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Selichot

Toward the end of the month of Elul, a week before Rosh Hashanah on Saturday night, we will recite selichot. These prayers and poetry on the theme of forgiveness are meant to inspire us to begin the process of asking forgiveness — from God, from our loved ones, from ourselves — for whatever we did wrong in the past year.

Selichot Service and Dinner

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On Saturday, September 16, please join us at Temple so we can begin the spiritual odyssey of the High Holy Days as a community.

A Congregational Dinner at 5:00 pm

Reconnect with friends and make new acquaintances at a delicious dinner hosted by the EmptyNesters auxiliary. The cost is $32 per person, and payment is required in advance.

Click here to register to attend dinner.*

A Time for Reflection at 6:30 pm

As Elul – the traditional month of soul-searching before the High Holy Days – draws to a close, we invite you to experience a half-hour of soulful reflection with Cantor Susan Bortnick and Director of Religious Education Stephanie Tankel. The session will include guided meditation, song, and gentle movement. It will be accessible to all and a lovely way to embark on this New Year.

Selichot Service at 7:00 pm

Our beautiful, musical candlelit service, led by our rabbis and cantors, has a meaningful and compelling liturgy with poetry and musical prayers to inspire you to reflect on the past year.

Dessert Reception

Following the service, we will conclude the evening with a festive dessert reception.

*Advance registration required for dinner only.