Temple plans for High Holy Days
Temple Bat Yam, the only Jewish institution servicing Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City/Dayton, Minden/Gardnerville and other Carson Valley communities will observe services and events over the 10-day period of the Days of Awe, or High Holy Days, from Sept. 22 through Oct. 2.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a celebration, also begins a 10-day period, in which Jewish people reflect on any mistakes they have made in the past year, pray to God for forgiveness and seek ways to improve themselves and the lives of those around them. During this period, many contact family and friends whom they may have hurt and say, “I hope you will forgive me for anything I may have done to hurt you, intentionally or unintentionally. I forgive you for anything you might have done to hurt me, intentionally or unintentionally.”
Then, the Jewish person will try to make any amends that can be made. These “days of awe” end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, traditionally a fast day. By so doing, an attempt is made to “wipe the slate clean,” put the hurts of the past behind them, learn from the mistakes of the past and incorporate these lessons in living a better life in all respects, including having improved relationships with others. At the end of the Day of Atonement there is a “Break the Fast”.
All people are welcome. In many cases, there are family services, which are geared to families with children; and community services, more geared to adults. The schedule of services and events is as follows, all events take place at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, in South Lake Tahoe, except where noted:
— Sept. 22 Ð Rosh Hashanah Eve
5 p.m. Family Service; 8 p.m. Community Service
— Sept. 23 Ð First Day of Rosh Hashanah
9 a.m. Community Service; noon Family Service; and 1 p.m. Tashlich service, the symbolic casting of sins into the waters of Lake Tahoe, immediately following the Family Service, at the Timber Cove Pier; 6:30 p.m. Kabbalah on the eve of the second day of Rosh Hashanah Ð A special look at the Jewish new year through mystical study and meditation.
— Sept. 24 Ð Second day of Rosh Hashanah
10:30 a.m. Ð Prayer, song, study and nosh in the picnic spot, at Spooner Lake Recreation Area.
— Oct. 1 Ð Yom Kippur Eve
7 p.m. Kol Nidrei, the evening service for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be held at the Edgewood Country Club, Lake Parkway near Highway 50 in Stateline.
— Oct. 2Ð Yom Kippur
9 a.m. Community Service; noon Family Service; 1:15 p.m. Study Jonah; 3:30 p.m. Mincha, Afternoon Service; 5 p.m. Yizkor Memorial Service; 5:45 p.m. Ne’ilah Concluding Service; “Break the Fast.”
All services will be conducted by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Temple Bat Yam’s communal leader for three years. He will be joined by professional soloist, Laurel Barnett, who will chant the prayers, accompanied on the piano by Sid Engel. Other professional musicians will play the harp and flute during some of the services, which will include the traditional sounding of the Shofar (ram’s horn) during both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
A donation is requested of non-member guests to help defray the cost of what promises to be the largest-ever services held by the 23-year old temple. Donations can be applied to membership dues, if requested. No one should avoid attending because of financial considerations.
Additional information can be had by calling (775) 588-4503 at South Lake Tahoe, (775) 267-2761 from the Carson Valley or e-mail to rabbijonathan @yahoo.com.
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