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Detailed Service Information 5783

This year we will be gathering for services at Gann Academy (back in our “usual” sanctuary space in the Gann dining hall), as well as live streaming our main services. In addition, there will be options for outdoor and Zoom programming on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We require everyone aged 2 (two) and over remain masked throughout indoor services and ask that all eligible adults and children (aged 5 and over) be vaccinated (with at least one booster). Children of all ages are welcome indoors, at all stages in their vaccination or booster process.

We have a wonderful team of service leaders, youth musicians and songleaders, and childcare professionals providing youth and family programming for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On each holiday there will be two family services, one for children ages 6 and younger, and one for 2nd-7th graders. We also have a teen program for our post b’nei mitzvah aged members. For families with siblings spanning both family services, please pick the service that will best suit your family (siblings of any age are welcome at either family service)!

For families with young children, we are planning to gather outdoors under canopies at Gann Academy for shorashim (tot) services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning, weather permitting. These programs will shift to oversized rooms in Gann's gym building in the event of inclement weather.

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah     Sunday, September 25, 8-9:15pm

Gann Academy plus livestream 

Welcome the new year with this musical service, featuring CDT musicians and Rabbi Toba. There is no child care provided during this service, but all ages are welcome.

Additional materials:
Readings
Supplement - Rosh Hashanah Songs and Transliteration
God in Metaphor: a Guide for the Perplexed 

Rosh Hashanah - Day 1     Monday, September 26
 

Morning Service  9:30am - 12:30pm

Gann Academy plus live stream

We begin with morning blessings and songs, followed by a Shacharit service that incorporates elements of the traditional Rosh Hashanah Musaf.  The Torah service will begin at approximately 11am, followed by Rabbi Toba’s talk. At approximately noon, we will welcome all of our kids into the sanctuary for the shofar service!  We’ll gather outdoors for Kiddush and schmoozing following the service.

Additional Materials:
Supplement - Rosh Hashanah Songs and Transliteration
God in Metaphor: a Guide for the Perplexed 
Readings

Family and Teen Services

Rosh Hashanah Shorashim (Roots) Service 10-10:45am 

Families with children ages six and younger are invited to celebrate the birthday of the world with CDT member and educator, Rabbi Emily Mathis!

Rosh Hashanah Family Service 10-11am

Children grades 2-7 & their families are invited to an interactive Rosh Hashanah celebration. Education Director, Earnest Arky Solomon, will lead services along with: CDT bands and youth tefilah (Jewish prayer) leaders, and songleader Ora Gladstone.There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on the new year.

Childcare will be available after the service, and conclude with the kids joining the adults in the main service for the shofar service and a story with Rabbi Toba.

Rosh Hashanah Teen Program for 8th Grade and Up 10-11am

Post B’nei Mitzvah teens are invited to reconnect with their Dorshei Tzedek community at our Rosh Hashanah teen program. Join CDT educator and rabbinical student, Hannah Limov, to be with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our lives and society.

Tashlikh Service  4:30pm

We will gather outdoors for the Tashlikh ritual at three locations: Newton City Hall Pond, Jamaica Pond in JP, and the dock in Watertown Square.  All ages welcome! Bring some beans or small stones to throw into the water.

Tashlikh Service Booklet

Rosh Hashanah - Day 2     Tuesday, September 27

Zoom Service & Study  10-11:30am

All are welcome to join Rabbi Toba and CDT member Matthew Valleau for a service featuring highlights of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, sounding of the shofar, quiet reflection, and text study.

Zoom registration link is HEREAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a personalized encrypted link to join the meeting.

All-ages Outdoor Rosh Hashanah Nature Experience 

at the Cove in Auburndale  10-11:30am

Hannah Limov, CDT educator and rabbinical student,  will be leading an outdoor all-ages Rosh Hashanah program and light walk at The Cove at Auburndale Cove, please arrive by 10am. If using GPS type in The Cove West Pine St., Newton to get to the correct location and park in the lot at West Pine St. The group will meet on the field on the other side of the lot at 10am. If you are having trouble finding the location and are using your phone, you can reach Hannah at (530) 913-7972. 

