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High Holidays

We Wish You a Happy, Healthy, and
Sweet New Year!

As we approach Rosh Hashanah 5783, we wish you and your loved ones a year filled with health and happiness. Beginning with a new Community Shiva and then Selichot, followed by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and finally Simchat Torah, each is an opportunity to re-connect to our community.

Greeting from Rabbi Warner

T’shuvah, sometimes translated as “repentance” is a major theme of the High Holidays, but it literally means “return.” This year, after two years of staying away, we look forward to a literal return to traditional, in-person services with an online option. This year, as we gather to re-commit ourselves to living better lives, we also re-commit ourselves to the Beth Emeth community, by returning to the building and by committing ourselves to active participation in services, celebrations, learning, and events. When we return the Torah to the Ark, we say “Hashiveinu Aleicha v’Nashuvah” Return to Us, and We Will Return. May all of us return to CBE, so that our Beth Emeth community will return. 
 
L'Shanah Tova Tikatevu v’Techataymu!  
Rabbi Warner Ferratier ("Rabbi Warner")


 

Service and Event Schedule

The High Holidays are coming up sooner than you think! Selichot is Saturday, September 17 and Erev Rosh Hashanah is Sunday, September 25!

Download pdf of detailed service & event schedule, with information all the way from September 15 through Shabbat Bereishit on October 22! Note: for those who cannot attend in person, information and links to join online will be provided before the holidays.

Thumbnail image of High Holiday service and event schedule-click for pdf

Attending Services - Tickets & Seats

  • Tickets
    • Beth Emeth Members and guests: 
      • Beth Emeth members in good standing will receive High Holiday tickets in the mail automatically; there is no need to do anything about your tickets. If you still need to renew your membership for this year, please visit our membership renewal page or contact Executive Director David Bass. 
      • Please note: since we will be issuing tickets/nametags for children for the first time in quite a few years, please be sure your ShulCloud account includes children up to age 26 and any other dependents in your household, by September 1. Contact 703-860-4515 ext 101 or email the office if you need assistance.
      • New this year, your tickets will also function as a name tag; lanyards will be provided for you when you arrive and should be worn by all adults and children while in the building during the holidays. In addition to the visual security measure this provides, it will be a wonderful way for Rabbi Warner and other new congregants and staff to put names and faces together and for all of us to get acquainted or reacquainted with old friends and new. It is imperative that you bring your tickets with you each time you come during the High Holidays; we will not have duplicates available at the door. Stash them in your tallis bag or purse so that you don’t forget to bring them with you.
      • Please visit our Members' Guest Tickets Request page to request tickets for your guests.
    • Non-Beth Emeth Members: Please use our Non-Member Ticket Request page and form to request tickets. Tickets requested by September 1 will be mailed to you; otherwise they will be available at Will Call when you arrive. We look forward to meeting you at services!
  • Special Needs Seating – Let us know how to help you enjoy services!
  • Reserve (VERY) limited distanced seating – If you are able to attend in-person services but require distanced seating due to special circumstances, we plan to offer very limited distanced seating in part of the social hall and flex space. If you are in this situation, please reserve distanced seats in advance. Questions? Contact office@bethemeth.org. (Note: special needs seating for disabilities is also available; see the seats & tickets section below.)

Special Events

Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Session, Wednesday, October 5

  • 4:00 PM, Not Just a Big Fish Story: We all know the basic story of Jonah being swallowed, but there’s more to the story. Come to find out why the messages of the Book of Jonah are particularly appropriate for the afternoon of Yom Kippur.

All-CBE Raise & Decorate the Sukkah, Sunday, October 9

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, the entire CBE community is invited to come help make decorations and hang them in the Sukkah. Refreshments will be served! Thank you to the Men's Club for handling assembly of the frame; contact the Men's Club if you would like to help.

Sukkot & Simchat Torah Events -- Please check the schedule above, and the online calendar for more events!

Other Requests & Purchases

NOTE: Beth Emeth members, please log into your account to complete these forms, for more payment options. If you cannot use the online forms or need help logging in, please call the office (703-860-4515). Note: as deadlines pass, items below have been and will be removed.

  • Memorial Plaques – a perfect way to immortalize the memory of loved ones. The deadline to have the plaque available at the Selichot dedication has passed, but it's never too late to remember loved ones.
  • Mahzor Lev Shalem – This beautiful addition to your Judaic library ensures that you will have a prayerbook (Mahzor) for high holiday services, no matter what time you arrive or if you are participating online. Only $36 with our USCJ member discount and bulk purchase; retail is $49 plus shipping. (Note: as an alternative for online services, we have once again arranged for CBE members to access the Mahzor online during the holidays; the link will be provided before the holidays.)
  • P'ru Urvu – Blessing of the new babies -- help us put your new child or grandchild in the booklet for Shabbat Bereishit; please fill in the form by Sunday, October 2. (For a birth between October 2 and Shabbat Bereishit, October 22, contact us in case your new bundle of joy can still be included!)
  • This is a great time to make your Annual Appeal pledge! - While you're filling in forms, please consider making your Annual Appeal commitment if you haven't already -- donations/pledges received by September 7 will be recognized in a special section of the October Shofar Notes.

Volunteer & Help Others

  • Ushers & Service Volunteers - Please sign up for a shift or two to be an usher, tech gabbai in the sanctuary or remote livestream monitor (at home!) and help our services run smoothly. This is a real mitzvah -- if everyone volunteers for a short time, everyone can participate in most of the service! 
  • Kol Nidre Food Drive - the Cornerstones van will be near the entrance, beginning at 5:30 PM, 1 hour before the Kol Nidre service. You are welcome to bring your bag to the lobby a day or two in advance if you prefer. Please check the list of needed items.
  • Torah Fund - Torah Fund is the dedicated philanthropy of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, supporting scholarships and programs in institutes of higher Jewish learning in the Conservative (Masorti) movement. CBE Sisterhood participates actively in this program. Learn more & donate.

COVID-19 and the High Holidays

We are pleased to offer all services and events both in person and via online streaming where practical. Note: service format is subject to change if conditions warrant.

Vaccination Policy Reminder

Congregation Beth Emeth requires that all medically eligible persons be fully vaccinated to enter our facilities or participate in CBE-hosted, in-person events. If you (and your guests) haven't already, we ask that you please upload an image of your vaccination card, or have proof of vaccination with you. (Uploaded images will stay in a private and secure area within ShulCloud; you are invited to resubmit following boosters.) Beth Emeth reserves the right to verify vaccination status.

Masking Policy Reminder

Masks remain optional at Congregation Beth Emeth; you may consider wearing a high-quality mask, e.g. N95 or KN95. 

(VERY) Limited Distanced Seating

If you are able to attend in-person services but require distanced seating due to special circumstances, we plan to offer very limited distanced seating in part of the social hall and flex space. More information is in the "Attending Services" section above.

High Holidays via Online Streaming

All services will also be available free online; complete information, links and downloads will be available before the holidays. Please note that the Rabbinical Assembly is no longer providing online access to copyrighted prayerbooks; please consider purchasing a Mahzor Lev Shalem if you plan to participate online.

We look forward to celebrating with you and your family!

Wed, October 5 2022 10 Tishrei 5783