Yom Kippur has traditionally been a time of community worship where we experience the spiritual power of the day together. To overcome our being physically apart from one another and the distractions of being at home, please consider in advance how you can create a meaningful experience at home this year, using our schedule of the day as well as embracing our core values of t’shuvah (repentance), t’filah (prayer), and tzedakah (righteous acts).
There is great power in preparing for the mitzvah of observing Yom Kippur. Embrace your preparation as part of this day, in order to bring even more meaning to the day itself. Here are some other things to think about for these days of preparing. Read the descriptions below in order for you to plan out your day of observance.
Remember to wear white!
Sunday, September 27
Kol Nidre Family Experience
Digital Doors Open – 6:30 pm
Service – 6:45 pm
Kol Nidre Adult Experience
Digital Doors Open – 7:45 pm
Service – 8:00 pm*
*Our Yahrzeit list will be read before Kaddish at our Kol Nidre Adult service only.
Monday, September 28
*Our digital Reflection Room will be open from 9:00 am through 6:15 pm.
This online space will be open all day for you to come and go, with visual and musical content to inspire time for reflection and nurture your soul. You will be able to ‘chat’ with others (in writing) or just sit and take in the content for your own quiet time, whether sitting or taking a walk when you need during the day.
Early Morning Hashkamah (Awakening) Service – 8:30 am
Get yourself going with our morning prayers to rouse the spirit, nurture the soul with prayer and music (in place of eating!), and begin your day’s journey of atonement.
Family Service – 9:30-10:00 am
Using our new High Holy Day machzor designed for families, our worship service will focus on the spirit of making amends through prayer and song, in a family-directed way. Remember to join us later to hear the chanting of Torah!
Family T’shuvah Activity – 10:00-10:45 am
What are your hopes for yourself for the coming year? Where might you want to change, why, and how? Join us for letter writing time, and optional sharing. Parents and children welcome.
Prayer & Movement – 10:00 -10:30 am
Intentionally nourishing the mind-body connection on Yom Kippur, when we are hoping to gain clarity and insight for change, mindful movement can help to facilitate that mindset and heart-set. All movement will be able to be accommodated in a seated position as needed.
Teen Spiritual Warm Up – 10:00-11:00 am
This is a time to check in with yourself and your teen peers about how you are feeling about and preparing yourself for this sacred day.
Sha’maginations (Tot) Service – 10:15-10:45 am
A prayer-filled, music-filled, story-filled time for our smallest people to experience the ways we say we are sorry.
Torah Reading Service – 11:00-11:30 am
The Torah portion Nitzavim reminds us that we all stand together this day, across all lands and all generations to choose how we live. This is the only Torah reading experience of the day, for all of our generations, together as one large community.
Yom Kippur Adult Service – 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Continuing directly from our experience of Torah, we will enter into prayer together, to focus on the essence of the day – the support of communal prayer for our personal journeys of making confession and atonement.
Young Family Story Time – 12:15-12:45 pm
We will be reading some Yom Kippur favorites. Parents / caregivers: please have paper and crayons or markers in case your child(ren) want to draw as we read.
Yizkor – 1:00-1:30 pm
Our service of remembrance and memory, honoring all those who we have loved and lost. As we have stood among the generations to hear Torah, we are connected here to those who have gone before us. This experience will include a video seeing the lights and names of our memorial boards.
Family Yizkor Experience – 1:00-1:30 pm
A guided discussion to encourage sharing stories of family members – who are children named for? A remembrance of their values and your hopes for your children.
Afternoon Vidui (Confession) Service – 1:45-2:15 pm
We rejoin together for our next prayer experience, during the spiritual depths of the day to recite our prayers of confession and hear the words of Isaiah that call us to repair ourselves and the world once again.
Text/Music Exploration: The Words and Melodies of Avinu Malkeinu – 2:30-3:15 pm
We will delve into the history and development of these words over time, and how various musical settings highlight the spiritual meanings of this text.
Text Study: Parshat Kedoshim – 3:15-4:15 pm
A deep dive into the ‘Holiness Code’ (Leviticus 19) that is traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon.
Teen Discussion – 3:15-4:15 pm
This is an opportunity for our teens to gather for a discussion on the meaning and purpose of this day.
Guided Meditation: Exploring the Centrality of the Sh’ma in Our T’shuvah – 4:15-4:45 pm
A time of guided reflection, journeying through the months of the Jewish year to connect to the essence of who you are so that your strengths can become actions, doing the sacred work of bringing repair and wholeness to the world.
Family Story Time – 4:45-5:45 pm
Another time for listening to the reading of Yom Kippur stories. Parents / caregivers: please have paper and crayons or markers in case your child(ren) want to draw as we read.
Closing Vidui (Confession) Service – 4:45-5:15 pm
Our last recitation of our Vidui, our prayers of confession and atonement, in the context of how we can begin to enter the ‘gates of righteousness’, moving toward hope in the future.
Movement Towards Wholeness – 5:30-6:00 pm
Making connections between our bodies and our spirits, to move beyond the stiffness of the day (sitting at a computer), with the setting sun toward the possibilities ahead. All movement will be able to be accommodated in a seated position as needed.
Ne’ilah/Havdalah – Closing of Yom Kippur – 6:15 pm
Our final gathering of the day, to imagine and be inspired for the year ahead with prayer and music. We will hear the final call of the shofar, and end with Havdalah to separate and move ourselves ahead. (Remember to arrange a way for yourself to join online with family, friends and loved ones and share a ‘zoom meal’ to break the fast!)