High Holidays, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah

The High Holy Days are almost upon us! We have compiled the following information for you. Please contact Marilyn at the main office with any questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300). This year, we will be sending members name tags in place of tickets. Since they serve as tickets, please bring them with you to all High Holy Day services. Name tags will be sent out in September to all members in good standing.

 

As in past years, Temple Emunah seeks to provide its members and guests across the entire age spectrum with meaningful and heimish religious experiences. THIS CALENDAR contains descriptions of our service options. These include:

• The Main Service - starting at 9:00 AM on Yom Kippur
The Family Prayer and Learning Experience, with our Rabbis (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
The Tot Experience, with Sharon Levin (9:30 - 10:15 AM)
The Kindergarten to Grade 2 Service, with Angela Schatz (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, snacks provided)
• The Teen Service on both days of Rosh Hashanah, on Kol Nidrei and on Yom Kippur

To sign up for tickets to the various services, babysitting or reserved parking, please fill out THIS FORM and return it to the Temple Office. 

 

OTHER HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES:

 

MEDITATIVE MARTYROLOGY: One of the most painful of all Jewish prayers is "Eleh Ezkereh,” which translates to “These We Remember." It is often referred to as The Martyrology, and it is a passage we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. It describes in graphic detail the torture and death of ten great Rabbis by the Roman Empire, two thousand years ago.

This year we are having our own special Meditative Martyrology Service on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00 PM. The theme of this service is “How do we continue to have faith in Adonai in the midst of evil and injustice?” We will experience that spark of spiritual meaning as we listen to readings and participate in a 10 minute reflection. More information HERE.

 

COMMUNITY BREAK-FAST: Come eat, laugh, and spill some lox on your clean slate! All Temple members are invited to join us in the Aula on Wednesday, October 12, immediately following Ne'ilah Services (the end of Yom Kippur). This program is free and is sponsored by The Ladle Fund. To RSVP, contact Marilyn Pappo at the Main Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300. FLYER.

  

 

SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH INFORMATION

 

Lulav Shake and Sukkot Shelanu: Everyone is invited on Sunday, October 16 for our annual Lulav Shake and Sukkah Marketplace! This year, we are combining forces with the Israeli School of Lexington to bring you even more fun and excitement. There will be various stations with learning and projects, as well as the Family Ed table where you can learn about the different parts of a lulav and how to tie it together. Don’t forget to make a Sukkah decoration and enjoy a Lulav Milk Shake! If you have pre-ordered a lulav set for yourself, pick up for this will be in the Social Hall between 10:00 and 12:30 PM.

 

Sukkot Progressive Lunch: Join all your friends on the first day of Sukkot, Monday, October 17, 2016 for a free community lunch, sponsored by The Ladle Fund! We will start at noon in The Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah for kiddush and snacks, then walk to Rabbi Michael and Shayna Fel's sukkah for a dairy lunch. We will close with dessert at Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin's sukkah. This event is free, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 5th. 

 

Sisterhood Soup in the Sukkah: The Temple Emunah Sisterhood invites all women to join them for Soup in the Sukkah on Thursday, October 20, starting at 7:00 PM! We will be serving soup, appetizers, dessert, and wine. This event is FREE, but please RSVP to Cindy Bobrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Enjoy an informal evening with food, friends, and fun! 

 

Shabbat in the Sukkah: Enjoy a spirited Shabbat in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah on Friday, October 21 with a delicious dinner in an inclusive, fun and family-friendly way! We will start with snacks and schmoozing at 5:00 PM, then bring in Shabbat at 5:30 with joyous song and prayer. During Ma’ariv, Rabbi Lerner will gather all the youngsters for a special story and songs! Cost for the event is $15 / Adult (13+), $10 / kid (ages 4-12), children ages 0-3 are free! Given the limited space available in the Sukkah, we can only accommodate 70 people. RSVP right away to save your spot! Email Jodie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, October 10. 

 

Sukkah Open House: Rabbi David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan invite you to their Sukkot Open House on Saturday, October 22, 3:00-5:00 PM for snacks, schmoozing, and games! Spend time with the Rabbis, your friends, and new members at a fun, relaxed afternoon party! The Sukkah is at the Lerner-Levin home at 5 Blossom St in Lexington. This event is FREE, but please RSVP to Ellen Weene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Simhat Torah Evening Celebration: Come join us on Monday, October 24, as we rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at our Kabbalat Panim. There’s something for everyone! We will start with a special Torah Roll activity at 5:00 PM, followed by Minhah and a community dinner at 5:30 PM. There will be activities for kids of all ages as we head into Ma'ariv and Kabbalat Panim (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! Please note that the dinner is subsidized by The Ladle Fund and costs $10 / family. Please RSVP for the dinner to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, October 13 at noon.

 

Tot Simhat Torah: Share the merriment of our Simhat Torah celebration with other young families! Join the Torah parade, k’vell (feel the pride) as our children are called to the Torah for an aliyah (Torah blessing), sing, dance, listen to a holiday story, have a special snack, and more as Shelley Rossman, our Pre-School Director, leads us in an interactive holiday experience! This service and program is on Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 AM; everyone is invited to stay after services for a community Kiddush lunch and time on our playground! This event is free and open to non-Temple or Pre-School families, but please RSVP in advance to the Pre-School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0708.

 


With the ongoing security concerns in Israel and throughout the world, we will continue to be vigilant about security this year, so please bring your name tags as we will absolutely be checking them at the door. Please understand that the members who will be checking tickets have volunteered their time - time away from family and friends. Some of our newer member volunteers may not recognize our long-time members. In the spirit of the High Holy Days, please be patient and understanding.

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