Today is July 23rd, 2017 -
The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur bring reflection and renewal that are critical for our lives, an opportunity to consider who we truly are as human beings and to realign ourselves to our aspirations of whom we desire to be. After a long summer (and this year, the High Holy Days come late!), we need this spiritual task, so that we can live our lives fully.
On the High Holy Days, when our entire community is gathered together in the Sanctuary, we have the opportunity to celebrate another year of life together. Life is precious, our families and friends are precious, every day we live is precious. If, over the course of the past few months, we have fallen into patterns of living that do not align with our values in one way or another, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us the opportunity to take notice, to reassess and reconsider, and to refocus on how we wish to be in the world. So much possibility exists for us at this time. If we do the difficult and challenging work of preparing before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin, so that when they arrive, we are ready. We honor those in our community whose contributions have made our Jewish life at Temple Sinai as energetic as it is, and invite our guests to look ahead with us to a bright Jewish future, and, God willing, a year of peace.
Temple Sinai uses Mishkan HaNefesh, the Reform machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook) that was published in 2015, and which provides beautiful new readings, translations, meditations and transliterated Hebrew so that everyone can participate. During the Torah reading, our rabbis invite the community forward to the Torah for Group Aliyot, so that everyone who wishes may acknowledge specific occasions or spiritual challenges in their lives by coming close to the Torah.
With beautiful music (with piano throughout the High Holy Days; viola is added for Yom Kippur evening), a sense of prayerfulness, and the presence of community, we hope to create an environment that all may experience renewal for the New Year.
We offer free Children’s Services, open to anyone in the community, on the afternoons of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, led by our rabbis. During the main services in the morning, we provide children’s programs and services in our School Building, for children age 3 through students in Grade 6. Our 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with an all-ages Congregational Hike and Shofar Blowing in a beautiful spot in nature around the Boston area.
Please join us! Click here for our High Holy Day schedule, or call the temple office (617) 277-5888 to learn how you can join with us.