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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.

A Preview of Mishkan HaNefesh

Join us for our final Shabbat Under the Stars of the summer and get a preview of the new prayer book we will be using during the High Holy Days at WHC.

Date: Friday, August 30
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation

During the summer, we bring the relaxed, casual feel of long, sunny days to our Friday night services. Taking advantage of our beautiful grounds at Temple Shabbat Under the Stars is held outside (weather permitting, of course).

Explore its pages

The service will incorporate Mishkan HaNefesh's style and substance through readings that Rabbi Shankman will weave into the service.

Then, stay after the service for a casual Shabbat dinner where Rabbi Shankman will explore with us the pages of this new machzor — including its updated translations, readings, poetry, and easily accessible transliteration. Dinner costs $12 per person or $30 for up to four family members. Please click here to RSVP for dinner.

Pick-up or purchase your own copies

If you placed an online order for your own Mishkan HaNefesh set(s), we will have them for you to bring home. Didn’t pre-order prayer books but are interested now? You will also be able to purchase them at Temple during Shabbat Under the Stars. A two-book set costs $40. If you would like to dedicate a set in honor or in memory of a loved one for WHC to use during the High Holy Days, the cost is $54.

Can’t make it to Shabbat Under the Stars but want to pick up your prayer books?

If you pre-ordered Mishkan HaNefesh, you can pick up your prayer books at Temple beginning Monday, August 5. Just stop by the reception desk during the week between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. You can also pick up pre-ordered prayer books when you come to Temple for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services.

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.