How to watch!
Below you’ll find the schedule of our Rosh Hashanah Programming and Services, along with the links so that you can click on them directly and access them easily.
Things viewers need to know about our Traditional Services:
- Temple Emanuel is excited to launch its new streaming site: www.emanueloftempe.org/live this Erev Rosh Hashanah. All of the Tradtional Services (Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Morning, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur Morning, Yizkor, Neilah, and the Torah Services) will be broadcast on this streaming site, while all of the educational and interactive sessions will be hosted on Zoom.
- Using the streaming site is easy! Simply go to the page and push play to start! You can press “pause” if you need a short break, and you are able to replay the services on-demand if you miss them.
- Long-term, the streaming site will be a great addition to our community, as it will allow us to share simchas with elderly relatives unable to travel and to include congregants who may be physically unable to come to Temple when it re-opens.
Lots of love, heart and soul have gone into producing this year’s High Holy Day offerings. We sincerely hope that you enjoy them and are able to celebrate, even if we’re apart.
We hope to see you in person in 5781!
Letter to our Community
To the Temple Emanuel Community,
Shanah Tovah! The New Year is nearly here!
The Hebrew word “shanah” means “year,” and it also means “change.” This has certainly been a year of massive change. When everything feels different, it is good to know that some things are certain: Jewish custom and tradition. The High Holy Days. Our community. The Torah. These anchor our lives when all else is turbulent.
Temple Emanuel looks forward to sharing the High Holy Days 5781 with all of you.
Because of COVID-19, and the paramount need to keep one another safe, our observances will look different this year. Even so, they will be robust, varied, accessible, thoughtful, and warm. They will be opportunities to connect and reconnect, to ponder, to take stock, and to feel, as they always have been. They will be full of music, ideas, and love. We’re excited to experience them with you!
In the days ahead, we will share all the specifics with you – times, links, texts, directions. For now, however, here are the four principles that are guiding our observances:
- Services. We’ll pray each service as we have – using Mishkan HaNefesh, with the music of Cantorial Soloist Allan Naplan – from our own sanctuary via Streaming. Rabbi Dean will share the bimah with Rabbi Suzy Stone of ASU Hillel, and Hillel students will join us electronically. Services will be streamlined, to last about 1 hour.
- Deeper Dives. After each service concludes we’ll pause, then reconvene on Zoom for shared study, conversation, and personal consideration led by Rabbi Dean and set around the themes of the holiday. These explorations are an opportunity to co-create, to go deeper, and to connect with fellow community members in new ways. You are welcome to the service, the Deeper Dive, or both.
- Chesbon HaNefesh – the inner work of taking stock of our own lives. As always, no one can do the work of the High Holy Days for you. You are responsible for your own growth and experience. The synagogue will provide a range of helpful tools for you to make them your own – thoughtful questions to answer, yahrzeit candles to light, copies of Mishkan HaNefesh to borrow, and more. These materials will be available for collection at Tashlich and Shofar Blowing ceremonies, and at the synagogue in the lead up to the Holy Days. Some materials will be distributed electronically. The more you give yourself over to the season, the more it will give to you.
- Being Together. Simply put, we miss each other. We want to be together. We’ll gather outside, safely, for Tashlich and to hear the Shofar. We’ve scheduled two gatherings each, for a total of four, spread throughout the East Valley. Come on your own, with your family, or with your chavurah. We’ll keep our distance and wear our masks, but we’ll be together.
Please keep an eye on your email. If you have yet to renew your membership, now is that time! Email Jocelyn Richards, Director of Finance, at [email protected] now to avoid missing out on our schedules and links!
We’re a month away and so very excited to share this meaningful time with you.
This year will be different, and it will also be fantastic. This year, more than ever.
The Clergy, Staff and Board of Temple Emanuel of Tempe
Unlike previous years, we will not be ‘selling’ High Holy Day access for non-members – we ask that everyone who wishes to take part in Temple Emanuel’s High Holy Day services this year become a member of our congregation or offer a contribution.
Your contribution is solely up to you and what you are comfortable contributing; there is no amount too large or too small to be part of our community. In the past, each Holy Day Ticket has cost approx. $125 per person/holiday. For more information and to make your commitment, please click here.
Already a member of Temple Emanuel? You will automatically be given access to all of the High Holiday services and Youth Programming as one of the benefits of your membership.
Have yet to complete your membership renewal? Email Jocelyn today to renew!
High Holy Days Schedule
Click here to download an updated High Holy Day Schedule with Links: HHD Schedule 5781 with Links Yom Kippur
Youtube: Click here to access our Youtube Channel.
Streaming: Our Streaming Channel will be available in Early September.
Zoom: Individual Event Zoom Links will be available in Early September.
Partnerships and Collaborations
Temple Emanuel is lucky enough to have forged many partnerships in 5781!
Rabbi Dean will team up with Rabbi Suzy Stone from ASU Hillel to present our Traditional Services during these Holy Days. We will partner with Temple Emanuel in San Diego to present our Yom Kippur afternoon actvities and breakout sessions, and we are officially members of HAMSA, Five Synagogues Preparing Together for the new year, which includes Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Akiba of Culver City, and Temple Menorah all collaborating to create new and innovative programming during this new uncharted time.
Mishkan Hanefesh Prayer Books
As we join together in sacred community from our homes, there two ways to follow along in Mishkan HaNefesh, the machzor, our High Holy Days prayer book.
