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High Holiday Reservations

As with most of life since March 2020, our High Holidays in September will be very different since we will not gather in person. However, we WILL still offer a full schedule of High Holiday services—and then some—over Zoom Webinar.

Rosh Hashana Adult Services

Evening Service: Friday, September 18, 7:30pm (Central Time)

Who Am I, That I should Confront Pharaoh?
Moses asks to evade responsibility for leading the Exodus. When we confront our challenges, as individuals and societies, the size of the task can be overwhelming. Where can we find the strength to stand up for what needs to be done?

Day Service: Saturday, September 19, 10:30am (Central Time)

Am I My Brother's Keeper?
Cain asks this after the first murder in the Torah. When to care for others, and when for ourselves? How do we balance our orbits of concern: ourselves, our family, our tribe, our nation, humanity? When simply breathing in public can be dangerous, this challenge echoes even more powerfully.

Yom Kippur Adult Services

Evening Service (Kol Nidre): Sunday, September 27, 7:30 PM (Central Time)

Shall Not the Judge Do Justice?
Abraham challenges the Hebrew God to live up to its role when judging Sodom. Through the Jewish Year just ended, from September to September, our trust in democracy, criminal justice, and national authority have been challenged. How can we form a more perfect union, and what will it take to make it happen?

Day Service: Monday, September 28, 10:30 AM (Central Time)

If Not Now, When?
Rabbi Hillel’s simple question continues to inspire and to challenge. Some of us may be comfortable in the status quo and thus hesitant to change for those beyond our orbit of concern. Dare we tell those suffering now to be patient? What better question to ponder as we kick off a New Year?

Memorial & Concluding Services: Monday, September 28, 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Who Can See What Will Happen After?
Ecclesiastes despairs, and finds consolation, in the thought that this world is all we have. Our losses these last twelve months between natural mortality and global pandemic weigh heavily at the conclusion of the year. It is up to us to remember and to act in their memory.

Our celebrations will include beautiful music—some recorded, some live—as well as our inspirational readings and Rabbi Chalom's stimulating sermons: the same meaningful experiences we want and need from our High Holidays, just on a new platform.

We are not selling guest tickets to High Holidays this year. Rather, we ask that you register and make a donation or become a Contributing Member of Kol Hadash at a self-chosen financial commitment (see One registration and donation entitles you to attend all five of the services listed above.  (By way of guidance, in a normal year guest tickets cost $250 for all services, or $90 each to purchase tickets for individual services.)

We hope you will be with us in Humanistic "spirit" to welcome in the new year in the same way at the same time, if not in the same place.
You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
If you would like to sponsor this event with a different amount, please enter the number of your contribution in the blank above.
Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyyar 5781