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L’Shanah Tovah,

Our Fall holy days and festivals are quickly approaching, even though they feel later this year because of our Gregorian calendar. I assure you, according to the Hebrew calendar, the holidays are right on time!

We are excited to share details for High Holy Days (HHD) with you in this guide so that you can participate in person and/or online as you feel comfortable. You can find our Livestream on our website and Facebook page. Please be mindful of the links you see in this guide. Online streaming is open to anyone who would like to participate regardless of TBE membership status.

As the summer began, you may recall that we sent a survey to the congregation to understand how many members anticipated joining us in person. Because of your feedback, we felt comfortable with only one service in the evening and morning instead of two back-to-back services as we did last year. We will notify the congregation if we think in-person services are growing too large.

We have good airflow in the sanctuary since modifications happened last year, with fresh air constantly entering the building. However, all in-person participants are required to wear masks throughout the service, including our choir participants. Those having honors and leading the service will not be wearing masks while speaking or singing to help ensure everyone in attendance and on the Livestream can hear.

Finally, beyond the details of the schedule and COVID protocols, we are entering a time of deep reflection and forgiveness in the Jewish tradition. Take these next few weeks seriously as an opportunity to do cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of your soul. Consider the things you’ve done over the last year and the ways you’ve interacted with family, friends, and colleagues. Is there someone with whom you need to speak? An apology you need to give or an expression of how someone made you feel? It is always the right time to do this vital work, but now more than ever.

Rabbi Josh Whinston

Schedule

S’LICHOT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

• Study Session & Service | 8 p.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and via ZOOM: https://templebethemeth.zoom.us/j/89509050476
Registration is now closed.

 

EREV ROSH HASHANAH
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

• Erev Rosh Hashanah Service | 8 p.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

 

ROSH HASHANAH:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

• Rosh Hashanah Family Service | 9 a.m. | *More Details
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Rosh Hashanah Pre-Reader Service (ages 5 and below & their parents) | 9 a.m.| *More Details
In person in the TBE Core. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Rosh Hashanah Traditional Service | 10:45 a.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Shofar Blowing, Picnic, and Tashlich | 5 p.m. | *More Details
Open to the entire community. In person at Furstenberg Nature Area. (BYOB, chairs, masks,
and food). 

 

KEVER AVOT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

Arborcrest Cemetery | 11 a.m. | with Cantor Hayut

Washtenong Memorial Park | 11 a.m. | with Rabbi Whinston

 

KOL NIDRE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

• Kol Nidre Service | 8 p.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

 

YOM KIPPUR
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

• Yom Kippur Family Service | 9 a.m. | *More Details
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Yom Kippur Pre-Reader Service (ages 5 and below and their parents) | 9 a.m. | *More Details
In person in the TBE Core. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Yom Kippur Morning Traditional Service | 10:45 a.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Yom Kippur Study Session with UM Law Professor Scott Hershovitz and Rabbi Whinston | 1 pm
*More Details. In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on Zoom. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• Yom Kippur Afternoon Traditional Service | 4 p.m.
See Morning Traditional Service details above.

• Yizkor/Neilah Service | 6 p.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and on the Live Stream. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

• WTBE Break-the-Fast | Open to all | Following Neilah | Details to follow

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 

• Celebrating Sukkot with Locally-Sourced Food Congregational Picnic | 3 p.m.
See full details and register by 10/2.

 

SUKKOT
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 

• Sukkot Service | 9:15 a.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and via Zoom.

 

SUKKOT OPEN HOUSE AT THE WHINSTONS'
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Bring your Lulav and Etrog and celebrate Sukkot with the Whinstons! | 5 p.m.

 

YIZKOR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17

• Yizkor Service | 9:15 a.m.
In person in the TBE Sanctuary and via Zoom.

COVID Protocols

All attendees must wear a well-fitting disposable surgical mask or respirator (N95, KN95, or KF94) in public areas while inside the Temple building.

Attendance at all in-person activities sponsored by TBE shall be restricted to:

1. Persons who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations; or

2. Persons who have documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the in-person activity; or

3. Persons who are ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine based on age.

All attendees must wear a well-fitting disposable surgical mask or respirator (N95, KN95, or KF94) in public areas while inside the Temple building.

See the Temple Beth Emeth COVID-19 Policy HERE.

General Fund Donations

There are many ways you can contribute to our community during the High Holy Days:

  • General Fund
  • Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
  • Cantor’s Discretionary Fund
  • Members Helping Members
  • Back Door Food Pantry
  • Religious Education Fund

To make your donation today, please click here: https://www.templebethemeth.org/form/HHD-2022/5783-Donations

Family Services

The Pre-Reader Service and Family Service are both at 9 a.m., in person at Temple Beth Emeth.

Bring the whole family!

For both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:

 

Pre-Reader Service: 9 a.m. in the TBE Core

Join Susan Horowitz, TBE P3 Teacher and Early Childhood Center Assistant Director, for a service intended for ages 5 and below and their parents.

Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

 

Family Service: 9 a.m. in the TBE Sanctuary

Join Rabbi Whinston and Cantor Hayut for a service intended for families with children in elementary school. Registration for in-person seating is now closed.

*Masks are required for all services.

Shofar Blowing, Picnic, and Tashlich

Monday, September 26

Register Here

Join Rabbi Whinston at Furstenberg Nature Area (2626 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105).

