Sept 24-30, 2020  / 6-12 Tishrei 5781

This Week                 

(Most events are online. See Spotlight section below for details.)


Thursday, Sept 24

Noon  Torah Study w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Friday, Sept 25

7:30 pm  Erev Shabbat Services (YouTube)

Saturday, Sept 26

9:00 am  Shabbat Morning Torah Study (Zoom)
10:00 am  Shabbat Services w/Cantor Yosi Weintraub (Zoom)

Sunday, Sept 27

Noon  Memorial Services at Masonic Cemetery
6:30 pm  Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service (YouTube)

Monday, Sept 28

9:00 am  Youth & Family Service (Zoom)
9:30 am  Yom Kippur Morning Blessings & Songs (YouTube)
10:00 am  Yom Kippur Service (Zoom & YouTube)
Noon  Yizkor Service (Zoom & YouTube)
12:30 pm  Musaf Service (Zoom & YouTube)
5:30 pm  Yom Kippur Mincha (Tent in Parking Lot & YouTube)
6:45 pm  Yom Kippur Ne'ila (Tent in Parking Lot & YouTube)

Wednesday, Sept 30

5:30 pm  Wednesday Minyan


Rabbi’s Message               

I am so glad that so many of you joined us in real-time, if not in person, for our Rosh Hashanah services. I’d love to hear feedback on how they were for you!

We have a wonderful line-up of offerings throughout the day on Yom Kippur, including my beloved, esoteric musaf service. TBI members, see more in the email coming on Friday for specific descriptions and links. For those who are particularly craving, and willing to tolerate the risk of, in-person, outdoor, physically distanced gatherings, I remind you that we are still accepting registration for Yom Kippur outdoor Mincha and Ne’ilah.

Finally, for what is usually my own personal amusement, I follow the blog of a British progressive rabbinical student and satirist. This month, I found his post about historical High Holidays during a pandemic so informative and touching that I thought to share it with you all. As I said on Rosh Hashanah, we are strengthened by the memory of spiritual ancestors who persevered during difficult times, as we try to persevere through this!
Spotlight On...

High Holiday Appeal

Please Support the Community-Building Efforts of TBI

All gifts are appreciated and welcome. You can make a contribution via mail or go to the TBI website to make your online gift. Select "High Holy Days Appeal" in the dropdown.

»  Watch this short message from TBI President, Jeff Kirtner

Torah Study w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Thursdays, Noon

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia this week as she leads an engaging and interesting discussion of the weekly Torah portion.

»  Click here for Torah Study

Erev Shabbat Services (YouTube)

Friday, 7:30pm

The Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, or the Sabbath of return. Welcome this Shabbat with music, prayer, and community. Shira Rubenstein will offer a dvar.

»  Click for Erev Shabbat Services

Shabbat Morning Torah Study (Zoom)

Saturday, September 26, 9:00am

Join this virtual and lively exploration of the weekly Torah portion. All knowledge levels are welcome.

»  Click here for Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Shabbat Services w/Cantor Yosi Weintraub (Zoom)

Saturday, September 26, 10:00am

Cantor Yosi will lead Shabbat Shuvah morning services.

»  Click for Shabbat Services

High Holidays 5781/2020 Schedule

The schedule of services is on our website!

TBI members, if you go to the website and login with the green button at the top of the home page, you will see the schedule of services, in addition to the Zoom links for some of the services. Zoom will allow an interactive experience during the service. Additionally, the schedule and links will be emailed to you later this week.

For security reasons, please provide your first and last name to be admitted to Zoom services.

Guests: We understand that, particularly in this time of physical distancing, connection to community is essential, and we welcome all who are interested in joining us for the upcoming High Holidays.

»  See schedule

Memorial Service at Masonic Cemetery

Sunday, September 27, Noon

It is traditional to say memorial prayers at the cemetery during the High Holy Days. This service will be led by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia at Masonic Cemetery. Gather at East 26th & University at the South entrance by the Genizah. Even if those for whom you will be saying kaddish are not buried at Masonic Cemetery, it is appropriate to attend this service.

Annual High Holiday Food Drive

Sunday, September 27, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, TBI Parking Lot

Please join us in the mitzvah of TBI's 25th Annual High Holiday Food Drive, sponsored by the TBI Sisterhood and Temple Beth Israel. Your generous donation ensures that hungry people in our community also have enough to eat. Simply drive into the TBI parking lot and drop off your canned and packaged foods. All distancing and masking guidelines will be followed.

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) Service (YouTube) 

Sunday, September 27, 6:30pm

Beginning with the Kol Nidre service, we move through a process that leads to "at-one-ment" with self, family, community, and the Holy One. Rabbi Ruhi Sophia leads the service, and there will be a sign language interpreter.

