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We will be offering a variety of services this year including indoor, outdoor, streaming, and family options. 

Click here or on the video below from Rabbi Heller to hear about all of our service options for this year's High Holidays

Until we see a marked decrease in COVID cases, every B'nai Torah service and event will meet at least two of the following criteria:

 ALL VACCINATED
 MASKED
 DISTANCED
 OUTDOORS

We will be using these keywords and icons throughout the fall to help you understand the safety precautions for each worship and engagement opportunity. 



 


Outdoor Service Opportunities for High Holidays 5782

REGISTER FOR OUTDOOR SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES HERE

Family Services: We are excited to offer families the chance to celebrate and pray together at outdoor services led by Rabbi K. Most will be held at The Weber School. Non-member guests are welcome at these services. Note that services are either preschool-1st grade or K-6th, so that families with multiple children can choose the best fit for them. Teens are also welcome in the outdoor adult or enrichment services, or (if fully vaccinated) in the main service. 

Adult Services: We are proud to offer morning and afternoon options for outdoor worship. In the morning an Enrichment Service led by Rabbi K, and in the afternoon an abbreviated "highlights" service that includes the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur. You may bring non-member guests to these services; registration is still required.


NOTE: Rabbi K’s Enrichment Services will be held at The Weber School under a tent with masks; in the event of inclement weather, we will move these services into the school's gym and unvaccinated individuals will not be able to attend. Rabbi Heller’s afternoon outdoor services will be at B’nai Torah, either in our outdoor chapel or as a drive-in.

In-Person Outdoor Service Schedule:

Tuesday, September 7 - Rosh Hashanah Day 1
9:00AM Preschool - 1st Grade Family Service (at The Weber School)
10:30AM Adult Enrichment Service with Rabbi K (at The Weber School)
4:30PM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service (at The Weber School)
5:00PM Shofar and Inspiration with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav (at B'nai Torah)
 
Wednesday, September 8 - Rosh Hashanah Day 2
9:00AM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service (at The Weber School)
10:30AM Adult Enrichment Service with Rabbi K (at The Weber School)
5:00PM Shofar and Inspiration with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav (at B'nai Torah)
 
Wednesday, September 15 - Erev Yom Kippur
5:00PM Tot Kol Nidre (at B'nai Torah)
6:45PM Family Kol Nidre (at The Weber School)
 
Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur
9:00AM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service (at The Weber School)
10:30AM Adult Enrichment Service with Rabbi K (at The Weber School)
4:45PM Yizkor & Highlights with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav (at B'nai Torah)
 
**Tailgate style services are designed to keep families as comfortable as possible while staying physically distanced. You are welcome to bring chairs or blankets to sit on during the service or you can roll down your windows and remain in your car. 

 


 

Indoor Service Opportunities for High Holidays 5782

 
Main services will still be held in the sanctuary, but with limited in-person capacity (approximately 25%). These services will also all be available virtually. At this time, your family can sign up to attend one of the five major services in person.
 
To attend these indoor services, proof of vaccination is required. (Children ages 7-11 may attend if they are able to mask and have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the start of the holiday). We strongly encourage those who have an at-risk family member to join us virtually or outdoors only. The Rabbi and Cantor will be unmasked and distanced for portions of the service, following specific protocols. We will be offering family services this year instead of offering separate youth or babysitting services.

All member families are guaranteed attendance for at least one of the services listed below. We will do our best to place family groupings together; however, it is important to note that there will be assigned seats for contact tracing purposes. Torah readers, service leaders and others playing a role in the service will automatically be registered for the service in which they are reading or leading. Because we have dramatically reduced the number of honors this year, other truly essential honors will be assigned from among those who have registered for a given service. Seating will be assigned so that household groups can be separated and we can perform contact tracing, if necessary.

Members will be accommodated before we open registration to guests or other community members. Limited Registration - DEADLINE is Monday, August 23.
 
