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Temple Beth Shalom: Together for High Holy Days 5781

The health and safety of our congregants, community, staff, and clergy are at the forefront of our Jewish experience; therefore, the High Holy Days will look a bit different this year at Temple Beth Shalom, with all services happening online. Whether you are a current Temple Beth Shalom member, or someone who is simply looking for a community to connect with during the High Holy Days, we welcome you. During this holy time of year, let's be Together.

 

On This Page:

General Information About the High Holy Days

Leading Up to the High Holy Days (Elul)

Rosh Hashanah

Remembering Our Loved Ones Service

Days of Awe: Thought Provoking Ideas & Conversations

Yom Kippur

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

Sisterhood Greeting

Temple Committee Offerings

A Thank You to All Who Have Made Our High Holy Days Possible

See Also: Family & Tot Services and Opportunities

High Holy Days General Information

Guests & Non-Member Donation and Ticket Information
Given the unique reality we are living in, Temple Beth Shalom is not requiring or selling guest tickets for the High Holy Days. Therefore, more than ever, we need your help. Ensuring access, high-quality prayer services, and meaningful family engagement using this new technology while keeping every member of our community healthy and safe is no small task. We need your support to make this happen. We are asking guests and non-members to donate to Temple Beth Shalom to support the amazing High Holy Day experiences we provide at no cost for you and the Jewish community. Guests, please complete our Let’s Stay in Touch! Form so that we can connect after the High Holy Days with more opportunities to engage in congregational life.

 

Prayer Books
Each service will use Mishkan Hanefesh or Mishkan Hanefesh for Youth prayer books. Purchase a personal copy of these books or utilize these free or low-cost resources

 

Making Your Space a Holy Space
Rabbi Eleanor Steinman, our Visiting Associate Rabbi, offers guidance for creating a sacred and special space in your home for High Holy Days worship.

 

High Holy Days Music
Visit our High Holy Days Music webpage to find a collection of songs and blessings for the High Holy Days sung by Cantor Abby Gostein.

 

How to View Our Prayer Services and Programs Online
This year our services and programs will all take place online, by livestream or by Zoom. Each service or program listed below will indicate which platform will be used and how to access it. You can watch our livestreamed events on our website at BethShalomAustin.org/livestream or on our YouTube channel. Watching a livestreamed event is like watching live TV—you can see the clergy and presenters but they can't see you or interact with you. Our events on Zoom are more like a video conference call—all participants can see and interact with each other. Questions? We can support you! Just give us a call at 512-735-8900.

 

Watch our video above to learn more about how to access our services and programming online

 

 

High Holy Days Schedule

Leading Up to the High Holy Days

The Living Breath of God: In Quest of Teshuva and Forgiveness
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.: Sept. 10, 17, and 24; and at 2:00 p.m. on Yom Kippur (Monday, Sept. 28)
Learn more and register
Instructor: Rosa N. Schnyer
This time of the year offers an opportunity to slow down and pause, to return to the Divine Presence within and around. Yet it often comes at one of the most hectic times of the year.  Ease into the spirit of forgiveness and returning to the sacred in our lives. Arrive to Yom Kippur with clarity, awareness, vitality, and peace. Note: this series is free to members (log in to your account before registering). For non-members, there is a charge of $18 (total) to attend the first three classes; the class on Yom Kippur is free of charge.

Days of Awe: Thought-Provoking Ideas & Conversations

 

The Days of Awe are ones on which we examine not only our own lives but also the life of our community, both Jewish and secular. On Monday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept.  24, and again on Saturday night, Sept. 26, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will be posting stimulating conversations conducted by Rabbi Freedman with both lay and religious leaders on issues which touch on the issues of the day. 

Most of these conversations are recorded and you may watch them anytime after they are posted. Wednesday's conversation about Israel will be a live event on Zoom.

We invite you to listen in, respond after viewing with questions or comments by email to Rabbi Freedman and to allow these conversations to stimulate conversation of your own.

See our Days of Awe page for the schedule and viewing links.

Yom Kippur Prayer Services and Offerings


Kol Nidre
Sunday, Sept. 27
7:30 p.m. (Livestream)

Yom Kippur Family Service
Anytime & Anywhere on Yom Kippur (link to this service will be posted on this page on Sept. 27)
Join anywhere for our Family Service. Geared for families with religious school age students and an intergenerational experience, we’ll use the Mishkan Hanefesh for Youth (see how to get one in the Prayer Books section) during this service. 


Yom Kippur Morning Service
Monday, Sept. 28
10:30 a.m.  Morning Service (Livestream)
Join us live for our traditional Yom Kippur service. We’ll use the Yom Kippur Mishkan Hanefesh prayer book (see how to get one in the Prayer Books section) during this service.


