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Service Registration

If you'd like to receive more information about B'nai Torah's "At Home Together" High Holiday season, please submit this form to receive links to our virtual High Holiday services.

PLEASE NOTE - Registration is required for additional/alternative services ONLY. This includes Tot Services, Enrichment Services, Youth and Family Services. Click here to register for additional/alternative services.


 

Prepare for the High Holidays - What do you need?

Mi Sheberach List for the High Holidays: Submit this form to add a loved one to the Mi Sheberach list for the High Holidays. Please note - If you have already added a name to the regular Mi Sheberach list, you do not need to add it again here. Names on our regular list will be automatically included during the High Holidays.

Lulav and Etrog Order Form: If you'd like to purchase a Lulav and Etrog set for the celebration of Sukkot, please click here. Adult size sets are $40 each. Child size sets are $30 each. The order deadline is Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 PM.

High Holiday Mahzor Order Form: 
PLEASE NOTE - We have sold out of the Mahzorim that we had available for purchase, but we do still have books that you may borrow and return at a later date. If you'd like to borrow a Mahzor, please click here. The order deadline to borrow a mahzor is Friday, September 18 at 9:00 AM.

Digital Mahzor Request Form - Click here to request a FREE digital mahzor. Once you submit the form, you will automatically receive instructions for how to download and view the digital mahzor. If you have any questions, please contact Golda Steinberg at gsteinberg@bnaitorah.org

Digital Yizkor Book - Click here to download a digital copy of this year's Yizkor Book.

Shofar Blowers: If you would like to help blow shofar or learn how to blow shofar, please click here. We can provide a new shofar for your family if you act as one of our shofar blowers this holiday season.


 

5781 Service Schedule and Information

Please note: All activities are virtual unless otherwise indicated; times are subject to change.

Selichot - Saturday, September 12
10:00 PM - Selichot is the late-night service that kicks off the High Holiday season. This year, join Cantor Yoav for a fun review of your favorite holiday melodies, and stay on, if you wish, for the traditional Selichot service.

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 18

6:30-7:15 PM – Evening Services
7:23 PM – Shabbat and Yom Tov Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday, September 19
(Shabbat - No Shofar)

Main Morning Services with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav
8:30-9:30 AM – P'sukei and Shacharit
9:30-10:30 AM – Torah Service
10:30 AM – Musaf Begins
11:00 AM – Sermon
12:30 PM - Musaf Concludes

Additional Morning Services with Rabbi Konigsburg
8:30-9:15 AM - Tot Rosh Hashanah
9:30-11:00 AM - Enrichment Service

Afternoon and Evening Services and Activities
2:30-3:30 PM - Family Service with Rabbi K (Families with children in grades K-2nd)
4:00-5:00 PM - Family Service with Rabbi K (Families with children in grades 3rd-5th)
5:00 PM - Middle School Family Activity with Rabbi Heller
6:00-6:30 PM - Mincha with Rabbi K
8:15-8:40 PM - Ma'ariv with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav
8:22 PM - Light candles after this time from a pre-existing flame

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sunday, September 20
Main Morning Services with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav
8:30-9:30 AM – P'sukei and Shacharit
9:30 AM – Torah Service
10:15 Am - Virtual Shofar
10:30 AM – Musaf Begins
11:00 AM – Sermon
12:30 PM - Musaf Concludes

Additional Morning Services with Rabbi Konigsburg
8:30-9:15 AM - Tot Rosh Hashanah
9:30-11:00 AM - Enrichment Service including Virtual Shofar

Afternoon and Evening Services and Activities
3:00-6:00 PM - "Shofar and Inspiration Drive Through" (by appointment*). Families should attend live shofar experience in lieu of Family Services.
6:00 PM - Teen Experience with Rabbi Heller
7:00-8:20 PM - Mincha, "Stump the Rabbi," and Ma'ariv
8:20 PM - Holiday ends/Havdalah

Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25 - Household Prayer at the Ark*
We will offer households the ability to come one household at a time to pray before the open ark. We will give sufficient time for sanitization between visits.

Eve of Shabbat Shuvah - Friday, September 25
6:30 PM – Mincha/Ma'ariv
7:13 PM – Candle Lighting

Shabbat Shuvah - Saturday, September 26
9:00 AM – Shabbat Morning Service
5:00 PM – Mincha
8:12 PM - Shabbat ends

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur - Tashlich - Sunday, September 27
Morning: Tashlich in person by appointment* - Cast your sins into the water from a safe distance.

