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High Holy Day Greetings from Temple Israel

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High Holy Days 5781 / 2020

We look forward to celebrating the High Holy Days separately but together.

We have expanded our range of services and programming around the High Holidays, and Temple Israel has invested in more advanced remote technology (streaming via Zoom) to allow us to run multiple services simultaneously on these platforms.

Our technology will allow you to switch seamlessly between services, and sermons will be held at different times to enable you to hear each rabbi’s sermon should you wish to do so. Or, for those who choose, you may leave a Zoom stream open for the duration of the Holiday so as not to use technology excessively (note, this is a new technology which Zoom has promised us but has not been done before).

Most services will be streamed via Zoom (links below). 
A limited number of congregants may join services in person, following the safety guidelines set by our Medical Advisory Committee.
Registration required: first come, first served: 
Register HERE; choose only one service, to allow others to participate

Services schedule linked below

Services information & links: Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27th
Added: Mincha: 3pm Zoom only
Kol Nidre: 6:10-8pm Zoom |in-person registration is full

Full Adult & Youth Services Schedule


Services Info Overview

In-person services registration

Yom Kippur: Monday, Sept. 28th 
* Sanctuary Service Zoom
Rabbi Silverman & Ken Sperber: Shaharit, 9am
Rabbi Fish & Andy Kriegel: Torah Service & Yizkor, 10:25am
Rabbi Silverman & Andy Kriegel: Sermon & Musaf, 11:25am
* Torah Study (Rabbi Silverman Zoom 10:30-10:50am
* Remote Service (Rabbi Gordon & Rafi Kieval) Zoom
Yizkor, Sermon, Musaf, 11:15am-12:30pm
(times are approximate)

Minha, 5:30pm in-person only REGISTRATION, 5:30pm

Ne'ilah, 6:30pm Zoom link (same Sanctuary Zoom)

Services Resources/Supplemental Texts & Readings

Clergy Sermons: Coming Soon

Tashlich & Shofar Blowing Schedule: Sunday, Rosh HaShanah Day 2

Thank you for joining our community for tashlich and shofar blowings around town!

Youth Services

We are planning services for our religious school students and family services on the holidays as well as extensive programming leading up to the holidays. We have several new elements of services for our religious school and family services and new contributors which we hope will make these programs more dynamic and meaningful.

Enjoy a special video for our TI family.
Join performer Evan Haller as he sings songs and gets us moving for Rosh HaShanah (appropriate for birth to 1st grade; opens in YouTube)

Enjoy spending time with storyteller Josh Conescu as he shares these specially created holiday stories. Appropriate for all ages. Click each link for each story!

Family Music Program with Amy Robinson Katz
(from 9/13/2020) | click the pic! (plays in YouTube)

Additional High Holy Day Related Programming

We are thrilled to be hosting a series of programming in addition to our services,  which we hope you and your family (young and not quite so young) will enjoy.  All of this programming is free and available to your extended family and friends, even if they are not members at TI.
These programs include Zoom sessions, music (both traditional and contemporary ) for the holidays, and other daily surprises.  Check every day (except Shabbat!) for that day’s  program, with daily surprises starting this Friday morning. 

All of these programs, with information, descriptions, signup or Zoom link may be found at

Coming Soon (recordings of recent events)

We've Actually Been Here Before: Join Rabbi Greenwald to hear about Judaism, Catastrophe and Reinvention

Songs from the High Holiday liturgy: Prepare  for the High Holidays with an evening of piyyutim, ngunim and songs presented live on Zoom. Hosted by George Aronson, the evening will include traditional tunes and piyyutim that you might recognize, but might not hear this year, as well as modern ngunim and original melodies from the liturgy.

Musical Selections for TI for the Holidays

From Zamir Chorale

Temple Israel Presents a High Holiday Musical Interlude with Zamir Chorale of Boston. 
Led by Founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson, the Zamir Chorale of Boston is a vibrant voice in the presentation, preservation and perpetuation of Jewish culture.  In addition to its regular concerns throughout the Boston area, Zamir has been highlighted on PBS and has presented in concert halls around the world.  Zamir just celebrated its 50th anniversary, or as Josh Jacobson notes “50 years of Music with a Mission”!

Temple Israel is proud to have several members currently sing in Zamir: Jill Sandberg, Larry Sandberg, Julie Smily and Miriam SmirnovZamir’s Board of Directors includes TI members Bruce Creditor and Larry Sandberg.  Many thanks to Larry, who also serves as concert manager for Zamir, who graciously curated   this collection of Zamir’s music for the High Holidays.

Please enjoy and don’t forget to follow Zamir at  Also,  it is quite common for YouTube to automatically follow the completed work with another music selection it believes will logically follow.  So don’t be surprised if you hear a chorale group from Israel or Indiana.  Enjoy and Shana Tovah!!

Amy Robinson Katz, Rabbi Adam Greenwald, and members of Shir Rhythm

Enjoy this special treat featuring members of our own singing community!

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Yizkor / Memorial Book of Remembrance

Temple Israel's annual Yizkor/Memorial Book of Remembrance is a time-honored tradition; one that will continue this year in spite of other changes.

High Holy Day Greetings from Cantor Emeritus Steven & Myrna Dress

Israel Bonds

Israel Bonds is pleased to share with you our new virtual tab-card (below) created for the 5781 High Holy Days Campaign. The virtual tab-card simplifies the processes of learning more about Israel Bonds, opening an account, or investing.


This virtual tab-card will be a feature of another innovation - a series of spectacular online events this High Holy Days season featuring high level Israeli dignitaries, inspiring guests, and entertainers highlighting the importance of strengthening and supporting Israel through investments in Israel Bonds. Click the pics for more info.

  • Thu, Oct 1 - A Special Sukkot with Israel Bonds
  • Sun, Oct 18 - Israel Bonds Women's Division Archeological Tour of the Ancient Talmudic Village of Korazim

Sukkot: Lulav & Etrog orders

If it's the High Holidays, it means Sukkot is just around the corner!

In order to ensure delivery before Sukkot, the lulav & etrog ordering deadline has passed.

Please watch your email for information about celebrating Sukkot with TI.

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781