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New High Holy Day Prayer Book

We are excited to share that we will be using Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform machzor (High Holy Day prayer book), at all of our Congregational services during the High Holy Days.

Gates of Repentance, which we used for nearly 40 years, was a wonderful innovation in its time, and now we have an opportunity to continue our tradition of innovation with Mishkan HaNefesh.

We piloted Mishkan HaNefesh last year at our Erev Rosh Hashanah service at Temple, explored it during WHC Academy’s April sessions, and received positive feedback from both experiences. Mishkan HaNefesh will give both our clergy and our community a wealth of resources — including updated translations, readings, and poetry, as well as easily accessible transliteration — for discovering new meaning in the High Holy Days.

Purchase or Dedicate Sets

For many families, it is a rich tradition to keep their own machzor. Many people also appreciate being able to dedicate a prayer book in honor or in memory of someone dear.

Mishkan HaNefesh comes as a two-book set — the prayer book with the gold cover is used on Rosh Hashanah, and the one with the silver cover is for Yom Kippur.

Owning Your Own Set

Purchase the two-volume set for $40 by completing the order form below.

You can pick up your prayer books at the Temple reception desk on weekdays from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm or during the High Holy Days when you come to Temple for services.

If you choose not to purchase your own set, we will have copies of Mishkan HaNefesh at Temple for you to use on the High Holy Days.

Dedicating a Set

You can also dedicate machzors in honor or in memory of a loved one. The cost for a two-volume set is $54, which includes a bookplate on the inside cover of each prayer book that acknowledge your gift. These prayer books will remain at WHC to be used by those coming to worship with us on the High Holy Days.

Click here to place your order.