Afternoon
4:00 PM - Tot Kol Nidre with PJ Library
7:10 PM (or earlier) - Light candles, fast begins

Main Service with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav
6:40 PM – Mincha
6:50 PM - Prepare for Kol Nidre with Holocaust Survivors and Past Presidents
7:00 PM - Kol Nidre Prayer
7:15 PM - President's Remarks
7:25-9:15 PM - Remainder of Kol Nidre service (including sermon at 7:50 PM)
9:30 PM - Teen Schmooze with Rabbi Heller

Alternative Options with Rabbi K
6:30-7:45 PM - Family Kol Nidre (Families with children in Kindergarten and up, includes Kol Nidre Prayer)

Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28
Main Morning Services with Rabbi Heller and Cantor Yoav
8:30-10:00 AM – P'sukei and Shacharit
10:00 AM – Torah Service
11:00 AM – Sermon and Yizkor
12:00-2:00 PM - Musaf

Additional Morning Services with Rabbi Konigsburg
8:30-9:15 AM - Tot Yom Kippur
9:30-11:00 AM - Enrichment Service (no Yizkor)

Youth Services
1:00-2:00 PM - Middle School service with Rabbi K
2:30-3:30 PM - Grades K-2nd service
3:30-4:30 PM - Grades 3-5 service with Rabbi K

Yom Kippur Learning
2:15 PM - Class 1 led by Dov Wilker: The Future of Black/Jewish Relations: BLM, Anti-Semitism and Politics Today
3:30 PM - Class 2 led by Rabbi Ed Harwitz and special guests: An Intergenerational Dialogue on the Ethics of Teshuva
4:45 PM - Class 3 led by Rabbi Judith Beiner: From Study to Action: Growing in Forgiveness
6:00 PM - Interpretive Jonah Discussion with Rabbi K (overlaps with traditional Mincha service)

Closing Services
6:00 PM - Mincha with Traditional Jonah Reading
7:00 PM - Neilah
8:00 PM - Ma'ariv
8:09 - Fast Ends
8:10 PM - Havdalah, light parade and final shofar blast

*In-person experiences will be offered by registration only. Availability may be limited based on conditions at that time. 


 

Virtual Services Live Stream

Main Services - To watch a live stream of the main services, please click here.

Additional Services - To watch a live stream of all additional services, please click here. This includes Tot Services, Enrichment Services, Youth Services and Family Services.


 

In-Person Opportunities by Appointment

Household Prayer at the Ark
Standing before the ark at Neilah or being honored with opening the ark is a treasured experience for my family, and may be among yours as well. Very few of us have had a chance to be in the sanctuary over the last six months, and even though one can pray anywhere, being in a place with special memories can be very meaningful. We are opening the sanctuary to households, one at a time, to have up to 10 minutes of personal prayer, with time to sanitize and run air filtering equipment between each visit. 

Click here to sign up. When you sign up, you will receive specific information about how to make the most of this experience and the health protocols we will follow. 


Shofar Blowing Experiences
Hearing the shofar live is something very special, and is really the best way to fulfill the Mitzvah. We are offering two in-person shofar blowing opportunities for our community on the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Drive-in Shofar and Inspiration
On Sunday, September 20 from 2:00-5:30 PM, we will open our parking lot for a series of 15 minute "Drive-in Shofar and Inspiration" sessions. Roll down your windows and raise up your soul. Rabbi Heller will offer the full 100 blasts on the shofar and some words of inspiration. We will also be able to accommodate families who do not drive on the holiday.

Advance registration is required; you will be assigned a space at a particular session. Click here to sign up.

Shofar Chauffeur
For our congregants who might not be able to come to us, we are offering “Shofar Chauffeur” for those in the metro Atlanta area. Some of our best shofar blowers have volunteered to come to you on the afternoon of Sunday, September 20. You’ll be given a time frame when a shofar blower will show up in your neighborhood and blow shofar outside your home (they will contact you when they arrive). You may open a window or come outside and listen from a safe distance. If you live in an apartment or senior residence, we will make special arrangements.

Click here to request a Shofar Chauffeur.


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. On Sunday, September 27 from 9:40 AM - 12:30 PM, our rabbis will be available in-person, in a beautiful natural setting in Sandy Springs, to guide small, socially distanced groups through this ritual. Please bring your own bread to throw into the water.

Click here to reserve a slot and receive information about the Tashlich location.


 

Virtual Participation Opportunities

Live On-Screen Opportunities During Services
For our Main Service, we will not have our usual honors such as ark openings and aliyot, and we will have fewer English readings. However, it is important to us that we maintain a “virtual minyan,” and we want to give every family the opportunity to participate by appearing on screen and responding to part of the service. 
 
To make this possible, we have divided the service into 40 segments, with multiple slots open per segment. If your family wants to be seen on screen as participants over the course of the holidays, you can sign up for the segment of your choice (all others will be able to see and hear, but will not be on screen at that time). You may be on for all or part of the segment. Please note that the time slots are per family, not per person.
 
To start with, we ask that your household sign up for a maximum of one "limited" time slot. Any family that wishes is also permitted to sign up to be on screen during Neilah. Please register ASAP to be guaranteed a spot. Once the slots have been assigned, you will receive specific instructions on how to make sure that you are able to be on screen at the appropriate time. 


If you are in one of these categories, you will be assigned automatically the relevant segment:

  • Families of Torah/Haftorah readers
  • Service leaders
  • Past Presidents
  • Holocaust survivors and families


If you fall into one of the following categories, please choose a segment in the sign up form that includes that category:

  • Cohanim who wish to duchen
  • Mourner saying Kaddish
  • Praying for healing

Pre-Recorded Video Greetings through VidHug
Another way your family can participate in services is recording a video greeting to the congregation. We will show the videos at various times before, after, and during breaks between services. You can record a generic greeting or offer a themed greeting based on the prompt you select.

