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5780 Service Schedule and Information

Selichot - Saturday, September 21
8:45 PM – Havdalah Service at B’nai Torah
9:00-11:30 PM – Program and Discussion
11:30 PM – Selichot Service

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29

6:30 PM – Evening Services
7:06 PM – Yom Tov Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 30
Main Building Services and Programming
8:00 AM – Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at B’nai Torah
9:15 AM (approx.) – Torah Reading
10:00 AM (approx.) – Shofar
10:30 AM (approx.) – Sermon
11:00 AM (approx.) – Musaf
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Tot Babysitting (Ages 1 – PreK) at B’nai Torah

Additional Morning Services at First Baptist Church at Sandy Springs
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Enrichment Service
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Youth Program and Services (K-8th Graders)
(Drop off begins at 9:00 AM; Program begins at 10:00 AM)

Evening Services at B’nai Torah
5:00 PM – Rosh Hashanah Essentials
6:30 PM – Evening Services
8:04 PM – Yom Tov Candle Lighting*

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, October 1
Main Building Services and Programming
8:00 AM – Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at B’nai Torah
9:00 AM (approx.) – Torah Reading
9:50 AM (approx.) – Shofar
10:20 AM (approx.) – Sermon
11:00 AM (approx.) – Musaf
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Tot Babysitting (Ages 1 – PreK) at B’nai Torah

Additional Morning Services at First Baptist Church at Sandy Springs
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Enrichment Service
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Youth Program and Services (K-8th Graders)
(Drop off begins at 9:00 AM; Program begins at 10:00 AM)

7:00 PM - Mincha/Study/Ma'ariv at B'nai Torah

Erev Shabbat Shuvah - Friday, October 4
6:30 PM – Shabbat Evening Service
6:59 PM – Shabbat Candle Lighting

Shabbat Shuvah - Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM – Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 AM – Youth Services
5:00 PM – Afternoon Service/Shaleshudis

Tashlich - Sunday, October 6
8:45 AM – Sunday Morning Service
12:30 PM – Tashlich and Tails at Morgan Falls Park

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday, October 8
Tot Kol Nidre at B’nai Torah
4:45 PM – Pre-Activity
5:00 PM – Tot Kol Nidre Service

Family Kol Nidre at Mount Vernon Presbyterian
6:30 PM – Family Kol Nidre Service

Main Service at B’nai Torah
5:50 PM – Sanctuary Doors Open
6:25 PM – Afternoon Service
6:45 PM – Kol Nidre
6:54 PM – Yom Tov Candle Lighting/Fast Begins

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9
Main Building Services and Programming
8:30 AM – Yom Kippur Morning Service at B’nai Torah
10:00 AM (approx.) – Torah Reading
10:45 AM (approx.) – Sermon and Yizkor Service
12:00 PM (approx.) – Musaf
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Tot Babysitting (Ages 1 – PreK) at B’nai Torah

Additional Morning Services at First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Enrichment Service with Yizkor
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Youth Program and Services (K-8th Graders)
(Drop off begins at 9:00 AM; Program begins at 10:00 AM)

Yom Kippur Learning
2:00 PM – Break/Study Sessions at B’nai Torah

Yom Kippur Essentials Service
4:30 PM – Sermon
5:00 PM – Yizkor Service

Yom Kippur Evening Services
5:30 PM – Afternoon Service
6:30 PM – N’eilah/Evening Service
7:54 PM – Havdalah/Shofar/Fast Ends


Planning Ahead

High Holiday Tickets
Each adult member of Congregation B'nai Torah is entitled to one ticket. Tickets will be mailed only to members in good standing, meaning 60% of your membership dues are paid prior to Thursday, September 12, or you have arranged an approved payment plan.

To maintain the security of our facility, a ticket will be required for each adult to enter all services. Please show your ticket to an usher upon entering the synagogue. Children under 18 years old do not need a ticket and are welcome to join their parents for services. Alternatively, tots ages 1 year old to Pre-K and children in Kindergarten - 7th grade may register for Tot Babysitting or Youth Programming. Admission is available to all member and nonmember college students who present a valid college ID in lieu of a ticket. Additionally, anyone age 30 years old and under, please contact our synagogue office at for a ticket a no charge.

If you have not received your tickets by Monday, September 23, please call the office at 404-257-0537 or email our synagogue office at

Community Tickets
Members of the community, and friends and family of members who would like to attend services, may request a community ticket at no cost from our synagogue office. Community tickets welcome guests to our Erev Rosh Hashanah services on September 29, Essential Rosh Hashanah Service on September 30, 2nd day Rosh Hashanah services on October 1, and Yom Kippur Essential Service on October 9. Community tickets are free, however, a donation is requested. Please call 404-257-0537, or email our synagogue office at for community tickets.


Essential High Holidays
The High Holidays matter to you. You don’t want logistics to get in the way. We have you covered! Our Essential High Holiday Services will get you in and out with minimal schlepping and without sacrificing the parts of the traditional service that are most popular. Click here to register for Essential High Holidays.

WHAT: A service that makes it easier for you to access the parts of High Holidays that are most popular, especially if you prefer smaller crowds and less traffic. Essential Services are open and free to B’nai Torah members and the community. Parking will be available on site and in short walking distance, and attendees will be accommodated in the main sanctuary of the synagogue. Children in grades 6 and up are invited to participate in the service. A parallel activity will be offered for children in grades K-2 and 3-5.

• ESSENTIAL ROSH HASHANAH: Monday, September 30 from 5:00-6:30 PM - includes Rabbi Heller’s sermon, shofar service, and the most important prayers that follow. We will end with apples and honey. Attendees are invited to stay for the evening service at 6:30 PM.

