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High Holy Days
5779 (2018)

Below you will find information for:

  • What's new this year
  • Selichot services & program
  • seating
  • seating for non-members
  • memorial book
  • special needs
  • gifts of honey
  • bimah flowers
  • lulav & etrog
  • simchat torah luncehon
  • babysitting/youth programs
  • Rabbis' sermons will be posted at a later date

What's new this year

We appreciate your feedback to our High Holy Day Task Force. Many of your suggestions and requests are reflected in some new opportunities and in some return to tradition.


·         Rosh HaShanah Family Service (Erev Rosh HaShanah)
Open to all, our joyful Family Service is an interactive, prayerful experience aimed at families with children 0-12. We'll sing, pray, talk, listen, move, and welcome Rosh HaShanah together. All are invited to join us early, from 4:45-5:15pm, for free professional holiday family photos. Services will be led by Rabbi Rachel Silveman, accompanied by Gila Bauman and Amy Robinson Katz.

·         Prayer in the Woods (Rosh HaShanah, Day 2)
A disciple of a certain rabbi once asked his teacher, “You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods. I wonder, why do you go there?”. The teacher replied, “I go there to find God.” The questioner prodded further, “Haven’t you always taught me that God is the same everywhere?”. “Yes”, replied the rabbi, “but I am not”. 

Join us for a Rosh Hashanah experience where we can be ourselves, pray differently, relate to God, and reach within  to access a spiritual dimension not always attainable in a sanctuary. Meditation, stories, song, and prayer will help us be fully present. We’ll begin our hike, led by Al Molitor, from the synagogue parking lot at 9am. Join us there, along the route, or at Moose Hill (we plan to start by 10:30). More information, including weather updates, will be provided ahead of time to those who sign up. We’ll conclude by noon. 

This alternative worship experience is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored with The Tiferet Center. For more information, please email Rabbi Silverman ( 

·         Experiential Service (Rosh HaShanah, Day 2)
From Adam Greenwald

·         Information out to you earlier in the year

·         More educational opportunities for children

·         Better time coordination between adult services and children’s services

On the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, we once again invite you to step into an Experiential Service; a new Prayer in the Woods Outdoor/Meditative Experience; or enjoy a more Traditional Service. All these opportunities and locations will feature Open Seating.

Selichot Services and Program

Join us on Saturday evening, September 1st (Labor Day Weekend) for Selichot services and program. Time and program to be announced.


Your summer packet included information about seating, including when seats are reserved vs. open. Packets must be returned to the office by Friday, July 12th to ensure time to process your seating request. Late requests will be handled as availability permits.

Seating for non-members

Non-members are most welcome to join us for services. Arrangements can be made once TI members have been assigned their seats. Non-members interested in seats should email Marla Forman to be placed on a waiting list for seats, no later than August 3, 2018. Seats are $360 or you may discuss membership opportunities at a Holiday rate.

Memorial Book

The summer packet contained an insert for memorial book listings. Please refer to that mailing or contact Marla Forman by email or at 871-784-3986 on Tuesday/Wednesday from 9:30am-3:30pm.

Special Needs

The summer packet contained checkoff information for special needs such as parking passes for those with difficulty walking, audio/visual, and other needs.

Gifts of Honey for a Sweet New Year

Wish family, friends, and business associates a sweet and happy New Year with a gift of kosher honey. This thoughtful gift arrives in time for Rosh HaShanah and is decorated with our own Temple Israel original label, as well as a personalized greeting of “L’shana Tovah – Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year”.

Order online directly at or email with questions.

Bimah Flowers

Bimah flowers enhance our services and help create holy space. In an effort to remain fiscally responsible, flowers will be provided only when sponsored, at $250 per holiday. Recognition will be provided, and flowers will be donated following the holiday. Information is in your summer packet or below.

Lulav & Etrog

Sets of lulav & etrog are available for pre-order, through your summer packet or the order form below. The cost is $45 per set.

Simchat Torah Luncheon

Temple Israel is pleased each year to host a festive Simchat Torah luncheon to honor members of our community whose participation and volunteerism enrich our synagogue. Support for our luncheon is always welcome and helps honor our volunteers. You may use the form below to contribute in their name. (Honorees will be announced at a later date.)

Babysitting/Youth Programs

In response to your request for greater youth educational opportunities during the holidays, we have arranged a robust, age-specific program. Babysitting provides an environment in which children (ages 2-5) are comfortable, so that parents are free to focus on the Holy Days. Our program provides supervision by adults with teen assistants. It is available from 9:00am-1:00pm on both days of Rosh HaShanah and until 2:00pm on Yom Kippur.

Only those who have registered and prepaid will be able to participate so that we have a proper coverage ratio that provides a safe environment. The cost is $12/child per day with a cap of $36/family per day. Registration is due July 12 using the online form below or by returning this PDF.

Our programming also will feature local storytelling favorite Big Ryan to share holiday-themed stories. There will be two sessions on Rosh HaShanah Day 1 and two sessions on Yom Kippur. Registration is on the same form as babysitting.

A Quiet Room will be available in the Religious School wing for parents to bring their littlest children – those too young for babysitting – who might need a break from services. This quiet space is also available to nursing parents.

Registration for Babysitting & Big Ryan's Tall Tales

Parent 1 Name *
Parent 1 Name
Parent 2 Name
Parent 2 Name
Babysitting is for: *
Type "none" if none
# of children (ages 1-5), Rosh HaShanah Day 1, session 1 (10-10:45am)
Hit return/enter after each child's name
# of children (grades K-8), Rosh HaShanah Day 1, session 2 (12-12:45pm)
Hit return/enter after each child's name
# of children (ages 1-5), Yom Kippur, session 1 (10-10:45am)
Hit return/enter after each child's name
# of children (grades K-8), Yom Kippur, session 2 (12:30-1:15pm)
Hit return/enter after each child's name
Babysitting registration 2018, deadline August 10th

Step 1: Select the appropriate number of children for babysitting by day, then click "add to cart".

Step 2: Select the total number of children for Big Ryan’s Tall Tales, over all four sessions, then click “add to cart”.

Step 3: Once you have made all of your selections, click on the cart icon to proceed to checkout and complete your order by credit card.

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