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Service Schedule & Livestream | FAQ | Youth Services In-Person | Youth Virtual ResourcesFood Drive | Tashlich

While every day is important and must be cherished, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are particularly special holidays that bring us together (physically and through the miracle of screens) as friends, family, community, and as the Jewish people. It’s a time of introspection and renewal as we consider and strengthen our bonds to God and to each other. In the face of an extraordinarily challenging world, our sacred liturgy guides us to identify and celebrate the numerous blessings in our lives. Simultaneously, we commit ourselves to look for ways to better ourselves and our world in the year ahead. As individuals and a blessed community, we pray that 5782 will be a year of peace, strength, love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, health, and joy.

Shanah Tovah u’Metukah—a good and sweet year,

Rabbi David Kalender
Rabbi Viki Bedo

Service Schedule and Livestream

We are thrilled to have High Holiday services in-person and virtually again this year.

The Reopening Task Force has revised the Olam Tikvah protocols in light of updated CDC guidance. All attendees for services at Olam Tikvah for Shabbat and holidays must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Registration is required for in-person attendance. Register below by August 15. If you prefer to join us virtually, you may do so at olamtikvah.org/livestream.

Member RegistrationMachzor Borrowing
Guest Registration | Non-Member Registration

Saturday, August 28
8:30pm Selihot Night Live Zoom

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 6
6:30pm Service in-person & livestream
7:13pm Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Tuesday, September 7
9:00am Service in-person & livestream
9:30-10:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
9:30-11:00am Youth services in-person (pre-k-5th grade)
10:30-11:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
11:15am-12:00pm Teen High Holiday experience in-person (6th-8th grade)
6:45pm Tashlich and Shofar Blowing in-person outside
8:00pm Ma'ariv in-person & livestream
8:10pm Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Wednesday, September 8
9:00am Service in-person & livestream
9:30-10:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
9:30-11:00am Youth services in-person (pre-k-5th grade)
10:30-11:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
6:45pm Tashlich and Shofar Blowing in-person outside
8:00pm Ma'ariv in-person & livestream

Erev Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 15
6:45pm Kol Nidre in-person & livestream
6:58pm Candle Lighting

Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 16
9:00am Service in-person & livestream (including Yizkor)
9:30-10:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
9:30-11:00am Youth services in-person (pre-k-5th grade)
10:30-11:00am Tot service in-person (preschool and younger)
11:15am-12:00pm Teen High Holiday experience in-person (6th-8th grade)
6:00-approx 8:15pm Mincha/Neilah/Ma'ariv/Final Shofar in-person & livestream

Click here to watch our High Holiday livestream.

FAQ

What are my options for attending services?

In-Person: Services will be held in-person with regular and distanced seating in both the sanctuary and social hall. Registration is required by August 15, so that we can plan our services and space to accommodate everyone. Afternoon services (like last year) may be added on Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur if registration warrants. Attendees will be notified of any changes or additions to the High Holiday service schedule. Youth services will be held in-person in the youth wing. Members should register yourself and your family here and register guests here. Non-members who are not guests of a member should register separately here.

Virtual: The sanctuary service will be available via livestream at olamtikvah.org/livestream and open to everyone who would like to attend virtually. The livestream will broadcast for the entirety of each holiday.

What time are services?

Rosh Hashanah begins Monday night, September 6 and goes through Wednesday, September 8. Yom Kippur begins Wednesday night, September 15 and goes through Thursday, September 16. Click here for the full service schedule.

What are the health and safety protocols?

All attendees (age 2+) must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. There will be a combination of distanced and regular seating both in the sanctuary and the social hall. Additionally, we will maintain distancing in the youth services of 3 feet whenever possible.

Will I receive tickets?

Physical tickets will NOT be issued this year. All High Holiday attendees must be pre-registered. Members should register yourself and your family here and register guests here. Non-members (who are not guests of a member) should register separately here. You will need to show identification to security personnel when you arrive. If you do not carry on Yom Kippur, you will be able to check in by providing your name and a secondary piece of identifying information.

Can I borrow a machzor?

Yes! We have a limited number of machzorim (High Holiday prayer books) available to borrow. Limit 4 per household. Click here to borrow prayer books. You can pick up your machzor in the OT office after August 23:

  • During office hours Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Drive-thru Sunday, August 29, 1:00-2:30pm

Will there be youth services?

Yes! We will offer youth services for tots through 8th graders. Click here for youth service information.

Will there be childcare?

We regret that childcare will not be offered this year due to health and safety constraints. However, we will provide a space in the youth wing for families with young children to take a break from services to play. Toys will be provided and the livestream from the sanctuary will be available.