Yom Kippur Study Sessions
Monday, Sept. 28

 

What if We Aren’t Swallowed by a Fish? What the Story of Jonah Teaches Us About Change
1:00 p.m. (RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 24 to receive Zoom instructions)
Join Rabbi Steinman on Yom Kippur afternoon as we delve into our Haftara, the Book of Jonah. We will explore the narrative, ask whether or not Jonah presents a reasonable model for repentance, and consider whether or not it takes a dramatic event, like being swallowed by a fish, to lead us to change.

Guests & Non-MembersRSVP by Thursday, Sept. 24 to receive Zoom login instructions.

Members: Log in to your member portal to access Zoom login information. No need to pre-register!

The Living Breath of God: In Quest of Teshuva and Forgiveness
2:00 p.m. 
(Final session in this four-part series)
Learn more and register (this session on Yom Kippur is free of charge for all)
Instructor: Rosa N. Schnyer
This time of the year offers an opportunity to slow down and pause, to return to the Divine Presence within and around. Yet it often comes at one of the most hectic times of the year.  Ease into the spirit of forgiveness and returning to the sacred in our lives. 


Yom Kippur Tot Service
Monday, Sept. 28

3:30 p.m.
Geared for families with children ages 0-5, this service on Zoom is lively, interactive, and full of fun for the entire family. 

 

Guests & Non-MembersRSVP by Thursday, Sept. 24 to receive Zoom login instructions.

Members: Log in to your member portal to access Zoom login information. No need to pre-register!

 

Yom Kippur Afternoon Torah Service 
Anytime & Anywhere on Yom Kippur (link to this service will be posted on this page on Sept. 27)
Join together with our clergy and “Yad Squad” of congregant Torah and Haftarah readers as we enter the final hours of Yom Kippur. The Haftarah reading is accompanied by artwork which brings to life the telling of Jonah and the whale.

 

Healing Service 
Anytime & Anywhere on Yom Kippur (link to this service will be posted on this page on Sept. 27)
Yom Kippur provides us opportunity to reflect, repent, and renew. Join us as we gather together online to pray for personal and communal healing at this holy time.

 

Yizkor
Monday, Sept. 28
4:45 p.m. (Livestream)
Remember your loved ones during Yizkor. Featuring a guest speaker, who will share their own journey through grief and loss, this is a meaningful space to pray and reflect. The Book of Remembrance, which was mailed to members in Member Engagement Kits, will be used during this service. 

 

N’ilah
Monday, Sept. 28

5:15 p.m.* (Livestream)
This lovely closing service, which includes the blowing of the shofar for the last time, wraps us with intention as we prepare for the year ahead. *Start time for this service is approximate, since the service before this one may influence exact timing.

 

Havdalah Service
Monday, Sept. 28

6:00 p.m.*  (Livestream )
We conclude the High Holy Days with the Havdalah prayers. Use the Havdalah items (candles and spice bags) provided in your Member Engagement Kit to participate together in intentional prayer and community. *Start time for this service is approximate, since the service before this one may influence exact timing.

 

Break Fast
Monday, Sept. 28

6:30 p.m. 
Wish your temple friends and community a virtual “Shana Tovah” on Zoom as you dig into your Break Fast meals. Crumbs welcome!

Members Invited: Log in to your member portal to access Zoom login information. No need to pre-register!

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

Community First! Village
Temple Beth Shalom is excited to continue our High Holy Day tikkun olam focus on Community First! Village, a 51-acre community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. There are 200 formerly homeless men and women currently living at CFV and they are continuing to thrive despite unique challenges brought on by COVID-19. Construction of 300 more homes has continued on Phase II as all construction work authorized in the Governor’s Order is considered essential during this time. This crisis has heightened the need to move our homeless neighbors off the streets where they can be safe, cared for and surrounded by a loving community. Your donation will help support this vital expansion and make a real difference.  Learn more about what Judaism says about homelessness.

Donate Now

 

Central Texas Food Bank
The Central Texas Food bank is working hard to eliminate barriers to healthy food so that there’s always a compassionate solution when anyone in our community is facing hunger. The global pandemic has heightened food scarcity across the world, as well as in our community. On Yom Kippur, when Jews are intentionally fasting, it’s a great reminder of the importance of food access in our lives.

Donate Now

COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Temple Beth Shalom is coming together as a kehila kadosha, a sacred community, to urge support for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. 100% of the funds donated will be directed to specific COVID-19-related needs of the greater Austin Jewish community. Learn more. 

Donate Now

 

Temple Committee Offerings

 

Sisterhood Honey Sale
Send your friends and family a gift of honey for Rosh Hashanah and help raise funds for Sisterhood! Each jar is $12; orders received by July 22 ship free. Learn more on Sisterhood's webpage or order directly here.

 

 

 

 

What's Your Favorite Holiday Dessert?
Register for this Zoom series
Free of charge 
Let's talk Jewish food! Recipes & Reminiscing is a new online class for members to share memories of favorite holiday foods--and the recipes themselves. In September, we'll focus on honey cake or other High Holy Day foods. See the details. Also, see the history of honey cake and contribute your own recipes.

