Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

High Holiday Schedule — 2021

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Hashmi-ini et Koleich
!השמיעיני את קולך

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We invite you to join Kol Ami on a journey into and through the High Holidays.  Here is our High Holidays programming schedule for 2021/5782.

Preparing for High Holidays

Get Your Shmita Boots On!   Two Tuesday evenings on Zoom, August 3 and 17, 7:30-8:30 pm.   With the sabbatical/shmita year starting on Rosh Hashanah, delve into the texts and concepts with Rabbi Gilah and Herb Levy.  We’ll touch on debt relief, agricultural practices, and how idealism meets reality.

60 Days: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays:  Join us for Sunday discussions of Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s, 60 Days – A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays.   Zoom sessions will be held on August 8, 15, 29, and September 5, 10-11 am.  The book’s daily reflections and exercises provide a wonderful path into the Days of Awe.  Led by Mike Jawer, Ruth Anne Faust, Jason Weiss, and Joan Goldfarb.

— Selichot Program:  The Saturday night a week before Rosh Hashanah kicks off the High Holiday season in earnest, with a special evening called Selichot / Forgivenesses.  Join Rabbi Gilah, Richard Ruth, and Hazzan Sabrina Sojourner on Zoom for a special evening of conversation, discussion, and prayers.  August 28, 8 pm.

Shabbat Shuvah:  This year, the Sabbath of Return in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur falls on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  Join us for Shabbat morning services on Zoom, and a special program and discussion led by Rabbi Bruce Aft, David Siegel, and Rabbi Gilah as we bring personal memories on what happened 20 years ago with reflections on its long aftermath.  Sept. 11, 10 am to Noon.

High Holiday Worship

Rosh Hashanah:

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Co-led by Rabbi Gilah and Jane Schulman
then 7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. linger and schmooze – all are welcome

Rosh Hashanah Day, Tuesday, September 7:

Morning Service:  10 am – 12:30 p.m.  Co-led by Rabbi Gilah and Herb Levy
9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. linger and schmooze before or after services

Children’s Services:   Led by Carol Boyd Leon

  • Families with children 7 years old and younger:  10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
  • Families with children 8-12 years old:  11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Tashlich / Shofar / Picnic In-Person for the Entire Community:   5 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location:  Lubber Run Park

Yom Kippur:

Kol Nidre:  Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur, Thursday, Sept. 16:

  • Yom Kippur Morning Service from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Co-led by Rabbi Gilah and Jane Petkofsky
  • Torah Reading, Discussion, Text Study from 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.   Co-led by Richard Ruth and the Pizza & Talmud Teens.
  • Yizkor from 12:30 p.m. -1:15 p.m.  Co-led by Rabbi Gilah, Rayna Aylward, and Ed Bomsey
  • Linger and reminisce following Yizkor 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  •  Reading the Book of Jonah with Richard Ruth, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • A Taste of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, with Louise Lerner and Jane Petkofsky, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
  • Synagogue Stamps Around the World, with Harriet Epstein, 5:00-5:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur Children’s Services:  Led by Carol Boyd Leon

  • Families with children 7 and under: from 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
  • Families with children 8-12: from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Neilah Service: 6:45 p.m. – 7:54 p.m.  Led by Rabbi Gilah and Cameron  Tarry.
Final Shofar Blast/ End of Fasting at 7:54 p.m.

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