The High Holy Days mark the opportunity to join together in celebration of a year gone by and anticipation of a new year ahead. Whether Beth David has been your spiritual home for many years, or whether this is your first time spending the High Holy Days with us—or even your very first time celebrating the High Holy Days – we hope that 5780 will offer opportunities for renewed inspiration and connection. Not all services require tickets,
Selichot provides us with the opportunity to prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days ahead…a Spiritual Warm-Up. Selichot occurs at the close of Shabbat just prior to Rosh Hashanah. Beth David is proud to participate in the Lower Merion Community-Wide Selichot, Saturday, September 21, hosted this year by Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Rd, Wynnewood; 8:00 pm Reception and Havdallah, 8:15 pm performance of OH GOD! a play by Anat Gov by Theater Ariel, 10:00 pm and your choice of concurrent worship services.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are inspirational days for contemplation, celebration, and congregation. At Beth David we are proud to have many congregants, in addition to our clergy, actively participate by reading portions of the service, chanting Torah and reading its translations, and blowing the Shofar. We also conduct special services and activities designed for our youngest worshipers as well as Family Services for elementary and middle school children to attend with their parents.
Our congregants may purchase guest tickets for their unaffiliated guests who wish to join them for services. The cost for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is $150 for adults 30 years and older and $100 for guests ages 13-29. Synagogue-affiliated guests who are coming to visit requires a Reciprocal Seating Request Form.
Yizkor Book of Remembrance
The Days of Awe will soon be upon us, and it is during this time that our thoughts turn to friends and loved ones who are no longer with us. Though they are remembered always, they are in our hearts and minds most poignantly during the Yizkor memorial service on Yom Kippur.
Each year we distribute to every worshiper a memorial book – Yizkor Book of Remembrance – that is inscribed with the names of departed loved ones. Should you wish to honor your loved ones in this special and meaningful way please submit a form prior to September 27. May their memories be a blessing.
Do you have a special memory or story about your departed loved one(s) you’d like to share? Is it… funny, poignant, silly, sad, or something of which you are very proud? Please tell us your story, and it will be published in a companion section in the 2019 Yizkor Book of Remembrance. Please keep your story to a paragraph and submit to Jill Cooper by September 27th. Include in each story your name, the name of your loved one, and his/her relation to you.
High Holy Day Food Drive
The High Holiday Food Drive is the Mitzvah Food Program’s – and the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s – largest food drive of the year! We need your help collecting nutritious and Kosher non-perishable proteins: nut butters, canned fish, and/or canned beans, for those in our community who are in need. Please drop off your food donations at any Yom Kippur service, or to the Beth David office before October 28.