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High Holy Days

“The great shofar is sounded and the still, small voice is heard.”

During the High Holy Days, and the month of Elul leading up to them, Jews look inward at our own soul and deeds, while drawing strength from our community coming together. Services and programs at Temple Isaiah (described below) are designed so that congregants of all ages and abilities will feel welcome, finding meaningful opportunities for prayer, study, and reflection. Many services are multigenerational, geared to be spiritually fulfilling for all ages. Information on disability access and inclusion may be found here. Due to the large turnout, you will see that passes (a benefit included with annual membership commitment) are required for some services. Information on membership may be found here. Start with smaller preparatory classes and/or participate at larger services. We look forward to starting the year as the warm, welcoming community that is Temple Isaiah - Your Jewish Neighborhood. L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu. May you be inscribed for a good year.

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High Holy Days Passes

Members click here to login to your online Temple account and order additional high holy day passes.

Non-members click here to order high holy day passes.

High Holy Days passes allow entry to any High Holy Days services, rather than to specific (i.e. early or late) services. Attendees will be permitted to mix and match early and late services. Passes should only be used by the pass holder.

Passes are not required for Tot services, and there is no charge to attend these services However, attendees will need to obtain a security pass to get on the property. Non-members contact (925) 283-8575 for Tot services.

Passes to High Holy Days for each household are included with membership and will be mailed to all Temple Isaiah members (adults and children ages 13-26 living at home) in September, once membership commitment is made for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and in good standing (please renew by August 31, 2016). Need to renew? Please visit http://www.temple-isaiah.org/commitment

Passes for adult children not living at home or age 27+ are $75. Passes for adult guests of members are $250. These prices are reduced by 50% after Rosh Hashanah.

The High Holy Days packet includes passes for entry to two services, security passes for entry to the Temple Isaiah campus during the High Holy Days, and information about parking. Those attending Tot services only need a parking pass to enter, and won’t need passes for the services.

Seating is first come, first served for services, unless you have requested special seating due to a disability, which entitles you to one seat, plus one companion seat (maximum three seats for a caretaker in addition to companion). Members with special seating needs due to a disability should contact the Temple office at (925) 283-8575 to make the request. It is highly recommended that those with special seating needs arrive early. Special seating will only be held for those who reserve it in advance until 15 minutes prior to the start of each service.

Passes will be mailed in September. If you are a member in good standing and have not received your passes by the week before services - please call our office at (925) 283-8575.

Members of other URJ (Reform) and USCJ (Conservative) synagogues who submit verification of membership are eligible for passes without charge. Contact our Temple Office at (925) 283-8575 to apply for reciprocal seating at Temple Isaiah.

Passes will be available to non-members at $350 each for all services. These prices are reduced 50% after Rosh Hashanah. Please call our office at (925) 283-8575 for more information.

Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor

During the High Holy Days of 2016 (5777), our congregation will be using a wonderful new set of prayer books (Machzor). This High Holy Day prayer book (Machzor), comes in two volumes, one for Rosh Hashanah and one for Yom Kippur. These beautiful and inspiring editions represent the first new High Holy Days texts to be introduced in the Reform Movement in nearly 40 years!

Members have an opportunity to sponsor personalized bookplates to remember a loved one, celebrate a lifecycle occasion, or honor clergy, family and friends. These bookplates are beautifully designed and will be placed in each of the volumes. More details and sponsorship information at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/bookplates

Prepare yourselves for the High Holy Days

Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29, 2016 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Join Rabbi Shanks, Rabbi LeVine, and Rabbi Greninger as we spend three weeks preparing for the High Holy Days by exploring Mishkan Ha’Nefesh, the new machzor (prayerbook) that will be used at Temple Isaiah this year.  As we delve into the theology, history, structure, and spirituality of the new machzor, we will turn our hearts, minds, and spirits toward the new year ahead.

S’lichot Program and Service
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:00 p.m. S’lichot program in the Social Hall. Film “The Making of a Mensch” with teaching and discussion
8:00 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary. A beautiful and moving service to awaken us to the task of repentance followed by dessert reception in the foyer
Please sign-up for the dessert reception at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/oneg

Graveside Gathering of Prayer and Remembrance

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
We will join together at Isaiah Garden at Oakmont Memorial Park and Gan Shalom for a ceremony of remembrance led by our clergy, which will be followed by private time to visit the graves of our loved ones.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, October 2, 2016

8:00 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary
A service of inspirational readings and contemporary instrumental and vocal sacred music designed to awaken our souls to the solemn, transformational and uplifting themes of the Holy Days. We will use the Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor. The choir and orchestra fill the Sanctuary with music.

