High Holidays and Fall Festivals, 2020/5781

High Holidays and Fall Festivals, 2020/5781

Celebrating this new year in a new way, together with you.

Below you will find:

Child playing shofar

Download Schedule & High Holiday Packet (PDF)

Children with Apple Paintings

Resources & PDFs for High Holiday Services

Lev Shalem Mahzor

This year the Lev Shalem mahzor (PDF) can be downloaded by visiting http://bit.ly/TIPmahzor and entering code HRBRH48V. If you have any trouble please contact the temple office.


These PDF services and resources have been created to help guide your High Holidays.

Temple Israel Portsmouth High Holiday Packet & Schedule

Verses & Blessings to help create your sacred space

Family Service with Eliana Light

TIP Yizkor Memorial Book

Youth Virtual Choir video submission

We are creating a virtual youth choir video for our congregation to hear and see the children recite the V’ahavta prayer in our High Holiday services. For your child to be included, follow these steps:

  1. The song file is available here:
    https://www.templeisraelnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Vahavta.mp3You will be listening (with headphones) to the audio play on your computer while you sing and record with your phone. These directions are for an iphone but Android should be the same process. If you have any difficulties, please contact Ariel at arielshrumproductions@gmail.com.
  2. Plug in headphones to computer so song is only playing in headphones.
  3. Open the camera app on your iPhone and tap the lower right camera logo with the arrows so it turns on the front facing camera.
  4. Once the front facing camera is set up swipe either left or right to select the video option.
  5. Begin recording video by tapping the red circle button on the iPhone, and then press play on the computer so the song begins to play in your headphones.
  6. Wait for the count in and then sing along with the song until finished.
  7. After the video is finished and you have pressed the red button to end the recording, go into the “ Photos” app and click on ” Albums” and then click on ” Recents”. This will open a
    library of your recent photos and videos.
  8. Click on the most recent video at the bottom and this will be the video you just recorded.
  9. Click on the bottom left icon that looks like a square with an upward facing arrow, this will open your video sharing options.
  10. Click on the “Mail” icon, it will then prepare the video to be sent. Then it will open your email app as a “New Message” and will give you the option to type in the email address which is arielshrumproductions@gmail.com, as well as the subject which is “Virtual Choir.”
  11. After typing in the email address and subject, click the top blue upward facing arrow to send the message.
  12. Since the video is longer than 1 minute it will give you the option to send with “Mail Drop”. Click “Use Mail Drop. And that’s it!

Schedule of Events

  • All High Holiday services will be led by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman and Cantorial Soloist Kochava Munro via Zoom and live-streamed on the temple’s Facebook page.
  • The Family Service will be led by Eliana Light – register here for zoom information.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all services will be accessed with the same Zoom link.
  • To register for events click the buttons below or contact the office. You will receive a zoom link in your confirmation email.

Register for Yom Kippur Services


ARK VISITS: Time slots available on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Thursday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 26Times vary; sign up for a slot online

Can you help? Volunteer for a 3-hour shift.

Personal time at the ArkTIP Sanctuary
ongoing Food DriveVirtual; contact Marc Hiller, Tikkun Olam  Committee
YOM KIPPUR Register for Yom Kippur Services
Sunday, Sept. 276:15 pm –
7:30 pm
Kol Nidre serviceZoom
Monday, Sept. 289:00 am – 10:30 amYom Kippur Morning serviceZoom
 10:30 am – 10:40 amBreak 
 10:40 am – 11:10 amTorah Service and SermonZoom
 11:10 am –
11:15 am
 11:15 am – 11:30 amYizkorZoom
 11:30 am – 12:15 pmAbbreviated MusafZoom
 3:00 pm –
3:45 pm
Musical Family Service & “after party”Unique Zoom link; register separately. The TIP “after party” will use the same Zoom link used for other HH services.
 5:30 pm –
6:15 pm
Afternoon Service (Jonah)Zoom
 6:30 pm –
7:20 pm
Neilah Service and HavdalahZoom
 7:11 pmFinal Shofar blastZoom
SUKKOT Lulav & Etrog can be ordered on our Donate page
Friday, October 2nd5:30 PM – 7:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat Outdoor Service
Register Here
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth
Saturday, October 3rd6:00 PM – 7:30 PMSukkot celebration at Shapiro House
More Information
Strawberry Banke Sukkah, Portsmouth
Sunday, October 4th11:00am – 12:00pmFirst-Ever Outdoor Lulav Parade
More Information
Wagon Hill, Durham

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Creating a Home Sanctuary

With thanks to Rabbi Elyse Goldstein for inspiring this document

With the current health pandemic, and restrictions on group gatherings, our kitchens have become our classrooms, our basements are our yoga studios, and our dining rooms have become our offices. Where then, is our synagogue?