In-Person Indoor Service Schedule:
 
Monday, September 6 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:30PM Evening Service
 
Tuesday, September 7 - Rosh Hashanah Day 1
8:00AM Morning Service (includes Shofar and Sermon)
6:30PM Evening Service (includes Shofar)
 
Wednesday, September 8 - Rosh Hashanah Day 2
8:00AM Morning Service (includes Shofar and Sermon)
7:30PM Evening Service (includes Shofar)
 
Friday, September 10 - Erev Shabbat Shuvah
6:30PM Shabbat Evening Service
 
Saturday, September 11 - Shabbat Shuvah
9:00AM Shabbat Morning Service
5:00PM Afternoon Service
 
Wednesday, September 15 - Erev Yom Kippur
6:45PM Kol Nidre (Mincha at 6:45PM, Kol Nidre at 7:00PM)
 
Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur
8:30AM Morning Service (includes Sermon and Yizkor)
6:15PM Evening Service (Mincha at 6:15PM, Neilah at 7:15PM)
 
Private Prayer at the Ark / Visiting the Sanctuary:
 
We will not be having participants come before the ark at Neilah. If you would like to have some personal time in the sanctuary, you can sign up for a 10-minute slot on either September 13 or 14; visits will be available from 2-4PM and 6:30-8PM. 

Virtual Service Opportunities for High Holidays 5782

If you prefer to join us virtually, services from the main sanctuary, as well as select others will be available and open to the entire community. Feel free to invite friends and family anywhere to sign up here to receive the link (B'nai Torah Members do not need to fill out the form to receive the links as they will be emailed to you). You can join via Zoom (links will be sent out a week before the holiday to members and those who have submitted the form above), or one-way streaming here AND on our Facebook Page.

Congregants may register to pick up a mahzor or use the digital edition linked here.

Virtual Service Times for Main Services:
[Zoom Details for Main Service: https://zoom.us/j/87375594320 with no password.
You may dial in by phone at +13126266799,87375594320#]
 
 
Monday, September 6 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:30PM Evening Service
7:38PM Yom Tov Candle Lighting
 
Tuesday, September 7 - Rosh Hashanah Day 1
8:00AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
9:00AM Torah Reading
9:50AM Shofar
10:15AM Sermon
10:45AM Musaf
6:30PM Evening Service
8:37PM Yom Tov Candle Lighting
 
Wednesday, September 8 - Rosh Hashanah Day 2
8:00AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
9:00AM Torah Reading
9:50AM Shofar
10:15AM Sermon
10:45AM Musaf
7:30PM Evening Service (includes: Shofar, Stump the Rabbi, and Ma'ariv)
8:35PM Havdallah
 
Friday, September 10 - Erev Shabbat Shuvah
6:30PM Shabbat Evening Service
7:32PM Shabbat Candle Lighting
 
Saturday, September 11 - Shabbat Shuvah
9:00AM Shabbat Morning Service
5:00PM Afternoon Service
 
Wednesday, September 15 - Erev Yom Kippur
6:45PM Afternoon Service
7:00PM Kol Nidre
7:25PM Yom Tov Candle Lighting / Fast Begins
 
Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur
8:30AM Yom Kippur Morning Service
10:00AM Torah Reading
10:45AM Sermon and Yizkor Service (click here to play Sermon Bingo!)
11:45AM Musaf
2:30PM Yom Kippur Study Sessions Begin (click here for YK Learning Opportunities)
6:15PM Evening Service (Mincha at 6:15PM, Neilah at 7:15PM)
8:24PM Havdalah/Shofar/Fast Ends

 

Virtual Service Times for Alternative / Family Services:

Tuesday, September 7 - Rosh Hashanah Day 1
9:00AM Preschool - 1st Grade Family Service
10:30AM Enrichment Service with Rabbi K
4:30PM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service (Click here for the "Caught Red Handed" Activity Page)
 
Wednesday, September 8 - Rosh Hashanah Day 2
9:00AM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service
10:30AM Enrichment Service with Rabbi K
 
Wednesday, September 15 - Erev Yom Kippur
5:00PM Tot Kol Nidre
6:45PM Family Kol Nidre
 
Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur
9:00AM Kindergarten - 6th Grade Tailgate Family Service
10:30AM Enrichment Service with Rabbi K
8:20PM Virtual Light Parade

Digital Mahzor & Digital Yizkor Book

To view the Digital Edition of Mahzor Lev Shalem, please visit:   https://ebooks.rabbinicalassembly.org/view/616704922/
and enter password "Vernon700".  
 
To view or download the digital copy of the Yizkor Book please CLICK HERE.
 

Preparing Your Home for the High Holidays

Last year we learned that we can find God wherever we are. We can choose to bring God into our homes. We can prepare our space. 
 
