High Holy Days

Rejoice & Renew: High Holy Days 5783

The High Holy Day season is an invitation to prepare for the power of a new year. Through the quiet yearnings in our hearts, we can reflect on becoming better people and rejoice in the sacred community that makes this season so meaningful. We are here for you and thank you for all the ways you invite us to be present in your lives.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu – May your New Year be filled with sweet blessings.

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Mishkan HaNefesh – Our New High Holy Day Prayerbook 

For many years, Temple Beth El has used Gates of Repentance, the beautiful machzor – or High Holy Day Prayerbook – published in 1978. Temple’s Clergy began to use readings and prayers from the new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, after its publication in 2015. Our use of the machzor accelerated during the pandemic because of the ease of language, slides, and other resources that the new prayerbook provided for our streaming services. As we return to the Temple in 5783/2022, we made the decision to celebrate the New Year with a new machzor. 

We are so excited for Mishkan HaNefesh because it:

  • Is a timely, meaningful liturgy for everyone; those who have been engaged in our community for a long time and those new to Jewish spirituality and practice. 

  • Inspires feelings of awe during moments of solace and contemplation and solidarity through song and worship.

  • Embraces different ideas of God through the rich liturgical voices of the Jewish past and the aspirations of our people today. 

  • Provides a fully transliterated liturgy, making services more accessible to people of all levels of Hebrew skill. 

  • Includes study texts, rich commentary, and essays from leading Jewish thinkers with thoughtful background from our Jewish tradition. 

  • Presents contemporary poetry and alternative readings. 

  • Offers new translations that capture the beauty of the Hebrew.

 

Dedicate a Machzor in Honor or Memory of a Loved One 

In addition to the annual opportunity to honor and remember loved ones through Lizkor v’Lichvod, this year you can add a dedication nameplate to a set of our new Mishkan HaNefesh machzorim with your loved ones’ names. Mark a birth, wedding, graduation, anniversary, birthday, or other simcha (happy occasion) with a meaningful contribution to our congregation, or honor loved ones you are remembering during this time of year. Inclusion in this year’s Lizkor v’Lichvod booklet is $18 per name; for an additional $54, your loved ones’ names will be added to a nameplate in a set of Mishkan HaNefesh machzorim. Please visit the following link to complete the Lizkor v’Lichvod form by Monday, August 29.  

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