2018 Rosh Hashanah Services
August 21, 2018
Dear Friends and Families,
It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the Jewish holidays as well as the school year are rapidly approaching. Given the weather this summer, I feel like I’m waiting for summer to start, not finish. The weather this summer reminds me more of my youth when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. Yet here we are…
This will be our 6th year having services. For those of you who are joining us for the first time, our goal is to create an experience of community for the holidays that is educational, engaging, and meaningful. I’m very excited to have Re’ut Ben Ze’ev returning for her third year as our cantor. In addition to being a personable Cantor with a warm and inspiring personality, and one of my favorite people in the world, Re’ut has won critical acclaim for her “intense expression and pure voice” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with) and “bold, committed account…so deeply physical was her performance…” (The New York Times).
Both adults and children will have the opportunity to participate, help lead, or ask questions during the service at a level they are comfortable with. If you would like to participate in the service by leading a prayer, having a family or in other ways, please let me know. This is a very different experience than coming to a service where you watch as part of the “audience”, try and figure out what’s happening, and count the pages to see how long until it is over. It should also be noted that this is not a “kiddie service geared towards tots or very young children.
Each service will contain an educational piece, a prayer service including Torah reading, a shofar service (on Rosh Hashanah) and a group discussion in small groups of individuals and families.
The dates and times are as follows:
Monday, September 10 – 1st Day Rosh Hashanah 10:00 am –12:00 pm
Tuesday, September 18 – Yom Kippur Eve Candle lighting; Kol Nidrei Service 6:00 – 7:30
Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur 10:00 am –12:30 pm
Cindy and Gregg Wolfer have graciously offered to host the services again at their home, which is at 48 Kennedy Road, in Cresskill, NJ. This past May we celebrated their youngest daughter Mackenzie’s bat mitzvah beginning with a service in their home and in her speech, Mackenzie dubbed the synagogue, “Beit Wolfer” which I’m going to run with.
The pricing is $250 for an individual or $550 per family, which includes all extended family for all or any of the services. Please feel free to bring any extended family, your parents, grandparents, or even that Aunt or Uncle that you always feel a responsibility to include at your family events. Your presence and participation in our community is valued more than your money. If you are currently experiencing a difficult time financially, please let me know and come regardless of your ability to pay.
My goal is for it to be a spiritual experience for everyone regardless of background, education and level of observance where each of us can explore our Jewish identity as individuals and as a small community. In keeping with the spirit of the High Holidays, I am always looking for ways to improve our experience. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, I welcome them and ask that you please reach out to me to share and discuss them.
Please feel free to contact me at this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone
at 201-410-2629 with any questions you may have.
Wishing all of you a happy and a healthy New Year as well as a year of peace and safety for the Jewish people, the people of our country and of the entire world.
Rabbi Gary Katz
A rabbi for every occasion.
A relationship for life.
Serving the Greater Tri-State Area
To reserve a seat, you can;
Email me at email@example.com with the following information and send payment via Venmo to GaryKatz or Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Number of people you expect to attend and their names. (It’s understood that this may change.)
- Which services you plan on attending.
- Names that you would like to be included in our Yizor service on Yom Kippur.
- Please indicate if this is your first time joining us.
- Mail back this sheet with the information completed below and payment to:
Rabbi Gary Katz
56 West 39th St.
New York, NY 10018
We will be attending the following High Holiday services this year.
______ Monday, September 10th – 1st Day Rosh Hashanah 10:00 am –12:00 pm
______ Tuesday, September 17th – Yom Kippur Eve Candle lighting & Kol Nidrei Service 6:00 – 7:30
______ Wednesday, September 18th – Yom Kippur 10:00 am –12:30 pm
______ This is my/our first time attending these services.
______ I/we would like to participate in leading a prayer (English or Hebrew) this year.
The following people will be attending:
Please include the following people to be remembered in the Yizkor (Rememberance Service) on Yom Kippur.