Don’t watch services from a home office or kitchen. Sit where you would if you were welcoming guests. Clear any distractions. Consider setting your phone to “do not disturb” or putting it in another room. Have your laptop or device on a decorated table. It is possible to project your computer or iPad screen onto a TV. Make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can download it from https://zoom.us/download.
 
If you would like to watch with friends and family, you can create a “watch party.” Even if you can’t all gather on the same porch, you can consider feeding our livestream into a Zoom you set up yourself. Click here to learn how! 
 
Have photos or keepsakes of loved ones nearby. If there are children in your life, consider decorating your space with holiday-themed drawings or art. Think about what you are wearing. While you could watch services in your pajamas, if you are going to invite God into your home, put on real pants. It will feel different.
 
Also, DO YOU HAVE A PRAYERBOOK? While we will also have digital mahzorim to download at the last minute, you will have a more meaningful experience if you have a physical book in your hand. If you want to borrow a prayer book, click here. Let us know via email if you need a Tallit or a Kippah and we will make one available to you.
 
Prepare Yourself for a Meaningful Experience 
 
We have a library of videos for the high holiday season at https://www.bnaitorah.org/40days.
 
You can sing along at home with our holiday Spotify Playlist.
 
In addition to formal services, you can bring the holiday to your holiday table with this Rosh Hashanah Seder.

Tashlich

During the week of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to perform the ritual of Tashlich - symbolically throwing our sins into a body of water. 

Community Tashlich Experience

On Sunday, September 12, our rabbis will be available in-person, in beautiful natural settings in Sandy Springs (at Morgan Falls Park) and Brookhaven (at Murphey Candler Park), to guide small, socially distanced groups through this ritual. To register for a timeslot and location that works best for you and your family, please click here.

BT LAB Family Program on T’shuva and Tashlich

For families with children enrolled in BT Lab, we are offering a special Family Program on T’shuva and Tashlich at both locations as well. Join us on Sunday, September 12 for a 45-minute family program and a chance to cast your sins into the water from a safe distance. You may register for the BT Lab Family Program here


Office Closure Dates

Please note that the synagogue office will be closed or closing early on the following dates due to the holiday season:

  • Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 6: Office will be open 9AM-NOON. Closed Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8. 
  • Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 15 (Kol Nidre): Office will close early at 2PM. Closed Thursday, September 16.
  • Sukkot - Monday, September 20 (Erev Sukkot): Office will close early at 2PM. Closed Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22. 
  • Shemini Atzeret - Closed Tuesday, September 28.
  • Simchat Torah - Closed Wednesday, September 29.

Giving

Kol Nidre Appeal
At this time of year, as we come together to celebrate and welcome a New Year, it is traditional to make a Kol Nidre appeal to our membership, and those who join us for the High Holiday services. The Kol Nidre Appeal provides essential funding to build and sustains Jewish life and our community at Congregation B'nai Torah. To participate in our 5782 Kol Nidre Appeal, please click here.

Atlanta Community Food Bank
This year, Operation Isaiah Food Drive (where the Atlanta Jewish Community comes together to collect food donations during the High Holy Days) is collecting monetary donations. All donations benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Community Assistance Center, who strive to feed the hungry in and around Atlanta. Let us continue to work together and "share our food with the hungry." Please click here to make your donations.

Food Bank Donations
If you would like to make food donations to JF&CS Food Pantry, Solidarity Sandy Springs, and the CAC, you are welcome to bring canned and shelf-stable unopened food items to B'nai Torah and place them in the marked collection bins. The bins will be available throughout the High Holidays.

Learning

The High Holiday season is more than just the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rather, the season begins a month prior to the holidays with the onset of the Hebrew month of Elul, which is the start of the season of repentance. As we reflect on the year in review and plan for the new year to come, join us in our learning as we spiritually prepare for these holidays, and explore the themes that define the High Holiday season.
 

"40 Days to a Better You"
Last year we created a daily spiritual development program called “40 Days to a Better You.” We explored timeless themes like anger,  optimism, forgiveness, and patience. All of the daily videos are available here. We invite you to revisit these short videos to enhance your personal reflection practice during Elul. 
 

Lunch and Learn (Tuesdays at 12:00 PM) and Shaleshudis (Saturdays at 5:20 PM)
Our High Holiday Institute begins Tuesday, August 10. Most topics will be offered twice: Tuesdays for Lunch and Learn (Zoom only, 12:00PM schmooze, 12:15PM lunch), and Saturday afternoons at 5:20PM in person and on Zoom in our Virtual Sanctuary. Email Ashley Cohen at acohen@bnaitorah.org for links.

