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                         Yom Kippur Schedule 

Welcome to the High Holidays 5781 at Beth Am Israel! 

The schedules for our adult-oriented online services and offerings are below. 
For our Teen, Youth and Family Offerings click here

Before Yom Kippur begins: 

Members ― and all who have pre-registered as a guest, prospective member, or participant in our free Family Services ― will receive an email with the Zoom Links and passwords for all services and offerings. We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Yom Kippur 5781

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur)
Sunday, September 27

6:15 pm- Mincha (afternoon service) 

6:30 pm- Candle Lighting and Musical Interlude

6:45 pm- Kol Nidre Services begin

Yom Kippur
Monday, September 28

9:00- 9:45 am- Two tefilah offerings: 

Traditional Shacharit Morning Davening for the Yamim Nora’im with Rabbi David.

Return and Renewal with Hazzan Harold 

10:00 am- Torah Service begins (please note the earlier start time)

11:00 am- Yizkor Memorial service, followed by Rabbi David's Sermon and Musaf (abridged, including breakouts for Avodah and Eleh Ezkara). 

2:30 pm- Two Offerings: 

“On Race, Reconciliation, Forgiveness & the Pursuit of Justice.” Join Rabbi David for a conversation with Dr. Lia Howard and Reverend Chaz Howard focusing on the profound challenges of this moment. What do reconciliation and forgiveness look like ― in our country? In our community? Can we pursue racial justice together in 2020 and beyond?  Reverend Chaz Howard is Penn’s Vice President for Social Equity and Community. Dr. Lia Howard is the Student Advising and Wellness Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program at Penn.

Self-guided study session: Prayers of confession, known as vidui, form the heart of the liturgy on Yom Kippur. Always in the plural, these prayers catalogue ‘our’ many misdeeds and failings. Over the centuries, many have wondered whether it’s even possible for one individual to have committed all of these sins! It would require something of a superhuman effort.

Not every misdeed belongs on every individual’s list. In recent years, it has become customary to compose ‘new’ vidui prayers; lists of misdeeds that are more of this moment, more specific, more focused. And some have also composed ‘positive’ vidui prayers, cataloguing the good things that you and I have hopefully done in this past year.

We’ve put different vidui prayers together for you and invite you to spend some time with them this afternoon. The traditional, alphabetical vidui with as literal a translation as we could find; Rabbi Avi Weiss’s ‘Confessing our Good Deeds’ which appeared a few years ago; Professor Vered Noam’s ‘Confession’ which is both more personal and presents a mix of positive and negative deeds; and a brand new ‘Vidui for Racism’ courtesy of the Jewish Center for Justice.

Read them (out loud if possible). Sit with them. Which of these prayers speaks to you? In what way(s)? Do they feel true to your experience and life? If you were writing your own vidui, what would(n’t) be on your list? Talk among yourselves. And g’mar hatima tova to us all! Materials can be found here

4:30pm-5:30- Mincha (Afternoon Service), including the "Book of Jonah." 

6:00 pm- Neilah, Closing of Gates, Concluding Service

7:15 pm- Shofar & Havdallah 

Sun, September 27 2020 9 Tishrei 5781