We've created a different prompt topic or question for each video. Please read the prompts below and select the video(s) you'd like to participate in! Click the prompt number and record or upload your video to the VidHug website. You do not need to create a VidHug account to record or upload a video. 

Due Dates: Prompts 1-8 are due by Tuesday, September 15. Prompts 9-13 are due by Monday, September 21.

  • Prompt 1: Share one of your favorite High Holiday experiences.
  • Prompt 2: Smile and shout "Shanah Tovah!"
  • Prompt 3: What is something that you hope to start anew this year?
  • Prompt 4: Have your child(ren) say "Happy Birthday World!"
  • Prompt 5: Tell us about your first High Holiday experience at B'nai Torah. When was it and what was it like?
  • Prompt 6: Tell us something you are grateful for on these High Holidays or one good thing that has happened to your family this year.
  • Prompt 7: Tell us something about one of your favorite prayers or parts of the service.
  • Prompt 8: What does the sound of the shofar mean to you?
  • Prompt 9: What is one promise you hope to keep this year?
  • Prompt 10: Have your child(ren) share something they learned this year.
  • Prompt 11: Name someone you are remembering at Yizkor this year.
  • Prompt 12: Do you have a favorite place to sit in the sanctuary?
  • Prompt 13: What is one hope you have for the coming year?

 

Learning

Mahzor Book Club - Adult Education Opportunity - Tuesdays at 12:00 PM and Saturdays at 5:15 PM in the Virtual Synagogue 
Beginning Saturday, August 15 at 5:15 PM immediately following services, join Rabbi Heller and Rabbi K for a series of classes called "Mahzor Book Club." In these classes, we will gain deeper insight on the key prayers of the High Holidays. We will discuss each prayer twice, from two different perspectives, once on Saturday afternoons at 5:15 PM and then again on Tuesday at 12:15 PM. PLEASE NOTE- Both classes will be held in the Virtual Synagogue at https://zoom.us/j/8297008085, not the Virtual Classroom. 

Class Materials:

  • Saturday, August 15 at 5:15 PM and Tuesday, August 18 at 12:00 PM with Rabbi Heller - Unetaneh Tokef
  • Saturday, August 22 at 5:15 PM and Tuesday, August 25 at 12:00 PM with Rabbi K - Avinu Malkeinu
  • Saturday, August 29 at 5:15 PM and Tuesday, September 1 at 12:00 PM with Rabbi K - Malchuyot, Zichronot, Shofarot
  • Saturday, September 5 at 5:15 PM and Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 PM with Rabbi Heller - Selichot
  • Saturday, September 12 at 5:15 PM and Tuesday, September 15 at 12:00 PM with Rabbi Heller - Kol Nidre
  • Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 PM and Saturday, September 26 at 5:15 PM with Rabbi K - Vidui


Yom Kippur Afternoon Virtual Learning - Monday, September 28
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.

Yom Kippur Learning
2:15 PM - Class 1 led by Dov Wilker: The Future of Black/Jewish Relations: BLM, Anti-Semitism and Politics Today
3:30 PM - Class 2 led by Rabbi Ed Harwitz and special guests: An Intergenerational Dialogue on the Ethics of Teshuva
4:45 PM - Class 3 led by Rabbi Judith Beiner: From Study to Action: Growing in Forgiveness
6:00 PM - Interpretive Jonah Discussion with Rabbi K (overlaps with traditional Mincha service)


 

Feeding the Hungry

As we fast on Yom Kippur, we can appreciate those who go hungry every day. This year, there are more people in need of food than ever, and we are offering multiple ways to help. Operation Isaiah and the CAC are asking for mostly virtual donations this year, but we will have donation bins available in the synagogue where you can donate your items if you choose to attend any of our in-person activities (stay tuned for more information about upcoming in-person opportunities).

Operation Isaiah
The Jewish community and the Atlanta Community Food Bank are getting ready to come together for the 30th Operation Isaiah food drive. For three decades, the Atlanta Jewish community has partnered with the Food Bank to help feed our hungry neighbors in north Georgia. Since the inception of Operation Isaiah, the Jewish community has been able to provide over 1 million pounds of food to children, seniors, veterans, and working families.

2020 is proving to be a very challenging year for everyone. The leaders of Operation Isaiah are calling on you to continue to be pioneers for this year’s food drive. This year, instead of bringing canned goods and other items, please click here to donate to Operation Isaiah's Virtual Food Drive. 


Community Assistance Center (CAC)
CAC brings the community together to provide compassionate assistance to neighbors facing times of need who have nowhere else to turn for help. With the support of a community that cares, they help prevent homelessness and hunger locally in Sandy Springs.

The CAC gave us a list of most desired donation items. We've created a Walmart online registry to collect food donations for the CAC. Click here to select what you'd like to donate, and the order will be shipped directly to B'nai Torah where the CAC will pick up the donated items.


 

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