-Decoding the Shofar Blasts with Rabbi K - Tuesday, August 10 and Saturday, August 14

-The Seventh Year with Rabbi Heller - Tuesday, August 17 and Saturday, August 21

-The Book of Life Volume 5782 with Rabbi K - Tuesday, August 24 and Saturday, August 28

-Failing Life’s Tests with Rabbi Heller - Tuesday, August 31 and Saturday, September 4

-9/11 Twenty Years Later with Rabbi Heller - Saturday, September 11

-Affliction, a Hands-off Approach with Rabbi K - Tuesday, September 14
 
Virtual Yom Kippur Study Sessions
 
2:30-3:30PM: Shmita: Ancient Tradition, Modern Imperative with Rabbi Pamela Gottfried & Myrtle Lewin
Rabbi Pamela Gottfried and Myrtle Lewin, educators and volunteers with the Jewish Climate Action Network of Georgia (JCAN-GA), learn how the biblical laws of Shmita can guide us, 21st century Jews living in Georgia, to restore our connection to the earth, to each other and to God in 5782. - Click here to download or print a copy of the text.
 
 
3:45-4:45PM: The Book of Jonah: Serious, Not Serious with Rabbi Judith Beiner
The book of Jonah contains some serious themes such as repentance and how humanity relates with God, which in turn connect to the sobriety of Yom Kippur. Additionally, the text is filled with irony and some humor, which make for great reading year after year.  Please join this lively discussion! - Click here to download or print a copy of the text.
 
 
5:00-6:00PM: The Creation Story: A pathway to a Jewish definition of "Justice" with Rabbi Edward Harwitz
A unique take on a familiar story. Join Ed Harwitz as we refine our understanding of how our tradition thinks about Justice. - Click here to download or print a copy of the text.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which High Holidays service option is right for me?
 
I want to be careful or someone in my family has a health concern recent exposure or symptoms.
  • Please watch the stream of our main services, family services, or enrichment services (links sent to members automatically, if you are not a member, request here).
I have children 6th grade and under and want to attend in person.
My household is primarily adults and we want to pray in-person outdoors.
  • Attend Rabbi K’s Enrichment Service in the morning at Weber or the “Shofar and Inspiration” with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav in the afternoon in our outdoor chapel - click here to register .
My household is vaccinated, and we want to attend indoor services.
  • Please email rsvp@bnaitorah.org immediately to see whether space is available at the service of your choice.
What are my options if I want to hear shofar live?
You may attend any of the following services (pre-registration is required to attend in-person services):
·       Rosh Hashanah Day 1 or Day 2 Indoor Main Service (in-person or virtual) 
·       Rosh Hashanah Day 1 or Day 2 Outdoor Enrichment Service 
·       Rosh Hashanah Day 1 or Day 2 Outdoor Shofar & Inspiration Service
·       Rosh Hashanah Day 1 or Day 2 Outdoor Family Services
 
What are my options if I want to attend Yizkor?
Yizkor will be available at the following services (pre-registration is required to attend in-person services):
·       Indoor Main Service (in-person or virtual)
·       Outdoor Enrichment Service
·       Outdoor Yizkor Service
 
What are my options if I want to hear the sermon from a service I do not attend?
The sermon will be available virtually and a recording will be available following the holiday.
 
What are your safety protocols?
All in-person services will institute at least 2 of the 4 following safety measures:
·       Vaccination or negative PCR test 
·       Masking 
·       Outdoors 
·       Distanced 
Indoor services will have assigned, distanced seating to assist with contact tracing.
All congregants are asked to stream if they or any member of their family have been exposed or are experiencing possible COVID symptoms.
What if I have guests?
Guests are welcome in our streamed and outdoor service options.
We can only offer indoor seating to members at this time. Guests will be welcomed indoors on a space available basis after members have been accommodated.
 
What is the audience for Rabbi K's Enrichment Service?
People of all ages and stages are welcome, however the target audience for the conversations will be adults. The service is open to members and the community, and vaccination is not required as long as the service can take place outdoors as intended. In the case of inclement weather, the service will move indoors and proof of vaccination will be required to participate. 

 

Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782