Temple gearing up for the Jewish New Year | Worship

By Glen Pickus, Temple Beth Or | Jul 23, 2014

It’s summer and for many of us that means time to take it easy. Such is not the case at Temple Beth Or.

For those who organize the High Holy Day services and activities, and who manage our Religious School, the planning activities are just now beginning to ramp up.

The first High Holy Day-related worship service, S’lichot (forgiveness), will be Saturday evening, Sept. 20. This service, the Saturday the week preceding Rosh Hashanah, begins our “accounting of the soul” and preparations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year 5775) begins at sunset Wednesday, Sept. 24, marking the start of the Days of Awe. This most important time on the Jewish religious calendar ends with the sounding of the shofar, a ram’s horn, as the sun sets on Saturday, Oct. 4, when Yom Kippur concludes.

Renowned nationally in the Reform Jewish community for her talents and innovative work in education and music, Cantor Ellen Dreskin will join Rabbi Jessica Marshall for the second year in a row in leading High Holy Day services. We are privileged to have her at our synagogue during the High Holy Days.

Much of summer “vacation” for the Temple Beth Or Religious School principal, administrator and volunteers is preparation for the upcoming school year. Registration packets are compiled and classrooms are primed for the arrival of students.

Temple Beth Or offers Snohomish County’s only Jewish supplementary school. Our mission is to develop a sense of Jewish identity and to build a welcoming and supportive Jewish community for students to help them establish a path toward future independent observance of Jewish life.

The school offers a Tots program, religion and Hebrew classes for ages pre-school through seventh grade, and Confirmation class for grades 8-10.

At Temple Beth Or most of the people who take on these planning tasks are both congregants and volunteers.

Don’t assume their work is less than professional, though. The dedication these people put into their efforts results in the creation of a high quality experience for High Holy Day participants and for the students and families who make up our Religious School community.

We invite you to explore experiencing Judaism the Temple Beth Or way. Now is the time to contact the temple office to find out how you and your family can become members of Temple Beth Or.

Call 425-259-7125 or email office@templebethor.org for more information on how to join, activities and services. Visit our webpage www.templebethor.org and/or our Facebook page. We are also on Twitter (@TBOEverett).

For more membership information, email membership@templebethor.org and, for Religious School information, email religious.school@templebethor.org.

We are an inclusive community where over half of our member families are interfaith.

Temple Beth Or embraces all who want to become members regardless of sexual orientation, race or economic situation.

Every day we put into practice what our mission statement describes: “Temple Beth Or is a warm, compassionate, vibrant, spirited, inclusionary and participatory Reform Jewish community.”

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