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High Holidays 5783 - In Person & Stream

Shanah tovah! The High Holidays, also called the Days of Awe, is a time for us to look inward, outward and upward: inward to our conscience – what needs to change this year; outward to the world – how does our inner change impact the repair of God’s world; and upward to God who inspires, demands, cajoles, and waits patiently for our return. There is no better place to spend the High Holyidays than with us!

Memorial Plaques and/or a listing in the Golden Book of Remembrance is a beautiful way to remember a loved one. Orders may be placed anytime during the year, but are dedicated twice yearly, at Yizkor Pesach and Yom Kippur. The deadline for orders for Yom Kippur 5783 is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Contact Diane Dronzek to place an order or to learn more.

The Memorial (Yizkor) Booklet, a project of Sisterhood, is updated annually. The booklet is distributed at all four Yizkor services during the year (Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Pesach and Shavuot).     

View the Rosh Hashanah programs here:  BJC  and Gross Schechter Day School.
View the archived 1st day Rosh Hashanah service at Gross Schechter Day School here. Visit our streaming page for the archived services at BJC.
View both Yom Kippur programs here.

This year, our services will be held in person and streamed.  Schedule of Services:    

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 25

6:00 pm
 & 8:00 pm
1st day Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 26  
Services (BJC & Gross Schechter Day School) 9:00 am
    Torah Service 9:45 am
    Shofar Service & Musaf 10:55 am
    Sermon 11:45 am
Holiday Story Time with Rafi (Jacobson Library) 9:30 am
Young Children's Holiday Experience (Linden Courtyard) 10:00 am
Teen Program - Ukraine (Halpern Hall) 11:00 am
Family Service (Linden Courtyard) 11:00 am
Mincha 6:00 pm
2nd day Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, September 27  
Services (BJC only) 9:00 am
    Torah Service 9:45 am
    Shofar Service & Musaf 10:55 am
    Sermon 11:45 am
Starbucks, Bread & Torah with Rabbi Rafi Cohen 9:00 am
Alternative Service with Rabbi Rafi Cohen (Halpern Hall)* 10:30 am
Family Service (Linden Courtyard) 10:30 am
Teen Jewish Jeopardy! (Youth Lounge) 10:30 am
Mincha 6:00 pm












Kol Nidre - Tuesday, October 4  
Kol Nidre (David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary) 6:15 pm
Kol Nidre (Gross Schechter Day School) 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting & Fast begins 6:45 pm
Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 5  
Services (BJC & Gross Schechter Day School) 9:00 am
  Torah Service  
  Sermon & Yizkor approx.
12:00 pm
Young Children's Holiday Experience (Halpern Hall) 10:00 am
Family Service (Halpern Hall) 11:00 am
Teen Program - Ohio Innocence Project (Gottlieb Aud.) 11:00 am
Community Conversation with Ohio Innocence Project approx.
12:20 pm
Study Session with Rabbi Cohen** after am service
Mincha 4:30 pm
Q&A with the Clergy 6:00 pm
Holiday Story Time with Rafi (Jacobson Library) 6:15 pm
Neilah-Ma'ariv 6:30 pm
Shofar (Yom Kippur ends) 7:45 pm












*Please join Rabbi Cohen for a Tikkun Service. Usually meant fix or repair (i.e. Tikkun Olam), the Tikkun Service will be a space for song and sounds, study and reflection. This second day alternative service will incorporate pages from our traditional mahzor as well as additional contemporary readings and stories. Please bring a mahzor with you and, if you have a shofar, please bring that as well. 

**Click here for the source sheet.

Clergy Rotation

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Linden Family Courtyard (weather permitting; otherwise David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary)  at 6:00 pm - Rabbi Rudin-Luria and Cantor Rosenbaum
David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary at 8:00 pm - Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Shifman

1st day Rosh Hashanah
David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary - Rabbi Rudin-Luria and Cantor Shifman 
                              (highlight prayer by Cantor Rosenbaum)
Gross Schechter Day School - Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Rosenbaum

2nd day Rosh Hashanah
David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary -  Rabbi Rudin-Luria, Cantor Rosenbaum and
Cantor Shifman 
Starbucks, Bread & Torah and Alternative Service - Rabbi Cohen

