CBE High Holy Days 2021/5782

Thank you to everyone who registered to attend in-person services for the High Holy Days. If you already registered for in-person services for Yom Kippur, you should have received an email on Monday, September 13 with confirmation for those services.

Advance registration for Yom Kippur in-person services is now closed. CBE Members who have not yet registered but still want to attend services in the sanctuary and ballroom can email hhd@cbebk.org and we will place you on the Will Call list.

Once again, we will produce high-quality livestreams of our main sanctuary services, which anyone can view on our website or on YouTube or Facebook. We will also broadcast most of our other services over Zoom for CBE members who prefer to be in community online. You can find these links on the dashboard of your MyCBE page under “High Holy Days.”

If you need a digital Mahzor for the High Holy Days, you can sign in to your MyCBE account for to view digital copies of Lev Shalem and Mishkan HaNefesh. Please click here for instructions.

Due to the growing concerns over the Delta variant, we have updated our COVID policy for in-person worship services, events, and B’nei Mitzvah in the CBE buildings. The most current policy is:
  • Anyone eligible for the vaccine age 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination prior to entry. This can be the Excelsior Pass, a vaccination card, or a photo of a vaccination card, along with a valid ID. In the event of a minor, a parent’s ID will suffice.
  • Even if you are vaccinated, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Any person ineligible for the vaccine under age 12 must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the time of the service or event.
  • Everyone age two and older is required to wear a mask at all times.
  • We will continue to observe social distancing in the sanctuary, ballroom, social hall, and lobby.
  • These policies are subject to change based upon the most up-to-date information provided by the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and our CBE COVID Council of medical professionals.
  • Due to COVID guidelines and restrictions, we are not able to offer childcare this year.

Brooklyn Jews and Altshul services will be in-person only, and require separate registration and proof of vaccination. Please visit their respective websites for that information.

All of our in-person services are subject to COVID-19 policies and guidance at the time of the High Holy Days and are subject to change, but the information here is based on our current working assumptions given the current trajectory. Please check back regularly for updates.

Last Updated: 9/14/21 at 10:00 AM. Please continue to check back for updates.

 

Rosh HaShanah
September 6-8, 2021

Yom Kippur
September 15-16, 2021

High Holy Day Schedule

EREV ROSH HASHANAH | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

5:30 PM – Tots Service (0-5 years old) with Rabbi Kane and Songleader Debbie Brukman, Zoom only

6:30 PM – Evening Service with Full CBE Clergy Team and CBE Jazz Quintet, Sanctuary

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1 | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

8:30 AM – Altshul Service, Gym

9:00 AM – Tots Service (0-5 years old) with Rabbi Kane and Songleader Debbie Brukman , Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

9:00 AM and 11:00 AM – Brooklyn Jews Morning Service with Rabbi Green, Rabbinic Intern Eliza Scheffler and Cantorial Intern Jordan Goldstein, Prospect Park Picnic House

9:30 AM – Morning Service with Rabbi Timoner and Cantor Breitzer, Sanctuary

10:00 AM – Mishkan HaNefesh Service with Rabbi Kolin and Songleader Rose Snitz, Ballroom

10:00 AM – Grades K-2 Service with Tehilah Eisenstadt and Songleader Debbie Brukman, Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

11:00 AM – Grades 3-6 Youth and Family Service with Rabbi Kane and Guest Musical Artist Michelle Citrin, Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

1:00 PM – Sounding of the Shofar and All-Community Hakafah Parade

We’re closing off part of of 8th Avenue, and hope you will join us to hear the shofar from the steps of our sanctuary, and to greet each other L’Shanah Tovah!

5:00 PM – Tashlich in Prospect Park, (meet at 9th St. Entrance of Prospect Park)

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

8:30 AM – Altshul Service, Gym

9:30 AM – Morning Service with CBE Clergy, Sanctuary

10:00 AM – Children’s Service (all ages) with Rabbi Kane and Cantorial Intern Jordan Goldstein, Zoom only

12:00 PM – Adult Study Sessions, (Click to join on Zoom) 

Rabbi Rachel Timoner in the Rotunda

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin in the Social Hall 

Rabbi Matt Green in the Chapel 

5:00 PM – Shofar Across Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza

Join with neighbors, friends, and the community at outdoor sites across Central/Northern Brooklyn and welcome in the New Year with the ancient call of the shofar. With many locations to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find a location convenient for you. CBE will gather at Grand Army Plaza. Check out other synagogues and Jewish organizations that will be sounding the Shofar across Brooklyn here.

