Rosh Hashanah message from our rabbi

Rabbi Harry Rosh Hashanah message 2017

Here is a Rosh Hashanah message from Rabbi Harry.

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Children’s Program at Rosh Hashanah

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For preschool aged children there will be childcare in the preschool room on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and on Rosh Hashanah Day 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For elementary school aged children there will be “camp style” programming in the social hall on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 beginning at 11 am with kids divided into two groups (by age) for entertainment and learning lead by Leah Levi and Hannah Faber.

Note: Childcare & Children’s program on Yom Kippur

For preschool aged children there will be childcare from 10 am to 1 pm. For school aged children there will be special services and learning starting at 11 am in the Social Hall. Please note that we always ensure that there is a healthy and allergy free lunch for our children.

High Holy Days: Cantorial Update

Rabbi Daniel SiegelWe are blessed this Rosh Hashanah to have Rabbi Daniel Siegel as our cantor (ḥazzan). He is the father of our much loved cantorial soloist Shefa Siegel who will not be joining us for the High Holy Days.

This summer Shefa married an amazing woman. Now Shefa and his new bride, Micol, live in Northern Italy where they work for a Pearson College sister school located on the Adriatic Coast. I know we will miss his incredible voice and his creative interpretations of traditional prayers.

Rabbi Siegel is an elder within Renewal Judaism and is truly a rabbis’ rabbi, who has trained and educated many rabbis leading the Renewal movement today. He has a wonderful voice and a breadth of knowledge of Jewish liturgical music that is encyclopedic. Rabbi Siegel holds traditional prayer with great integrity and intention. He does not improvise in the same manner as his son Shefa but he brings instead deep resonance to his davening. I am looking forward to having my friend Daniel here as a powerful prayer leader for Rosh Hashanah and a trusting supportive friend and rabbi.

I look forward to connecting and entering prayerful space with everyone.
May we all have a sweet and good New Year (Shanah Tovah u’ Metukah).

Love, Rabbi Harry

High Holy Days Seating

please-noteAs we approach the High Holy Days, please keep in mind that reserved seating is no longer available for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During 2016 High Holy Days, we found that reserved seats were often empty. New members and others attending services for the first time found it difficult to determine where they could sit. We will do our best to accommodate people with disabilities. If you have special needs, please contact our Synagogue Director Betsi Boeno during office hours at 250-382-0615.