Fast begins, light candles - 7:02 PM
It is customary to finish the meal 30 minutes before sunset to have time for Birkat Hamazon and arriving in time for Kol Nidre
Some have a custom of lighting a yahrzeit candle in addition to their other candles. On one's candles, one says both Ner Shel Yom Ha-Kippurim and Shehechyeanu
Fast ends - 7:56 PM
Yom Kippur at Mercaz
Rabbi Dov Linzer's YK Greeting
Shabbat, Kiddush and COVID
Mercaz Shabbat Groups
Rosh Hashana Thank you
Sukkah Hop Save the Date
Yom Kippur services will be in our backyard space. Since it will not be possible to remain 6 feet apart in most instances, due to our capacity, we are asking everyone to mask in our tefillah space. Outside of the tefillah space, you may take off your mask while please remaining conscious of distancing. An email will go out to all of those that have signed up with more details including location and reminders.
6:45 pm, September 15th - Mincha
7:00 pm, September 15th - Kol Nidrei
8:30 am, September 16th - Shacharit
11 ish am, September 16th - Torah reading
11:30 ish am, September 16th - Yizkor
6 pm, September 16th - Mincha
7 pm, September 16th - Neilah
7:56 pm, September 16th - Fast ends
Wednesday night babysitting will be available inside, with HEPA filters, windows open and masks for those old enough to wear them.
Thursday we will follow our Shabbat system as outlined below with Tefilat Yeladim from 10:15 am - 12:30 pm and Tot Tefillah with additional toys and playtime outside from 10:45 - 12:15
Yom Kippur is a day which often directs us inward. It prompts us to ask ourselves where we have succeeded and where we have failed, and how we want to do better going forward. This is the classic process of teshuvah: to return (shav) to our past, to repent, to correct and, hopefully, to achieve forgiveness.
The Torah, however, speaks of a different type of teshuvah: Vi’shavta ad Hashem Elokekha, “And you shall return to the Lord your God” (Deut. 30:20). Here, the focus is not on sin and its repair, but on return--not on forgiveness, but on atonement, from the Middle English “to be at one.” We yearn to return again to God, to be at one with ourselves and with the Divine.
How is this return achieved? The answer, found In the Torah’s description of the Yom Kippur service, is through cleansing. The focus of that service is the sprinkling of the blood in the Temple sanctuary. This sprinkling cleanses the Temple which has become impure as a result of our sins. Yom Kippur, then, is cleansing not ourselves, but the world around us, the world that we, through our actions or inactions, have allowed to become sullied, unjust, impure.
This is true both in our personal world and the world at large. On the personal scale, our sins and misdeeds, our insensitivities and inattention, may have hurt others. They may have impacted our marriages, our home lives, our friendships. All of this needs to be cleansed and restored.
On a more global scale, there is so much that we need to purify: the air that we breathe, the vitriol that pollutes our discourse and prevents us from seeing our shared humanity, the structures of inequality and injustice that pervade our lives. With drive, dedication, and courage, we can and must work to achieve the return to God that we so badly need.
As the Kohen once a year had the opportunity to enter the Holy of Holies to be at one with God, we also have an opportunity on this day to begin to effect change: to look at things anew, to purify what has become polluted, and to create a more Godly society so that we, and the world, can be one with God.
The teshuvah that I ask us to work on this Yom Kippur is the teshuvah of returning to God and of restoring the world. Let our teshuvah be our concrete commitment to do our part to make both our personal world and the larger world clean and pure, to make these worlds ones that support and nurture life for all.
Gmar Chatimah Tovah!
Sincerely, Rabbi Dov Linzer
President & Rosh HaYeshiva, Norman & Tova Bulow Chair
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
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Covid Guidelines The summarized version
We have masks by the door for those that need them.
1. For now, services are remaining outdoors.
2. We strongly recommend that everyone masks outside. Inside masks must be worn.
3. All kids can now attend services masked, sitting next to their parents. (infants can still attend unmasked)
4. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask AND maintain 6 feet distance. Unvaccinated people
can take their masks off to eat and drink as long as they maintain 6 feet of distance.
5. If you are fully vaccinated and choose not to wear a mask, you must ensure 6 feet of distance between you and anyone outside your family/pod.
6. Vaccinated travelers (domestic and international) should mask and distance for 7 days post-travel at shul due to Delta.
Tefilat Yeladim (ages 5-10): An abbreviated prayer service that contains songs, stories, and a word or activity about the Parasha of the week. Drop off.
Tot Shabbat (ages 18 months-4): Songs, prayers, and activities for younger children with a caregiver.
Each indoor room now has a HEPA filter and doors and windows will be open. All non-vaccinated people, over age 2, are required to wear masks and children will be required to stay 3 feet apart from each other. Per new recommendations, all individuals will need to wear masks indoors.
10:30 am - 12:00 (end of tefillah): Tefilat Yeladim in the sanctuary.
11:15 am - 12:00 (end of tefillah): Tot Shabbat outside in the garden area in front of the small house, directly to the north of Mercaz.
The playroom is a dedicated nursing/feeding/baby room with space for 3 adults. Most toys will be put away.
Kids are invited to return to services before Kiddush sitting with their parents.
Sign up for Shabbat Tefilah here. Adults and children 12 and older should each sign up separately and children under 12 can be included in the field for children. We appreciate your patience while we work on our sign-up and process.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Rosh Hashanah services a success this year. We really loved seeing so many of you at our Rosh Hashana location!
Thank you to our hosts and to Pastor Wei for making us feel welcome, thank you to our set up and break down crew for building a space for us to pray, thank you to our chazans, leyners, and those who shared wonderful words of Torah. Thank you to Liz Roth & Andre Jacobowitz for hosting a wonderful kids' program and thank you to our youth program leader and babysitters. Thank you to Iconic Global for providing security at our outdoor location.
Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Rabbi Avi & Rachel Rosenfeld for all that they do to make Mercaz a wonderful place to be.
If you're interested in getting involved with Mercaz on a committee feel free to reach out to Mercaz and we can plug you into one of our committees such as:
-Welcoming and Hachnasat Orchim
-COVID Task Force
Please consider becoming a member of Mercaz by joining here. Membership levels have suggested amounts, but feel free to pay whatever feels most comfortable to you.
If you're already a member and would like to make a Yamim Noraim donation you can do so here.
Save the date
Mercaz Sukkah Hop
Shabbat Chol Ha Moed - Saturday, September 25th - Late Afternoon to Evening and simultaneously
Bnei Akiva Teen Sukkah Hop
Coming together in the Dershowitz backyard