Yom Kippur 2016/5777
Join us October 11th-12th
Here is a detailed look at the Yom Kippur service schedule and times:
Tuesday Night October 11th, 2016 - Kol Nidre
Services begin promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are in the Torah procession, you must be ready to go and be in the library by 6:15 PM. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
As you enter our synagogue, you may notice several plates with the names of various charities. This is a very important custom known as "Kaparot". On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally took a fowl and waved it over their heads three times with the following pronouncement: "This is my substitute, my vicarious offering, my atonement". The fowl was then slaughtered and given to the poor as a meal. This evolved from the idea of the Temple sacrifice where it was possible to transfer sin to another object. Kaparot means atonement and has been practiced by Jews for centuries, some say dating back to the Talmud days, almost 2000 years ago.
Today, many Jews take money and symbolically do the same thing. Money is waved over one's head and then taken to the synagogue to be distributed to charity. The plates that are placed at the entrance ways allow you to perform this ceremony (with or without waving!). Please give generously!
Babysitting is available for children 11 and under on Kol Nidrei as well as Yom Kippur Day. Please be considerate to the congregation AND to your children and take them out of sanctuary when they are becoming fidgety (why should they have to suffer through the sermon!) We also ask that parents please make sure that older children not go downstairs. It is very difficult for our babysitter to maintain order and ensure the safety of our smaller children. We have a lot of little children this year and we cannot have older children downstairs creating a disturbance. Thank you in advance.
Kol Nidrei Sermon: "Averting the Evil Decree"
Wednesday October 12th – Yom Kippur
Here is the complete schedule for Yom Kippur Day. Please note that all times are estimated and we are always either ahead or behind schedule - mostly behind schedule. (Kind of like the airline industry, only in Hebrew!). We ask, out of respect, that you do not enter during the sermon (I am easily distract...hey, did you just see what flew by my window!).
9:00 AM - Psukey D'zimrah. The opening prayers
9:30 AM - Shacharit. The morning service begins
10:30 AM - Torah Service
11:00 AM - Rabbi's Sermon: “Being Religious Again”
12 Noon - Yizkor (Memorial Services)
!2:30 PM Musaph (the additonal service) begins
4:45 PM - Junior Congregation (in the daily chapel)
3:00 PM – 5:15 PM - Break
5:15 PM - Mincha (the afternoon service)
6:00 PM - Neilah (the closing service)