High Holidays 5782

 

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
President
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,

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.
 
Also, if you are looking to connect beyond the holidays, I would love to talk to you about becoming a member of our congregational family. You can respond to this email if you would like to learn more about either the High Holidays or our community.
 
We have many services for you to explore, including a FREE Tot service we offer for families with children 0-5 that meets in person outdoor. Please reach out to our office at office@tikvah.org or (925) 933-5397 for more information or to sign up.
 
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.
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 (available in person, outdoors, & masked and virtually–please contact our office at office@tikvah.org for sign-up information or to learn more)
10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service via livestream
 
01:30 – 6:00 pm Neilah moments 
02:00 pm Junior Congregation Service (grades K-5) (in person, outdoors, & masked)
04:00 pm Mincha and Avoda Service (virtual)
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 (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 sign up genius link.
 
Please contact our office at office@tikvah.org or (925) 933-5397 to learn more about our High Holiday services.

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.