 

Jewish Calendars

If you would like a complimentary Jewish wall calendar complete with holidays and candle lighting times, please email your name, address, and phone number to AustinNaturalFunerals@gmail.com.

Past Services and Events

Member Engagement Kit
Current Temple Beth Shalom members will receive a High Holy Days Member Engagement Kit in the USPS mail. This kit will include a variety of items to enhance your High Holy Days experience, including items you can use to participate in a temple-wide Havdalah service, immediately before Break Fast. Members who renewed or joined the congregation by August 31 were mailed a kit. 

Sunday Mornings in Elul: Shofar Blowing & Prayer Book Distribution
Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Sept. 13 


Prayer Book Pickup (pre-registration required)9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Temple Beth Shalom Parking Lot (in spaces marked “curbside pickup”)
Temple members can borrow a set of Mishkan Hanefesh or Mishkan Hanefesh for Youth prayer books to use during High Holy Days home worship this year. Distribution will be “curbside” in the Temple Beth Shalom parking lot. Not able to drive to pick up prayer books? Interested in delivering prayer books to those who are unable to drive? Simply indicate this in the online registration form, and we will do our best to match delivery requests with volunteers. Register here for curbside prayer book borrowing. Prefer to order your own personal copies to keep for years to come? Order here. Or utilize these free or low-cost resources.


Shofar Blowing: 10:00 – 10:05 a.m.
Members of the Temple Beth Shalom Shofar Corps will perform a live shofar blowing each Sunday during the month of Elul. Watch (or more appropriately…listen) from the safety and comfort of your cars in the JCC parking lot or a very-physically-distanced spot on the sidewalk near the Temple Beth Shalom building. Curbside prayer book distribution will be going on at the same time for members who have registered to borrow books. Wear your masks, please
. T’kiyah!

 

Why is This Year Different From All Other Years?
Wednesday, Sept. 2
7:00 p.m.
This interactive session on Zoom with our clergy and High Holy Days co-chairs will inform you about what to expect from our online offerings, how to create a holy space in your home, and how to best enjoy the music of the High Holy Days, among other topics. View the recording of this session.

Tot High Holy Day Singalong and Craft Zoom
Sunday, Sept. 6
3:00 p.m. 
Sara Kaye led a High Holy Day song and art session on Zoom! Little ones (ages 0-5) learned songs in preparation for the High Holy Days, and families created posters to share during our upcoming Rosh Hashanah Tot and Yom Kippur Tot services.

S'lichot


Pre-S'lichot Movie: Breaking Bread
Free screening presented by the Austin Jewish Film Festival, Co-presented by Temple Beth Shalom, CAA Hazak, and CBI Empty Nesters.
Viewing between Sept. 2-4
The screening of this movie took place prior to our S’lichot Program and Service (see below). A Q & A about the film--a panel with Rabbi Freedman and the film's director Beth Elise Hawk--was held on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

S'lichot Program and Service
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

A live and interactive S'lichot evening of learning, prayer, and community. Our program will include a discussion of the movie Breaking Bread, presented by the Austin Jewish Film Festival. 

8:00 p.m. Socialize & Schmooze
8:10 p.m. S'lichot Program
9:00 p.m. S'lichot Service

 

 

Rosh Hashanah Prayer Services and Offerings


Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, Sept. 18
7:30 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (
Livestreamed on YouTube)
9:00 p.m. Rosh Hashanah
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Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Anytime & Anywhere on Rosh Hashanah: Click here to view this service
Join anywhere for our Family Service. Geared for families with religious school age students and an intergenerational experience, we’ll use the Mishkan Hanefesh for Youth prayer book (see how to get one in the Prayer Books section). 

 
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Saturday, Sept. 19
10:30 a.m.  Morning Service (
Livestreamed)
Join us live for our traditional Rosh Hashanah service. We’ll use the Rosh Hashanah Mishkan Hanefesh prayer book  (see how to get one in the Prayer Books section) during this service.

Rosh Hashanah Tot Service
Saturday, Sept. 19
3:30 p.m.
Geared for families with children ages 0-5, this service on Zoom is lively, interactive, and full of fun for the entire family. 

Tashlich
Saturday, Sept. 19
Perform Tashlich on your own schedule using the Tashlich Guide in the mailed Member Engagement Kit. All you need is a large bowl of water, some bread crumbs, and the intention to wash away the mistakes of the past year. Learn more about Tashlich. Looking for a flowing body of water around Austin? We encourage members to post in the Temple Beth Shalom Facebook Community Forum fun places they’ve performed Tashlich around town.


Remembering Our Loved Ones Service 


Sunday, Sept. 20
11:00 a.m. 

As is traditional during the High Holy Days, please join our clergy on Zoom for a meaningful service remembering those buried in our Temple Beth Shalom cemetery and all of our loved ones at this season.

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781