Temple Emunah seeks to provide its members and guests across the entire age spectrum with meaningful and heimish religious experiences. Our Main Services are held in the Rubinovitz Social Hall, starting at 8:20 AM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and at 9:00 AM on Yom Kippur. For family-friendly services, please click on the links below to learn more about each service we provide. This information is for the 2019 holiday season.
• The Family Prayer and Learning Experience, with our Rabbis (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
If any student needs an Excused Absence Letter for the holidays in the 2019-2020 school year, feel free to print THIS LETTER.
OTHER SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES:
Selihot: The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and this mood builds throughout the season. Prayers for forgiveness called selihot are added to the daily cycle of religious services during this time. As in years past, we are joining forces with Temple Isaiah to observe Selihot on Saturday, September 1, starting with a community dinner at 6:00 PM. This event is at Temple Emunah this year.
Tashlikh: Tashlikh (casting away) is the ceremony of throwing bread crumbs into a body of water to symbolize the act of throwing away our sins. We perform this act on the first day of Rosh Hashanah with prayers and songs in order to honor the traditions of the Yamim Nora’im (High Holy Days).
Kol Nidrei Food Drive: As is the tradition at Temple Emunah, we will be collecting small boxes of whole wheat crackers as well as 1-2 lb bags or boxes of Brown Rice for Family Table. Family Table is the only kosher food bank in the greater Boston area; it is sponsored by Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS). Look for the red bins on Kol Nidrei, outside the main entrance to the temple, on Wednesday evening, September 18th and drop off your donations at that time. Thank you! More details HERE.
Yom Kippur Afternoon: On Yom Kippur afternoon we will have meditation with Barbara Neustadt at 2:00 PM, as well as a Text Study with Rabbinic Intern Rebecca Weintraub at 3:30 PM. Her talk is entitled: What the story of Jonah can add to our spiritual journey on Yom Kippur. This will be followed at 4:30 by Yom Kippur Minhah and the Reading of the Book of Jonah. Ne'ilah Services will begin at 6:00 PM. For a full schedule of Yom Kippur, click HERE.
Sukkah Market: Do you want to add some new decorations to your Sukkah this year? Would you like to hang a Jewish Blessing Flag from Fair Trade Judaica in your Sukkah? Come to our
Lulav Shake: All pre-ordered lulav and etrog sets can be picked up on Sunday, September 23, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Learn about how to shake a lulav and enjoy a milkshake!
Sukkot Simhat Tot: All families with young children are invited to our special Sukkot program with the Solomon Schechter Day School on Sunday, September 23, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. There will be crafts, songs, snacks, and fun! Weather permitting we will have time to shake a lulav in the Sukkah. This program is free of charge.
TOT Sukkot Program: All young families are invited to join Rabbi Fel on Monday, September 24 at 11:00 AM, for a special Tot service celebrating Sukkot! There will be stories, songs, prayers, and fun! This service will meet at 11:00 for an hour, and all families are welcome to participate in the Progressive Sukkot Lunch, beginning at noon in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah.
Pop-Up Sukkah Sighting: Join Rabbi Lerner, Rabbi Fel, and other Temple Emunah staff for a Pop-Up Sukkah sighting! We will be at the Lexington Depot from noon until 1:00 PM with our pop-up sukkah, a lulav and etrog to shake, and lots of friendly faces. Come by and say hello and perform one of the mitzvot of Sukkot! This event is cancelled if it is raining.
SIMHAT TORAH INFORMATION
Simhat Torah Morning Celebration: Be sure to come back the next morning, Tuesday, October 2, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereisheet.
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.