High Holidays 5782 Details


High Holiday Service Livestream

Click here to see all of the 5782 livestreamed services on YouTube.

High Holiday Appeal

Dear friends,

Wishing you a very happy and sweet new year. While I am disheartened that we are not able to gather together on these Days of Awe, I am very pleased that our Rabbi, Executive Director, High Holiday Task Force, High Holiday Honors Committee and Covid Response Team were able to craft a meaningful service that we can experience as a community.
This year I am challenging all of us to give from our hearts for CBT’s High Holiday appeal. In support for our beloved community, and its continued prosperity, let’s shoot for 100% participation. No amount is too small (of course no amount is too big either). I am grateful that you have chosen to be part of our congregational family, a welcoming and inclusive home for all.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,
David Ratner
Machzorim (Prayer Books) Return

Borrowed machzorim should be returned by Sunday, October 3, or your household will be billed $72. You can return your machzorim at your convenience to the plastic box outside the main CBT entrance any time between Yom Kippur and Sunday, October 3.

About the 5782 High Holidays

Shalom B’nai Tikvah,
The High Holidays are just a few weeks away! In this message I will share how we came to our decisions about services this year, as well as logistics about the High Holidays, as promised in the Monday email.
Since last year I have been waiting, as I am sure you have as well, for all of us to be able to come together in the spacious St. Matthew sanctuary and experience the High Holidays as one community. I couldn’t wait for COVID to be in the rearview mirror so we could return to being together in person. This was our plan in the early summer, when mask mandates for vaccinated people were lifted, and we were really hopeful about being able to do it. But as the Yiddish saying goes, “people plan and God laughs.” With the Delta variant on the rise, we had to reconsider the plan in order for us to continue to create a safe space for all of us to gather, connect, and pray. In considering how to offer the High Holidays this year, we included you in the conversation, as your thoughts and your input are so important in this decision. We have also been in close touch with other congregations around the Bay Area, thinking through how to best serve our respective congregations and the Jewish community.
As we weighed our decision, we kept in mind people’s desires to be together in person, and balanced it with our heavy responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy. Many predict that the Delta variant will peak the weekend preceding Rosh Hashanah, leaving us feeling increasingly vulnerable and risk-averse as we near the High Holidays. Also, with kids returning to school, many of our families will be more exposed to the variant. Keeping all of this in mind, and realizing that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are susceptible to the virus, we decided this year not to risk our congregants’ health and to offer services virtually and outdoors.
As you enjoy services via livestream from home, you will see that there are a few people in the room chanting Torah and performing other honors. Since we had to pivot so late in the game, we no longer have the luxury of pre-recording these honors, and have asked a very limited number of vaccinated people to do honors for our community in each service.
I am sure that like me, many of you are disappointed not to be able to gather in person with our community this year, in the way we were all hoping for. But if there is one thing that I have learned during this world pandemic, it is that our community has an incredible ability to connect even virtually, and that Rabbi Chabon can deliver her message intimately to each one of us and touch our hearts and souls even in this format.
I look forward to connecting with all of you as we travel through the High Holidays together. Please see below for information about service offeringsNeilah slot sign-upsmachzorim pick-up, guest tickets, the High Holiday Drive, and the gift shop.
Wishing you a Shanah Tovah,

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. SignUpGenius links are provided for in-person events. 
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 (in person, outdoors, & masked and via Zoom; sign up required to join in person)
10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service via livestream 
02:00 pm Junior Congregation Service (grades K-5) at CBT (in person, outdoors, & masked; sign up required)
01:30 – 6:00 pm Neilah moments in the sanctuary: The sanctuary will be open for walk-through Neilah. Families can sign up for 5 minute slots. There is limited space available (54 slots). Sign up is required.
04:00 pm Mincha and Avoda Service via Zoom (Meeting ID: 851 9039 5377;
Passcode: Tikvah)
For mincha this year, we’re going to wrestle with the question ”why are you here?’ by watching an Eli talk about the book of Jonah and doing a close reading of the text. All are welcome and no text study experience is necessary! 
05:30 pm Yizkor Service will be held outdoors. and via Zoom (Meeting ID: 851 9039 5377; Passcode: Tikvah; sign up required for in-person)
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. Sign up required. Sign up will be available as we get closer to the service.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
07:00 pm Havdalah & Sukkah Jam! (outdoors in the Sukkah; sign up required) 
Simchat Torah: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
05:00 pm Consecration & Simchat Torah will be held outdoors in person (sign up required)
*Tot services are free and open to the community. Let your friends know they can join us by using the sign up genius link.

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!

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 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 Jennie 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.
Volunteer Opportunities

We would love your help making these High Holidays special for our community. Please click here or on the button below to see volunteer opportunities to help us this season.