Bolton Street Synagogue High Holy Days 5781/2020

Celebrate. Pray. Connect.

The High Holy Days arrive at a time of deep challenge as coronavirus impacts every aspect of our lives and as our country continues the fight against racism and injustice. For the first time during our lifetime, we will be unable to gather physically together for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Throughout the ages, our people have overcome challenges even greater than this moment and I am comforted that we can find solace and strength through our ancient words and timeless traditions.

This year we will be Home for the Holy Days and we encourage you to create a sacred space in your home.  Although the High Holy Days will be quite different from years’ past, we have planned online services that will focus on the values of gathering together in community, allowing music to be a gateway to personal growth, and rediscovering the warmth and comfort of our BSS traditions. As we celebrate the New Year 5781, may our spirits be uplifted, may we find strength to live to the challenge of this moment, and may we glean a sense of optimism for the future. – Rabbi Andy Gordon

 

 

Journey Through the High Holy Days

Our services will be held entirely over the electronic platform Zoom. Most of our service blocks will be no longer than one hour in length. If you can, we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early to welcome old and new friends and to get situated.

During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will have 15- or 30-minute stretch breaks between services. This will help break-up the length of the day and provide you with time to move around or take a short walk. Our Zoom room will be open allowing you opportunity to chat and gather in community. 

There are many services this year throughout the 10 days of Repentance and before and after the holidays. We encourage you to try a new service this year and to join us for as much or as little as is comfortable.

We know that part of the grandeur of the holidays is being in our sanctuary dressing up, and seeing the larger community. One of the benefits of Zoom is that we will be able to see each other’s faces during the service and even talk via the chat feature. We encourage you to keep your video on during the service, so we can see and pray with you. We want to see you! 

We also encourage you to think about your physical space.  How can you make your home into a sanctuary, a place of sacredness and grandeur?  Could you add flowers to your table?  Could you move to a comfortable room in your house? Make this year’s Home at the Holy Days a sacred and spiritual space for you and loved ones.

Throughout the information below, there are TIPS to help provide you with an opportunity to make each moment a meaningful one. We hope that these TIPS will provide you with ways to connect to our BSS community and to our ancient traditions.

 

Schedule

Selichot: A Baltimore Reform Jewish Community Gathering

Saturday, September 12, 2020

8:00 pm: Classical Concert

9:00 pm: Selichot Service
Bolton Street Synagogue joins together with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Oheb Shalom-Har Sinai Congregation for a joint Selichot Service as we prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days

Selichot is a taste of the High Holy Days with a short service that hits all the major prayers. Take this evening to prepare spiritually for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Seder

Friday, September 18, 2020

6:30  – 7:30 pm
For generations, Sephardic Jews have welcomed the New Year with a short celebration called a Rosh Hashanah Seder. We will join together with a musical prelude with Mark Giuliano and Leslie Margolis, liturgical welcome to 5781, as well as a short seder that includes specific foods eaten to symbolize a hope for the New Year. 

We encourage you to prepare in advance for our Rosh Hashanah Seder! We will be reciting blessings over the following foods: Apples, honey, challah, wine/grape juice, figs, pomegranate, beets, green beans, pumpkin/gourd, scallion, fish head/lettuce. There is no pressure to have any or all of the items at home, but the more foods the merrier!

 

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1

Saturday, September 19, 2020

9:00 – 9:45 am: Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Cory Hermann and Rabbi Gordon will lead a service geared especially for families with tots and religious school children which will be filled with singing, prayerful experience for all ages, and a story.

This service is open to the entire community!  All  family members, friends, and guests are invited to join us for this celebratory family friendly Rosh Hashanah Service.

10:15 – 11:15 am: Rosh Hashanah Liturgy and Sermon
This hour will focus on the Rosh Hashanah liturgy and conclude with Rabbi Gordon’s Sermon.

There will be a 15-minute stretch and schmooze break between the services.  We encourage you to join us for both of our service blocks or whatever feels comfortable!

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Torah Service and Shofar Service
We resume with the Torah reading as well as the shofar blowing

Our Shofar Service will begin right around noon.  We encourage our children to make sure you are ready to hear the shofar blast!

 

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2

Sunday, September 20, 2020 

10:15 – 11:15 am: Rosh Hashanah Service and Discussion
This hour will focus on the Rosh Hashanah liturgy and conclude with a lively discussion.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Torah Service and Shofar Service
We resume after a 15-minute break for the Torah reading and shofar blast

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Tashlich
We gather together for an online Tashlich service with singing and prayers. 

Tashlich is an opportunity to “castaway” your misdeeds from the last year with either bread or birdseed.  If you are able, we encourage you to find a place outdoors near your home such as a free-flowing body of water (i.e. a river, stream, or pond) for this service. 

 

Erev Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre

Sunday, September 27, 2020

7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Don’t be late!  We’ll begin with the haunting melody of Kol Nidre sung by Rachel Graber, our cantorial soloist, as well as the playing by Gita Ladd on cello and Lewis Berman on piano.

