High Holidays and Fall Festivals, 2021/5782

High Holidays and Fall Festivals, 2021/5782

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

Child playing shofar

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.

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Key Dates:
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.
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egins 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.

Below you will find:

  • *COMING SOON* – a detailed schedule of events for fall festivals, whether virtual or outdoor and in-person
  • guidelines for creating an atmosphere for prayer in your home

Useful PDFs and Resources:

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Schedule of Events


To register for events click the links below or contact the office. You will receive a zoom link in your confirmation email.

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Honey from the Heart Annual Fundraiser

Honey from the Heart FundraiserOrder 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!

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* 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.

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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