High Holy Days 5781/2020

18 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020 | 06:00 pm - 07:40 pm

This year, like so many other synagogues around the world, we have decided to conduct services for the High Holy Days virtually. (Click here to see our video announcement.) At a time of unprecedented anxiety and uncertainty, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our congregants, clergy and staff. The Talmud teaches that there is no greater value than pikuach nefesh, saving and preserving life. It also teaches that we must err on the side of caution when there is uncertainty with respect to a life-threatening situation.

We are leaning into the challenge of moving from an in-person to virtual environment with the full realization that you and your family are central to the energy of these services. To that end, we have set upon ourselves two goals: (1) to create services that are especially meaningful and uplifting; and (2) to involve as many congregants as possible.

The following information will help guide you through this year’s High Holy Days at TBE and ensure your full participation and involvement. If you still have questions after reading this, please call Steve Lander at (203) 322-6901, ext. 304, or email execdir@tbe.org.

Service Schedule

Information to come.

Your Participation

Become a part of our virtual experience. The submission deadline for all videos and photos is Friday, August 28!

  • Shana Tova Greetings. Using your laptop, mobile phone or tablet, oriented horizontally, make a 5-10 second video of your family wishing a “Shana Tova” to the congregation. For example: “Shana Tova everyone from the Manheims!” (see sample clip) or “Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Lieba and Steve Lander!” To submit your Shana Tova video, click here.
  • Honors and Aliyahs. Invitations for honors and Torah aliyahs will be sent directly to congregants via email. The note will contain recording instructions for incorporation into the service and other important details. Questions or requests to be included for an honor should be directed to Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz.
  • Psalm 150, Hallelu. Contribute to a rousing rendition of Psalm 150 (Hallelu). Sing, dance, and express your joy and spirit for the holidays. Have family members and pets join also. Click here for a one minute track of Hallelu to use in your video clip. (See sample clip of Cantorial Soloist Katie Kaplan and her daughter Vivian in action.) Also, if you have a shofar at home, take video footage of you and your kids blowing the shofar. Outdoor footage would be great! To submit your Hallelu and shofar videos, click here.
  • Celebration and Remembrance (Yizkor). Help us create a visual explosion of recent lifecycle events (births, graduations, Bat/Bat Mitzvahs), while recalling in memory those who came before us. For details, click here.


Information to come.

Prayer Books (Machzorim)

Information to come.

Family & Children’s Services

A host of celebratory, music and shofar blowing activities will be available for children, including family services led by Rabbi Hammerman and Cantorial Soloist Katie Kaplan. Click here for details. Zoom details to follow.

Tashlich & Shofar

Information to come.

High Holiday Food Drive

Given the pandemic, we’ll be conducting the food drive a bit differently this year. However, your generosity is needed more than ever, and we’re still going to need volunteers to help unpack and sort the food for Person-to-Person. Click here for all the details.

We have temporarily closed the synagogue and all in-person prayer services and meetings have been canceled until further notice.
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