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High Holy Days

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

During the High Holy Days, we Jews look inward at our own souls and deeds, and, strengthened by our community, we strive to make the changes that will enable us to become better people in the New Year.  We offer a season of prayer, classes and programs for congregants of all ages and backgrounds to learn and grow spiritually. We look forward to starting the year with you in the warm, welcoming community that is Temple Isaiah - Your Jewish Neighborhood. L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu. May your New Year be filled with sweet blessings!

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW FOR ATTENDING HIGH HOLY DAYS

1. Passes: are required for entrance to worship services. Passes will be sent to members in good standing* in September. If you have not renewed your annual membership commitment, please call (925) 283-8575, or email Deb Kirsch, Executive Director at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2. Security: For your safety, please have your parking placard displayed as you approach the driveway and your passes in hand as you approach the Sanctuary. We will have ushers checking passes to get you in and seated quickly and a separate line for those without passes in hand.

3. Parking: There is limited parking on campus. In your packet, you will receive overflow parking lot and shuttle details. Allow plenty of time for arrival (but not too early, so we can clear the lot from earlier services).

4. Seating: is first come, first seated. Please refrain from saving seats, or wearing fragrances.

5. Gemilut Chesed: Please be patient and understanding of your fellow congregants.

* Members in good standing have fulfilled twenty-five percent of their yearly commitment.

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High Holy Days Passes

Passes to High Holy Days for each household are included with membership and will be mailed to all Temple Isaiah members in good standing in September. Questions? Please contact (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Member passes: for adult children not living at home (or age 27+) are $75 and guests are $250. These prices are reduced by 50% after Rosh Hashanah. please click here to login to your Chaverweb online Temple account to order additional high holy day passes.

Non-member passes: are available to non-members at $350 each for all services. These prices are reduced 50% after Rosh Hashanah. Please click here to place an online order or contact (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

College students: are our guests during High Holy Days. Click here to register and a receive a parking placard to park on campus by creating a guest account and choose “College Student.” Questions? Contact (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tot services: click here to register your family and a receive a parking placard to park on campus. There is no charge for Tot services. Non-members are welcome - create a guest account and choose the “Tot Service” option. Questions? Contact (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Reciprocal passes: Members of other URJ (Reform) and USCJ (Conservative) synagogues who submit verification of membership from their congregation are eligible for passes without charge.  Please click here to create a guest account and apply for reciprocal passes and contact your congregation to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your membership verification.  Questions? Contact (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The High Holy Days packet includes passes for entry to two services, and a parking placard for entry to the Temple Isaiah campus during the High Holy Days, and information about parking. Those attending Tot services only need a parking placard to enter and will be included on the security list for entry.

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.

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.

If you are a member in good standing and have not received your passes by the week before services - please contact our office at (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Questions? Please contact our office at (925) 283-8575 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor

Our congregation will be using our inspiring new Machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book). Members may sponsor beautiful, personalized bookplates to remember a loved one, celebrate a lifecycle occasion, or honor clergy, family and friends. More details and sponsorship information at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/bookplates

Prepare yourselves for the High Holy Days

View our Welcome to Elul video series with our clergy at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/welcometoelul

High Holy Days Prep Course
Thursdays, September 7 and 14, 2017 at 7pm in the Beit Knesset
Join our clergy as we study central themes of the High Holy Days and turn our hearts, minds, and spirits toward the new year ahead.

September 7: One of the three shofar sections in Rosh HaShanah goes by the name mal-choo-yot, referring to verses expressing the poetic view of God as King (Melech). Join Rabbi LeVine in examining the challenging concept of God as King, and explore together how to find meaning and moral growth in the experience of both will and surrender.

September 14: Another of the three shofar sections in Rosh Hashanah is called Zichronot (remembrance), referring to our plea to God on the High Holy Days to “remember” us. Join Rabbi Greninger as we explore the role of memory - zicharon - in the High Holy Day liturgy as well as in Judaism throughout the year.

S’lichot Reception and Service
Saturday, September 16, 2017

8:00 p.m. Dessert reception in the oneg room. Please sign-up to bring dessert at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/oneg
8:30 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary “Return to the Land of Your Soul: A Service of Spiritual Preparation”
Slichot is the moving, candle lit, Saturday evening service that precedes Rosh Hashanah. We are blessed this year to welcome back harpist Jennifer Ellis to bring her exquisite musical gifts to our community, in collaboration with our clergy and choir. Together we enter our holy time of introspection, reflection and repentance, changing our Torah mantles to white as we strive to return to the land our souls. 

