High Holidays 5782

 

Shalom B’nai Tikvah,

We’d love to invite you to join us for the High Holidays this year. We have recently decided to pivot from our original plan to meet indoors and in person, and in light of the Delta variant rising and our commitment to honoring health and safety, we decided to offer services virtually and outdoors. We would love for you to join our community as we usher in the new year and find a space to reflect, while sharing moments in the midst of a loving community.
 
In the past years, High Holiday ticket donations have been a significant portion of our annual budget and help to sustain this community, so we can open our welcoming doors and provide a loving and caring community for all. While we are not selling tickets this year, and invite you to join our community virtually this season, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation. Our suggested donation is $360 for a guest and $125 for family or guest of a CBT member. We understand that many are experiencing financial hardship at this time, and are grateful for any donation in support of our community that is meaningful to you. We look forward to celebrating the High Holidays with you and welcoming you into our warm and loving community. Click here to register to join us if you are not currently a member.
 
I look forward to connecting with all of you as we travel through the High Holidays together. Please see below for information about service offerings,  machzorim pick-up, guest tickets, the High Holiday Drive, and the gift shop.
 
Wishing you a Shanah Tovah,
 
Keren Smith
Executive Director

Schedule of Events

Most High Holiday services will be held virtually, primarily through live streaming. There are a few limited in-person opportunities which will be held in convenient locations in the Walnut Creek area.

Saturday, August 28, 2021
09:00 pm Havdallah and Slichot Service (indoors & in person and virtual)
Monday, September 6, 2021
07:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah service (via livestream)
Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
09:00 am Tot Rosh Hashanah Service* FREE and open to the community for children 5 and under
10:00 am Rosh Hashanah Service (via livestream)
02:00 pm Junior Congregation Service (grades K-5) (in person, outdoors, & masked)
03:00 pm Tashlich at a local park. Our beloved choir will be doing a live performance!
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
07:30 pm Kol Nidrei (via livestream)
 
 
 
 
Yom Kippur: Thursday, September 16, 2021
09:00 am Tot Yom Kippur Service* FREE and open to the community for children 5 and under
10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service (via livestream)
02:00 pm Junior Congregation Service (grades K-5) (in person, outdoors, & masked)
04:00 pm Mincha and Avoda Service (virtual)
05:30 pm Yizkor Service (outdoors and virtual)
06:30 pm Neilah Service (via livestream)


Sukkot: Friday, September 24, 2021
06:30 pm Community-Led Shabbat from the Sukkah with Rabbi Chabon, Lisa, and Keren

Saturday, September 25, 2021
07:00 pm Havdalah & Sukkah Jam! (outdoors & in person)
Simchat Torah: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
05:00 pm Consecration & Simchat Torah (outdoors & in person)
*Tot services are free and open to the community. Let your friends know they can join us by using the SignUpGenius link.
Please contact our office at office@tikvah.org or (925) 933-5397 to learn more about our High Holiday services.

High Holiday Service Livestream

Most High Holiday services will be held virtually, primarily through live streaming. Click here to see all of the 5782 livestreamed services on YouTube.

Machzorim (Prayer Books)

We will be distributing Machzorim and a small High Holiday bag for each family on Friday, September 3 and Sunday, September 5 from 10am – 1pm in the CBT parking lot. If you are joining us as a guest, please call our office at (925) 933-5397 before you pick up your prayer book so we know to expect you. The bags will include Yizkor memorial books, a sweet treat, and a CBT Member Directory. The pick-up will be a drive thru, so you will stay in the car and we will bring everything to you.

If you are unable to pick up at CBT due to limited mobility or other difficulty, you can schedule a different appointment by calling the office at (925) 933-5397.

You can also view the machzorim online for free as a flipbook. Click here to be directed to the CCAR Press website, then select the cover of the Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur machzor to open the flipbook.

Family, Guests, and High Holiday Visitors

High Holiday participation is of course included in CBT membership. Just like any other year, we welcome guests from near or far. In the past years, High Holiday ticket donations have been a significant portion of our annual budget and help to sustain this community, so we can open our welcoming doors and provide a loving and caring community for all. While we are not selling tickets this year, and invite you to join our community virtually this season, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation. Our suggested donation is $360 for a guest and $125 for family or guest of a CBT member. We understand that many are experiencing financial hardship at this time, and are grateful for any donation in support of our community that is meaningful to you. We look forward to celebrating the High Holidays with you and welcoming you into our midst. Click here to register to join us if you are not a CBT Member.

High Holiday FAQs

My child is home from college/ a recent graduate / living at home. Can they join us?
Yes, children under the age of 26 are invited to join us and do not require a guest ticket.

Will childcare be available this year?
No, unfortunately due to the complexities added by COVID, we will not be able to offer onsite childcare this year.

Are we holding a communal Break-the-Fast?
As of now, we are not offering Break-the-Fast, as we are unsure how communal eating will be affected by COVID in September. Please stay tuned for more information as we near the High Holidays.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Personal Vidui Community Confessions for Yom Kippur

It has become a CBT custom over the past few years to offer a community confession on Yom Kippur to replace the scripted text in the machzor. We pray in a minimum of a minyan to hold each other accountable during times of joy and sorrow, and this is more important than ever when we move through the hours of Yom Kippur. Instead of hearing words written by other people, on Yom Kippur morning we will offer up the anonymous confessions of our own community members. This is always a highlight of Yom Kippur morning.

If you would like to submit your personal confession to Rabbi Chabon electronically, you can do so using this form.

Rabbi Chabon is the only person who will see your confessions, and they are entirely anonymous. It is always wonderful when kids participate too! Rabbi Chabon needs your confessions by Tuesday, September 14th so she has time to craft them into a cohesive text.

High Holiday Drive

The Jewish community is responding to the urgent request of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) to assist in relocating refugees from Afghanistan. Rabbi Chabon has pledged $1800 from her discretionary fund to this cause.  
 
The Social Action Committee is urging all to assist by purchasing items on the JFCS Amazon Wish List to respond to this humanitarian crisis. They are also requesting gift cards to Target and to inexpensive grocery stores like FoodMaxx and Grocery Outlet.
 
Make sure to select the JFCS East Bay Volunteer Services’ Gift Registry Address for shipping when you check out on the Amazon site.

CBT Gift Shop

Have a sweet start to the new year! Contact Kathy Jacobs or Rayna Ravitz to schedule a visit to the CBT gift shop.