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Building Sacred Community. Applying Study to Our Lives. Enriching Our Souls. Repairing the World.

Bet Shalom is a warm and welcoming Reform Jewish congregation, founded in 1981, that provides a sacred community for applying study to our lives, enriching our souls, and repairing the world around us. It is our vision that the people of Bet Shalom are empowered by Jewish values, motivated to lead active Jewish lives, and enabled to contribute to a better world.

Bet Shalom is a community, as well as a congregation. We are single, married, widowed and divorced. We are LGBTQ, and we are straight. We are single parents, coupled parents, Jews by birth and Jews by choice. We are proud of this diversity and provide a variety of ways for each individual to express his or her Judaism.

Welcome to High Holidays at Bet Shalom, 5779-2018

Schedule of Services:

Selichot refers to prayers for forgiveness that are offered during the High Holiday season. The Selichot service is the official beginning of the High Holidays for our congregation and consists of beautiful and moving music and opportunities for contemplation as we embark on these Days of Awe.

6:30 pm Selichot Program: Screening of the film, “1945

8:15 pm Kabbalat Panim - Reception and Nosh

9:00 pm Selichot Service at Bet Shalom

8:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

This traditional Evening Rosh Hashanah service features our choir, a declaration of the New Jewish Year, and a sermon. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

Tashlich, the symbolic throwing of our sins into a flowing body of water, will be available throughout the day by the Holocaust Reflection Garden and Flagpoles

8:30 am Ruach Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

The Ruach Service is led by our Rabbis, Cantor, and Ruach Ensemble, who bring their musical talents all year long to our Shabbat Ruach service the 3rd Friday night of each month. This service is filled with contemporary music, a Torah Service, the sounding of the Shofar, a sermon, and is slightly abbreviated. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

10:15 am Rosh Hashanah Tot Service

This “pre-reader” High Holiday experience is designed for our youngest children, ages 0-6, and their families. Those in attendance will be treated to a taste of Rosh Hashanah services including the sounding of the shofar, singing fun songs, and a story.

11:15 am Traditional Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

This service is the most traditional and complete of our Rosh Hashanah day time experiences. We will explore the depth of our Holiday Machzor (Prayer book), hear the Torah reading, a sermon, and traditional selections of music. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

1:30 pm **New offering** Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service

This is a new offering on our High Holiday schedule and is intended as a service for our children in grades 2-5, and their families. This service will contain many elements of our High Holiday services for our students who may not be ready for the other adult service offerings.

8:00 pm Kol Nidre Service

This traditional Evening service for Yom Kippur features our choir, the chanting of Kol Nidre, and a sermon. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

8:30 am Ruach Yom Kippur Morning Service

Like on Rosh HaShanah, the Yom Kippur Ruach Service is led by our Rabbis, Cantor, and Ruach Ensemble, who bring their musical talents all year long to our Shabbat Ruach service the 3rd Friday night night of each month. This service is filled with contemporary music, a Torah Service, a sermon, and is slightly abbreviated. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

10:15 am Yom Kippur Tot Service

This “pre-reader” High Holiday experience is designed for our youngest children, ages 0-6, and their families. Those in attendance will experience a sampling of the Yom Kippur services including the chanting of Kol Nidre, singing fun songs together, and a story.

11:15 am Traditional Yom Kippur Morning Service

This service is the most traditional and complete of our Yom Kippur day time experiences. We will explore the depth of our Holiday Machzor (Prayer book), hear the Torah reading, a sermon, and traditional selections of music. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

1:30 pm Food for Thought Forum: A Short Musical Film and Animated Conversation with Our New Cantor, Cantor Richard Schwartz

“Chazn Afn Probe” is a 10-minute musical gem that depicts a congregational committee's search for a new cantor. Produced in 1931, the amusing film points to broader questions worthy of consideration: To what extent ought Jewish traditions be preserved? Who should be responsible for making the decisions about maintaining Jewish customs and innovating new ones? What role does music play in representing this dynamic? Please join Cantor Schwartz for a lively conversation on Yom Kippur afternoon as we replace food with thought. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

1:30 pm **New offering** Yom Kippur Children’s Service

This is a new offering on our High Holiday schedule and is intended as a service for our children in grades 2-5, and their families. This service will contain many elements of our High Holiday services for our students who may not be ready for the other adult service offerings.

3:00 pm 7th-12th Grade Programming - Youth Lounge

Our teens will join together for a participatory discussion on how the themes of the holiday season relate to their lives.

3:00 pm Afternoon Worship including: Healing Service, The Afternoon/Minchah Service, Eileh Ezk’rah and a contemplative musical offering, Yizkor, Neilah, & Break-the-Fast: Registration necessary (no charge)

Free childcare is available during these afternoon services, but requires Registration.

6:30 pm Sukkot Service

A time for “Gaily Decorated Baskets of Fruit & Vegetables!”

Decorate a basket and fill it with fresh fruits or vegetables. Baskets will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf. All children and adults will be called up by the rabbis to present their baskets and then be blessed. Following the service you are invited to visit our sukkah in front of the building.

Lulav/Etrog sets are available from Bet Shalom, but requires Advance Purchase.

6:30 pm Consecration

7:30 pm Adult Simchat Torah Celebration

11:00 am Yizkor

Bet Shalom Annual Block Party

September 16, 2018 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bet Shalom Parking Lot

• 5K Day-Of Registration Only
• Registration Starts 8:30 AM
• Race Starts 10:30 AM
• 5K Race Fees:
- Family of Racers - $36
- Individual Racer - $18