Graveside Gathering of Prayer and Remembrance

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
We will join together at both Gan Shalom and the Isaiah Garden of Tranquility at Oakmont Memorial Park for a ceremony of remembrance led by our clergy, which will be followed by private time to visit the graves of our loved ones. When you enter Oakmont, make the very first turn to the right and continue toward the mausoleum at the end of the road. We will gather near the mausoleum for the service. At Gan Shalom we will gather at the end of the drive near the TI Garden.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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 musicians fill the Sanctuary with music.
Sermon: Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine.

Rosh Hashanah Morning: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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, sounding the shofar, snacks and activities led by our clergy and preschool staff.

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.
The service, led by Rabbi Nicki Greninger and Rabbi Alissa Miller, 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. Parking passes available in the Sanctuary lobby.

11:00 a.m. Teen Service & Program for 8-12 grade, Adult Lounge
For 8th- 12th graders, led by Rabbi 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.
Sermon: Rabbi Judy Shanks.

Tashlich
Immediately following each Rosh Hashanah morning service, we will participate in a Tashlich ritual at the Lafayette Reservoir. After the 8:45am Family service, we invite families to bring their own picnic and Noah’s bagels and cream cheese will also be provided. Parking passes available in the Sanctuary lobby for both Tashlich rituals.


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Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29, 2017

5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Children’s Program for Temple member children up to 3rd grade, TTC. Registration Required.
Questions? Call (925) 284-9191.
8:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary

The service includes the haunting melody of the Kol Nidre (all vows) prayer sung by Cantor Korn and the choir. Temple Isaiah has a tradition of donning our tallitot (prayer shawls) 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 our continuous day of prayer through the next evening. The congregation is encouraged to follow tradition and wear white during Yom Kippur.
On Kol Nidre we will have both an early and late Service in our Sanctuary.
Sermon: Rabbi Judy Shanks.

While parents and older children attend the early Kol Nidre service with their families in the Sanctuary, we invite our members’ 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. Questions? Contact (925) 284-9191. The Kol Nidre children’s program is funded by the Charles Emold Memorial Fund.

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30, 2017

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 clergy and preschool staff.

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. The service led by Rabbi Greninger and Rabbi Miller 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 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, 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.
Sermon: Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine.

2:30 p.m. Opportunities on campus
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 opportunities on campus.

Kulanu Family Art Program

-Yoga with member Betsy Shandalov in the CCJDS Makom
Betsy Shandalov is a Temple Isaiah member, an Integrative Medicine Occupational Therapist and a Yoga Therapist.  She has a private practice working with children and adults in Orinda, Ca.  She uses, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and reiki techniques to help her clients find balance in the body, mind and spirit. Join her 2:30-3:30 on Yom Kippur in The Jewish Day School Building for a meditative yoga class.  We will gather together and find comfort in breathing together in community.

-Sacred Hebrew Chant and Healing Circle with member Jeanette Gross in the Beit Knesset

-Sermon discussion with your clergy in the Sanctuary

-Grief Support Group with members Dawn Comer and Karen Kupetz in the Library

4:00 p.m. Afternoon Service, Sanctuary
As the afternoon service concludes we will open the Ark for the community to stand on the bima for moments of private prayer and repentance.

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 afternoon 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 with a final sounding of the shofar. All shofar players are invited to bring their shofarot for this final blast of the High Holy Days.

Neilah is followed by a community potluck Break the Fast in the social hall.

Click here to sign-up to bring items for the potluck OR
click here to contribute money toward the meal. Cost: Adults $18, Kids $9.


Photos by Michael Fox Photography

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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Sukkot service in the upper parking lot sukkah

Sunday, October 8, 2017
4:00 p.m - Early Childhood Education Sukkot at Gan Ilan Preschool. RSVP required. Questions? Contact (925) 284-8453
6:00 p.m. - Anshei Isaiah and Freebirds (Empty Nesters) Sukkot Dinner. R.S.V.P. form coming soon.

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. Email Nina Jones at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by September 11 and let her know how many sets you’d like and whether you’d like to pay by check or bill your Temple account. If you have questions about Sukkot traditions, please contact Rabbi Greninger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Free pizza dinner for JQuest families
6:30 p.m. Community-wide Simchat Torah Service in the Sanctuary
Come sing and dance with the Torah scroll and DJ’s Denon 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
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We want everyone to start the new year in a peaceful, joyful and meaningful way. L’shanah Tovah.