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Welcome to Shir Ami's High Holy Days 5782!  

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.

**IMPORTANT**

1.  To participate in person, you will need to register.  Please 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 below.

3.  Follow this link to purchase guest tickets for your family members.


4. Please remember your loved ones in the Folio of Memory here.
    For a copy of the Folio of Memory, click here.

IMPORTANT:  To view links or watch streaming video, you must be logged into your account.


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  |  MORE INFO COMING SOON 
Bring non-perishable items and drop off in the large carts by the administrative entrance to the synagogue. 



HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICE SCHEDULE

IMPORTANT:  To view links or watch streaming video, you must be logged into your account.


   

Selichot   |  Saturday, August 28   (ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via LIVESTREAM)
7:30pm Evening Service (in person) & Virtual Kehillah program at 8:45pm

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   (ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via LIVESTREAM)
7:30pm - 8:45pm  

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 also 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 also 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 also be offered.

3:45pm - 4:00pm   Shofar Service
TYLER STATE PARK  (weather permitting)     
Bring your shofar as we sound the shofar blasts throughout the park.

4:00pm - 4:30pm  Tashlich
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.

And if you happen to be down the shore...   
Join Rabbi Eric Goldberg at 7:15pm on the beach in Margate in front of the Margate Library, in between S. Granville and S. Huntington Ave., 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 via ZOOM

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 - 2:30pm |  Tikkun Olam Opportunity
Styers Orchard: 97 Styers Lane, Langhorne (off of Woodbourne Road)
Come join your Shir Ami friends. Great project for grandparents, parents, and families. All ages welcome! Pick your own produce, and donate a portion to the Shir Ami Food Bank. Cost is based on whatever you pick per pound.

Shabbat Shuvah   |  Friday, September 10   (VIA ZOOM LINK & FACEBOOK LIVE)
6:30pm Service  (ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via LIVESTREAM)
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 
 
(ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via LIVESTREAM)

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 also via LIVESTREAM)
Our morning service featuring small groupings of choir members, pre-recorded choir pieces and our teen choir, live and in person.  Rabbi Briskin will deliver the sermon and we will chant Torah.

12:30pm - 1:15pm |  Torah Study Discussion: Torah Study with Rabbi Briskin. Explore selections from the morning Torah portion and Haftarah as we learn what it means to stand with a community that is rooted in the prophetic tradition of our sacred texts. 
STROM CHAPEL OR ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via ZOOM

1:30pm - 2:30pm |  Interactive Family Experience
SHIR AMI, OUTDOORS (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: Join Janis Bader, Arthur Krauss, Andee Losben, and Rabbi Briskin to explore ways we can help repair the world by speaking out and becoming advocates for justice.  We will look at some of the work of RAC-PA and POWER Bucks to guide our discussions.
via ZOOM

2:15pm - 2:55pm |  Study Session - LEARNING BLOCK 2: Spiritual Growth: Join Steve Ginsburg and Rabbi Briskin for a guided mindfulness meditation sit that will touch on themes of Yom Kippur, and help us bring light into our lives.
via ZOOM    

3:00pm - 3:45pm |  Study Session - LEARNING BLOCK 3: Connecting Together: Join to hear stories from our members about lessons learned during the pandemic.   We will hear from Chari Cohen, Stephanie Clark, Glen Firestone, Andy Salsman and Nancy Siderits.  Each has a specific experience and life lesson to share.
via ZOOM

4:30pm - 6:15pm |  Yizkor / Neilah
(ABRAHAM-SWERDLOW SANCTUARY and also via LIVESTREAM)
 

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782