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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 LIVESTREAM.  
 
COVID PROTOCOLS
If Bucks County is in low or medium risk level, masks are encouraged during services and all High Holy Days experiences in the building.  If Bucks County is in high risk, masks will be required. 
* There will be a section provided during all services (regardless of county risk level) in the sanctuary or social hall for those who wish to wear masks and sit socially distanced from others. ​​​​​
 
Guest Passes
Guest Passes are available for family members and out-of-town family guests. Please complete and submit this form to purchase guest tickets by September 19, 2022.
 
Babysitting Registration
Shir Ami will provide babysitting on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from 10:00am to 12:15pm.
Babysitting will be provided for children up to 7 years old (child must be walking) in room 12/14.

Please register your child(ren) by Sept. 19, 2022 to ensure adequate staffing using
this form.
 
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 Information Can Be Found Here
Bring non-perishable items and drop off in the large carts by the administrative entrance to the synagogue. 

HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICE SCHEDULE
 
SELICHOT PART I | Saturday, September 17 
8:00pm     Virtual Selichot with Bucks County Kehillah | via Zoom
Shir Ami will join with other Bucks County congregations for a community wide traditional Selichot program hosted online by Temple Judea.  Register here.
 
SELICHOT PART II | Sunday, September 18
10:45am-11:30am     Intergenerational Selichot Experience with Shir Ami |  Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
The Selichot ritual helps to set the tone for the entire High Holy Days.  One of its most powerful rituals is the changing of the Torah mantles to their High Holy Days White Torah covers.  All are invited to join the Shir Ami Religious School for a new and age appropriate Selichot Ritual. For the entire community.

EREV ROSH HASHANAH | Sunday, September 25
7:30pm - 8:45pm     Evening Service |  Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Welcome in the New Year of 5783 with a contemporary service led by the Shir Ami Clergy and accompanied by our Shir Ami Band, led by Michael Smolen.  Rabbi Eric Goldberg will speak.
 
ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1 | Monday, September 26 
8:45am - 9:00am     Blessings for Newborns | Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
All those who welcomed a child into their lives in the past year are invited for a special blessing for newborns. 
 
9:00am - 9:45am     Young Family Services |  Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Age appropriate for families with preschool aged children through 2nd Grade. (Older siblings welcome)
 
10:30am - 12:00pm     Traditonal Rosh Hashanah Morning Service |  Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Our traditional morning service features a blend of traditional and contemporary music sung by the Shir Ami Choir.  This services is appropriate for families with children 3rd grade and older.  Rabbi Chuck Briskin will speak.
 
1:30pm - 2:45pm     Rosh Hashanah Afternoon Youth and Family Experience  |  Tyler State Park, weather permitting (Boardwalk Picnic Area)
Join us at Tyler State Park for an afternoon of fun, learning and community building as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah with our Religious School Community.  There will be separate programming for children and parents.
 
2:45pm - 3:00pm     Shofar Sounding-Appropriate for the entire community |  Tyler State Park, weather permitting (Boardwalk Picnic Area)
Come and listen to our crew of Shofar Sounders as they pierce the air with the sounds of the shofar.  If you own a Shofar, you are welcome to bring it and join the group.  If you’d like to learn how to sound the calls ahead of time, please contact Rabbi Briskin.
 
3:15pm - 3:45pm     Tashlich at Tyler State Park (Appropriate for the entire community) Tyler State Park, weather permitting (Rain date on Tuesday, September 27)
Join us at the bridge adjacent to the Boat House for this ritual in which we symbolically cast our sins from the past year into the flowing waters of the Neshaminy River.
 
HAPPEN TO BE DOWN THE SHORE?
Join Rabbi Eric Goldberg on Monday, September 26 at 6:15 pm for a Tashlich service.  
We will meet on the beach at Margate Library, between Granville & Huntington.
 
Join Rabbi Eric again, on Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00am for a Rosh Hashanah morning walk. 
Together we will walk, pray, get to know each other better and enjoy the beauty of nature as we welcome in 5783.  
We will meet on the beach at Margate Library, between Granville & Huntington.
 
ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2 | Tuesday, September 27
9:30am - 10:30am      Adult Learning |  Shalom Hall and Zoom 
Join Rabbi Briskin for an interactive study of one or more of the themes of the High Holy Days.
 
11:00am - 12:15pm     Rosh Hashanah Walk in the Park | Tyler State Park (Meet by the bridge over the river adjacent to the Boat House)
Join Rabbi Briskin for a walk in the park which will include time for community building and reflections.
 
1:30pm - 2:30pm     Tikkun Olam Project | Location & Details TBD
 
SHABBAT SHUVAH | Friday, September 30
7:00pm - 8:00pm     Shabbat Shuvah Service | Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
During this reflective service between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we will take time to dedicate new memorial plaques that will adorn our Yizkor Wall of Remembrance.
 
KOL NIDRE | Tuesday, October 4
7:30pm - 9:00pm     Kol Nidre Service | Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Join us for this most solemn and reflective service of the High Holy Days.  The Kol Nidre service will feature the chanting of the choir and Jason Calloway playing Kol Nidre on the cello.  Rabbi Chuck Briskin will speak.
 
YOM KIPPUR | Wednesday, October 5
9:00am - 9:45am     Young Family Services | Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Age appropriate for families with preschool aged children through 2nd Grade. (Older siblings welcome)
 
10:30am - 12:00pm     Yom Kippur Morning Service |  Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Our traditional morning service features a blend of traditional and contemporary music sung by the Shir Ami Choir.  This services is appropriate for families with children 3rd grade and older.  Rabbi Chuck Briskin will speak.
 
12:30pm - 1:15pm     Torah Study Discussion w/ Rabbi Briskin | Shalom Hall | Zoom
 
1:15pm - 2:30pm     Yom Kippur Afternoon Youth Experience | Outside Religious School entrance
Rabbi Eric Goldberg, Ferne Levy and members of SHAFTY will facilitate an engaging and interactive Yom Kippur afternoon program.  There will be opportunities for parents and children to participate together and separately.
 
1:30pm - 2:20pm     Every Vote, Every Voice | Shalom Hall | Zoom
Learn about the Religious Action Center-PA’s effort to "get out to vote" during this critical mid-term election year.
 
2:30pm - 3:20pm     Shir Ami Listening Campaign | Shalom Hall | Zoom
As part of our efforts to hear what community means to you, join us for facilitated small group discussions that will guide our work in the years ahead.

3:30pm - 4:20pm     Storytelling | Shalom Hall | Zoom
Hear reflections from Shir Ami members that link their Jewish identity and involvement at Shir Ami to High Holy Days themes.
 
4:30-6:00pm     Yizkor/Neilah | Abraham Swerdlow Sanctuary and Livestream
Join us for this powerful service during which we remember our loved ones and the impact that they had on our lives.  Rabbi Elliot Strom will speak.  
Following Yizkor, stay for the closing ritual of Neilah, a beautiful and powerful way to conclude Yom Kippur.

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