High Holy Days Information 5781 (2020)
The CEH Religious Committee has been working hard for many weeks to plan for this year’s High Holidays. Multiple scenarios have been considered, and for the safety of clergy, staff and members, the determination has been made that all services will be conducted virtually this year with the addition of a socially-distanced outdoor Shofar-Tashlich-Havdalah service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. To ensure an uplifting and engaging experience for all, virtual services will include multiple opportunities for prayer, learning and discussion across Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
We will continue to update members as plans and scheduling are finalized. As in recent years, there are no fees for members to attend High Holiday services.
Non-members are invited to join us! This year, there are no non-member ticket fees associated with High Holiday services. Suggested donations of $100 per person/$180 per family will be recommended for non-members.
Please note that for security purposes, all members and non-members who wish to attend virtual High Holiday services and in-person programming must pre-register. Online registration will open in August.
5781 – HH Calendar
*Erev Rosh Hashanah: Friday night, September 18
*Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Saturday, September 19
*Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Sunday, September 20
*Kol Nidre: Sunday night, September 27
*Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28
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Yizkor Memorial Book
The Yizkor service (literally, “to remember”) is recited four times a year, including on Yom Kippur, and connects us spiritually with those who have passed. We recite a memorial prayer during which we ask God to remember our loved one(s) soul and state our intention to perform tzedakah in their honor.
Our congregation commemorates loved ones who have passed by publishing their names in a booklet used during the Yizkor services. By adding their names to our memorial book, your loved ones will be a part of all four Yizkor services, even if you can’t attend all services yourself. Your act of tzedakah will help us repair the world in their honor.
This year we’ve made it even easier to participate using our new online forms:
- If you participated in our Yizkor Memorial book last year, click here: http://bit.ly/yiz-renew
- If this is your first year participating in the Yizkor Memorial book, click here: http://bit.ly/yiz-new
(Using the online forms is convenient and also reduces the need for our office staff to handle physical mail and checks. However, we aim to accommodate everyone, and you’d prefer or need a paper form, please contact email@example.com and we’ll promptly mail one to you).
Please note: you must renew your Yizkor Memorial Book listing in order for it to appear in this year’s Book.