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Services online, and in person starting June 26
Beth Ami is reopening, while continuing to bring services, davening and Torah study into our homes through Zoom sessions.
Starting June 26, we have welcomed congregants into the sanctuary for Shabbat morning services, and for a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat on the first Friday of each month. We also are continuing to interact with congregants on Zoom. There are health guidelines and procedures outlined in Beth Ami Virtual Week, please check before coming, as these may change with changing situations.
Fridays, Mincha at 4:30 p.m. FIRST FRIDAYS of the month, a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Service will be held in person in the sanctuary with Zoom available.
Other Fridays on Zoom only: Sing in Shabbat led by Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Miller. We begin at 5:50 p.m. with a song and a story for the kids (and the kid at heart), followed by Lisa’s short and very sweet musical Shabbat service at 6:00 pm, concluding with our communal Kiddush at about 6:30 pm. We hope that joining as a community in this way, will lift all of our spirits, with the beauty and holiness of Shabbat.
Saturday Shabbat morning services both in person in the sanctuary and available on Zoom, 9:30 am,
Saturday night Mincha starts about an hour before Havdalah time, followed by study of a prayer, Maariv and Havdalah: bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine.
Weekday: 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom.
Weekday: 7:00 p.m. Evening services often include the musical leadership of Lisa Iskin
weekday Shacharit SIDDUR SIM SHALOM
weekday afternoon SIDDUR SIM SHALOM
weekday maariv SIDDUR SIM SHALOM
Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week
The Fast of Tisha B’Av
The Fast of Tisha B’Av begins after Havdallah Saturday night July 17 at 9:30 p.m. in person in the Sanctuary and on Beth Ami’s zoom. We remember the saddest day in the Jewish calendar by fasting for 25 hours and by reading Lamentations by candlelight, while sitting on the floor or low stools. Here are some resources: a history, and online text of Lamentations in Hebrew and English. We will begin with Mincha at 7:45 p.m.
High Holidays at Beth Ami 5782 2021
Even as the summer is off to a start we are thinking about the upcoming High Holy Days. It’s hard to believe that our opening Selichot Service will take place at the end of August! (Saturday evening, August 28th).
In this regard we’re pleased to announce that we have made arrangements with Cantor Cory Winter to serve as our Chazan during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
Just a few weeks ago, Lee Feinstein, our RPC Chair and I met with Cory to make a final decision regarding his hire. In the process he sang some melodies for us and I was delighted at his presentation which was warm, melodic, and beautiful. He is up-beat and very eager to try some new approaches to our services to continue to make them appealing and accessible.
For example, he mentioned to me that he chants the Haftarah of Jonah, arguably the longest in the repertoire, in English! With the appropriate trope! We also discussed the placement of certain prayers so as to balance the times we spend in the synagogue. We started to meet June 25th to outline our holiday services.
As the State starts to lift some of the Covid restrictions, we are beginning to experiment with live services in our lovely sanctuary. We are hoping that by the time the High Holy Days arrive, we can once again meet in the Friedman Center and the synagogue. We will also be looking into our ability to provide a Zoom Link for those who find it difficult to attend in person.
May this coming year bring healing to our community.
May our fondest wishes be fulfilled.
May God find our meditations and prayers worthy, and
May we all be blessed with a Shanah Tovah um’tukah! a good and sweet Year!
With fondest wishes,
Rabbi Mordecai Miller
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