Kol Nidre
David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary - Rabbi Rudin-Luria and Cantor Shifman
                              (highlight prayer by Cantor Rosenbaum)
Gross Schechter Day School - Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Rosenbaum

Yom Kippur
David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary - Rabbi Rudin-Luria and Cantor Shifman
Gross Schechter Day School - Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Rosenbaum
Neilah - Ma’ariv - Rabbi Rudin-Luria, Cantor Rosenbaum and Cantor Shifman 

Welcome Rabbi Rafi Cohen

Rabbi Cohen will be leading our services at Gross Schechter Day School and our alternative service on 2nd day Rosh Hashanah. 
Read his bio here.


Tashlikh at the Falls & Picnic
Sunday, October 2 • noon

Experience Tashlikh at Chagrin Falls where we will seek to cast our sins away and earn God’s forgiveness as we approach the Jewish New Year. Meet at
the park’s shelter across the street from the Popcorn Shop for a picnic (bring
their own dairy picnic). At approximately 12:30 pm, we will begin the service and hear the shofar.
We will provide prayer books. BYOB (bring your own crumbs). In case of rain, this event will not be rescheduled. Register here. 

BJC Wellness Initiative presents - Beginning Again: A Mindful Tashlikh
Sunday, October 2 • 5 pm • location provided upon registration (Solon)

Join us for a special Tashlikh program to begin the new year a new way. Through music, self-reflection, writing, mindfulness practice and prayer, we will focus on body, mind and soul in order to begin again in a holistic path to renewal.  Register here.

The Bridge’s Tashlikh on the Lake
Wednesday, September 28 • 6:30 pm

The Bridge, Downtown Cleveland’s Jewish young professional organization sponsored by B’nai
Jeshurun, will be hosting a Tashlikh service led by our clergy at Edgewater Park. This event is
only open to young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Contact The Bridge with questions.

Cemetery Memorial Services

It is customary that we visit the graves of our loved ones before Rosh Hashanah or between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We come to their gravesides to let them know that we still feel their presence in our hearts. It is our opportunity to honor them for all that they accomplished in life and for the impact they had on our lives. We also come to draw strength and comfort from the memory of our loved ones as we approach the new year.  Download our unveiling booklet here or join us Sunday, October 2 at 9:30 am at Glenville Cemetery, 10:00 am at Bet Olam Cemetery and 11:00 am at Chesterland Memorial Park. 

Mahzorim:  We've Got You Covered!

Thanks to the generosity of Gayl Berger and Alan Berger and family, our High Holiday prayer book, Mahzor Lev Shalem, is provided for you.  If you plan to pray virtually, you can borrow a book (contact the synagogue office to arrange).  

If you prefer to purchase your own copy, contact the synagogue office; the cost is $36. You may also download a copy for a nominal fee here.  The form will close on September 21st in order to allow time to process orders before Shabbat and the Holiday. It will reopen on September 28th and close on October 3rd to process orders for Yom Kippur. 

Personal Prayer before the Ark

If you will not be at Neilah services in person to say a personal prayer before the ark, you may sign up for a time slot between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to stand before the holy ark in the David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary alone or with others in your home for personal prayer. Bring a note with you or write on one of our notes, which will be sent to the Kotel.  Register here. 

Chesed Food Collection

"This is My chosen fast...Share your bread with the hungry, take the homeless into your home; clothe the naked when you see them, do not turn away from people in need."  - Isaiah 58:6

Please bring non-perishable, unexpired food to the synagogue for our collection to benefit the JFSA Food Pantry by October 19.

Selichot:  A Night of Renewal

Saturday, September 17
8:30 pm Havdalah; 8:40 pm Service; 9:45 pm Dessert 

Join Rabbi Rudin-Luria and Cantor Rosenbaum for an interactive, inspirational, introspective and uplifting musical service. Selichot offers us an opportunity to mentally and spiritually prepare for the High Holidays. The Night of Renewal will feature traditional tunes led by Cantor and the BJC choir and contemporary melodies and readings to begin the new year.  Write your own note or prayer to be sent to the Kotel.  Also on Zoom and stream.
This program is made possible through the generosity of the R.H Mohrman Cultural Foundation.

Wed, October 5 2022 10 Tishrei 5783