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Click the links below to hear our lay cantor, Dr. Dan Schidlow, chant High Holiday melodies that he and the congregation will sing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah Prayers      Yom Kippur Prayers

Rosh HaShanah services are held for the congregation on the eve of the holiday and the first day, culminating in a Tashlich service at the shores of beautiful Lake Naomi. There we symbolically cast away our sins by throwing pebbles into the waters. (Thus we avoid polluting the water and overfeeding the fish and ducks with the traditional pieces of bread.) Second Day Rosh HaShanah services are offered to any congregants or members of the community who seek to celebrate two days of this holiday. Services are informal and informative and provide ample opportunity for reflection.

Yom Kippur worship begins with the Kol Nidre Service and extends through the day of Yom Kippur. Morning services begin at 10 and end at about 1. Family Services are offered at about 2 pm. (Check the calendar as the holidays draw near.) A Study Session with the Rabbi provides an uplifting way to pass the time until the Afternoon Services begin at 4, followed by Yizkor and Neilah. Our break fast is held at the nearby Lake Naomi Club or at Pinecrest. (Check the calendar as the holidays draw near.)

Sukkot services begin with Something in the Sukkah, a light collation in our congregational sukkah. Weather permitting, the brief festival service is held outdoors; otherwise, we step into our santuary for the prayers.

Yizkor services are held on the last day of the holiday at 10 am. (Check the calendar for the date as the holidays draw near.)

Simchat Torah  is celebrated joyously with 7 hakafot (parades with the Torah) and a reading of the end of the Book of Deuteronomy and the beginning of the Book of Genesis. We invite congregants to the honor of Chatan/Kallat Torah and Chatan/Kallat Bereshit. The blessings are shared between the adults (for Deuteronomy) and the pre-b’nai mitzvah students (for Bereshit).

Shabbat Chanukah is with a potluck dairy dinner and community candle lighting. Bring your chanukiah!

Our Tu b’Shvat Seder is a time to celebrate the gift of trees and their bounty and to rededicate ourselves to the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam.

Purim at B’nai Harim is always celebrated on the Shabbat closest to this rollicking holiday. Congregants, the students and the Rabbi dress in costume and the service is done to the tunes of popular favorites. One never knows what the Rabbi will wear and how that will influence the music of the morning. The service is followed by a reading of the Megillah, an oneg and activities, games and tzedakah projects. The week before Purim marks the date for our riotous Purim Shpiel. No talent necessary! Join the fun.

B’nai Harim offers a Community Model Seder before Pesach held at Lake Naomi Club or Pinecrest. Each year, we teach the principles and practices of participating in a seder and take the time to celebrate this holiday with our synagogue friends and our neighbors.

Our services for the High Holy Days begin the Saturday night before Rosh HaShanah with the moving Selichot service. At this time, the rich maroon mantles of our Torah scrolls and the gold coverings of the reading stands are changed to white for the Yamim Nora’im and Chagim (Days of Awe and Festivals.) In the quiet of a sanctuary lit only by candle flames, each person embraces the Torah as it is passed through the congregation. The deep introspection of the prayers marks the beginning of the season of Repentance.

Introduction to Holiday and Festivals at B'nai Harim