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Rosh Hashanah 5781

New: Rosh Hashanah Seder Information

Erev Rosh Hashanah  Friday, September 18 

♦  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service • 6:00-7:00pm

We welcome the new year with song, reflection, and a teaching by Rabbi Toba. Have your holiday candles ready to light at home as we welcome Shabbat and the Rosh Hashanah holiday!

After the service, we encourage CDT households to gather together – either socially distanced outdoors or via Zoom – to share a holiday meal together. If you’d like to do a Rosh Hashanah Seder, featuring special foods for the holidays, please go to our Rosh Hashanah Seder page!

First Day of Rosh Hashanah  Saturday, September 19

♦  Morning Service via Zoom (times are approximate):

9:45am-10:05am: Morning songs and blessings – wake up your spirit with song! We will start promptly at 9:45am with morning blessing tai chi, followed by Pesukei D’Zimra (Psalm songs); feel free to log on a few minutes early.

10:05am-11:00am: Shacharit service - As is our custom, we will incorporate the special prayers for Rosh Hashanah into our morning service, including Unetaneh Tokef and special meditations and music for Malchuyot-Zichronot-Shofarot, including a video appearance by CDT Sings. Because it is Shabbat, there will be no blowing of the shofar (that’s on Day Two!). We’ll close the morning service with words from CDT President Bob Warren, as he shares his Jewish Journey and his vision for the congregation in the coming year.

11:00am-12:00pm Torah service & Closing Prayers – We will hear the traditional first day Torah reading from the book of Genesis. There will be special, virtual aliyot for families who have welcomed a child this year, young people who have become bnei mitzvah, new CDT members, and more! Rabbi Toba will give a talk following the Torah reading, and we will close the service with Mourners Kaddish and a final song.

12:00-12:30pm Virtual Kiddush – All are welcome to stay and shmooze in a small group break-out chat.

Family & Teen Programs via Zoom:
(please note the varying start times of these programs, each of which will be in its own Zoom “sanctuary.” If you have kids in different age groups, please choose the program(s) that work for you.)

♦  9:00-9:30am Young Family Rosh Hashanah Program – Families with children aged 2-5 are invited to celebrate the birthday of the world with CDT’s Director of Congregational Learning Earnest Vener and CDT member and song leader Ora Gladstone! We will celebrate the creation of the world and this new year with songs, stories, and movement. Grown-ups encouraged to be present with your little ones!

♦  9:30-10:15am Family Service for 1st-3rd Graders and their grown ups – join CDT member and educator Esther Kohn for an interactive Rosh Hashanah celebration. There will be movement, song, stories, and opportunities to reflect.

♦  9:45-10:45am Family Service for 4th-7th Graders and their grown ups – bring in the new year with song, stories, and time to reflect. Join Earnest, CDT member and song leader Ora Gladstone, and youth leaders for a joyful and interactive service.

♦  10:00-10:45am Teen Program for 8th grade and up - At this program there will be time to connect other teens and reflect on Rosh Hashanah themes, guided by wonderful CDT educators. Second

Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 20

♦  Tashlich & Shofar Service • 10:30am-11:30am

In lieu of a traditional morning service, we are offering combined Tashlich/Shofar services, both outdoors and via Zoom from 10:30am-11:30am. These creative ceremonies will feature an opportunity to cast off the obstacles that get in the way of our becoming who we want to be (either at an outdoor body of water or at home via Zoom), and the blowing of the shofar! 

For the Tashlich service Booklet, click HERE

Most Tashlich locations are full. If you would like to participate, please email and we will let you know if space is available at any of our sites.

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Sat, April 17 2021 5 Iyyar 5781