This event is in collaboration with UJA-Federation and Jewish communities across Brooklyn. View a list of cosponsors for this event here.

KEVER AVOT (VISITING OUR ANCESTORS’ GRAVES) | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

11:00 AM – Memorial Service
New Mount Carmel Cemetery, Section 2
66-02 Cooper Avenue,
Glendale, NY 11358

Join us for Kever Avot- the tradition of visiting the graves of our ancestors during the Days of Awe. Rabbi Matt Green and Cantor Josh Breitzer will lead a memorial service at New Mount Carmel Cemetery, where CBE has our congregational plots right nearby Union Temple’s plots, followed by a short tour of some notable graves, including Shalom Aleichem, Bella Abzug, Abe Cahan, and Leo Frank.

HEAR OUR CALL - CLIMATE ACTION NOW RALLY | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Grand Army Plaza, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Rabbi Timoner will be speaking at this event. As climate disasters intensify across the country, politicians in D.C. are haggling over a sweeping economic recovery bill. If we raise our voices, this bill could deliver jobs, justice, and game-changing action on climate. But only if we can demonstrate broad, public support.
As we usher in the Jewish New Year, the time for climate action is NOW. We must re-commit to turning the tide on climate change and address its disproportionate impact on communities of color. With the blasts of the shofar, we will demonstrate the power of the people to ensure that climate legislation is passed NOW. RSVP here.

KOL NIDRE | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

5:30 PM – Tots Service (0-5 years old) with Rabbi Kane and Songleader Debbie Brukman, Zoom only

6:00 PM and 8:00 PM – Brooklyn Jews Evening Service with Rabbi Green, Rabbinic Intern Eliza Scheffler, and Cantorial Intern Jordan Goldstein, Prospect Park Picnic House

7:00 PM – Evening Service with Rabbi Timoner and Cantor Breitzer, Sanctuary

7:00 PM – Mishkan HaNefesh Service with Rabbi Kolin and Songleader Rose Snitz, Ballroom

7:00 PM – Altshul Kol Nidre Service, Gym

YOM KIPPUR | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

9:00 AM – Tots Service (0-5 years old) with Rabbi Kane and Songleader Debbie Brukman), Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

9:00 AM and 11:00 AM – Brooklyn Jews Morning Service, Prospect Park Picnic House

9:00 AM – Altshul Service, Gym

10:00 AM – Morning Service with Rabbi Timoner and Cantor Breitzer, Sanctuary

10:00 AM – Mishkan HaNefesh Service with Rabbi Kolin and Songleader Rose Snitz, Ballroom

10:00 AM – K-2 Service with Tehilah Eisenstadt and Songleader Debbie Brukman, Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

11:00 AM – Grades 3-6 Youth and Family Service with Rabbi Kane and Guest Musical Artist Michelle Citrin, Old Stone House Patio (Zoom, in case of inclement weather)

2:00 PM – Tikkuning this Olam: How The Earth, Poverty, and Race Intersect and What We Can Do to Save Our Planet with Rabbi Kolin, Tresa Elguera, and the CBE Dayenu Circle, Rotunda

2:00 PM – Meditation with Rabbi Timoner, Sanctuary

3:30 PM – Afternoon Service, Sanctuary

4:45 PM – Yizkor Memorial Service, Sanctuary

4:45 PM – Altshul Mincha and Ne’ilah Service, Ballroom

6:00 PM – Ne’ilah Concluding Service with full CBE Clergy team and CBE Jazz Quintet, Sanctuary

Planning to Zoom in for Ne’ilah? Be sure to have your shofar handy— you’ll be invited to unmute for a resounding t’kiyah g’dolah around 6:45 PM!

General Information

Adult Service Descriptions

Main Services:
Led by Rabbi Timoner and Cantor Breitzer, these services are held in CBE’s historic sanctuary and are primarily in Hebrew with some English. While children of all ages are welcome, these services are geared toward adults and teens. Our Main Sanctuary service will be livestreamed on our website and on our Facebook. This service will also be offered on Zoom.

