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SPOTLIGHT: YOM Kippur afternoon text study


  • “What’s Jonah’s Problem?” with Rabbi David Rose, 1:45-2:45 PM, Tent
  • “Nurturing Heart, Nourishing Earth: Spiritual Practice for Renewal & Repair," with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, 3:00-4:00 PM, Zoom. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



“What’s Jonah’s Problem?”

In this study of the Haftarah for Yom Kippur, the Book of Jonah, we’ll explore the story of the title character and what motivates him to flee God’s call. 

Led by Rabbi David Rose


“Nurturing Heart, Nourishing Earth: Spiritual Practice for Renewal & Repair”

In this interactive study session, we'll explore the close kinship between body and land in Jewish tradition, through classical texts and contemporary Jewish poetry, asking how we might deepen our practices of rest, renewal, and the restoration of relationship.

Led by Rabbi Julia Watts Belser




View Video our Rosh Hashanah High Holiday Programming

on our YouTube Channel


Shalom Shaare Torah Community,

As we prepare for the High Holiday season, we are eager for new beginnings and for the opportunity to connect with one another in our sacred community. Thank you for sharing your preferences and concerns with us as the public health situation has evolved. We have listened. In partnership with our High Holiday team and our COVID task force, we have adapted our plans for High Holidays to balance our values of celebrating the new year together with family and community with our responsibility to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone who spends the holidays with us.

We are excited to share our new High Holiday schedule which includes a variety of meaningful, joyful, and innovative services and programs. Many will take place in-person--in our Shaare Torah building and outdoors--and there will also be several options for participation on Zoom. We are offering multiple opportunities for community members of all ages and life stages to connect to our treasured traditions and to one another. While we will not be meeting at Lakelands Park Middle School this year, we are happy to return home to Shaare Torah.

Please read through our revised schedule to find the services and programs that best meet your needs. We will launch registration early next week. Please register as soon as possible, even if you have already registered.* Registration will be required for all services and programs other than Tashlich, for our planning needs and for contact tracing. Space is limited for most in-person programs. Zoom options will be open to all.

Thank you to our tireless Shaare Torah professional and lay leader team for your resilience and commitment to creating a path for us to return, renew and rejoice together safely. In true Shaare Torah fashion, this year's High Holiday celebration will be a success because of the collective effort from start to finish. 

Our kehillah kedoshah, our holy community, is better for having you in it. We pray that this new year will bring blessing, healing, life and goodness to you, your loved ones and our world.


L’Shanah Tovah & Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Annie Lewis

Rabbi Yosef Goldman

David Freiman, President

Matt Oziel, Executive Director

*If you have already registered, please register again through our new form. You do not need to resubmit your entry for the Yizkor book.

Updated Policies and COVID Protocols



In the event of thunderstorms or heavy rain, outdoor programming and services will be canceled or moved to Zoom. We will update you as it gets closer.


If you are feeling ill over the holidays, please stay home and join us on Zoom. 


Masks will be required in all services and programs for those over the age of two, except for Tashlich and the youngest tot programs. In our Traditional Services, only those in leadership roles will be unmasked and only while leading. 


We ask that all participants in the Traditional Service in the APR are vaccinated. We acknowledge that this means that unvaccinated children and adults will not be able to attend the APR service in person. If your child needs to enter the APR during services, for their safety, we ask that you limit the time that your child is in the room as much as possible. 

Break Fast

While we will offer a nosh for participants to grab and eat on their way out of Neilah services, after Yom Kippur, we will not hold a communal break fast meal this year. 

Non-Member Participation

We all want to be able to celebrate with friends and family over the holidays, including both people who are members of Shaare Torah and guests. Our priority will be to accommodate our members, and we will attempt to accommodate as many non-member tickets as possible, given our limited capacity this year. We encourage non-members to register as early as possible. As we get closer to Rosh Hashanah, if we need to limit in-person attendance to members, we will refund guest tickets. All are welcome on Zoom!


While we understand that it is a value to our community to offer this service to our parents for children who are too young to go to Kids Connection, this year, due to space and health concerns, we are not able to offer childcare.



Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782