We will also have subtitiles and captions scrolling onscreen during services. A physical prayerbook will not be necessary to enjoy and participate in the holidays.
Even still, in Early September, we will also allow members to borrow copies for the High Holy Days and take them home. Temple Members, please keep an eye on your email for further information, dates and times for pick-up and return due dates.
Young Children’s Services
Designed for children 8 and under and their families, this lively and fun service highlights the themes and rituals of the holiday. Services are led by Rabbi Dean will be held live on Zoom for fun, interactive play and prayer.
A zoom link will be provided in September.
Students in grades 5-12 should join TETY for educational, spiritual, and discussion-based Zoom Sessions. Let’s make the High Holy Days meaningful and spend time together. Grab some apples and honey, and spend time with other Temple Emanuel teens.
- Rosh Hashanah — Saturday, September 19.
Links and access information will soon be shared to families currently enrolled in Temple Emanuel’s Religious School for the 2020-2021 School Year.
Tashlich: Casting Away Sins
Two Times & Locations:
Sunday, September 20, 9:00 am at ASU Research Park in South Tempe and 10:30 am at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.
We gather at water’s edge to cast away our shortcomings. Using birdseed provided by Temple Emanuel and a few songs, we divest ourselves of whatever’s holding us back. We can gather in person, respecting social-distancing in the great outdoors. After a brief ceremony, we’ll participate in a self-paced photographic scavenger hunt. Bring a camera, follow the instructions, and get creative. A perfect event for people of all ages, including children.
Following each Erev and Morning Service, our community will reconvene on Zoom to explore the themes of the holiday in greater depth. Using text, song, conversation, and writing, we’ll explore grand truths and intimate understandings for about an hour. Highly interactive, these sessions are designed to provide us with opportunities to see, chat, and connect with one another. Come to one or to all – but we ask that all who attend participate. This is how we build community, and make the High Holy Day material our own.
Shofar Blowing & Havdalah
Two Dates & Locations:
Saturday, September 12, 6:30 pm at South Mountain & Saturday, September 26, 6:30 pm at Founders Park** UPDATED LOCATION.
This year, we want to gather – to see each other in person – and to feel the enormity of the season. Let’s head to the wilderness to celebrate Havdallah and to hear the Sound of the Shofar calling us together. Wear your mask and observe social-distancing. You can stay in your car, stand in the parking lot, or hike up the mountain. Let’s be together, safely, as we mark these sacred soulful times in beautiful surroundings.
Monday, September 28, 4:30 pm
Through meaningful readings and soul-stirring music, we will journey through varied expressions of grief and memory.
Kol Nidre/High Holy Day Appeal
Each year the Kol Nidre appeal helps us pay a large percentage of our synagogue’s operating expenses. We rely on fundraising activities such as the Kol Nidre Appeal in order to maintain the programming and services on which all of us have come to depend.
Since the destruction of the Temple, we no longer offer animal sacrifices. Instead we offer our sincere repentance; acts of loving kindness; and charitable gifts – Tzedakah. The second part of the commandment is to make an offering. A Kol Nidre gift to the synagogue is a wonderful offering which fulfills this mitzvah.
No matter what level of giving you consider…no matter when or why you come to Temple Emanuel…whether you give to fulfill the Mitzvah, or to give thanks for God’s blessings, or for reasons of your own, we are truly grateful.
Please, give generously to Temple Emanuel. You will make a difference, and “May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year”.
If you have already made your Kol Nidre donation, please accept our most sincere appreciation for your generosity and your commitment to our community.
Ushering looks a bit different this year! We’re looking for a few good members to help us at each of our outdoor events, pointing the way for guests, greeting, offering nametags (All socially-distanced activities!). If you’re interested, please email [email protected] and let us know which events you’re able to assist.
L’dor V’dor Q & A Session
Make a gift for all generations: As we approach the New Year, we naturally reflect on the past and consider the future. Temple Emanuel’s L’Dor V’Dor Society is building an endowment to keep Temple Emanuel flourishing for generations to come. All Temple Emanuel congregants may participate in the L’Dor V’Dor Society, which is why the Temple’s L’Dor V’Dor Committee is inviting you to our Q&A session via Zoom on second-day Rosh Hashana, 1-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. Come and learn about this opportunity to establish your legacy at Temple Emanuel, just click on the link.
Meeting ID: 758 1012 2761
Yom Kippur Afternoon/Limmud Breakout Sessions
This year, in partnership with Temple Emanu-El of San Diego, congregants will have their choice of study sessions and “Break-Out Activities”:
At 12:30 pm, we encourage you to participate in:
- A Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform
- “A Deeper Dive” on Yom Kippur with Rabbi Dean
At 1:30 pm, you’ll have your choice of:
- Yoga with Moriah Schindler: A Gentle Yoga Session.
- Meditation with Jeff Zlotnick: Mindfulness and Meditation -This talk will review two significant components of mindfulness and provide simple instructions for an evidence based practice that is practical, portable, has no toxic side effects and no cost.
- Family Activity: A craft project, story, and music.
- A live Klezmer concert featuring Phyllis Irwin and Merryl Goldberg
- A continuation of the formal Limmud discussion hosted by Janice Steinberg
For many of these sessions, you have to register in advance. Links will be shared as they become available.
Book of My Life
Click here to download: The Book of My Life 5781