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High Holy Days 2017/5778

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*** If you haven't already done so, please submit your High Holy Days ticket request form. For security purposes, tickets will be checked at the doors.

High Holy Days Schedule

This year, the traditional morning Sanctuary Service, led by Rabbi Aaron Brusso and Cantor Randy Herman, will begin at 8:00 am and end on both days of Rosh Hashanah after Rabbi Brusso’s sermon, which will begin at approximately 12:15 pm. On Yom Kippur, morning services will continue after the sermon, will end at approximately 2:00 pm, and will resume at 4:00 pm.

The Tent Service, led by Rabbi Koffman and Cantor Littman, with special participation by Cantor Herman and sermon by Rabbi Brusso, will start at 9:30 am and end approximately 30 minutes after Rabbi Brusso’s sermon, which will begin at approximately 11:45 am.

Children’s programming will be available on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur from 10:45 am to 12:45 pm. This timing offers families the opportunity to sit together in services – sanctuary or tent – before their children go to their individual programs. Babysitting will be available each day. Because of the later timing of children’s programming, more substantial snacks will be available for children.

This change in schedule will eliminate the post-sermon disruption to the services, provide a richer davening and community experience for all, and allow us to end as one community.

Our Young Family Services will be led by Rabbi Brusso, Cantor Herman, and Rabbi Koffman on the first day of Rosh Hashanah from 4:00-4:45 pm and on Yom Kippur from 2:30-3:15 pm in Bet Torah's High Holy Day Tent. These services are designed for families with young children. Come celebrate the new year with song, stories, prayer, shofar blowing and you! Free and open to the community. No tickets required. Bring your family & friends.

Following the service on Rosh Hashanah, families are invited to join us at Shoppers Park in Mount Kisco for Tashlich - the ritual tossing of breadcrumbs into the water to represent the casting away of our sins.

 

» Everything you need to know about celebrating The High Holy Days at Bet Torah ​«                                                                                                     

 

 

  • Young Family Programs   
    Two Young Family Services in the tent!
    First Day of Rosh Hashanah, 4:00-4:45 pm
    Yom Kippur 2:30-3:15 pm

    These services are designed for families with young children. Come celebrate the new year with song, stories, prayer, shofar blowing and you! Led by Rabbi Brusso, Cantor Herman and Rabbi Koffman.
    Free and open to the community. No tickets required. Bring your family & friends.
    Following the Rosh Hashanah service, all are invited to join us at Shoppers Park, in Mount Kisco, for Tashlich - the ritual tossing of breadcrumbs into the water to represent the casting away of our sins.

 

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  • Children's Programs -High Holy Day Children's Program for K-7th Grade: : 10:45 am- 12:45pm​    Thursday, Sept. 21- Rosh Hashanah        Friday, Sept. 22- Rosh Hashanah       Saturday, Sept. 30-Yom Kippur
    The Children’s Program for High Holy Days, designed for kindergarten to seventh grade, will balance holiday celebration with learning, community building, and fun! This program will include interactive and age-appropriate activities for each grade such as songs, stories, creative projects, text and poetry discussion, drama and Tefillot (Services) taught by our talented staff, many of whom are our beloved Religious School teachers. Snack will be served on both days of Rosh Hashanah to all students (K-7th grade) and on Yom Kippur to younger students (K-3rd grade.) Please do not bring outside food. On Yom Kippur, older students (4th-7th grade) who wish may bring a nut-free snack. All children in Bet Torah Religious School are automatically enrolled in the Children’s Program. Other children (visiting or non-Religious School students) MUST contact Joanne at [email protected]. Check-In locations and schedule will be posted throughout the building for parents to view the scope of the program and location of groups. For more information, please contact Gina Fass, Director of Education for the Religious School: [email protected].

  • Childcare 9:30 am-1:00 pm As always during the High Holy Days, we will offer on-site childcare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare hours are from 9:30 am through 1:00 pm. Childcare will be available to preschool age children (ages two, three, and four). School-aged children are expected to participate in youth services or sit quietly with their families. Because space is limited, childcare is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children who are not pre-registered will not be admitted into the babysitting rooms. All children must be registered in advance using the registration form below. Since writing is prohibited in synagogue during holidays, we will provide your child with a preprinted nametag. If you must send your child with a sippy cup, please label it clearly with your child’s first and last name. Water, juice, and a peanutfree snack will be provided. The fee for babysitting is $18.00 per child per day. Please return the registration form below and your payment to the main office by September 9th. Your confirmation will be emailed to you upon receipt. If there is no space available for your child, you will be notified by email.

 

»VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE HHD'S « - PLEASE HELP OUT! 

  • Please sign up to serve as an Usher or Greeter for the High Holidays. 
  • Religious School Parents:  Please sign up to volunteer at our High Holy Day children’s programs
  • Teen Madrichim Volunteers For High Holy Days- Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 21 & Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. --Teens in 8th-12th grade are invited to volunteer as madrichim (teacher's helpers), being role models and creating a positive environment in our High Holy Day programs for children.  Sign up!

»SUKKOT«

Wednesday evening, October 4th through Wednesday evening, October 11th
 Wednesday, October 4th @ 6:30 pm - Erev Sukkot –
evening festival services
Thursday, October 5
o 9:30 am – Festival Services
o 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Sukkot Young Family Service
Come celebrate the joyous harvest festival of Sukkot with story time, crafts and free adult and children’s catered light lunch in the sukkah with Morah Mindy. RSVP (requested but not required ) to [email protected].

 o 11:00 am – shake your lulav! – Sukkah lunch to follow.   RSVP by September 28th to Leila Tavares [email protected]
Friday, October 6, 9:30 am – Festival Services-  Come shake the lulav and Etrog again! Kiddush to follow.

 

Simchat Torah


Thursday evening, October 12th through Friday evening, October 13th
Thursday, October 12th-  Erev Simchat Torah
 6:15 pm – Pasta Dinner ($12per person/$36 per family.)  RSVP to Leila Tavares by October 6th [email protected]
 7:00 pm – Hakafot with the Scrolls – The evening service & Whiskey & Bourbon Tasting sponsored by Bet Torah Men’s Club
Friday, October 13- Simchat Torah Day
 9:30 am – the morning service
 10:15 am – children’s projects, more Hakafot, Torah reading in the sanctuary, Aliyot
 A special lunch featuring Sloppy Joe’s!  More Whiskey & Bourbon Tasting sponsored by Bet Torah Men’s Club

 
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