High Holy Days in Emerson

High Holy Days in Emerson

Congregation B’nai Israel of Emerson invites the community to some of its High Holiday services, as listed below. These services are open to the public at no charge, but it is necessary to register in advance.

On Friday, September 15, Rosh Hashanah eve services, set to begin at 8 p.m., include a 15-minute guided meditation, led by Rabbi Debra Orenstein, in lieu of a sermon. The services will usher in the New Year with reflection and peace.

On Sunday, September 17, Rabbi Orenstein will lead a service, beginning at 9:30 a.m., that will be shorter than usual and include greater depth and fewer prayers; then Cantor Lenny Mandel will lead the community in Musaf. CBI’s second-day tradition includes gathering the children in the sanctuary to hear a story from the rabbi. Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be junior congregation services for children 6 to 11 years old, a children’s program for children 6 and under, and a room will be available for parents with infants under 2. At 1 p.m., a Tashlich service in the shul’s parking lot will be a chance to cast sins symbolically into the adjacent stream. At 1:30, Rabbi Orenstein will lead a family service and story hour for families with children in elementary school and younger.

On Yom Kippur, on Monday, September 25, Yizkor will be at noon, and a healing service, on Zoom, at 4 p.m. The Yom Kippur concluding service and shofar blasts are from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The service will include three Torah readings and a play about Jonah instead of the haftarah, with song parodies by Cantor Mandel. Everyone is invited to help with the final shofar blast.

The first day of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning services do require participants to pay in advance for either in-person tickets, or live streaming access.

Nonmembers can buy tickets to attend all High Holiday services or watch them on livestream. For information, call (201) 265-2272 or email office@bisrael.com. To ensure proper security, the synagogue requests that guests pre-register.