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High Holidays

High Holidays 2017

All of the information about our High Holiday services and programming will be found on our website this year. Unlike previous years, we will not be mailing out a brochure, so keep an eye on this page for updates!

About the High Holidays

The Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashanah or “head of the year” in Hebrew, is one of the holiest days of the year.  Celebrating the first of the month of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah is symbolized by apples and honey, representing a sweet new year.  The Reform movement, and Congregation Shaare Emeth, celebrate Rosh Hashanah for one day, while some other communities celebrate for two days.

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, takes place 10 days after Rosh Hashanah.  It is a time of confession, fasting, repentance, and prayer where Jews typically participate in tashlich and teshuvah.

Tashlich is the ritual of casting pieces of bread, which symbolize our sins, into a body of water usually containing fish.  According to tradition, fish swim with their eyes open at all times, just as we want G-d’s eyes to be watching over us always.  By symbolically casting away our sins, we express a desire to cast aside negativity and start anew.

Teshuvah is repentance.  This is the process of thinking about our past mistakes that we hope not to repeat in the future.  We apologize and ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged, are asked to forgive those who have wronged us, and ask for forgiveness from G-d.

 

Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe

We are offering the opportunity for you to dedicate a prayer book in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Your prayer book dedication will offset the cost of providing these books for our Congregation. A bookplate with your name will be placed inside the two-volume set for a tax-deductible contribution of $45. Please stop by our offices and fill out an order form or give us a call at 314-569-0010. (You can also print the form here and mail it in with your payment.)

Interested in learning more about these new prayer books? Subscribe to our Days of Elul blog series.

This blog series will include short reflections from our clergy introducing the new Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books during the Days of Elul.


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Congregational High Holiday Choir

Now is your chance to enhance our High Holiday worship and music in a meaningful way. Your previous musical, singing or Hebrew experience is not required, just a desire to learn some beautiful music and to pray with purpose. Open to singers middle-school age and up, we’ll sing for evening and morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We’ll be directed by Ben Silvermintz, the choir director at Parkway Central High School. Email Stacy Jespersen for more information.

Rehearsal: 7-9 p.m. (Wednesdays)

  • August 16, 23, 30
  • September 6, 13, 27

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