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High Holy Days 5781 – September 2020

The High Holy Days are fast approaching. Once again, we will enjoy the pleasure and privilege of having Cantor Leon Litvack lead our services.

For those of us who know Leon, his annual visit is a highlight of our synagogue year. This year with COVID-19 and the restrictions it imposes, Leon’s services will be presented virtually from Belfast, Northern Ireland as coordinated by the kind volunteers in Peterborough, Canada.  The expectations are the services are offered to you with the same passion and community participation.  If you have not been to one of Leon’s services, now is the chance to see what you have been missing and to join with fellow Jews in our congregation in the observance of these special days in our calendar from the start of Rosh Hashanah to the end of Yom Kippur, commonly referred to as the Days of Awe.

If you wish to obtain an online link to the Beth Israel Synagogue services please contact:  Ron – .  NOTE:  please include your name and email address if you wish to obtain a Zoom link and participate in the services.

Link to details below for the High Holy Days services (virtual) at Beth Israel Synagogue. 

Link to call for readers, singers and other contributors.

Bookmark this web page and return often to see if any updates.

With best wishes to all for a Healthy Successful and Sweet Year.

Shana Tova u’metukah.

Services Details

Erev Rosh Hashanah 1:  Sept 18th evening  4 p.m. to 6 p.m.     

     Ma’ariv, (slightly abbreviated from the Machzor)

Rosh Hashanah 1: Sept. 19th morning  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.     

     Torah reading, Haftarah, and Musaf, (abbreviated from the Machzor)

     Taschlich @ 2 p.m.  (Location TBD)

Rosh Hashanah II:  Sept 20th morning 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Torah reading, Haftarah, shofar blowing, and Musaf, (abbreviated from the Machzor)

Erev Yom Kippur:   Sept 27th evening  4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

     Kol Nidrei & Ma’ariv (slightly abbreviated from the Machzor)

Yom Kippur:  Sept 28th morning  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Torah reading, Haftarah, Yizkor, & Musaf (abbreviated from the Mahzor)

Yom Kippur:  Sept 28th late afternoon 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

     Ne’ilah (abbreviated from the Machzor)

Participate in the first ever Transcontinental Transatlantic Virtual High Holy Day Observances – You will have stories to tell your grandkids.

Call for Readers, Singers and Other Contributors!

What is absolutely paramount is that attendees to the services participate as readers and even musically.  Please, please, please contact (Ron Molnar et. al.) if you are at all interested in actively taking part in the services!  Just to tweak your interest, here are items how you can participate:

  • English Readings in one or all of the services.  See services list below.
  • Avinu Malkeinu Project:  contribute with your singing voice.  Sept. 4th deadline!
  • Kol Nidre Project:  contribute family photos and share.
  • Whither Tashlich:  choices are given.  Add your vote to where Taschlich should be held.
  • Kohanim:  we need your participation!

Ron will provide you with details about each of these events and how you can participate.


How to Machzor?

For the virtual services this year, the Machzor content will be provided online but i you prefer to follow the on-line service with the Lev Shalem Machzor open in front of you, Machzors can be borrowed before the High Holy Days and MUST be returned before the end of September. To borrow a Machzor, just let Ron ( know that you want one. We will arrange a common time for people to pick them up.

Mahzor Lev Shalem is the book that we use for the High Holy Day services. This is a very user-friendly Mahzor with English translations of all passages and prayers and transliterations of the prayers that are said aloud in Hebrew, so that everyone can participate. It also has symbols to indicate where we bow, when the cantor resumes, and choreography instructions, when we stand etc.

Have a look at a Mahzor example