Shanah tovah u’metuka
Reflect, return renew and rejoice. These continue to be the themes for our High Holy Day season. And, this year, they are even more meaningful as we have the opportunity to come together in person as well as on live stream to share our High Holy Day prayers and spiritual connection.
This has been an extremely difficult year and a half. We have endured, with significant loss and grief, one of the most challenging events of our lifetimes. We have experienced so much individually and as a community. Yet, we also have experienced extraordinary acts of resilience, care, love and dedication. While our building was closed or access limited, Ohav never was. We visited with one another, we called each other, we zoomed together, we comforted each other, we prayed together, we learned together, we celebrated together and we mourned together. We were together. We were there for each other, for our Ohav community.
Perhaps our worship this year is even more meaningful as it is experienced against the backdrop of the past, and the pandemic that continues to impact our lives. Your patience, cooperation and understanding is crucial. The Delta Variant has resulted in serious spikes in infection rates. As has been the case from the start of the pandemic, the Ohav leadership has closely monitored health and medical guidelines designed to promote safety in this time of constant change. Our paramount focus is on congregational safety.
This year we have offered an array of prayer and program options for you and your family. Individual comfort levels vary, and we encourage you to choose those most comfortable for you. Our Ohel, (outdoor sacred space under our tent), offers an alternative to the inside space and alternative prayer options. Please look at the schedule in this booklet for times and offerings, and check your weekly Journey to Joy emails for updates and important resources.
We all have been impacted by the pandemic. As we come together this High Holy Day season, we ask you to invest your time, talent and financial resources in the Ohav Shalom community so we can continue to build together for now and for the future. Know that whatever you contribute, you have made a difference and we are deeply grateful to you as a member of the Ohav family.
May this be a year filled with sweetness and joy, with good health and much love, personal fulfillment and peace.
G’mar chatimah tovah. May we all be sealed in the Book of Life.
* Watch for our series of four Journey to Joy weekly emails will be your guide through these weeks, so please open your emails. They will be filled with all sorts of information to help make this a meaningful High Holy Days season. Archived emails from this series can be found here.
The High Holy Days in 2021, including Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, will occur as follows:
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