Shalom B’nai Tikvah,
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.
Sukkot: Friday, September 24, 2021
06:30 pm Community-Led Shabbat from the Sukkah with Rabbi Chabon, Lisa, and Keren
High Holiday Service Livestream
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.