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Welcome to Shir Ami's virtual High Holy Days!  Below you'll find our 5781 High Holy Days worship schedule.  Things may be a little different this year due to social distancing protocols, we promise you'll find fulfilling and meaningful options for every age in your family.

Please experience the richness of these High Holy Days with your Shir Ami community.  There are many virtual options below, so we can observe and participate in this very special programming together, in the comfort of our homes.

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Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor  | High Holy Days Prayerbooks

At various times during this year's High Holy Day experience, we will use the online version of Mishkan HaNefesh, our High Holy Days machzor, which will be displayed on your screen. Since Mishkan HaNefesh is enriched with many additional readings, you may want to download a PDF, or purchase your own copy so you can explore the liturgy at your own pace throughout the High Holy Days.

The two-volume Days of Awe set is available through the CCAR Press by clicking here.


Shir Ami offers various HHD worship experiences that will add depth and beauty to the intensity of this sacred time of year for you and your family.

High Holy Days Food Drive  |  Begins September 20
Bring non-perishable items and drop off in the large carts by the administrative entrance to the synagogue. 
Collection will take place Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm and Sundays (when Religious School is in session) from 9:00am -11:00am.

September 20 to October 16  (Food Collection)
October 4 and 11  (Sort and date)  
October 18  (Pack boxes for agencies)

"Shofar Corps Drive-by Blasts"
If you are homebound or lack the technology to connect during the High Holy Days, please let us know. We want to send a member of our Shofar Corps to your home to sound the shofar, while you watch and hear from the safety of your front door.  Please contact click here to contact Jodi Friedman to request a visit.

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Shabbat Shuvah   |  Friday, September 25   (VIA ZOOM LINK & FACEBOOK LIVE)
6:15pm Table Blessings     6:30pm  Service
A reflective meditation-style service to help connect ourselves to the themes of the day.

Kol Nidre  |  Sunday, September 27  |  7:30 - 8:45 pm   (VIA LIVESTREAM)
Kol Nidre evening service featuring Mishkan Hanefesh, the virtual choir, and Kol Nidre played by cellist Jason Calloway. Rabbi Briskin will speak

Yom Kippur
Service for Families with Young Children  |  Monday, September 28  |  9:30-10:00am  (VIA ZOOM LINK)
Join us for a fun service with music, story time and an interactive program for families with children in preschool thru first grade.  

Yom Kippur Morning Service  |  Monday, September 28  |  10:30-11:45am  (VIA LIVESTREAM)
Featuring Mishkan Hanefesh and the virtual choir. 

Yom Kippur Torah Service  |  Monday, September 28  |  12:00-12:45pm (VIA ZOOM LINK)

Youth Adventure (K-6th grades)   |  Monday, September 28  |  2:30-3:30pm   (VIA ZOOM LINK)
Shir Ami’s Youth Adventure is a live, interactive experience for students in K-6th Grade. Led by SHAFTY teens, Ferne Levy, Michael Smolen, Shir Ami Religious School families and clergy, we will focus within ourselves and out to our community through song. Join us for a Torah reading, the sound of the shofar and activities that will inspire our youth to think about the words they use and actions they take this year, as well as how they can make the world a better place.

Yom Kippur Study Sessions   |  Monday, September 28  |  1:00-4:00pm   (VIA ZOOM LINK)
This year as part of our afternoon of learning, we will feature two scholars from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Each lesson is about 20 minutes and will be followed by conversation and questions facilitated by Rabbi Chuck Briskin or Rabbi Paula Goldberg.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Study Session #1:   1:00pm - 2:00pm: Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History, New York, on the Eileh Exkra (Martyrology) prayers. Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Chuck Briskin.
Study Session #2:  2:00pm - 3:00pm: Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D., Professor of Rabbinics, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles, teaching Jonah. Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Paula Goldberg.

For our third learning session, join with others throughout the Greater Philadelphia area for an important conversation.  Study Session #3:  3:00pm - 4:00pm   What Jews of Color Experience in our Metro Philly Jewish Community  [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]

Yizkor  |  4:30-5:15pm  (VIA LIVESTREAM)
Yizkor is a time to gather to remember all of our loved ones who have died, either in the past year, or in past years. The new liturgy of Mishkan Hanefesh includes beautiful poetry, music and a ritual candle lighting that touch the mind, heart and soul of all who are remembering someone. Open to all. 

Neilah |  5:30-6:00pm  (VIA ZOOM LINK)
Immediately following Yizkor, we begin Neilah. Its liturgy, that draws on the same themes of transgression and forgiveness, also takes a positive step towards redemption and renewal.

See your friends from Shir Ami in person! Rabbi Briskin will welcome small groups of people to his home during the festival of Sukkot.  Please secure your spot via Sign Up Genius.  Bring your own chair, food and drink.   Pre-registration and the signed b’rit kehillah are required.  Information coming soon.

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781