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Detailed Service Information

The schedule below reflects our decision to gather together at Gann Academy in Waltham in a significantly larger room than our usual space, providing extra space for social distancing. We will be live streaming our services, as well as offering outdoor and Zoom programming options on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For indoor programming, we ask that only those who have been vaccinated attend in person, and masks will be worn throughout these services.

For families with children, we are planning to gather outdoors under canopies at Gann Academy for family services and programs on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning, weather permitting. These programs will shift to Zoom in the event of inclement weather.

Yom Kippur

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at Gann Academy. 

Kol Nidre     Wednesday, September 15, 6:45pm-8:30pm  

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. Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

Yom Kippur Day     Thursday, September 16

 

Morning service  9:45am-12:30pm 

The morning service will include Yizkor at approximately 11:45am, and Rabbi Toba's talk at about noon. All services will also be livestreamed. Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

Musaf  12:30-1:30pm

The Musaf service includes much of the special High Holydays liturgy.  Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

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. 

Family and Teen Services:

 

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

Families with children aged 2-6 are invited to join fabulous songleader and experienced Jewish early childhood educator, Abbi Hirschfeld, for an interactive Yom Kippur experience! (In-person only)

Yom Kippur Family Service 10-11am

Children ages 7-12 years old & their grown-ups are invited to for an interactive Yom Kippur Service.There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on Yom Kippur themes. (Livestream available, please register HERE.)

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

Join CDT member and educator Ayelet Lipton to connect with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our society.  (In person only)

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 Programs  2-5pm 
We will be offering a variety of programs in person at Gann Academy and via Zoom, including text study, Tai Chi, meditation, and more. Zoom registration link for all afternoon programs is HERE.

2:00-2:45pm Contemplative Meditation with Laya Steinberg (Zoom only):
Join us on Zoom for a combination of guided and silent meditation centered on the concept of the Book of Life.

3-4pm Text study with Rabbi Toba:  We will explore a fascinating Hasidic teaching on teshuvah, the process of turning, change, and renewal. This in-person study session will also be accessible via Zoom

4:15-5pm  Tai Chi/Qigong, in-person and on Zoom:

Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. Come join Peter Wayne of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, in person at Gann, and CDT member Jaime Wurzel via Zoom for this wonderful opportunity to rest your mind and energize your body in the waning hours of Yom Kippur.  No previous experience is necessary! 

Mincha/Eleh Ezkereh 5:15-6:45pm (Childcare resumes at 5:15pm)

We gather together again in the Gann gym and via livestream for a Mincha program focusing on the story of Jonah and what it can teach us about acknowledging and moving on from the pandemic experience, followed by our memorial Eleh Ezkereh at approximately 6:10pm, during which we will remember loved ones whose legacies we carry on. Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

Neilah & Break-fast  6:45-7:30pm

We will close the day with the special Neilah service, and will gather outdoors at the end for all ages to hear the Tekiah Gedolah & break the fast!  Bring your shofar to join the call!!

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah     Monday, September 6, 8-9:15pm

for vaccinated adults and children aged 12+ at Gann Academy, also live streamed. Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

Welcome the new year with this musical service!

Rosh Hashanah - Day 1     Tuesday, September 7

for vaccinated adults and children aged 12+ at Gann Academy, also live streamed. Links were sent out with registration confirmation and are also on the Schedule of Services page.

Morning Service  9:45am

We begin with morning blessings and songs, followed by a Shaharit service that incorporated elements of the traditional Rosh Hashanah Musaf (including shofar!). the Torah service will begin approximately at 11am, followed by Rabbi Toba's talk, and concluding prayers ending at 12:15pm. We'll gather outdoors for Kiddush and schmoozing following the service.

Family and Teen Services

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

Families with children aged 2-6 are invited to celebrate the birthday of the world with fabulous songleader and experienced Jewish early childhood educator, Abbi Hirschfeld! 

Rosh Hashanah Family Service 10-11am

Children ages 7-12 years old & their grown-ups are invited to for an interactive Rosh Hashanah celebration.   There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect on the new year. 

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

Join CDT member and educator Ayelet Lipton to connect with other teens and explore how High Holyday themes connect to important issues in our society.

Tashlikh & Shofar Services  4:30pm

We will gather outdoors for the Tashlikh ritual shofar service at 4 locations in Newton, Watertown, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge/Somerville. All Ages welcome!

Rosh Hashanah - Day 2     Wednesday, September 8

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 HERE

All-ages Outdoor Rosh Hashanah Nature Walk Service 

at the Cove in Auburndale  10-11:30am

Join CDT Director of Congregation Learning, Earnest Vener, and CDT member and song leader Ora Gladstone for a Rosh Hashanah nature walk service. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birthday of the world. We will gather at Auburndale Cove and celebrate the earth through prayer, movement, mindfulness, and community building.

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782