Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel!
Whether you are a life-long member, new to Beth Israel or just searching, I want to welcome you to our wonderful community and wish you a Shanah Tovah.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur represent the holiest days of the Jewish year, a time when Jews all over the globe stop to reflect on the year gone by and prepare spiritually for the year ahead.
Our Cantorial Soloist, Andrea Shupack and I invite you to join us for an inspirational High Holy Day experience. We invite you to step out of your daily routines and to join together with our warm community as we pray, reconnect to God, each other and our tradition.
As we gear up for the New Year, we have an opportunity to grapple with the themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the month of Elul. I encourage you to carve out some time to start your own spiritual preparation. Below are some ways to begin:
Sign up for a daily email with thematically appropriate stories and thoughts at www.jewelsofelul.com. Past “Jewels” have come from President Barack Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Eli Wiesel.
If you’d like to refresh your knowledge on the history, customs, and blessings of the Days of Awe, visit www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays.
If you are looking for a new and innovative way to mark the ten, holy days in-between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, consider visiting www.doyou10q.com.
May you have a spiritually meaningful High Holy Day experience with us at Beth Israel or wherever you find yourself. Below you will find our schedule of services.
I hope that you and your loved ones have a very sweet year ahead, filled with blessings and peace.
Rabbi Joshua Samuels
Celebrating our first Rosh Hashanah in our new building in 2016: