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Hour-by-Hour Road Map of Sanctuary Services

Evening Services

Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 p.m. ≈ Monday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) – Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday and on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Jon shares some framing thoughts about the holy day, the prayers in the service, and our community. On Yom Kippur, the Kol Nidre prayer focuses us on the power of our words to create commitments, and the significance of living up to our words or not. We recite litanies of responsibility, and we tap over our hearts to break the barriers between ourselves and people around us.

Morning Services (times after start are approximate)

Rosh Hashanah – Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1 ≈ Yom Kippur – Wednesday, Oct. 9

9:00 a.m. Services Begin
We prepare our bodies, souls and voices to concentrate on the themes of the day. We open the ark and perceive the Torah for the first time during the day, and we get ready to receive its guidance. We sing Avinu Malkeinu at the end of this part of the service, a litany of striving for hope and forgiveness. On Yom Kippur, we recite again the alphabetical confessions, to ourselves and each other and toward the Divine.

10:00 a.m. Torah Service
We take out the Torah and bring it around the congregation, close to every person. On Rosh Hashanah, we delve into the dilemmas of the family of Sarah and Abraham, first explorers of spirituality and community. On Yom Kippur, we ponder the idea of a fresh slate for ourselves and the world, through the eyes of ancient priests and prophets. We pray for family, friends, and community members who need healing. 

11:40 a.m. Rabbi Jon's Sermon
Followed by Shofar on Rosh Hashanah

12:00 pm. Musaf Service in Sanctuary, reNewYEAR Tashlich Service by Nashua River
We sing and recite some of the most dramatic prayers -- about our deeds written in the Book of Memories; about the power of teshuvah (personal change of direction), tefillah (prayer and spiritual introspection), and tzedakah (giving and justice); about the meaning of our life in a new year.

2:00 p.m. First Day of Rosh Hashanah -- Tashlich
We go to the Nashua River to throw bread into moving water, symbolically washing away our year’s wrongs.


Yom Kippur Afternoon

2:00 p.m.– G!D Project for Adults With Eliana Light
Explore questions of belief and conceptions of God with our educator-musician in residence.

4:00 p.m.– Open Forum With Rabbi Jon

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Family Story Time
This event is for the whole family to enjoy. We'll read a story or two targeted primarily at the younger children in the group (and still plenty of fun for the older ones!), then we'll read and act out stories that require a little more focus and discussion. If your youngest children get "antsy" at that point, you are welcome to play in the quiet areas of the Religious School.

5:00 p.m.– G!D Project for Teens With Eliana Light

5:15 p.m. Yom Kippur -- Mincha (Afternoon) Service

We read the code of ethics at the center of the Torah, and the Jonah story about an evil city turning back to righteousness.


6:00 p.m. Yom Kippur – Ne’ilah Service

We take final moments to reflect. We begin with a final charge from Rabbi Jon and a song with Eliana, and Stan Juda leads us through our final prayers cleansing ourselves from wrongs. beginning.


7:15 p.m.

We conclude with the blowing of shofar, the Havdalah candles, and breaking the fast.  Anyone who wants to can blow their shofar, we invite all the children to the front and everyone else to be close by as we finish.

Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780