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)
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)
Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre September 15th
6:15 – 8:00 pm Services held in person in the Sanctuary and Zoom
Yom Kippur Morning Services begin on Zoom: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
In Person: 9:00 am
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.
9:00 – 10:00 am Family Service outdoors at 170 State Street
Temple Israel will not be offering a formal break-the-fast this year. A few snacks will be offered at the close of services.
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.
Please check the expiration dates on food items before donating! Thank you!
Donate to Seacoast Family Promise