Temple Beth Miriam: Special Days of Awe Elijah
September 2017/Elul 5777

 
 
 
 
Shanna Tova

We wish you all a year of goodness, peace, health, prosperity and love. 

The Cantor and Rabbi and Board of Trustees of Beth Miriam have created a Days of Awe that I am confident will inspire, challenge and uplift. 

Take a look at the videos below (if you have not yet seen them), the schedule, and other important information about the upcoming Days of Awe.

We look forward to sharing these holy days with all of you.

Rabbi Cy Stanway
Cantor Marnie Camhi
 
 
Rabbi Stanway welcomes you to the Days of Awe at Beth Miriam 5778 (Click on the picture)
 
 
 
 
Music for the Days of Awe
 
 
Cantor Camhi tells us about the music during services this year; what's new and what we are used to. (Click on the picture)
 
 
 
Shabbat Shuva

Friday September 22 at 7:30 PM
Special High Holiday Shabbat using our new Elul Siddur
Everyone welcome
 
 
 
 
 
Days of Awe Schedule of Services and Activities
2017/5778



Saturday, September 16
Selichot Service 6:30 PM

Wednesday, September 20
Erev Rosh Hashanah 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 21
Rosh Hashanah Services
Children’s Service 9:00 AM
Morning Service 10:00 AM
Afternoon Service Open to All 2:00 PM (Formerly known as Community Service)

Friday, September 22
Second Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 10:00 AM

Friday, September 22
Shabbat Shuvah Service 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 24
Cemetery Service 10:00 AM - Beth Miriam Memorial Park - Bangs Ave., Neptune

Friday, September 29
Kol Nidre 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 30
Yom Kippur Services
Children’s Service 9:00 AM
Morning Service 10:00 AM
Afternoon Service Open to All 2:00 PM (Formerly known as Community Service)
Approaching the Ark 3:30 PM
Yizkor (Memorial) 4:00PM (approx.)
Neilah (Closing) 5:30 PM (approx)

 
 
 
 
 
The Social Hall and the Foyer/Pre-function areas are filled with art.  This is our Days of Awe Art Exhibit that will be on display through Simchat Torah. The art will set the mood, inspire and elicit thoughts about these holy days.  And, yes, it is for sale.  We have changed the interior of the temple and this art may change your interior, as well.
 
 
 
 
 
A Word about the new Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh
 
 
Rabbi Stanway shares some thoughts about the new machzor, the Days of Awe prayerbook we are using for the first time this year. (Click on the picture)

 
 
 
Things to know about the Days of Awe this year…

Rosh Hashanna at Beth Miriam

This year, Rosh Hashanna at Beth Miriam will be very special and different.  Immediately you will notice that we are using a new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh.  You may notice that there are not the usual ‘responsive readings.’ In fact, there are no instructions on how to pray, when to stand, when to sit, etc.  Rather, the rabbi and the cantor will be leading the service but you are encouraged and welcome during the service to not follow the reader and wander through the liturgy.   If you find a reading meaningful, linger, meditate, make your prayer moments special.

There are other things you will notice throughout the day.  There are so many things that will be familiar to you and there will be some new parts to the services, as well.
The Torah reading is different than what we have usually done. This allows us to further explore and reflect on the issues of sin and repentance.

The poems and readings are both personal and universal. You may find yourself deeply moved from time to time.  Embrace the moment and, when you find yourself praying, don’t be afraid or embarrassed by the moment

The music of the customary prayers and blessings for all services will be what we are accustomed to hearing for the High Holy Days.  You will see that in this new Machzor there will be new blessings with new music.  There will also be some unexpected songs that we hope will enhance and deepen the spiritual moments.

We are honored to share this Rosh Hashanna with you and wish the most joyous of new year for you and those you love.We hope that this year’s Yom Kippur touches you deeply and moves you to repentance and a new direction in your life.  It is our honor praying with you on this holy day.
 
 
 
 
 
Yom Kippur at Beth Miriam
 
 
Rabbi Stanway shares some thoughts about Yom Kippur at Beth Miriam this year.
 
 
This year, Yom Kippur at Beth Miriam will be very special and different.  Immediately you will notice that we are using a new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh.  You may notice that there are not the usual ‘responsive readings.’ In fact, there are no instructions on how to pray, when to stand, when to sit, etc.  Rather, the rabbi and the cantor will be leading the service but you are encouraged and welcome during the service to not follow the reader and wander through the liturgy.   If you find a reading meaningful, linger, meditate, make your prayer moments special.

There are other things you will notice throughout the day.  There are so many things that will be familiar to you and there will be some new parts to the services, as well.
There is a new Torah reading on Yom Kippur Afternoon. The new machzor deepens the Yom Kippur experience by opening up the Torah to a place which, while not traditional, offers new possibilities to understanding and appreciating the holy day.

The poems and readings are both personal and universal. You may find yourself deeply moved from time to time.  Embrace the moment and, when you find yourself praying, don’t be afraid or embarrassed by the moment.

The music of the customary prayers and blessings for all services will be what we are accustomed to hearing for the High Holy Days.  You will see that in this new Machzor there will be new blessings with new music.  There will also be some unexpected songs that we hope will enhance and deepen the spiritual moments.

Before the Yiskor service there will be a very special time: the Ark will remain open, the lights in the sanctuary will be dimmed, the music will play. You will have the invitation to stand before the open Ark, pray your prayer silently.

Yiskor will include some totally new liturgy and readings and ceremonies conducive to reflection and memory. It will also incorporate the Musical Interlude which was a separate Yom Kippur event.

There is no Community Service, per se. There is an Afternoon service which will be open to the community and which is part of the new machzor.  It is not intended as a family style service but it is warm and welcoming and people of all ages will find meaning and depth in it.
 
 
 
 
And 5 days after Yom Kippur....
 
 
  
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