Friends, we are approaching our first ever digital High Holy Day services. In this most challenging of times we are still together for our most sacred of days. Though our services will be on screen, our prayers, observances, and connection to our loved ones and community extends far beyond the virtual world. Our TBA team has spent the past few months planning and producing Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services that provide us with the traditions, music, sermons, and teachings to which we all look forward each year. We are excited to embark on this unique High Holy Day journey together.
Let us remember that any meaningful journey requires preparation. In this email, you’ll find instructions and ideas for this year’s High Holy Days.
Our services are complete High Holy Day services with the full liturgical and musical traditions of our in-person High Holy Days. Please know that it’s ok to take a break, get up, walk around, and come back when you’re ready. It’s ok to tune in for the moments in the service that are particularly special to you, and to take breaks in between. These services are here to help us find meaning and comfort in difficult times, and to better enable us to be our best selves. We each know ourselves best— let’s take in services this year in whichever way will make the most sense for us.
The general service schedule is available here, along with other useful high holy day links.
Service links will be available here, along with the specific timing within the services for stories, Torah reading, Sermons, Musaf, Shofar, and announcements. Congregant greetings will take place at the start of each service.
Services will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. For instructions on how to watch, click here. They will be streamed at the designated times and then available on demand after.
For technical support during the holy days,
Contact our producer, David Sisselman, via phone or text at +1 (973) 420-5880.
Prayer book and service materials can be found here, including:
- High Holy Day Machzor (multiple files)
- Family and Young Children’s service Machzor
- Healing service
For the best High Holy Day Experience,
Prepare your space, prepare yourself, and gather your family. Find a space in your home that can be your sanctuary, free of distractions, and decorated for the festivities. You can design your own mizrach, a marker for your wall designating which way is east, towards Jerusalem, and feel free to decorate with symbols of the festival, and photos of family and friends.
Celebrate with the people you love. Set up a Facebook watch party, create a Zoom room on a different device, watch on a large screen outside while social-distancing in your outdoor spaces, or other ways of connecting with each other during these holy days.
Being intentional with our holy day preparations will make all the difference towards our experience.
These are not the High Holy Days for which we all hoped, but they will be the High Holy Days that we all need. May these coming days be spiritually fulfilling, bringing renewal, healing, and inspiration to us all.
Shana tova u’m’tuka— a good and sweet New Year.
Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Cantor Jessica Epstein
Max Edwards, Rabbinical Assistant
For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.
We are a congregation that is more than 165 years old that works together to define our own independent path. We strive daily to be faithful to the teachings of the Torah, dedicated to the acquisition of Jewish knowledge, and committed to the well-being of the Jewish people in America, Israel and around the world.
We would love to meet you.
-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF
–Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash PDF
Shabbat Shuva, Shacharit Parashat Ha’azinu Bar Mitzvah Cooper Rosenstein PDF
Join Rabbi Vaisberg, Cantor Epstein and Max Edwards, Rabbinical Assistant for Shabbat Services on Facebook Live on the TBA Facebook page
Friday, September 25
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Temple B’nai Abraham mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, as we honor her work and memory, Zacher T’zaddik Livrakhah – morning may the righteous be remembered for a blessing.
Saturday, September 26
10:00 AM Shabbat Service
Cooper Rosenstein, son of Megan and Peter Rosenstein, will become a Bar Mitzvah. Shabbat Shuva, Shacharit Parashat Ha’azinu Bar Mitzvah Cooper Rosenstein PDF
5:00 PM Mincha Service
Morgan Abramson, daughter of Susan and Keith Abramson, will become a Bat Mitzvah. Shabbat Shuva, Mincha Parashat Ha’azinu Bat Mitzvah of Morgan Abramson PDF
7:45 PM Havdalah
High Holy Day Schedule
HHD Machzorim prayerbooks PDF
Erev Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 27
12:00 PM Memorial Service, streamed from B’nai Abraham Memorial Park
→Watch on YouTube Live
→Watch on Facebook Live
7:30 PM Kol Nidre Service Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur Select Prayers and Composers PDF
→Watch on YouTube Live
→Watch on Facebook Live
Monday, September 28
|8:00 AM||Young Children’s Service (Toddler through third grade)|
|9:00 AM||Family Service (Fourth through sixth grade)|
|10:00 AM||Yom Kippur Service Yom Kippur Shacharit, Musaf, Select Prayers and Composers PDF
1:00pm Meditation Period
2:00pm Healing Service Healing Service PDF
4:00pm Mincha Service Yom Kippur Mincha, Yizkor, Ne’ilah, Select Prayers and Composers PDF
5:00pm Yizkor Service
6:00pm Ne’ilah Service
Service Siddurs PDFs
Jewish Job Network (JJN)
In an effort to assist individuals who are in need of job search support during this economic downturn, the Livingston and West Orange communities have revived the Jewish Job Network (JJN). JJN is an informal volunteer organization serving the Jewish community in our local area. http://jewishjobnetwork.com.
Jewish Family Services – https://www.jfsmetrowest.org/
–A Journey Through Grief, for older adults who have lost a spouse or significant other, weekly Zoom session beginning Thursday, September 24. Register with Amanda Kielbania.
–Contact Tracer positions; NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: Contact Tracer Interest Registration page:https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/tracer
-Career Counseling Workshops
–Important Information for those Having Difficulty Paying Their Rent
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP)
For more information, dial 609-292-4080 or 551-249-2687. You can also visit our website at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/vouchers.html, which includes information on the Maximum Income Limits and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for this Program
Wonderful offerings from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality
-Jewish meditation, free sessions: Weekdays from 12:30-1:00 pm
-Jewish yoga: Mondays (11:00-11:45 am) and Thursdays (4:00-4:45 pm)
Hebrew Free Loan of NJ http://hebrewfreeloanofnj.org/
NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub website https://covid19.nj.gov/
- Live Updates -https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html#live-updates
TBA offers a wide array of classes, meetings, and programs via Zoom.
Click here for the Zoom schedule and links. (password protected)
If you have difficulty logging on to Zoom, please email email@example.com.
Temple B’nai Abraham is grateful to be one of the recipients of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Synagogue Based Early Childhood Center COVID19 Emergency Grant. These funds are made possible by generous donors to the UJA Annual Campaign and signify Federation’s investment in early childhood education and synagogues.
As our partner, Federation believes that Jewish early childhood education provides the basis for Jewish identity building in children and serves as a foundation for your family’s involvement in Jewish life. In recognizing the central role Temple B’nai Abraham’s early childhood center plays in the lives of our families, and especially working parents, Federation made our re-opening a critical priority