Youth Programs: Yom Kippur

We are offering two in-person events for youth during Yom Kippur. Kids will have the chance to complete a service project and participate in an educational program. There will be an event for Preschool-2nd grade and 3rd-12th grade.

Check your email inbox for the sign up link or contact for the link.

Yom Kippur

-Our Yom Kippur is filled with services, music, and reflection.  We begin the day with a live Shofar wake up call from 9:00-9:15 AM on Zoom.

-At 9:15 AM, our Yom Kippur Morning Traditional Service, Ruach Service, and Tot Service will all go live here. The Traditional Service is the most traditional of our offerings; the Ruach Service is a shorter service with contemporary music, and the Tot Service is for our youngest members.

-From 12:00-1:00 PM you can drop-off donations in the parking lot for our High Holiday Food DriveWe are collecting non-perishable and canned foods for ICA Food Shelf.

-Our Food for Thought Forum: Four Great Texts with Bet Shalom Clergy will be live Zoom at 2:00 PM.

-Starting at 4:00 PM, we are having a virtual Afternoon Minchah Service & Yizkor service.

-Starting at 6:15 PM, join us for our virtual Communal Live Neilah Service to conclude Yom Kippur with closing prayers and Shofar blasts.

For links to watch services and our forum virtually, email Amy Yoelin.

Food for Thought Forum: My Relationship with Israel

The Yom Kippur Food for Thought Forum is entitled, “My Relationship with Israel.”  This year at Bet Shalom, we have an added focus of providing opportunities for folks in our community to explore their own understanding and knowledge of, and relationship with, Israel.  Like any relationship, this part of Jewish identity grows and changes over time.  This forum for conversation is open to every person in our community whether you have a deeply rooted and well considered identification with Israel or if your connection is still a list of questions.  All are welcome and encouraged to join us and participate.

This Food for Thought Forum is not a political conversation or panel presentation.  This is a conversation between people who are in community together at Bet Shalom.  The group in attendance will sit in circles of 8-10 people and each will have a predetermined group leader to keep things moving.  Each group will have a collection of photos of something in Israel that can serve as prompts for reflection.  Each group will also have a “talking stick” and only the person holding the stick speaks so they are not overcome by anyone in the group.

We will go around the group four times during our time together.

1.  First Round:  Introductions (a goal of congregant conversations is making personal connections)

2.  Second Round:  What is your relationship/connection/experience with regard to Israel?

3.  Third Round:  Why did you pick that photograph?

4.  Fourth Round:  What is something you want to learn more about?

Yom Kippur

Service Schedule

8:30 am Morning Service – Ruach Service

As on Rosh Hashanah, our Yom Kippur Ruach Service is led by our Rabbis, Cantor, and Ruach Ensemble. This slightly abbreviated service is filled with contemporary music, a Torah Service, and a sermon. Free childcare is available during this service, but requires Registration.

10:15 am: Tot Service (Sanctuary)

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

10:15 amChildren’s Service (Downstairs Auditorium)

This service, designed for children in grades 2-5 and their families, contains many elements of our High Holiday services for our students who may not be ready for the other adult service offerings.

11:15 am: Traditional Style

This service is the most traditional of our Yom Kippur daytime 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.

2:00 pm: Food for Thought Forum: My Relationship with Israel

Free childcare is available during the forum, but requires Registration.

2:00 pm: 8th-12th Grade Programming – Youth Lounge

Our teens will join together for an engaging discussion about Israel with new CLASP Fellow/Youth Director, Jake Levine.

3:00 pm Contemplative music in the sanctuary

3:30 pm Afternoon worship, including Healing Service, The Afternoon/Minchah Service, Eileh Ezk’rah, Yizkor, Neilah, 

Following Afternoon worship: Break-the-Fast with Bet Shalom: Registration necessary (no charge).

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