High Holy Days 5774
At Congregation Beth El, we celebrated and shared a moving and spiritually uplifting start to the New Year 5774. Beginning with S’lichot, a service of preparation and reflection, and continuing through Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we offered a wide array of High Holy Days programming to serve the diverse needs of our community. Please check in at a later date for information about 5775 High Holy Days and to learn more about our exciting, inspiring and meaningful High Holy Days season at Beth El.
All services include English and Hebrew, combining honored traditions and inspirational modern texts. Congregational singing and participation are a core part of our practice. Rabbi Yoel Kahn and Rabbi Reuben Zellman will officiate at all sanctuary services. Our machzor (High Holy Days prayer book) includes the English transliteration of all Hebrew prayers.
● Early Services are shorter, emphasize contemporary English readings and feature folk and contemporary music.
● Late Services emphasize the historical liturgy and the timeless music of the High Holy Days.
● Tot Services are for pre-school age children and their families.
● Youth Services are geared toward children in 3rd through 6th grade and are held during late services.
● The Family Service on Yom Kippur is designed for elementary school-age children (kindergarten - 6th grade).
5774 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur d'rashot:
You can follow these links to read Rabbi Kahn's d'rashot on Space-Time Fabric on Erev Rosh Hashanah and on Immigration Reform on Rosh Hashanah morning.
In honor of this year’s Adult Education theme—The Varieties of Jewish Identity—a diverse group of Beth El members reflected at Yom Kippur morning services on the question, "Who/What am I as a Jew?" We are grateful to our speakers and glad that their presentations were so meaningful to the congregation. Several of the talks are available to read here; others will be posted as soon as they are ready for publication.
Elizabeth Friedman Branoff
Marissa Wolf is currently in her third year of membership at Congregation Beth El, and she lives in Berkeley with her husband. Wolf is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco, an indie new-play company that champions a diverse body of local and national playwrights.