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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur:
The Day of Atonement

Erev Yom Kippur Service

Tuesday, October 4
7:30 p.m. • Stiffman Sanctuary

This service, accompanied by our High Holy Day choir, beautiful readings, prayers and a meaningful sermon, is also musically enhanced by the haunting cello and piano arrangement of Kol Nidre by Max Bruch. Using the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor, this worship experience captures the significance of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar by asking us to reflect, repent, and renew. Appropriate for adults and children 13 years and older.

Boker Tov Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 5
9 a.m. • Kehillah Center

Families with children 5 and under are invited to join Shaare Emeth clergy and Shirlee Green Preschool staff for a Yom Kippur experience designed especially for our youngest friends and their families. We’ll sing, dance, and learn about a magic word: SORRY!

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Wednesday, October 5
10 a.m. • Stiffman Sanctuary

This service, accompanied by our High Holy Day choir, beautiful readings and prayers and a powerful sermon, offers an opportunity for meaningful reflection and repentance. Using the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor, this worship service is appropriate for adults and children 13 years and older.

Childcare will be available from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for ages six months to Pre-K. Cost is $5 per child per day. Pre-registration required.

Register for Childcare

Yom Kippur L’Dor VaDor Service

Wednesday, October 5
11 a.m. • Kehillah Center

Limited space available • Registration required

Shaare Emeth is excited to once again offer a Yom Kippur Family Service where the entire family can reflect and share together. This one-hour worship experience, filled with music, community blessings, the most important holiday traditions and a meaningful story from our clergy. The L’Dor VaDor experience is most appropriate for families with children ages 6-to-12.

We have reached capacity for this service. Registrations are closed. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Beth Kodner, [email protected].

Yom Kippur Afternoon Programs

After morning services we invite you to make yourselves at home at Shaare Emeth throughout the rest of the day. Choose one or more of the following options to help frame the day.

The Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis will be open all afternoon as an oasis of quiet where you can rest, meditate, or pray. You may also wish to spend time at the Labyrinth (information about how to use the Labyrinth as a spiritual practice will be available) or walking the grounds.

Specific locations for the following sessions are TBD.

Session One: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

The Book of Departure: What Hasidic Masters Can Teach Us About Approaching the End of Life

On a day where we are asked to consider our own mortality, Rabbi Lori Levine will lead us on a journey as we explore what our tradition teaches us about death and dying, something we all inevitably share. Bring an open mind and big questions to share.

Tikkun Olam: Repair the World by Getting Out the Vote

Join Rabbi Goldstein, Debbie Bram and members of Shaare Emeth’s Voting Rights committee as we learn about restricted voting rights in Missouri and 20 other states while writing uplifting postcards encouraging low propensity voters of color to vote in the November elections. This nonpartisan activity is presented in conjunction with the Religious Action Center and the Center for Common Ground.

Session Two: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

Teen Service: The Gift of Forgiveness

This service, led by teens for teens and their families, is a relevant and uplifting way to celebrate the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The Year-In-Review

Rabbi Stiffman will lead us on a tour of the major local, national and world events that impacted the Jewish community in 5782.

Session Three: 3 – 3:50 p.m.

Voices of Shaare Emeth

A panel discussion during which members of Shaare Emeth will share their stories of important choices they have made based on Jewish values.

Yom Kippur Yizkor Healing Neilah Service

Wednesday, October 5
4:30 p.m. • Stiffman Sanctuary

This year’s closing service will include three elements:
Yizkor, time dedicated to the memories of loved ones whom we have lost
Healing, prayers and music that help us connect with a sense of wholeness amidst a broken world
Neilah, our concluding service reminding us of the power of our promises as we prepare to step joyfully into the new year

Following the Closing Service, bundtinis (mini bundt cakes) will be available for you to enjoy or take with you as a gift with our wishes for a sweet and healthy new year.

High Holiday Food Drive and Tzedakah

The Prophet Isaiah teaches us, “This is the fast I desire…. it is to share your bread with the hungry.”

Shaare Emeth will collect nutritious canned or non-perishable foods during the High Holidays. Supplies will be split between the St. Louis Area Food Bank and the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

Monetary donations are also welcome in cash or checks payable to “Shaare Emeth Food Drive.” A portion of the monetary donations will be allocated to the organization Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Donations can be brought with you when you come for services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, or Monday-Friday between September 26-October 6.

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