As we prepare for this time of reflection, know that your leadership has been reflecting on previous years' successes and areas that could be improved and have made plans to ensure the best High Holy Day season for 5779. This year we want to be more intentional in making connections and therefore have streamlined the ticketing process in an easier, more safety-conscious way! We are asking everyone who would like to be a part of these High Holy Days experiences (members, attendees and guests - young and seasoned alike) to register online which includes an online confirmation emailed straight to you that you can choose to print and bring with you to each service, or simply present your smartphone with your saved passes to be scanned when you check in! This new process will allow our team to know who is currently in our building in the unlikely event that we need to make sure everyone on our campus is safe and will allow us to connect with you in a more meaningful way.
Each year during the Yizkor Services on Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret, Pesach & Shavuot, we distribute our memorial “Book of Remembrance”. If you would like to honor the memory of your loved ones, please click here to fill out our online form. There is no fee for this listing but donations are greatly appreciated.
Our High Holy Days for Kids are for children ages 12 months to 8 years old. While morning services are happening in our Sanctuary, our Early Childhood Center teachers will be leading an array of activities for families who register by Friday, August 24, free of charge. Register online HERE for your High Holy Days tickets which include Family Services and Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur for Kids! Look below for more information about the activities that you and your children may participate in.
Rosh Hashanah for Kids (formerly known as childcare) will be offered 9:30 am – 12:45 pm.
Yom Kippur For Kids (formerly known as childcare) will be 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Rosh Hashanah Family Services
9:45 – 10:15 am: The Announcing Tool
Families with children newborns through Kindergarten are invited to join us for an age appropriate holiday experience with Shabbat Wonder! We will sing, dance, enjoy stories and activities.
10:15 – 10:30 am: Sweet as Honey Snack
Families with infants through 5th graders are welcome to enjoy a sweet Rosh Hashanah snack of apples, honey and Challah!
10:45 – 11:30 am: Applebees: A Rosh Hashanah Story
Families with children in Grades 1–5 are invited to a special Rosh Hashanah Service made just for their enjoyment & understanding.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Hear the Shofar
Our family service will conclude by joining the community for the Shofar Service in the sanctuary. Families are encouraged to join us as we come together for the Shofar Service as a community.
Yom Kippur Family Services
9:45 – 10:15 am: "I'm Sorry" -- Miracle Words
Families with infants through kindergartners are invited to join us for an age-appropriate holiday experience! We will sing, dance, enjoy stories, and activities.
10:30 – 11:15 am: A Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Can you say: "I'm sorry?"
Families with children in Grades 1-5 are invited to a special Yom Kippur Service made just for their enjoyment & understanding.
Saturday; September 1, 2018 - 7pm to 10pm (Sanctuary)
S'lichot: The Confessional...Catholic or Jewish?
Join us for the Community Confessions Project that allows each of us to anonymously reflect and seek forgiveness for whatever we may be sorry for from the past year. The program will include a discussion of the contrasts between the "Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" (commonly called Confession) as one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and the practice of "Vidui" (Confession) as part of the process of teshuvah (repentance/returning) in Jewish practice. The evening will conclude with the moving Havdalah & S'lichot service from Mishkan HaLev. No RSVP is necessary.
Friday; September 14, 2018 - 6pm To 8pm (OFFSITE - The Ale & the Witch)
OFFSITE: Tashlich Ceremony & Shabbat Shuva Celebration
Out with the Old, In with the New: A Tashlich ceremony to castaway our wrongdoings, followed by a celebration of the New Year at Shabbat Shuva at The Ale and The Witch in downtown St. Petersburg with apple cider & honey cake! First drink (adult or child beverages) will be given with pre-registration only. CLICK HERE to register now!
School Absence Information
If your child is missing school to attend services, please click here for a signed notice from Rabbi Torop.
Break-The-Fast Information (rSVP Required!)
Following the conclusion of our 6:00 pm Neilah Service on Yom Kippur, we welcome you to Break-the-Fast in the Rothman Family Social Hall. Please bring a dairy dessert in a disposable container to share with the community. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are mandatory. CLICK HERE to reserve your space by September 12.
Food Drive - GIVE BACK!
Help us achieve our goal! Last year we collected 1,890 pounds of food for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service’s food pantry. This year we want to surpass this amount and collect 2,180 pounds of non-perishables! You will receive a bag on Rosh Hashanah to fill with groceries and drop it off anytime at Temple Beth-El through Yom Kippur. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.
Police Officers will be on hand to help direct you:
- The Temple parking lot
- Pasadena Community Church parking
- Park Circle South & Oleander Way South (the streets on either side of the temple)
What Are High Holy Day Services Like?
High Holy Days at Temple Beth-El are contemporary and traditional! In the evenings, we embrace tradition – accompanied by a pianist and cantorial soloist. In the mornings, our music and liturgy is contemporary – accompanied by our own jammin’ jews. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we believe in the importance of family celebrating together and have created interactive, educational and entertaining Family Services for your entire family to experience together (see schedule below). Our desire is to create a worship experience that is both familiar and fantastic. We hope that the familiarity with the music itself – presented by voices and instruments – will further lift the community’s voices in song and prayer; allowing us all to truly experience the holiness and richness of the High Holy Days.
What Is The Cost Of Admission?
Members and & guests to our community alike are not required to pay to attend our High Holy Day services. We are able to welcome everyone into our doors through acts of generosity. If you feel inspired to donate, you may CLICK HERE. Registration is required online, however. CLICK HERE to access the online registration portal.
What Should I Wear?
Naturally with regard to clothing, good taste should be your guide. Kippot and tallitot are not required. If you would like to wear a kippah or tallit, we have them to borrow at the entrance of the Sanctuary. Tallitot are appropriate every morning and on Kol Nidre. On Yom Kippur, it is a custom to wear white and not leather (including shoes) to symbolize holiness.
What if I'm going to be out of town and would like to attend services elsewhere?
That's wonderful! Simply call the temple office (347-6136) and let us know when and where you're attending and we'll send that Temple a Letter of Reciprocity for you to receive tickets.
What If I Need Special Assistance?
We strive to be as accommodating as possible. If you have concerns about any assistance you may require, please call the temple office so we can assist you.
We are honored to have Sign Language Interpreters for both Erev Rosh Hashanah, September 8 at 7:30 pm & Kol Nidre, September 18 at 7:30 pm. We will also have special headphones available.
If you need special seating, please see an usher. Large print prayer books are available.
If you are fasting and need a light snack or refreshment on Yom Kippur, please see an usher.
What Are The Yom Kippur Afternoon Activity Options?
Whether you quietly like to read, or you desire to hear about how our community is taking a stand, there is an activity for you! CLICK HERE to check out the full High Holy Days schedule where all your afternoon options are listed.