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We are excited to share all the services and programs that we have planned for the High Holy Days, Sukkot and Simhat Torah. Check here frequently, as information is updated on a daily basis. For a complete list of services and programs, check the calendar.

Links

Book of Remembrance
• PDF or Yumpu*

Community Aliyot Honors Program
• PDF or Yumpu*

High Holy Days Guide
• PDF or Yumpu*

*To read Yumpu in an easy-to-read format, hover your mouse over the lower right corner of the Yumpu screen below and click the "fullscreen" option icon to the right of the Yumpu logo.

Kol Nidre Niggun audio clip
Familiarize yourself with the above short and simple melody, which Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon will be incorporating into this year's Kol Nidre service.

High Holy Day Updates

Beth Meyer will be moving away from fundraising efforts tied to ritual activity (i.e., the “selling” of honors, seats, parking spaces, etc.). Thus, for this year’s High Holy Days:

Holy Day Parking: Beth Meyer will be discontinuing the sale of reserved parking spaces. Instead, parking spots are “first come, first serve” and available for advance reservation by registrants with physical limitations or disabilities. It is felt that elimination of the preferential parking system demonstrates community commitment to Jewish teachings to protect the most vulnerable.

Reserved Seats: For 2021, we will continue to offer reserved seating for purchase. However, in the same spirit of eliminating preferential practices, the current intent is to discontinue the seating reservation system in future years.

Aliyot Auction: This year, recipients of aliyot and honors will be chosen by clergy after consultation with volunteer leaders and Professional Staff. However, recipients of “community” aliyot (e.g., Fannie Heilig Memorial Aliyah) will continue to be chosen by other parties.

For Family Services:
Out of an abundance of caution, all those over the age of 2 participating in the family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are required to wear face coverings. The rabbis will remove their face coverings while leading the outdoor service when we are physically distant from those seated under the tent. The rabbis will promptly replace their masks when socializing in closer proximity before and after the service. In alignment with our Jewish values, it is critical that we protect the most vulnerable among us, most especially young children who cannot be vaccinated at this time. We look forward to you joining us in such a way that we maximize community connection while minimizing risk of harm.

For those who prefer to join us from home, register on the event pages (linked above) to receive a Zoom link, which will give you remote access to our outdoor service. Note: The production quality will not be on par with what we have indoors. We appreciate your understanding in advance.

Volunteer Opportunities

For all High Holy Day services, we need ushers to assist attendees and keep services running smoothly. Whether you can fill one shift or many, we need your help. Don't wait to sign up! Contact Ellen Adelman (ebadelman123@gmail.com) to volunteer for this important role. 

At the close of Yom Kippur, on Thursday, September 16, children ages 4-12 are invited to help us celebrate Havdalah. Children can gather in the BMS library beginning at 7 p.m., arriving no later than 7:30 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., we will join the congregation in the sanctuary for Havdalah. Children should wear white tops and dark bottoms.

There is NOT a family volunteer requirement for High Holy Day childcare this year. However, registration is required and must be received by September 1. Click here to register. 
Calling our teen helpers! Need service hours and enjoying working with children? Contact Cathy Kaplan (cathyk@bethmeyer.org) to volunteer to help with childcare during the High Holy Days. 
Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782