What about the Yizkor Book?

Yizkor will be part of the Yom Kippur day service. You can sign up to attend services in-person here or join via livestream. Books will be distributed on Yom Kippur day for those attending in-person Yom Kippur services. For those joining via livestream, the Yizkor service is in our machzor on page 290. The OT Yizkor book contains additional prayers and the names of our loved ones. If you would like a copy at home:
1.    Download the 5782 Yizkor book
2.    Pick up a book from OT (limited quantity available) Tuesday, September 14 from 2:00-5:00pm or Wednesday, September 15 from 9:00-11:30am.

What about people in need?

Our annual Kol Nidre Food Drive for ECHO kicks off at Kol Nidre. Donations may be dropped off at the Kol Nidre service at 6:45pm on Wednesday, September 15, or at our Pre-Sukkot Stuff-the-Truck donation drive-thru from 9:00-10:00am on Sunday, September 19.

I have more questions.

For additional questions, please email info@olamtikvah.org.

Youth Services

In-person youth service registration is now closed and for the health and safety of our community, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. 

We will follow best practices in terms of safety protocols. All participants (age 2+), including service leaders will wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status and distancing of 3 feet will be in place whenever possible. A to-go snack will be offered at the end of all youth services to enjoy outside in the courtyard.

Tot Services for preschool and younger: This 30-minute service will be offered at 10:00am and 11:00am to best meet the needs of our young families. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the service.

Youth Services for Pre-K-5th Grade: These services, held from 10:00-11:30am, include age appropriate activities, prayer, and discussion. Adults may drop off children at these services and return to the main service.

Teen Experience for 6th-8th Grade: This program meets on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur from 12:00-12:45pm and includes discussion and an interactive activity.

We regret that childcare will not be offered this year due to health and safety constraints. However, we will provide a space in the youth wing for families with young children to take a break from services to play. Toys will be provided and the livestream from the sanctuary will be available.

Youth High Holiday Virtual Resources

Virtual Services

Looking for a High Holiday kids' service at home? Join Rabbi Kalender, Rabbi Bedo, and Debra Beland Ackerman for prayer, singing, and a story!

Rosh Hashanah Tot Service | Rosh Hashanah Jr Congregation Service
Yom Kippur Youth Service

Activities & Games

Get into the High Holiday spirit with games and activities! Don't forget your crayons and markers, because there are lots of great things to color too! 

Rosh Hashanah packet
Yom Kippur packet 1 | Yom Kippur packet 2

 

In the Kitchen

Sweeten up your new year with these Apples and Honey Doughnuts! These delicious treats have apple slices hiding under the dough and will be fun for the whole family to make (and to eat!)

PJ Library

There's a whole world of flavors beyond apples and honey to celebrate the new year and PJ Library is here to guide you through tasty tour of a few of them. For even more great ideas for families throughout the holidays, check out A Time to Grow: A PJ Library Family Guide to the Fall Holidays.

Food Drive for ECHO

Help restock ECHO's food pantry. Please bring one or more of the following most-needed items.

Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Tortillas
Salsa
BBQ Sauce
Instant Potatoes (Box)
Soup
Crackers
Beans
Salad Dressing
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Dry Pasta (please no spaghetti)
Canned/Bottled Juice
Coffee/Tea
Laundry Detergent
Cleaning Supplies
Children’s Summer Clothes
New Socks (all sizes)
Children’s Tennis Shoes & Sandals
New Underwear (all sizes)
Please keep in mind that recipients are usually transient and do not have the ability to store large quantities.

Donations may be dropped off at our Pre-Sukkot donation drive thru from 9:00-10:00am on Sunday, September 19. Want to volunteer on Sunday morning to help collect food? Email Erin Dreyfuss or call the office.

Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah should always be a mixture of tradition and new customs. In that spirit, we invite you to our outdoor Tashlich and Shofar blowing experience.

On both days of Rosh Hashanah (9/7 and 9/8), we will meet in the parking lot at Olam Tikvah at 6:45pm to reflect on the themes of the day, share some of those thoughts, hear the majestic blasts of the shofar, then walk in small groups to the stream to perform the Tashlich ritual. This family-friendly program will have some light snacks and thought questions to get you in a Tashlich state of mind. The short Ma'ariv service will begin at 8:00pm.

Please sign up for Tashlich at OT here

If you plan to do Tashlich in your own small group, Tashlich may be performed at any point between the second day of Rosh Hashanah through the end of Sukkot at Hoshanah Rabbah. Click here to download the two-page PDF of Tashlich prayers.

Wed, September 22 2021 16 Tishrei 5782