Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur 2021 Sermons

"Telling Our Stories"

Sermon for Kol Nidre,
by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

We have choices. Our lives are a series of choices that have brought us all individually and collectively to this moment. Brukhim Habaim-Welcome to this moment! In our foundational origin story, when Adam and Chava eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the world of conscious choice is set in motion. The story of human agency upon the earth begins. Torah opens with this image of choice and closes five books later with this refrain from Moses: I put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Deut. 30:19)

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"Come Together"

Sermon for Yom Kippur,
by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

I want to take you back to the moment in the Torah just before the ten commandments are uttered. At this moment the Israelites are gathered at the foot of Mt. Sinai. A thick cloud descends upon the mountain. The mountain is quaking, and smoke rises from its core. The people are terrified. And the text states:  the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. (Ex. 20:18) 

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Erev Yom Kippur Service

"In Memorium 5782" Yizkor Slideshow


Yom Kippur Morning Service

Yom Kippur: Jonah

Yom Kippur: Neilah


Schedule of Services

Erev Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre September 15th
6:15 – 8:00 pm Services held in person in the Sanctuary and Zoom

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Morning Services begin on Zoom: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
In Person: 9:00 am
Torah 10:40
Sermon 11:35
Yizkor 11:50
Mincha/Jonah 6:00 pm
Neilah 6:45 pm
Havdalah/Break the Fast 7:33 pm


The zoom link will be sent via email, or contact the office.

Yizkor Book Link

Handout for services

Digital Mahzor (password: State200)

Note: the book opens right to left, so use the arrow on the left page to turn left and keep up with the service.

Yom Kippur for Families

9:00 – 10:00 am Family Service outdoors at 170 State Street

Break the Fast

Temple Israel will not be offering a formal break-the-fast this year. A few snacks will be offered at the close of services.

Annual High Holiday Food Drive - Erev Yom Kippur

On Erev Yom Kippur, we will dedicate our annual food collection to Seacoast Family Promise.

SFP is a neighbor helping neighbor organization for families with children experiencing homelessness. Please consider filling a bag (or two!) to help. Non-perishable items only may be left in the Sanctuary Lobby (State Street) between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Due to Covid 19, congregants can choose to send a check to: SFP – 27 Hampton Rd, Exeter, NH 03833. Please include Temple Israel Member in the memo line of the check.

Items requested:

  • Canned tuna
  • Individually wrapped snacks such as cookies, Cheese-its, Fig Newtons, fruit gummies, Goldfish, etc.
  • Boxed mac & cheese
  • Pancake Syrup and/or Pancake Mix
  • Special K cereal and/or Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Coffee filters
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Liquid laundry detergent: Please no pods

Please check the expiration dates on food items before donating! Thank you!

Donate to Seacoast Family Promise