Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Tshuvah

September 20, 2017
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Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Tshuvah

High Holidays 5778

• Wed Sep 20 Erev Rosh Hashanah services at 5:45pm.
• Thu Sep 21 Traditional Rosh Hashanah morning service at 9:30am; Tashlikh follows. “Tot Shanah” children’s program runs concurrently from 11am to noon. (See the High Holidays page for more information on Tot Shanah and Tot Kippur.)

NOTE: Tickets are required for Rosh Hashanah 1st-day morning service and for Kol Nidre. Contact Elliot in the office 732-442-1373.

• Fri Sep 22 A unique 2-hour traditional 2nd-day morning service at 10am
• No Fri evening services Sep 22
• Sat Sep 23 Shabbat Tshuva (see next section below)
• Sun Sep 24 Annual cemetery service at Beth Mordecai Cemetery at 10am. (Note: You can honor your loved ones with this service even if they are not resting at our cemetery. Come experience a moving outdoor service and help make a minyan.)
• Fri Sep 29 Kol Nidre 6:15pm SHARP. (Tickets required; see above)
• Sat Sep 30 Yom Kippur
­  − 9:15am Morning Service
­­  − 11:45am Yizkor
− 4:45pm Minkhah
− 6pm Neilah
“Tot Kippur” children’s program runs concurrently from 11am to noon.

Shabbat Tshuva Sat Sept 23

A Taste-of-the-Holiday Gentle Shabbat, 10am
For Shabbat Shuvah, it’s a smorgasboard of easygoing activites–each totally optional. Come for one or for all four.

• (9:30 am optional, daven with Jeremy. Short-and-sweet mini service.)
• 10:00 am, High Holiday story and discussion with Rabbi Metz. It’s one of her favorites!
• 10:30-ish, a light nosh: apples and honey, cheese and crackers
• 11:00-ish, make some decorations for the Sukkah, which we will be decorating after Yom Kippur. (This will be a Shabbat-observant craft project.)

How can a 10am program start at 9:30, you ask? Note the parentheses. The davening really is optional.

Save the Dates

• Sun Oct 1 Sukkah building and decoration. 2pm.
• Fri Oct 6 Shortened Shabbat services at 6:30pm, plus a POT-LUCK dairy/vegetarian meal in the sukkah. This is a Beth Mordecai congregation event. (And we have invited our friends from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.)
• Sun Oct 8 Open Sukkah at the Metz home. 1-3pm.
• Thurs morning Oct 12 Sh’mini Atzeret and Yizkor. Short service (one hour) starting at 8:30 am.
• Thurs evening Oct 12 Simchat Torah. Enjoy ice cream sundaes and Israeli dancing. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm.
• Sun Oct 22 Mah Jongg at Beth Mordecai. An afternoon of friends, food and Mah Jongg, 2-4pm. $5 per person. RSVP to Anita (

Additional Announcements

Our High Holiday cantor this year (5778) is Anna Chapman. She has an MS in Arts Education and is currently a cantorial student at JTS. Rabbi Metz and Cantor Chapman are working to bring us a High Holiday program with all of the warmth, spirituality, and vitality you have come to expect from Congregation Beth Mordecai.

On the subject of music, Rabbi Metz has been (ever-so-gently) introducing some new tunes. Here’s a link to a lovely Oseh Shalom on YouTube that the rabbi has been singing on Saturdays.

We will be collecting food for a local food pantry again this year. Please drop off non-perishable packaged food items. The bins for drop-offs will be set up from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot.

Rabbi Metz will be participating in the JCC’s “Senior Lunch in the Sukkah” Tues, Oct 10. Click here for info from the JCC.

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