»  Click for Kol Nidre service on YouTube

Yom Kippur Day

Monday, September 28

9:00 am  Youth & Family Service w/Rabbi Solomon, Mina Wegner & Shira Rubenstein (Zoom)

9:30 am  Introductory Blessings & Songs w/Mina Wegner (YouTube)

10:00 am  Yom Kippur Service (Interactive Zoom for members & advanced registrants, YouTube available)

Noon  Yizkor Service w/Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin (Interactive Zoom for members & advanced registrants, YouTube available)

12:30 pm  Musaf Service (Interactive Zoom for members & advanced registrants, YouTube available)

Beginning at 12:30pm, there will be various offerings available on YouTube: learning opportunities, and dvars and haftarot by community members.

5:30 pm  Yom Kippur Mincha (Tent in Parking Lot for advanced registrants only, YouTube available) (For in-person in the tent, register here.)

6:45 pm  Ne'ila Service (Tent in Parking Lot for advanced registrants only, YouTube available) (For in-person in the tent, register here.)

In-Person Services for Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret

Sign up to attend one or more of these in person!

Sukkot is just around the corner. Services will be held outside in the big tent in the TBI parking lot. Select the service(s) you'd like to attend in order to make a minyan!

»  Sign up here

Wednesday Minyan

Wednesdays, 5:30pm

»  Click here for Wednesday Minyan

TBI Members: Calendars & Honey Still Available

Stop by and get yours

TBI members, feel free to come by in the next few weeks (during regular business hours) to get your calendar and honey.

Join the TBI Board of Trustees!

We're seeking candidates

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the TBI Board of Trustees. Candidates should be willing to participate in monthly board meetings, actively support one or more committees or board projects, and be able to work collaboratively with others. If you are a member in good standing and are interested in serving on the Board or would like to nominate someone, please contact the committee or visit the member’s section of the TBI website for an application and information. TBI committee experience is preferred but not required.

Yiddish Corner Needs Tech Help!

The TBI Yiddish Vinkl is looking for a Zoom-savvy individual able to volunteer 5-6 hours a month. Benefits include supporting a group devoted to learning, fun debate, and the best of yiddishkayt.

»   Email Ellen Rifkin
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Synagogue Connect

TBI partners with Synagogue Connect, which offers free access to Jewish young adults for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (virtual or physical distancing) services. Please ask someone you know to visit and search for TBI.
Global Day of Jewish Learning
We're seeking your artwork

TBI is participating in the Global Day of Jewish Learning on November 8th. The theme this year is Human Dignity. We’re looking for submissions of original artistic responses to the theme. Please send a short video (5 minutes max in landscape orientation) or photo(s) of your piece. Some ideas to inspire you: Record yourself reciting an original poem or song. Take photos of your artwork. Create a dance piece and record it. Make a slide show of your photographs.

If you need technical assistance, contact Jody. We will do our best to assist you. Send your submissions to Jody by October 28th for inclusion. We’ll be showing these on YouTube starting November 8th.

That's My Farmer
Benefit Dinner

Make your reservations now for the Interfaith Dinner supporting Local Farmers and the Low Income Fund. A Farm Fresh Carry-out dinner will be prepared by the fabulous Party Downtown chefs. Drive by pick-ups will be available at designated times on October 12th. Facebook page here.

»  For more info, and to reserve

The Israel Program Task Force Recommends. . .

New York Times bestseller Yossi Klein Halevi's essay in the Times of Israel in which he observes that Israel's economic power, military might and pragmatism about annexation enabled the peace deal with the UAE and Bahrain. He writes that Israel should reach out to the Palestinians and renew previous peace offers.

»  Read the article

Digital Copy of High Holiday Machzor

»  The High Holiday Machzor can be found here.
• • •   Save the Date   • • •
Oct 2  Erev Sukkot and Shabbat Service
Oct 3  Sukkot Service
Oct 8  Sukkot Seed Prayer
Oct 9  Hoshanah Raba & Second Friday Early Shabbat Service
Oct 10  Sh'mini Atzeret (incl. Yizkor) & Simchat Torah Celebration
Oct 11  Simchat Torah
Oct 14  Sister Helen Prejean
Oct 21  Rabbi Michael Lerner
The following yahrzeits will be observed this Shabbat.
Helen Berney
Gertrude Stowers
George Gordon
Celia Greenbaum
Edith Gutman Socolow
Sally Ozwoeld
Betty Sobol
Eliezer Livne
Bertha Mishlove
Evelyn Palman
Shandle Shteynblik
Daniel Slovic
Murry Waltzer
Robert Lowe
Irwin Miller
Daniel Joshua Resseguie
Max Strauss
Gertrude Boshnack Reid
Edward Levites
Freida Taksin
William Chapman
Trude Kaufman
Samuel Melnick
Louis Solonsky

Digital Copies of our Prayer Books

Community members who do not have a printed copy of Kol Haneshamah can view and/or download a PDF file of the Daily Prayerbook or Shabbat Vehagim, and follow along with livestreamed services from home. Here is the link for Prayers for a House of Mourning. Please note: If you have trouble downloading from here, please go to our home page, scroll down a bit, and download.
• • •  Todah!  • • •

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