 

Yom Kippur

Monday, September 28, 20120 

9:00 – 9:45 am: Yom Kippur Family Service
Cory Hermann and Rabbi Gordon will lead a service geared especially for families with tots and religious school children which will be filled with singing, prayerful experience for all ages, and a story.

This service is open to the entire community!  All family members, friends, and guests are invited to join us for this celebratory family friendly Yom Kippur Service.

10:15 – 11:15 am: Yom Kippur Service and Sermon
This hour will focus on the Yom Kippur liturgy and conclude with Rabbi Gordon’s Sermon.

There will be a 15-minute stretch and schmooze break between the services.  We encourage you to join us for both of our services or whatever feels comfortable!

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Torah Service and Service of Repentance
We resume with the Torah reading as well as our service on repentance.

Our creative Vidui Service of forgiveness and repentance will allow opportunity for reflection, writing, and discussion.  Bring an open mind, a pen, and some paper (if appropriate)!

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Yizkor Service of Remembrance
Our Yizkor service will provide opportunity to reflect upon our losses this past year and remember our loved ones.

We will be lighting candles in the middle of our service.  If you have a yahrtzeit candle (or even a tea light), feel free to have it ready as we remember our loved ones.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Adult Discussion
Join with Rabbi Jessy Dressin of Repair the World Baltimore and Rabbi Dena Shaffer of 4Front Baltimore for a wonderful discussion on texts that provide solace at this moment.

4:00 – 4:45 pm: Book of Jonah Discussion
Join us as we read and reflect upon the Book of Jonah and connect the themes of this book through a lively conversation.

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Healing Service
More than ever, we need time for healing for ourselves, our community, and our country.  Join us for a short service of music, prayer, and reflection.

5:45 pm – 6:30 pmNe’ilah Concluding Service
A short and sweet service that ends Yom Kippur

Our service concludes with Havdalah (a prayer separating Yom Kippur from the rest of the week) and the shofar blast.  We encourage you to have a Havdalah candle (or any candle) ready as we end our service.  Help us fill our screen with light!

 

Erev Sukkot

Friday, October 4, 2020 

6:30 pm: Join us for a celebration to welcome the holiday of booths.  Join us from your home sukkah and Rabbi Gordon looks forward to welcoming you into his sukkah during our online service!

 

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

Saturday, October 10, 2020

10:30 am: Join us for our festival service and as we remember our loved ones.

 

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 11, 2020

10:30 am: An intergenerational service as we celebrate the Torah!

 

Important Information

 Prayer Books

This year we are excited to use a brand new prayer book Mishkan HaNefesh the new Reform Movement’s High Holy Day prayer book. In order to make these High Holy Days a more majestic and meaningful moment, we will be loaning our prayer books out to our Bolton Street Synagogue members over the holidays. We ask that everyone take extra care of the prayer books and return them to us in good time and in good condition. 

Pick-up of the Prayer Books will occur at BSS on: 

Sunday, September 13th – 10am – 12pm

In addition to the prayer books, our Membership Engagement Committee is creating High Holy Day Engagement Bags that can be picked up at the same time with some important resources and gifts that we will use during our services.

For those members who are unable to pick-up the prayer books, please reach out to the synagogue office to arrange for a pick-up or drop-off time.  A member of our Engagement Committee will be happy to drop off the prayer book if you are unable to pick them up yourselves.

In addition, there are two ways for guests and BSS members to access an electronic copy of the prayer books. You can turn pages easily on an electronic device with the free Rosh Hashanah (gold book) and Yom Kippur (silver book) flip-books. Members and guests can also purchase their own kindle version for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur

 

Family Services

Our Family Services are Free and Open to the Entire Community
Cory Hermann and Rabbi Andy Gordon will lead High Holy Day Family Services geared especially for families with tots and religious school children. These services will be filled with singing, prayerful experience for all ages, and a story. Join us on Rosh Hashanah morning (September 19th) and Yom Kippur morning (September 28th) from 9am – 9:45am. Registration for guests is required!  To register for our free Family Services and to get the Zoom link, please register below or rsvp to Justine Abel at jabel@boltonstreet.org  

 

Accessing Our Online Services

Zoom Links for Our Members 
All current members of Bolton Street Synagogue will be able to access free Zoom links for all of our High Holy Day Services.  For the safety of all, we ask that you don’t share these links with others.  Zoom links will be shared during the week prior to Rosh Hashanah.

Non-members, guests, and family members are encouraged to join us.
We are excited to welcome guests, neighbors, family members, and friends for all of our High Holy Day services. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for our services. 

Our suggested donation is $180 for a High Holy Day pass that provides non-members and guests with all Zoom links and access to all of our High Holy Day services. We recognize this is a difficult time for many of us.  Each guest is encouraged to pay whatever amount is appropriate (whether less or more if you are able) for the High Holy Day Pass.

You are welcome to pay by credit card or check. Tickets can be purchased electronically below or by contacting Justine Abel at jabel@boltonstreet.org or 410.235.5354, ext. 100.

 


HIGH HOLY DAY DAY REGISTRATION FOR GUESTS