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HIGH HOLY DAYS

Bring in the new Jewish year with the Beth El community: Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening September 25, and Yom Kippur on Tuesday evening, October 4. 

After two and a half years of disruption due to the pandemic, we are eager to find comfort and joy together in community during the special season of the High Holy Days. As the New Year 5783 begins, we will gather as a mixed presence community - both in person on our beautiful Beth El campus and by Zoom for those who wish - to share our lives and to celebrate and mark this sacred season.

The Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, bracket ten days during which we are invited to reflect on our experiences and our choices from the last year. Our questions have continued resonance and urgency this year against the backdrop of the time in history through which we are living: How do we best avail ourselves of the precious time we are given? Are we realizing our most authentic selves? What is our accountability and responsibility to self, others and all of creation? We are called during this season to cheshbon ha-nefesh—a searching examination of our lives—that we may discover within ourselves renewed strength and commitment for the tasks before us: tikkun middot, improving our characters, and tikkun olam, repairing our world. 

The High Holy Day season begins with Rosh Chodesh Elul—the first day of the Hebrew calendar month of Elul which leads to Rosh Hashanah—on Saturday evening August 27, and continues through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur before concluding with joy during the week of Sukkot (10/9-17) and Simchat Torah (10/18). This year again we will come together during the month of Elul with a series of programs and activities to support one another in our personal and spiritual work of cheshbon ha-nefesh.

To aid in our preparations for this joyful and meaningful season, please let us know when and how you plan to participate this year by signing up for services and programming here.

We look forward to sharing this season of reflection, celebration, exploration and renewal with you.

L’shanah tovah! May you and your loved ones be inscribed for a good New Year!

Further resources for personal exploration and preparation for the High Holy Day season can be found on the High Holy Days pages of ReformJudaism.org, MyJewishLearning.com and Judaismunbound.com.

Thu, October 6 2022 11 Tishrei 5783