High Holy Day Prayer BookRabbi Immerman is offering a series of sessions about the exciting new High Holy Day Prayer Book, Mishkan HaNefesh. We will begin by looking at the history of the Machzor and why the Reform Movement created a new prayer book. The next two sessions will look at “Integrated Theology” – the ways in which different words for God open up many opportunities to connect with the divine, the structure of the service, and several study texts that can help elevate your High Holy Day prayer experience. In addition to these learning opportunities we will prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days by using Mishkan HaNefesh on Shabbat during the month of September. These sessions will not only allow us to gain familiarity with the new Machzor, they will also help us prepare ourselves spiritually for the new year. We hope that you will join us! Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. – History of the Machzor Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. – Integrated Theology in Mishkan HaNefesh Friday, September 20 after services – Structure and study texts of Mishkan HaNefesh with dinner (bring your own food). Please RSVP to Sarah for any or all of the sessions so we can have an accurate count of who will be attending.
Shabbat Under the Stars
September 6 – 6:00 p.m.
Experience the warmth and vitality of CMI. Come out and enjoy Shabbat Under the Stars at 6:00 p.m. followed by a BBQ and Ice Cream Social. The evening will take place on our Patio. [In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Sanctuary & social halls.] For the registration form click here. We look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating simchas together. Reservations are due Friday, August 30.
Community Day/Open House
September 15 – 9:00 a.m.
At our Open House & Activities Fair, grab a bagel and coffee and enjoy a morning of community and learning. Discover our congregation and opportunities to participate in our committees and activities. Join the Religious School for their opening day assembly
Community Day is for all current as well as prospective members so bring your family and friends.
Brighten The New Year
September 15 – 10:00 a.m.
Join the Ritual Committee on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00 am for polishing of our silver ritual objects that you can proudly view, sparkling on the bima, at the High Holy Days. Polish, cloths, and good company will be provided.
September 15 – 10:00 a.m.
Calling all knitters and crocheters. Beautiful yarn has been donated to Chevra Hands. Looking for volunteers to make shawls, baby blankets and lap blankets to be given to members of our congregation. For more information please contact Sue Millen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Chevra Hands Caring Shawl Group is in action. The group makes shawls, lap quilts and blankets to give to newborns, seniors and others for whom being wrapped in love would be a comfort. Anyone interested is welcome.
Annual Selichot Service
September 21 – 7:00 pm
This year’s annual Union Reform Selichot Service is at Temple Beth David in Cheshire. The rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and choirs from all the Reform congregations in the area will participate. This beautiful service of prayer and song in preparation for the High Holy Days.