Congregation Ohav Shalom

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2022 | 5783 High Holy Days

2022 | 5783 High Holy Day Appeal

2022 | 5783 Days of Awe

High Holy Days News and Updates

Dear Ohav Friends:

Rosh Hashanah. A new year, a new start, a new path forward together. It is hard to believe that this time is here already. We look forward to welcoming you back to Ohav Shalom for the upcoming High Holy Days season. Whether indoors or outdoors, in person or online, in smaller groups, or with our larger community, it will be good to worship together. Selichot is Sept. 17 and Erev Rosh Hashanah is on Sunday evening, Sept. 25!

This year, 5783 Ohav Shalom’s theme is Hope * Connect * Act. Judaism is a way of life that emphasizes hope, connection and action.  Our Ohav kehillah kedoshah (sacred synagogue community) embraces and embodies these three values in everything we do and through our relationships with each other and our community.  

The many current challenges  we face locally, nationally and globally make it easy for us to despair and sink into apathy.  In his book, Choosing Hope, David Arnow teaches us that hope is a critical perspective to cultivate, without which we can’t move forward in improving the world. However, hope is just the beginning of a life well lived, according to Judaism.  We are created in God’s image. This means that we’re endowed with the almost limitless capacity as individuals and as a community to make our hopes real through bold and courageous action. This year, join us in embracing this commitment. 

We are busily preparing for the High Holy Days so that your experience will have that familiarity and comfort we all enjoy. Once again we are eagerly anticipating gathering together onsite, in our sanctuary and outside in our Ohav Ohel (tent) for High Holy Day worship throughout the Days of Awe. Just as in the past two years, pre-recorded  prayers will also be available. Not only are we thrilled to welcome Cantor Shlomo Goldberg back in person, we also welcome this season’s High Holy Day Rabbinic Intern, Joshua Bender. As we move through the Days of Awe, we welcome our full year Rabbinic Intern, Risa Dunbar. Be on the lookout for introductions to both of our Interns in our 3rd annual “Journey To Joy” email series.

As always, our paramount focus is on congregational safety, both the health and well being of our community and the physical safety of our community. We will continue to closely monitor local and CDC health guidelines. In addition, we will continue with our tradition of requiring tickets for in person services. Tickets can be requested using the enclosed forms or online at  In place of a set fee, we are encouraging our High Holy Day guests to make a voluntary contribution to help support Ohav Shalom. The High Holy Day services will be streamlined so please pay special attention to the schedule.

We ask your cooperation in meeting the deadlines indicated on the enclosed forms. Your attention to these deadlines helps us meet printing schedules and function more efficiently. Forms mailed be mailed to the office or completed online.

We anticipate a great year ahead at Ohav Shalom, filled with warm community and meaningful experiences as our HOPE inspires us to CONNECT with each other and to ACT in ways that will lead us to a better world. We look forward to sharing it with all of you! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us. Wishing you a Shanah Tovah, a year filled with sweetness, good health, joy and peace!

G’mar chatimah tovah. May we all be sealed in the Book of Life.




Rabbi Daniel Ornstein                      Gregg Fox, President              Nancy Pandolfo, Executive Director


* 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.

Click here for a complete list of High Holy Day services, programs and events.

The High Holy Days in 2022, including Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, will occur as follows:

  • Rosh HaShanah – begins sundown, Sunday, September 25 and ends sundown on Tuesday, September 27
  • Yom Kippur – begins sundown Tuesday, October 4 and ends sundown on Wednesday, October 5                               IMPORTANT: REMINDER
  • Sukkot – begins sundown Sunday, October 9 and ends sundown on Tuesday, October 11
  • We are again ordering Lulav and Etrog jointly with other synagogues, please visit the Temple Israel website to place your order
  • Shemini Atzeret – begins sundown on Sunday, October 16 and ends sundown on Monday, October 17
  • Simchat Torah – begins sundown on Monday, October 17 and ends sundown on Tuesday, October 18
  • To view the 2022-2023 Yizkor Book, click here.You will need to download   the book  to read all pages

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