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This wasn't the High Holiday experience that we had hoped for. We love seeing everyone in person. We unfortunately can't do that this year. But we have created some nice opportunities to come together virtually and in person in limited ways. When you are in front of the screen, try to make the holidays special at home. Create a special room in your house. Shut down Facebook. Hang up some holiday cards. Put a nice tablecloth on the table. We will gather together online and celebrate with our extended community. 

Shaarei Shamayim invites the Madison Jewish community, as well as others from out of town, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with us. Distance is not an obstacle this year! We don’t have tickets, and all are welcome – members, long-time friends of the congregation, and guests.

We are thrilled to welcome back Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo from Vancouver for a second year. She will lead our services with Rabbi Laurie and High Holiday Song.

Our services combine traditional prayers with contemporary poetry, readings, and songs. We are participatory and encourage our members and friends to lead elements of the service, sing along, share English readings, chant Torah and Haftarah, and blow shofar. This year we will meet virtually via Zoom. Contact office@shamayim.org to register or register online here.

Services will be similar, but shorter than typical; everyone is welcome to take breaks and log in/out of services throughout. 

We will have youth programming for all ages over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: a tot service for children 0-5 years of age, a children’s service for kindergarten through 5th graders, and discussions for 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders. 

During the afternoon of Yom Kippur our Yizkor service provides space for individuals to remember loved ones who have passed away. Following this service is our creative Avodah program. This is an opportunity for participants to share poetry, songs, or any other offerings for the community. Later in the day we typically host a social justice speaker. 

There will be two opportunities to partcipate in an in-person gathering. Our Tashlich ceremony will be held at several locations in Madison. Attendees will be spaced according to health guidelines. We will also have a guided nature walk on Rosh Hashanah. People will be split into groups of 5 or 6. Everyone is required to wear a mask if attending one of our in-person events.

We hope you’ll join us!  

Wed, July 15 2020 23 Tammuz 5780