High Holidays 5778

High Holiday Davenning at Beth Am Israel for 2017/5778

Hodesh Elul Tov, Beth Am Israel,

In these weeks of preparing for the new year and of taking stock of our lives, we at Beth Am Israel are preparing for the new year and have undertaken our own taking stock of the prayer space that we all come together for year in and year out.

We strive each year to balance the traditional prayer modes- the liturgy, the melodies – with new and innovative ways of being together in prayer- exploring new melodies, chant, silence and poetry.

Our aim in all of this is to provide meaningful, relevant and spiritually uplifting prayer experiences for our entire community, recognizing that there are many ways to pray, sing and experience tefilah.

Our Religious Life Committee met with Rabbi David and Hazzan Harold to review and discuss ideas for this coming year, 5778 and we want to share this with all of you:

The expanded tefilah options for Rosh HaShana, starting at 8:45am include:

  • Traditional Davenning
  • “Tefilah Hadasha” A blending of song, poetry, silence, and prayer incorporating the major themes of the High Holidays, including Untaneh Tokef, Shofarot, Malchuot, and Zichornot.

On Yom Kippur during Musaf, we will offer as we did last year, an alternative ‘break out’ for the Avodah service and Martyrdom prayers (‘eleh ezkara’).

We look forward to greeting you and being together in the days and weeks to come!

Rabbi David, Hazzan Harold


Click on the links to the High Holiday Forms below. Fill them out and return them to the synagogue office.

Lulav Order Form 5778
Yizkor Book Form 5778
Guest Ticket Form 5778

Rosh Hashanah 2017/5778 begins the evening of Wednesday, September 20th and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22

Yom Kippur 2017/5778 begins the evening of Friday, September 29th and ends in the evening of Saturday, September 30

Sukkot begins on the evening of Wednesday October 4th and runs through Wednesday October 11

Shemini Atzeret begins on Wednesday, October 11th at sundown

Simchat Torah begins on Thursday October 12th at sundown