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Traditional High Holy Day Services 2020

We will be having all the traditional services we do in a typical year -- the evenings and mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as Mincha and Neilah on Yom Kippur.

All the services will be offered online and led from the Sanctuary. For the morning services, as well as Kol Nidre and Neilah services on Yom Kippur, an appropriate number of people can participate in the parking lot outside or in the Sanctuary. It's the same service -- the live in-person service is the service that will be via Zoom.

In person, because of the pandemic only the leader will be singing out loud. At home, a person can only focus on a screen for so long. For both these reasons, services this year will be shortened compared to a typical year. We will focus on the parts we recite together, the core parts of the service according to Jewish law, and the signature prayers of the High Holy Days. 

The Torah will not be brought around the in-person congregation. Aliyot to the Torah will be given both to people on-site and people at home.

Services are led by Rabbi Jon Spira-Savett, our cantor Stan Juda, and congregant David Sacks. Interspersed in the services will be prerecorded teachings from congregants and music sung by our Zimria choir.

Download or Read: Guide to the High Holy Concepts, Prayers, and Torah Readings

Glossary of Jewish terms and ideas related to the High Holy Days

Machzor (Prayerbook) for Rosh Hashanah Evening

Machzor for Rosh Hashanah Early Morning (9:30 - 10:00 am)

Machzor for Rosh Hashanah Morning Service (starting at 10:00 am)
Please note -- the prayerbook scans are copyrighted material for personal use only

Outline/Schedule:Traditional Morning Services for Rosh Hashanah

9:30 am -- Sing morning blessings and opening psalms with Rabbi Jon (online only)

We begin the service with appreciation for being awake another day and by saying a blessing for each aspect of our body and our awareness. The opening psalms are a spiritual warm-up of gratitude and a quick look around at things in the world that fill us with wonder. By singing, we get our body engaged a bit, which will help us begin to focus in the next part of the service.

10:00 am -- Shacharit, the core morning service (online, in parking lot, and in Sanctuary)

The service begins and ends with the metaphor of God as Melech, the power that drives the universe and is the source of good that should drive our lives. We recite the Sh'ma, to focus on the unity we could have within ourselves for good and with each other. We recite the Amidah, the prayer in which we walk a few steps forward to consult personally with the Divine.

10:40 am -- Torah service (online, in parking lot, and in Sanctuary)

We are now prepared to encounter the Torah, divine wisdom transformed into human words. We turn to look at each other, and not just forward toward the East. The Torah readings explore the story of Avraham and Sarah -- the founders of our faith, the spiritual explorers who encountered all the moral adventures of human life for a first time.

11:15 am -- Rabbi Jon's sermon (online, in parking lot, and in Sanctuary)

11:30 am - 12:15 pm -- Shofar blowing and Musaf service (online, in parking lot, and in Sanctuary)

On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we hear traditionally 100 blasts of the shofar, made up of different combinations of short and long sounds. These sounds are meant to awaken our hearts, to summon us to grandeur, and much more. In the Musaf service we contemplate the fragility of life, the gift that a new year of anyone's life is for ourselves and the world, and the imperatives of teshuvah (personal renewal), tefillah (inner spirituality), and tzedakah (giving toward a more just world). The Musaf prayers turn us again and again toward hope for a future guided by Torah and the divine within each of us and our whole community.


Rough cuts of melodies that are special for Rosh Hashanah at Beth Abraham

Return Again (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z"l)



Return again, return again, return to the land of your soul
Return to what you are, return to who you are, return to where you are
Born and reborn again

Mah Tovu - Harayni



Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mish'k'notecha Yisrael
Harayni m'kabel/m'kabelet alai mitzvah ha-Boray, V'ahavta l'rayacha kamocha

Mi Ha-ish



Mi ha-ish he-chafaytz chayim, ohayv yamim, ohayv yamim lir'ot tov
N'tzar l'shoncha may-ra us'fatecha mi-dabayr mirmah
Sur may-ra va-asay tov, bakaysh shalom v'rod'fayhu

Mi Chamocha



Moshe u'vnei Yisrael, l'cha anu shira
b'simcha raba v'amru chulam

Mi chamocha ba'aylim Adonai, mi kamocha ne'dar ba-kodesh
nora t'hilot osei feleh

Shira chadash shibchu g'ulim, l'shimcha al s'far hayam
yachad kulam hodu v'himli-chu v'amru

Adonai yimloch l'olam va-ed

Tzur Yisrael, kumah b'ezrat Yisrael
uf'dei chin'u-mecha Yehuda v'Yisrael
Go-aleinu Adonai Tz'va-ot K'dosh Yisrael
Baruch Atah Adonai, Ga-al Yisrael




Zochraynu l'chayim, Melech chafaytz b'chayim, v'chot'vaynu b'sefer hachayim
L'ma'ancha, l'ma'ancha Elohim chayim

L'ayl Oraych Din


Leader:  Uv'chayn l'cha hakol yachtiru, l'ayl oraych din
L'vochayn l'vavot b'yom din, l'goleh amookot badin
Congregation:  L'dovayr maysharim b'yom din, l'hogeh dayot badin
L'vatik v'oseh chesed b'yom din  l'zochayr brito badin
L'chomayl ma'asav b'yom din, l'tahayr chosav badin
L'yodaya machashavot b'yom din, l'chovaysh ka'aso badin
L'lovaysh tz'dakot b'yom din, l'mochayl avonot badin
L'norah tehillot b'yom din, l'solayach la'amoosav badin
L'oneh l'korav b'yom din, l'fo-ayl rachamav badin
L'tzofeh nistarot b'yom din, l'koneh avadav badin
L'rachaym amo b'yom din, l'shomayr ohavav badin
L'tomaych t'mimav d'yom din


Rosh Hashanah Shacharit Kedushah



Link to words and phrasing

B'sefer Chayim



B'sefer chayim, b'racha v'shalom, ufarnasa tova, nizachayr v'nikatayv l'fanecha
Anachnu v'chol am'cha bayt Yisrael, l'chayim tovim, l'chayim tovim ul'shalom


Avinu Malkeinu -- Middle 8 Lines



Avinu Malkaynu -- Final Lines



Avinu Malkaynu, chonaynu va'anaynu (2x) ki ayn banu ma'asim
Aseh imanu, tzedakah va-chesed (2x) v'hoshi'aynu

Adonai Adonai



Adonai, Adonai, Ayl rachum v'chanun, erech apayim v'rav chesed ve-emet
Notzayr chesed la-alafim, nosay avon va-fesha v'cha'ta'ah v'nakay

B'Rosh Hashanah



B'Rosh, B'Rosh Hashanah yi-ka-tay-vun, uv"Yom tzom Kippur, yay-cha-tay-min

Areshet S'fataynu



Areshet s'fataynu ye'erev l'fanecha, Ayl ram v'nisa, ram v'nisa
May'vin uma'azin, mabit umak'shiv, l'kol, l'kol t'kiyataynu
Ut'kabayl b'rachamim, b'rachamim uv'ratzon, b'rachamim uv'ratzon
Seder, seder mialchuyotaynu (zichronotaynu/shof'rotaynu)

Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781