5:00 pm: Shofar Service

5:30 pm: Bring Your Own Picnic

6:00 pm: Tashlich

Please bring your own chairs/blankets and picnic dinner.

Rabbi Whinston will provide homemade apple cinnamon challah.

Yizkor

At TBE, including the names of our deceased loved ones in our Yizkor Memorial Book is a meaningful tribute to them and a tangible reflection of their impact on our lives.

Please fill out this form to make changes and additions:

https://www.templebethemeth.org/form/2022/5783-TBE-Yizkor-Book

View the 2021 Yizkor Memorial Book.

Submissions are due by Monday, October 3.

To make a donation to Temple Beth Emeth in memory of your loved ones, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the TBE office 734-665-4744 or tbe@templebethemeth.org

May the memory of our loved ones always be for blessing.

 

Jewish mourning is both private and public. When we visit a grave or observe a yahrzeit (anniversary of a person’s death) we generally do so in private. Yizkor is the public observance for the community of the bereaved.

Yizkor means “may (God) remember,” from the Hebrew root zachor. Originally, Yizkor was commemorated only on Yom Kippur. Its primary purpose was to honor the deceased by giving tzedakah (charity) in their memory, on the theory that the good deeds of the survivors elevate the souls of the departed. It also enhanced the chances for personal atonement by doing a deed of lovingkindness. Since the Torah reading on the last day of the pilgrimage festivals (Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot) mentions the importance of donations, Yizkor was added to these holiday services as well.

Yom Kippur Study Session

Temple Beth Emeth welcomes UM Law Professor and TBE Member Scott Hershovitz as the presentor during the Yom Kippur Study Session on Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. in the TBE Sanctuary and Live Stream.

Scott is the Thomas G. and Mabel Long Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at UM, and directs the University's Law and Ethics Program.

Scott also recently published the "equal parts hilarious...and profound" book Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy With My Kids.

WTBE New Years Cards - CLOSED

The WTBE New Years Card form is closed. Thank you for your support!

Celebrating Sukkot

Celebrating Sukkot with Locally-Sourced Food!

Congregational Picnic hosted by the Dayenu Circle and Pulpit Committee (under a tent in case of rain) on Sunday, Oct 9 from 3 – 7pm at Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon Rd.

RSVPs are required and the deadline is Oct. 2.

Everyone brings their own picnic dinner, food should be plant based, local and organic. No disposable plates/utensils. Beverages provided. Bring a dessert to share – think local!

  • 3pm, optional farm tours and informational booths available
  • 4pm, informational program and Sukkot service with Rabbi Whinston and Cantor Hayut
  • 5pm, potluck dinner, live music by our very own Dave Gitterman and Ralph Katz

Post photos of your locally-sourced recipes and food creations to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #TBElocalfood to be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Food Gatherers Donation Drive

As the lead agency for hunger relief in Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers supports a large network of community partners to help fight hunger where we live and advocates for local, state, and federal policies and programs that address food insecurity and its causes. The Back Door Food Pantry, just steps away from our sanctuary, is an important part of this network.

This year, more than ever, Food Gatherers needs our financial support to provide hunger relief in our community. Inflation rates not seen in over 40 years are pushing up prices for basic needs such as housing, gas, and especially food. At the same time, the strong outpouring of support from government, corporations, and individuals seen during the height of the pandemic has weakened. Put simply, more people are facing food insecurity, it costs more to provide food, and the level of financial support is dwindling. We need to act now!

Please help us reach our goal of raising $36,000 during the High Holy Days. This will provide over 100,000 meals to our neighbors who are struggling right now.

To donate now, please click here.

If you prefer, you can mail a check or call 734-761-2796 (press option 2).

Checks should be made out to Food Gatherers. Please write "Temple Beth Emeth" in the memo line and mail to: Food Gatherers, P.O. Box 131037, Ann Arbor, MI 48113.

Thank you for your support! Every donation is significant.

Simchat Torah Under the Tent

Join Rabbi Whinston, Cantor Hayut, and Rabbi Alter under the TBE tent for a 30 minute celebration with the Torah as we dance, conclude, and begin again! Featuring members of Mizmoret, the TBE Worship Band!

Register for Session 1: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Register for Session 2: 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

Register for Session 3: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Please note that all sessions are capped at 50 participants.

Parking

Neighborhood/Street Parking: PLEASE do not block driveways or mailboxes. Cars will be towed or ticketed. There is NO parking on Packard St.

Neighborhood parking within 10 minutes of TBE is available on the following streets: South Blvd., Coler Rd., Jorn Ct., Harpst St., Page Ave., Rosewood St., Jewett Ave., Kensington Dr., Marlborough Dr., Pine Valley Blvd., Esch Ave., Independence Blvd., James St., Victoria Ave., Ember Way, Camelot Rd., Ridge Ave., Crestland Dr., Anderson Ave., Ferdon Rd., Devolson Ave., Carhart Ave., Hall Ave., South Blvd., and Steer Pl. DO NOT BLOCK DRIVEWAYS OR MAILBOXES.

Onsite Parking at TBE:
Due to limited space, lots in the rear, side, and at Eastover are for special needs ONLY.
Space must be reserved in advance. When registering, once you make your selections of services, you will be given an option to indicate any special accommodations.

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