The rabbis asked this same question right after the destruction of the Temple. Without a localized place of worship, how could we pray together? In response, our Sages developed the idea of the home as our “mikdash me’at,” a miniature sanctuary.  Currently we are challenged to create a sacred space at home while we sit in front of our computers on Zoom or Facebook, live-streaming TIP services. How might we create a sacred space that supports a spiritual mindset and that feels like a spiritual refuge?

This year we will not be able to gather in large groups in our beautiful sanctuary for the High Holidays. We will all surely miss being in person together, with the warmth of large crowds standing close, singing in harmony all our familiar and moving tunes. But we will be “together” safely— in our own homes and/or in small outdoor groups.  This year, we have a unique opportunity to create a sacred space in our home— a mikdash me’at—for the High Holidays and beyond. Temple volunteers are preparing gift bags with some of these items for your use throughout the holidays. As you create a synagogue in your home, the synagogue is also coming to you!

Verses and blessings to help create your sacred space/mikdash me’at

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Below are ten suggestions designed to help you enhance the High Holiday experience at home, while creating a communal atmosphere for us all.

  1. Choose your prayer space carefully in advance by spending a few moments of individual contemplation/family discussion. Don’t wait for the last minute!
  2. Once you have chosen your space, say a blessing or kavannah (intention) over it to mark it as your mikdash me’at or, say a blessing each time you sit down there before a service. Suggestions of verses and blessings are below.
  3. What chair will you sit on? Put a cushion or festive pillow on it, or drape it with a special piece of fabric, or scarf.
  4. Transform the spot where you place your computer from a work space to a contemplative space by covering the desk or table with a white tablecloth, white runner, or white placemat, and a vase of flowers.
  5. Find meaningful objects to grace your space. On Rosh Hashanah include holiday objects like candlesticks and kiddush cup, apples and honey. On Yom Kippur you can place a yahrzeit candle, cherished mementos, family heirlooms, and photos of loved ones to surround you. If you own a shofar, put it where it’s visible.
  6. If possible, move the computer space further back so that you are “watching” the screen more than “manipulating” it. Consider connecting your computer to a TV screen so it feels less like a work device. You might want to cover over the keyboard with a cloth.
  7. Try to limit or disconnect auditory distractions. You can turn off your email and text message ping sounds, and/or close your email program and other apps so you can be fully present during the service. Consider also silencing your phone as you would if in the Temple.
  8. Wear special clothing that makes you feel as if you are entering a spiritual space.  Kippah and tallit are designed just for this purpose.
  9. Be sure you have your machzor with you. We will be using the new Lev Shalem Makhzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur published by the Rabbinical Assembly. If you do not already own a copy, you should download a PDF, because the publisher is out of stock and will not be delivering orders before the High Holidays. The temple website High Holiday section has instructions on how to download the mahzor at no charge. Please do this in advance of services.
  10. Historically, many synagogues and even homes had a decorative work on the wall called a Shiviti, taken from the first Hebrew word of the verse, “I set Adonai before me always” (Ps. 16:8). We have taken inspiration from this Shiviti tradition to offer you a small poster to ‘sanctify’ your home space. If you can hang it behind you during services, it will become the common background for all of us, to help create a communal frame of mind. These small posters will be included in a Rosh Hashanah gift bag along with your Yizkor book. Gift bags will be available for pick up from the synagogue between Wednesday, September 16 and Friday, Sept 18 (see schedule for times). If you live outside the immediate temple area, your Shiviti and Yizkor Book will be mailed to you.

I so appreciate the time and effort it takes to make your mikdash me’at a reality. Think of it as a “work in progress!”  May it add joy and meaning to your holiday.

Wishing you a very sweet and healthy Shana Tovah,

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman


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