Elul: Our High Holiday season begins one month before Rosh Hashanah in the month of Elul. Jewish tradition gives us this month as a period of preparation for entering into the High Holidays with awareness and motivation. To engage all of our senses in this process of restoration, TIP is offering a series of events throughout the month of Elul to nourish body, mind, heart, and spirit. More information coming soon! Rosh Chodesh Elul will be on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Monday, September 6, 2021 and goes until nightfall on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.
Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and ends at nightfall of Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Sukkot begins at sunset on Monday, September 20th, 2021 and ends at nightfall on Monday, September 27, 2021.
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah begin at sunset on Monday, September 27, 2021 and end at nightfall on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
Order online by July 7 to receive free shipping. (Shipping charge of $5.50 per jar applies to orders placed between July 8 – August 6, the last day to order.)
ORT will ship a personalized package, including a festive 8-ounce jar of kosher clover honey, a gift card, and the blessing for the New Year, anywhere in the United States. The package will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah, September 7, 2021.
Ordering is quick and easy online. If you ordered last year, reordering is even simpler! Your cost is $13 per jar and a portion of your purchase benefits Temple Israel.*
If you have any questions or prefer to write a check, please contact the temple office before June 21.
Thank you for your support!
* For tax deduction purposes of determining value of goods provided, you should use $7 per jar. Up to $4.50 per jar goes directly to support Temple Israel’s Operating Fund.
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!
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