Tashlikh on the Ocean - CDT Super East (Cape Cod) 
2-3pm

Join CDT members for an information Taschlich service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Members are invited to join together to cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing pebbles/beans (bring your own or we will provide) in the ocean.
Please reach out to Amy Mazur at acmazur@comcast.net if you are interested/planning to attend.

Yom Kippur

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at Gann Academy. 

Kol Nidre     Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm  
Gann Academy plus live stream

We usher in Yom Kippur with the special Kol Nidre service, which will also be livestreamed. This is the one time of the year that a tallit is worn for evening services.

Yom Kippur Day     Wednesday, October 5

 

Morning service  9:30am-12:30pm 
Gann Academy plus live stream

The morning service will include Yizkor at approximately 11:45am, and Rabbi Toba's talk at about noon. 

Family and Teen Services

 

Yom Kippur Shorashim (Roots) Service 10-10:45am

Families with children ages six and younger are invited to join fabulous musician and experienced Jewish early childhood educator, JoJo Madden, for an interactive Yom Kippur experience! (In-person only)

Yom Kippur Family Service 10-11am

Children grades 2-7 & their families are invited to join an interactive Yom Kippur Service. Education Director, Earnest Arky Solomon, will lead services along with: CDT bands and youth tefilah (Jewish prayer) leaders, and songleader Ora Gladstone.  There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on Yom Kippur themes.

Childcare will be available after the service, and will conclude with kids joining adults in the main service for the shofar service and a story with Rabbi Toba.

Yom Kippur Teen Program for 8th Grade and Up 10-11am

Post B’nei Mitzvah teens are invited to reconnect with their Dorshei Tzedek community at our Yom Kippur teen program. Join CDT educator and rabbinical student, Hannah Limov, to connect with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our lives and society.

Musaf  12:30-1:30pm

The Musaf service includes much of the special High Holydays liturgy.

Nature Walk  12:30-2:00pm

Adults and kids are welcome to join CDT members on this guided walk in the conservation land near Gann Academy. 

Yom Kippur Afternoon (3:00-5:00pm)

At Gann Academy

Turning to poetry at important times of our lives (3:00-4:00pm): This is an opportunity to share and respond to poems that have moved you, supported you, inspired you.  Please feel free to bring a poem you love or that you have written!

Qigong with Peter Wayne (4:10-5:00pm): Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing, to strengthen and relax the body and mind.  Join Peter Wayne of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center for this wonderful opportunity to rest your mind and energize your body in the waning hours of Yom Kippur!

On Zoom
The Zoom registration link for all afternoon programs is HERE. After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with personalized encrypted link.

Text Study with Rabbi Toba (3:00-4:00pm)

Tai Chi/Qigong with Jaime Wurzel (4:00-4:45pm): All are welcome to join CDT member and longtime practitioner Jaime for this gentle, ancient Chinese practice to rest the mind and energize the body - no experience necessary!

The Closing of the Day - Mincha, Eleh Ezkereh & Neilah

We gather again in our main "sanctuary" at Gann and on livestream for the closing programs and services of the day, followed by an in-person, outdoor break-fast. Child care resumes at 5pm.

Mincha with Jeffrey Robinson 5:00pm-6:00pm

We are thrilled to be joined by anti-racism scholar and activist Jeffrey Robinson, founder of The Who We Are Project, which "works to challenge the dominant narrative of our nation’s founding, demonstrating how slavery’s legacy has led to persistent and abiding racial inequality, and promoting education, discourse, and change." Mr. Robinson will reflect on his work in the context of societal teshuvah.

Eleh Ezkereh 6:00-6:30pm

We gather for our memorial Eleh Ezkereh service, during which we will be especially remembering CDT members Al Glazerman and Steve Adler-Golden.

Neilah & Break-fast  6:30-7:15pm

We close the day with the special Neilah service, and will gather outdoors to break the fast!

Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783