• ESSENTIAL YOM KIPPUR: Yom Kippur Afternoon, October 9 from 4:30–5:30 PM - includes Rabbi Heller’s Yizkor sermon and the Yizkor service. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the Mincha service, which includes the traditional prayers of repentance, and Ne’eila, an opportunity to stand before the ark and finish Yom Kippur.

Babysitting, Youth Programming and Middle School Services - Click here to register. *Registration is mandatory for all children ages 1 year - 12th grade!

We provide babysitting for 1 year olds - Pre-K. Hours are 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on both days of Rosh Hashanah, and 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Yom Kippur. Babysitting is held in the synagogue, and the cost is $30 per day, per child.

Youth Programming
Youth Programming serves K - 5th grade. Hours are 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Yom Kippur. You may drop your child(ren) off beginning at 9:30 AM each day. The programming is held in the main building and at the church next door, dependent on grade.

Middle School Programming
6th and 7th graders will attend Rabbi Konigsburg's Alternative Service at 10:00 AM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the church next door, and then attend a separate middle school program that ends at 12:00 PM. 

Teen Volunteers
8th-12th grade students can serve as Teen Volunteers on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Teen Volunteers must commit to help from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM. Click here to register to be a teen volunteer. Registration is mandatory for teen volunteers.

High Holiday Parking
Parking and shuttles will be available during the High Holidays. Parking information will be included with your tickets and in future emails. 

High Holiday Ushers
Each year, Brotherhood coordinates the volunteers that serve as ushers for the High Holidays. Our volunteers ensure that everyone in our congregation is greeted warmly, all questions are answered promptly, our services run smoothly, and for that, we are so grateful. If you would like to participate as a High Holiday Usher, please click here to sign up. 

Selichot - Saturday, September 21 at 8:45 PM at B'nai Torah
Prepare for the upcoming High Holidays by exploring the themes of faith and truth. Join the community in learning and prayer. This is free and open to the community.

8:45 PM - Havdalah Service
9:00-11:30 PM - "Leap of Faith" Movie Screening and Discussion
11:30 PM - Selichot Service

Healing Service - Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 PM
Join Rabbi Heller to find hope and healing through Jewish music, meditation and sacred texts. We will be focusing on how the High Holiday process of forgiveness can bring peace and wholeness. This service is geared towards any person who seeks strength to overcome their own physical or emotional challenges, or feels the burden of having to care for others.

Tashlich & Tails - Sunday, October 6 at 12:30 PM at Morgan Falls Park
Everyone is welcome to the Tashlich service at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Feel free to bring your furry friends and a dairy lunch to enjoy with us after the service!

Yizkor Book
Four times a year, on the holiest days, our congregation commemorates all whom we have lost, as well as those who have no one to mourn for them, in the sacred Yizkor service. Click here to renew your entry from last year's Yizkor Book or create a new listing in our 5780 Yizkor Book. The last day to submit a Yizkor Book listing is Friday, September 13. 

Click here to place your order for your own Mahzor. They are $30 each for regular size print and $66 each for large print. Order deadline is Monday, September 23.


Lulav and Etrog Ordering
Sukkot begins Sunday, October 13. Fulfill the mitzvah and share the ritual of sight, sound, smell and taste with your family. Orders will be available for pick up on Sunday, October 13. Click here to purchase a lulav and etrog by Monday, September 23.



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 sustain Jewish life and our community at Congregation B'nai Torah. To participate in our 5780 Kol Nidre Appeal, please click here.

Atlanta Community Food Bank
This year marks the 29th Annual Operation Isaiah Food Drive where the Atlanta Jewish Community comes together to collect food donations during the High Holy Days. 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 bring food items to the synagogue between Friday, September 27 - Thursday, October 10. Food drive barrels will be located in the synagogue lobby.

Most Needed Items:
* Canned fruits and vegetables
* Canned tuna, chicken or salmon in water
* Whole grain pasta & flour
* Natural peanut butter plastic containers only
* Canned or dried beans, peas or lentils low sodium 
* Box and canned meals
* Macaroni and cheese
* Rice



Shaleshudis and Lunch & Learn Schedule
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.
Lunch and Learn - Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
New Years and New Beginnings with Rabbi Konigsburg - Tuesday, September 10
Each morning, we praise God for renewing creations. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, explore what is new your life and if there is anything special with the coming of the new Jewish year.

More than a New Year Celebration with Rabbi Konigsburg - Tuesday, September 17
There are many themes to Rosh Hashanah. Besides celebrating the creation of the world, it is also the holiday where we exult God’s sovereignty, recall God’s promises to remember us, and yearn for future redemptions ushered by Shofar blasts. Gain a new perspective of the holiday and a new interpretation for what the holiday is all about.
Shofar Sho Good - Unetaneh Tokef and the High Holiday Liturgy with Rabbi Heller - Tuesday, September 24
Shaleshudis - Saturdays at 5:30 PM
New Years and New Beginnings with Rabbi Konigsburg - Saturday, September 21

Who Will Live and Who Will Die with Rabbi Heller - Saturday, September 28
The High Holiday liturgy offers an alarming view of the season. How do we understand this prayer in the light of our own lives?

Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning - Wednesday, October 9
Building on our spiritual momentum from the morning services on Yom Kippur, we continue to spiritually exercise our minds with opportunities to learn with the community. Join us for any or all of these learning opportunities and deepen your experience of this holy day.
2:00-3:00 PM - Session 1 led by Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg
3:10-4:10 PM - Session 2 led by Dov Wilker, Regional Director, AJC Atlanta
4:20-5:20 PM - Session 3 led by Rabbi Ed Harwitz, Head of School, The Weber School

Sun, September 22 2019 22 Elul 5779