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Shanah Tovah!
Welcome to Shir Ami's High Holy Days!  
We are extremely happy that, once again, we can be together in our Sanctuary to celebrate the New Year and observe our High Holy Days. This year, we are providing multi-access experiences so you can choose to participate in-person or virtually via Live Stream.  During services and all High Holy Days experiences held in the building, masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status. For those who wish to be in the building, but are not yet comfortable sitting in the Abraham-Swerdlow Sanctuary/Shalom Hall, there will be a limited amount of socially distanced seating available in the Strom Chapel/Elson Auditorium, where the service will be broadcast via Live Stream.
1.  You will need to register to participate in-person.  Register here.
2.  To view our live-streamed services, log in to your Shir Ami account from the home page of our website.  Your username is the email address at which you are receiving this email.  You will need to set your password if you have not done so already.  The livestream link can be found with the service information
3.  Follow this link to purchase guest tickets for your family members.
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.

High Holy Days Food Drive  |  
More information coming soon.
Bring non-perishable items and drop off in the large carts by the administrative entrance to the synagogue. 

Selichot | Saturday, August 28
7:30pm  Evening Service (in person) & Virtual Kehillah program at 8:45pm
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
Share the observance of this High Holy Days ritual with the Shir Ami community and the entire Bucks County Jewish Community. First, Shir Ami members will gather in person for Selichot services at 7:30 p.m. in the Abraham-Swerdlow Sanctuary.  Our service will include the ritual of changing the Torah mantles (coverings) as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah. Register here. Return home by 8:45 to join the Clergy Council of the Bucks County Kehillah for a community wide Selichot program (on Zoom) featuring short Israeli films that focus on the themes of forgiveness. Information and registration for the Kehillah gathering can be found here.  
Erev Rosh Hashanah | Monday, September 6
7:30pm - 8:45pm   Evening Service
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
A musical Rosh Hashanah service, featuring new arrangements of traditional liturgy and played by many of our talented instrumentalists. Sermon delivered by: Rabbi Eric Goldberg
Rosh Hashanah Day 1  | Tuesday, September 7
9:00am - 9:45am   Service for families with younger children (through 2nd grade)
Outdoors, weather permitting (in front field of Newtown Middle School)
10:30am - 12:00pm  Traditional Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  Livestream 
Our traditional morning service featuring small groupings of choir members (singing live), additional music from Michael Smolen, and pre-recorded choir pieces.  Rabbi Briskin will deliver the sermon and we will chant Torah and sound the shofar.
12:15pm - 1:00pm   Torah Study Discussion, "The Binding of Isaac" 
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  Livestream 
1:30pm - 2:15pm   Lunch/Hangout at Tyler State Park
The Maze Picnic Area parking lot, weather permitting
2:30pm - 3:45pm   Interactive Family Experience: led by Rabbi Goldberg, Ferne Levy and our Teen Leadership
Tyler State Park, weather permitting
Engage in hands-on, multi-sensory activities that allow for creative expression. Learn and experience how the themes and teachings connected to Rosh Hashanah speak to us just as meaningfully today as they have for centuries. A separate and parallel adult learners track will be offered as well.       
3:45pm - 4:00pm   Shofar Service at Tyler State Park   
yler State Park, weather permitting
Bring your shofar as we sound the shofar blasts throughout the park.
4:00pm - 4:30pm  Tashlich at Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park, weather permitting
End the first day of Rosh Hashanah by symbolically casting away our failings from the past year as we prepare to move into a new and better year.
Happen to be down the shore?
Join Rabbi Eric Goldberg at 7:00pm on the beach for a celebration filled with song,
shofar blowing, and of course sweet treats.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2  | Wednesday, September 8
9:30am - 10:30am    Adult Learning
Shalom Hall and
11:00am - 12:15pm  Torah on the Trails
Tyler State Park, weather permitting
Enjoy a guided and meditative walk through the wooded and open trails of Tyler State Park.  Connect the themes of the High Holy Days to the natural environment that surrounds us.
1:30pm - 3:00pm   Tikkun Olam Project
Location TBD
Fruit and vegetable picking to donate to the Shir Ami Food Bank.
Shabbat Shuvah  | Friday, September 10
6:30pm   Shabbat Shuvah Service
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary
Please join us for a contemplative and reflective service; we will also mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and dedicate all new memorial plaques that have  been added to our Yahrzeit wall since Rosh Hashanah 2021. Register here.
Kol Nidre  | Wednesday, September 15
7:30pm    Kol Nidre Service
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
Yom Kippur  | Thursday, September 16
9:00am - 9:45am    Service for families with younger children (through 2nd grade)
Outdoors, weather permitting (in front field of Newtown Middle School)
10:30am - 12:00pm   Yom Kippur Morning Service
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
Our morning service featuring small groupings of choir members, additional music provided by Michael Smolen, and pre-recorded choir pieces.  Rabbi Briskin will deliver the sermon and we will chant Torah.
12:15pm - 1:00pm   Torah Study Discussion
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
1:30pm - 2:30pm    Interactive Family Experience
Shir Ami, outside, weather permitting
Hands-on, multi-sensory activities that provide opportunities to explore how themes connected to Yom Kippur allow us to grow individually, and as a community, in 5782, just as they have throughout the generations.
1:30pm - 2:10pm    Study Session - Learning Block 1: Making an Impact       
via Zoom
Learn about Shir Ami's justice priorities for the year ahead and the statewide campaign led by RAC-PA.
2:15pm - 2:55pm    Study Session - Learning Block 2: Spiritual Growth         
via Zoom
An experience that will bring us together for guided meditation, chant, and silent mindfulness meditation.  No experience required.       
3:00pm - 3:45pm  Study Session - Learning Block 3: Connecting Together
via Zoom
We will share stories of living through the pandemic, both the heartfelt and heartbreaking.  The common theme will be how our community and our tradition helped guide us through the past 18 months.
4:30pm - 6:15pm    Yizkor / Neilah
Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and  
Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782