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!
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.
One of our most cherished High Holiday traditions is our beautiful Book of Memory, distributed each year during the Yizkor Memorial Service on Yom Kippur afternoon. During this service, the names of Temple Members who have passed away during the past year are read from the pulpit. Our Book of Memory records both these names and the names of family and friends whom we wish to recall with love. Memorializing our loved ones in this manner is a significant way in which we honor their memories at these special times of the year.
Only through your voluntary and generous contribution is the publication of the Book of Memory made possible. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of September 20 and Yom Kippur begins the evening of September 29. The 2017 Book of Memory will go to press during the summer, so your immediate response is critical.
If you would like to participate, please print (with no size scaling) and fill out this card, then return it to us with your voluntary contribution by Friday, July 14, 2017. As you memorialize your dear ones, may your generosity on their behalf bring you a measure of satisfaction in knowing that their good works will be carried on through the many activities of Congregation Shaare Emeth.
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.