Mishkan Ha’Nefesh Service:
Led by Rabbi Kolin and Songleader Rose Snitz, this service will use Mishkan Ha’Nefesh, the Reform Movement’s High Holy Day prayer book. We will include some creative ritual woven through our liturgy, and pray “in the round,” using more guitar and some more English than our sanctuary service. This service will be offered in person and on Zoom.

Brooklyn Jews:
Brooklyn Jews is CBE’s vibrant community of adults in their 20’s and 30’s. Led by Rabbi Matt Green, Rabbinic Intern Eliza Scheffler, and Cantorial Intern Jordan Goldstein, Brooklyn Jews offers services at Picnic House in Prospect Park. Brooklyn Jews will run the same service back-to-back to accommodate as many participants as possible. Separate registration is required. Brooklyn Jews services are in person only, and will not be on Zoom or livestreamed.

Altshul:
An independent egalitarian minyan, Altshul offers lay-led services guided by halacha and traditional liturgy. Separate registration is required. For more information and to register, visit cbebk.org/altshul. Altshul services are in person only, and will not be on Zoom or livestreamed.

Youth and Family Service Descriptions

Tots Service
For ages 0-5 and parents, these services last about 45-minutes and offer interactive and music-based activities, prayers, and stories led by Songleader Debbie Brukman and Rabbi Molly Kane.

Grades K-2 Family Service
Led by Director of Yachad and Family Engagement Tehilah Eisenstadt and Songleader Debbie Brukman, these services offer interactive and music-based activities, prayers, and stories for children in grades K-2 and their parents.

Grades 3-6 Family Service
Led by Rabbi Molly Kane and Guest Musical Artist Michelle Citrin, these services are designed for children in grades 3-6 and meet the spiritual needs of parents and youth alike.

Member Tickets

All CBE Members will need to register to request tickets to in-person services this year. CBE members may also attend the Brooklyn Jews and Altshul Services, but you must register for them separately as space is limited.

Guest Tickets

Due to possible capacity restrictions, our guest ticket policy is currently on hold. Please check back for updates.

Greeters and Ushers Needed

Are you a CBE member who wants to get more involved but isn’t sure how? Would you enjoy meeting fellow congregants during the High Holy Days to wish them Shanah Tovah? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Clink here to sign up to sign up to be an usher. We are looking for both virtual and in person ushers, so there is an opportunity for everyone!

Childcare

Due to COVID guidelines and restrictions, we are not able to offer childcare this year.

Memorial Wall

Memorial Walls provide a special place to honor those who have touched our lives. Memorializing the names of loved ones expresses gratitude for the gift of their precious lives, and the hope that their spirits will continue to inspire us. Members can add a plaque with the name of a loved one to the beautiful Memorial Walls located in our Sanctuary.

Order Memorial Plaques here.

Livestreaming
Can’t join us for services? Watch a live broadcast of our main sanctuary services at cbebk.org/live or facebook.com/cbebk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there assigned seating?

No, we do not have assigned seating at any of our services. We highly recommend that those with special seating needs arrive early so that we are able to assist you.

I’m not a member of any synagogue, but I would like to spend the holidays at CBE. What can I do?

This is a wonderful time to join! Please click here for information about CBE membership. If you’re not quite ready to join, you can purchase tickets for our Brooklyn Jews Services (welcoming services geared toward those in their 20s-30s) and/or the Altshul Services (traditional egalitarian services).

Tell me about security.
We provide extra security during the High Holy Days and all bags will be searched. No one will be permitted to enter any of our services without a ticket.

What if I lose my ticket?
Please contact us at hhd@cbebk.org, or call Interim Executive Director Mark Flaxer at (718) 768-3814.

Which Mahzor do you use?
We use Mahzor Lev Shalem in our main sanctuary service. We use Mishkan Ha’Nefesh, the Reform movement’s High Holy Day Mahzor, in the ballroom service with Rabbi Kolin. Brooklyn Jews uses Mahzor Chadash. If you need a digital Mahzor for the High Holy Days, you can sign in to your MyCBE account to view digital copies of Lev Shalem and Mishkan HaNefesh. Please click here for instructions.