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Letter from the High Holy Days Committee

Rosh, Hashanah (New Year 5784) and Yom Kippur - the Days of Awe - are just around the corner.

"When the shofar blows…it reminds us to turn our gaze inward, and to place judgment at the gates of our consciousness, to shift our focus from the outside world to the considerable activity taking place in the window through which we view it."
- Rabbi Alan Lew 2003

All the information you will need to prepare and plan for the High Holy Days, which start with Selichot on Saturday. September 9, is below. View the High Holy Days Schedule below for details.

There is also an interactive Order Form that you can use to submit your L'Shanah Tovah greetings, names of loved ones to be included in the Book of Remembrance, and your reservations for Break the Fast. The deadline for submissions is August 25.

Participating in services again this year with Rabbi Bloom will be Cantorial Soloist Adriana Urato and the High Holy Days Choir under the direction of Music Director, David Kimbell, and Accompanist Charlie Curtis.

If you are unable to join us in the sanctuary, service can be accessed by going to our website
or the Congregation Beth Yam Facebook page.

High Holy Days events include:

  •  Memorial Services at Six Oaks: Sunday, September 24, at 10:00 AM
  • Tashlich (to cast bread and sins upon the water): Saturday, September 16, at 3:30 PM at Jarvis Creek Park
  •  There will be two sessions of Teshuvah Walking Meditation on Sunday, September 10, at Jarvis Creek Park
  • 10:00 AM Theme - "God's watchful eyes: Are your eyes open?"
  •  11:00 AM Theme - "Repentance in the age of artificial intelligence: doing your own soul work."
  • Food collection for Deep Well

Detailed information for all events will follow.
We look forward to your joining us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the Days of Awe celebration. Please let us know if you need any additional information or assistance. Our email address is

High Holy Days Committee:
Robin Katz, Ed Fine, Janice Fradkin

Sun, December 10 2023 27 Kislev 5784