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High Holy Days Schedule & Additional Details


Service Registration

Online registration for Yom Kippur is now closed.
If you would like to join us in person for services,
please arrive ready with a proof-of-vaccination and mask.  


Yom Kippur Service Descriptions

Kol Nidre Services
Erev Yom Kippur, September 15, 7:30pm, Paepcke Auditorium & Streamed
Led by Rabbi Segal and Cantor Hass, our Kol Nidre service will also feature our string quintet, a beloved AJC tradition that adds such beauty and spirituality to the beginning of Yom Kippur.  
Morning Service & Yizkor (Memorial) Service
Yom Kippur, September 16, 10:00am, Paepcke Auditorium & Streamed
Yom Kippur services continue with Rabbi Segal and Cantor Hass. Yizkor will immediately follow our morning service. 
Learning Session: The Spirituality of Fasting (Whether or Not You Are!) With Rabbi Mary Zamore
Yom Kippur, September 16, 1:00-2:00pm Zoom (Click here to join)
An exploration of the reasons behind fasting and some of the texts that shed light on this ancient practice. Together we will think about what fasting teaches us about our relationship to food and Jewish practices. For those who are not fasting, we wll look at other options to deepen your Yom Kippur spirituality. This program is hosted by the AJC and other small congregations throughout the country. 
Rabbi Mary Zamore is the Executive Director of the Women's Rabbinic Network (WRN). Zamore is the editor of The Sacred Table: Creating Jewish Good Ethic, (2011, CCAR Press), finalist National Jewish Book Awards, and The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic, (2019, CCAR Press). Rabbi Zamore is the co-leader of the Reform Pay Equity Initiative, which addresses the wage gap within the Reform Movement, and founded our Safe Clergy: Employees and Employers program, which focuses on safety at Jewish Seminaries.  
Learning Session: The Shmita (Sabbatical) Year: Economic Justice, Radical Sharing & Rest
Yom Kippur, September 16, 3:30pm Paepcke Auditorium
Spend Yom Kippur afternoon learning with Rabbi Segal and your fellow AJC members. 
Afternoon Service of Comfort & Healing and Neilah (Concluding Service)
Yom Kippur, September 16, 4:30pm Paepcke Auditorium & Streamed
Close Yom Kippur with our beautiful afternoon and Neilah (concluding) services. The afternoon service will not only feature the traditional Torah & Haftara readings, but it will additionally include personal stories shared by community members and will be a meaningful chance to find Comfort and Healing after the year of uncertainty and pandemic we have lived through.  Our Neilah (concluding) service spiritually finishes Yom Kippur, lifting us from repentance toward joy, and it concludes with Havdalah.

Family Programs & Services

Family Services
Erev Yom Kippur, September 15, 5:00pm, Aspen Chapel Garden
These services are especially for elementary- and middle school-aged children and their families. These services will not only be spirited and meaningful, but they will also feature the key themes and prayers of our High Holy Day season. 
Young Children/Tot Program
Yom Kippur, September 16, 10:00am, Paepcke Auditorium 
Geared for children ages 0-7, Sima and a team of babysitters will lead our children in songs, stories and crafts related to the High Holy Days. Parents are invited to join this program or to drop off children for the program followed by babysitting for the duration of the services.
Yom Kippur Evening & Morning Services Paepcke Auditorium
Open to children 0-11, our babysitting team will provide snacks and supervise free-play, enabling parents to enjoy the High Holy Day services while children are engaged in activities as well.  Please know that we warmly welcome children and individuals of all ages and abilities to attend our main High Holy Day services, and we hope that this babysitting option will be a help to families that wish to use this resource.


Our High Holy Day Cantor, Sara Hass.


COVID Safety Precautions

As we continue to be impacted by the pandemic, our Task Force on Reopening continues to guide our decisions. Please note that updates will be made to our safety plans as needed based on developing conditions. At the current time, our plans for safety procedures are as follows:
·     Advance registration for all services and programs will be mandatory.
·     For those in eligible categories, proof of vaccination will be required for attendance at indoor services and programs. 
·     Masks will be required for all attendees at indoor services and programs.
·     The Rabbi & Cantor will remove their masks when leading services and distanced. When others are participating in the services they will resume mask wearing.
·     Family Services will be held outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, Family Services will be held indoors with the same precautions as other indoor programming (i.e., mandatory proof of vaccination for those eligible and masking)
·     There will be no oneg on Rosh Hashanah; “to-go-neg” of apples and honey will be provided.
·     There will be no potluck break-the-fast on Yom Kippur; we encourage you to make virtual or in-person break-the-fast plans dependent on your comfort and degree of safety.
·     If you wish to avoid shared touch of prayerbooks from one service to the next, we are glad to loan you a set of High Holy Day prayerbooks or to arrange for you to purchase of a set of High Holy Day prayerbooks of your own. Please contact Jessica to make such arrangements.
Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782