direct line and bill of deeds each year. We have to work at it somewhat within ourselves. And that is also part of "taking responsibility" for ourselves. So then how should we judge ourselves? On what basis do our peers/friends tend to judge us? On what basis do our parents or children tend to judge us?  (Participants must bring their own chairs. Limited to six participants so we can social distance. Event will be canceled in the case of rain).
Please RSVP directly to Jill by clicking on her name.
7:00 p.m. — Stories, Readings, Poems - Inspiration and Discussion (Beth Bugnaski and Shira Kurrus). 
Yom Kippur
Registration is necessary for Yom Kippur. You will receive one link to join any and all the virtual Yom Kippur services once you register.

Kol Nidre - Sunday, September 27
7:15 p.m. — Viola (Shira Kurrus), Cantor George
7:30 p.m. — Candles, Welcome, Music and Liturgy
Yom Kippur - Monday, September 28
10:00 a.m. — Music and Liturgy, Traditional Confessional, Communal “I’m Sorry” (Betsy Wexler) and “I’m not sorry!” (Bill Marker)
11:30 a.m.Torah and Rabbi’s Message, and Haftarah (Isaiah) 
12:00 p.m. —  Yizkor/We Remember Them...Service (Reb Tova Dodi, Helene Miller)
3:00 p.m. — Healing Service (Jacke Schroeder) “Kol dodi dofek.” The voice of my Beloved is knocking. Between Heaven and Earth the gates are opened, and things that were beyond us suddenly become possible. The deepest questions of our heart begin to find answers. Our deepest fear, that gaping emptiness suddenly becomes our ally. Heaven begins to help us. Join in our annual healing service on Yom Kippur and sit in the “charged emptiness, the powerful nothingness.” Out of the silence can come a Blessing.
4:00 p.m. — Youth Theater Presents…”Nineveh Today!” (a TV broadcast from 2,500 years ago) (Larry Smith and Elena Kostakis).
5:00 p.m.Ne’ilah Service, TEKIYAH G’DOLAH!
For a printable HHD schedule click here.
To have access to The Mahzor/High Holy Day prayerbooks:  Reconstructing Judaism is making copies available in various forms as PDFs.  You can get more information
While KHL does not have enough prayerbooks for everyone, we can loan one to anyone unable
to utilize the PDF link we are providing or for those who are not so computer savvy. The prayerbooks will need to be returned. Please email Shira (click on her name) to arrange for drop off and return pick up after HHD. 

Enjoy Cantor George's Shofar videos.

Video 1

Video 2 

To hear Cantor George participating in the Global Shofar Experience click here.    

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781