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We look forward to sharing the High Holy Days with our Congregational Community. Congregants are encouraged to share service links with family members so you may worship together.


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You may pick up a copy of our High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, at CBY or access a virtual copy here.

High Holy Day Viewing Schedule
Please click here for a Rosh HaShanah song sheet and list of service participants and honors.

Erev Rosh HaShanah
Friday, September 18 at 7:30pm   
Kol Nidre   
Sunday, September 27 at 7:30pm          
Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
Saturday, September 19 at 10:00am
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Monday, September 28 at 10:00am
Rosh HaShanah Torah Service
Saturday, September 19 at 12:00pm
Yom Kippur Torah Service
Monday, September 28 at 12:00pm
Rosh HaShanah Youth Service
Saturday, September 19 at 1:30pm
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Yom Kippur Youth Service
Monday, September 28 at 1:30pm
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Saturday, September 19 at 4:00pm
In-Person and Socially Distanced at CBY and available via Zoom
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Yom Kippur Study Session 
Monday, September 28 at 1:30pm
Passcode: 276892
CBY President Aaron Kwittken will lead a discussion about
the themes of Rabbi Strom's Sermons

2nd Day Rosh HaShanah Study Session
with Rabbi Strom

Sunday, September 20 at 10:00am
Passcode: 436680


Yizkor and Neilah
Monday, September 28 at 4:00pm
(5:15pm for Neilah)
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Virtual Gatherings

Gathering together as a community is a very important part of what makes the High Holy Days meaningful and special for all of us. While we may not be able to come together in person, we invite you to have a second screen handy so that you may gather virtually with other members of the congregation and experience our worship experience together. Please note: These are links to virtual "watch parties" and not the same as the links to the services.

Erev Rosh HaShanah
Passcode 469038
Kol Nidre
Passcode 872866
Rosh HaShanah Morning
Passcode 502606
Yom Kippur Morning 
Passcode 079784


Resources for Children

Rosh HaShanah

Do the Shofar Dance! 
Tekiah - one medium length blast 
Shevarim- three short blasts 
Teruah- nine very short staccato blasts 
Tekiah G'dolah - one single blast that is held for long as you can possibly hold it! 

For each shofar sound, make up a dance movement. The leader (children can take turns being the leader and practice pronouncing the different shofar calls) calls out the name and the group dances the associated movements. For example, for Tekiah - how about one high jump, for Shevarim - turn around in a circle 3 times, and for Teruah - do the twist until the end of the Shevarim sounds. The leader can either call out the names ("Tekiah!") or make the sounds of the blasts.   

Shofar Red Light Green Light 

The participants line up on one side of the room. The leader calls out the different shofar calls ("Tekiah!") For each shofar call, the children take a certain number of small steps forward. For Tekiah - 1 step. For Shevarim - 3 steps. For Teruah - 9 baby steps forward. For Tekiah G'dolah - Run for it! First one to the leader wins.  

Hebrew Lessons
Teach the words tapuach (apple) and d'vash (honey) using a picture of an apple and a picture of honey. After initially going over the two words in Hebrew, hold the picture of the apple at eye level and have them say the word "tapuach" in a medium voice. Then hold the picture high above their heads and let them shout out "TAPUACH!" Follow this up by holding the picture down low by their toes and get a whisper "tapuach." Play with different volumes. Use one picture at a time or interchange two or three pictures for an extra challenge. Other Hebrew vocab words for the High Holidays: challah, shofar, shanah tovah (happy new year).

Role Play
A. Different ways to say "I'm sorry" 
B. Different situations in which we need to say "I'm sorry" 

Apple Relay Race
Have a relay race with children running back and forth with apples under their chins.

Apple Taste Test
Bring in a number of different color/varieties of apples and have the participants choose their favorite. Make a chart to show which apples everyone chose.   

Apple Prints
Slice apples down the middle (vertically), let them dry a little bit, dip the cut side into paint, and use them like a stamp all over some construction paper. This works particularly well on the cover of a Shana Tova (Happy New Year) card.  

Happy Birthday!
Have a birthday party for the world. Using children's birthday supplies, show the similarities of the symbols. Something sweet (like apples dipped in honey), a round cake (like the round challah we use on Rosh Hashanah), noise makers (like the shofar), decorations and birthday cards (like the Shanah Tovah cards we send).

Play the classic game of telephone using Hebrew phrases and words from the holiday.

Avinu Malkeinu 
Shanah Tovah 
Shana M'tukah
Tapuchim U'Dvash 
Al Chayt
G'mar Chatimah Tovah   

Acrostic Poem
Write an acrostic poem in the same way that some of our Sages wrote our prayers. Use the letters T-S-H-U-V-A-H  (repentance)

Fall Leaves
Glue them all over anything!

Yom Kippur

Have your children write a letter to themselves. 
On Yom Kippur have your children write a letter to themselves. Choose a topic that is appropriate for the holiday, such as “What I would like to do to be a better, more sensitive person in the
coming year.”

Then each person/child should seal the letter in a self-addressed envelope, and put a stamp on it with a bit of extra postage (rates are likely to go up next year). Someone should mail the letters just prior to the next Yom Kippur. You and your family members will enjoy receiving these annual letters, which can be used as a measuring stick for the past year. Keep them in a scrapbook, which as your kids grow up, can become a precious record of their lives.

Read about Jonah and the whale
There are two primary reasons that are given for reading the Book of Jonah as the haftorah of the Yom Kippur afternoon:

The story of Jonah teaches us how no one is beyond the reach of God's hand. Just as Jonah's endeavor to escape God's providence was unsuccessful, so, too, we are incapable of eluding divine justice for transgressions we may have committed.

 On a more uplifting note: God spared the people of Nineveh, although God had already decreed that they would be destroyed because of their evil ways. This teaches us that no matter our past behavior, God is  benevolent.

Arts & Crafts Activity
Draw a picture about how you can make the world a better place.  Also think about how you might be able to help to make someone happier – draw a picture about it.  

Draw and color a picture of the Jonah and the whale story.

Make “I’m sorry” cards or notes for parents and/or siblings.

By confessing our sins aloud in the Al-Chet prayer on Yom Kippur, they become something much more real than just thinking about it.  Through confession, we can come to a complete understanding of our mistakes, why they were hurtful or wrong, and how we hope to act differently in the future.  The Al-Chet was written in aleph-bet order, as you will see at the service.

As a family, come up with your own Al-Chet prayer for Yom Kippur.  Try to think of words that relate to how you will make the coming year a better one.  What will you work harder on, who will you say “I’m sorry” to, what areas of your life will you try to improve, etc…  How have we missed the mark?  What can we do different this year?


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please contact Chip Schrager by email or phone at (914) 273-2220. 

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780