Rosh Hashanah Morning: Monday,October 3, 2016

8:45 a.m. Tot Service for ages 0-5, CCJDS Makom (2nd floor)
A service geared toward families with children 0 - 5 years with stories, songs, the shofar, snacks and activities led by our Rabbi and Cantor.
8:45 a.m. Family Service for K-7th grade, Sanctuary
A participatory, informal and multi-generational service for families with children in grades K - 7 and all those who prefer earlier morning worship.  The service includes chanting from the Torah, sounding the shofar and inspirational messages from our Rabbis. A Tashlich Ritual will take place at the Lafayette Reservoir at the conclusion of the service around 10:45am.
11:00 a.m. Teen Service & Program for 8-12 grade, Adult Lounge
For 8th- 12th graders, led by Rabbi Alissa Miller, our Youth Director and members of our teen community, including a service and informal programming on the themes of Rosh Hashanah.
11:00 a.m. Morning Service, Sanctuary
Adults and older children will worship using the Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor continuing the warm, uplifting, contemporary feeling begun the night before. The service includes the beautiful music of the choir, the sounding of the shofar, chanting from the Torah and Haftarah and the Rabbis’ inspirational messages for the New Year. Members of the congregation are called up for aliyot during the Torah service in creative and meaningful categories that enhance the feeling of community.  At the conclusion of the service we will participate in a Tashlich ritual at the Lafayette Reservoir.

Rosh Hashanah Second Day: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. Poetry and Chant, Beit Knesset
9:00 a.m. Contemplative Walk, Lafayette Reservoir

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Children’s Program for up to 3rd grade, TTC
8:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary

The service contains the haunting melody of the Kol Nidre (all vows) prayer played by the orchestra with featured cellist and sung by Cantor Korn and the choir. Temple Isaiah has a tradition of donning our talisim in unison at this service. We will use the Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor as we face our transgressions and seek forgiveness during the day of atonement. This service ends at a pause, rather than a conclusion, symbolizing this continuous day of prayer. The congregation is encouraged to follow tradition and wear white during Yom Kippur and you will notice many people doing so.

On Kol Nidre we will have both an early and late Service in our Sanctuary. While parents and older children attend the early Kol Nidre service with their families in the Sanctuary, we invite young children through 3rd grade to attend a Kol Nidre Children’s Program in the Talmud Torah Center.  The children will eat dinner and participate in an interactive and educational Yom Kippur program. Registration is required. Registration coming soon. Questions? Contact (925) 284-9191. The Kol Nidre children’s program is funded by the Charles Emold Memorial Fund.

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:45 a.m. Tot Service for ages 0-5, CCJDS Makom (2nd floor)
A service geared toward families with children 0-5 years with stories, songs, the shofar and activities led by our Rabbi and Cantor.
8:45 a.m. Family Service for K-7th grade, Sanctuary
A participatory, informal and multi-generational service for families with children in grades K-7 and all those that prefer earlier morning worship. The service includes chanting from the Torah, and inspirational messages from our Rabbis.
11:00 a.m. Teen Service & Program for 8-12 grade, Adult Lounge
Led by Rabbi Alissa Miller, our Youth Director and members of the teen community, including a service and informal programming on the themes of Yom Kippur.
11:00 a.m. Morning Service with Yizkor, Sanctuary
Adults and older children will worship using the Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor. The music of our choir and Cantor Korn add to the majesty and awe of our prayers of atonement. The service includes a Torah service, the sounding of the shofar, and inspirational messages from our Rabbis. We continue the practice of calling up the congregation for aliyot during the Torah service in creative and meaningful categories. During the Yizkor service, we remember our departed loved ones and pray that their memories will be for sweet and loving blessings.
2:30 p.m. Opportunities for the Mind, Body and Spirit in the Talmud Torah Center
At the completion of the morning service in the Sanctuary, those who wish to remain on the Temple campus through the end of the day may participate in study, chant and Neshamah Yoga opportunities.
4:00 p.m. Mussar Service, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Neilah Service, Sanctuary
This service begins with an opportunity for personal prayer in front of the open ark. Neilah, the beautiful concluding service for Yom Kippur, follows directly after the Mussar Service and includes a special role for the children of our community to bring light into our Sanctuary as dusk falls and the day is ending. We conclude the day by exiting the Sanctuary to the hushed tones of the choir.

Sukkot, Simchat Torah & Shemini Atzeret

Our month of Holy Days continues with the celebration of the harvest in our Sukkah and dancing with the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah.

Sukkot
Sunday, October 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Community-wide Erev Sukkot Celebration.
Get ready for Sukkot by ordering a Lulav & Etrog Set!
Have you ever thought about owning your own lulav/etrog set for Sukkot? Shaking the lulav is a fun Jewish home ritual, especially for families with kids! The cost is $35 per lulav/etrog set, and they will arrive in time for Sukkot. Deadline: September 19. Email Nina Jones at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let her know how many sets you’d like and whether you’d like to pay by check or credit card.
If you have questions about Sukkot traditions, please contact Rabbi Greninger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Monday, October 17, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Sukkot Service

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 23, 2016
4:30 p.m.
JQuest classes
5:30 p.m. Free pizza dinner for JQuest families
6:15 p.m. Community-wide Simchat Torah Service in the Sanctuary
Come sing and dance with the Torah scroll and Dennon and Doyle, as we celebrate restarting our cycle of Torah readings. All ages come together as we welcome our youngest students to JQuest.

Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret
Monday, October 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret Service with Yizkor in the Beit Knesset

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please call our office at (925) 283-8575 as soon as possible. We want everyone to start the new year in a peaceful, joyful and meaningful way. L’shanah Tovah.

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