The High Holidays at Park Synagogue

The Park Synagogue clergy, staff and board members wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

High Holy Day Zoom Links

Links to our High Holy Day services will be sent out a few days beforehand via email to current Park members. If you are interested in becoming a "Virtual Member" with access to our High Holy Day services and more, you can sign up HERE. For questions, please contact Allison Solomon at asolomon@parksyn.org.

Four Ways to Prepare Ourselves for the Holidays

1) Saturday afternoon Study Series: I sent you an email on August 3rd about a 6-week study series leading up to the High Holy Days. Each session is focused on a theme that will help each of us transition from this most unusual year as we ready ourselves for the High Holy Days. The link for my Shabbat afternoon class is available on the Park website as well as in the Weekly Wrap.


2) Become familiar with the services online. Attend our Shabbat Zoom Services! We have them each week, and hundreds of congregants attend. We will rely on online services for the holidays. If we want a meaningful Zoom service on Rosh Hashanah, let's not wait until the day of Rosh Hashanah to tune in. Learn the mechanics of joining a service online and participating. Become comfortable with what we have been doing for five months. It is time for all of us to join the routine!


3) We need a prayer book! We use The New Mahzor - Mahzor Hadash both for online Shabbat and for the upcoming High Holy Days. If you are a newer member and don't have one, CALL THE MAIN OFFICE! Speak to Mary at  (216) 371-2244, ext. 135. Don't wait for the eve of Rosh Hashanah to ask for a book, as I am sure it will be a hectic time!


4) Set yourself up in your home for Zoom services in a way that creates a mood for this occasion. At a desk. In a comfortable chair. If you experience High Holy Days in bed, in pajamas, or mixing yourself a peach yogurt in jogging clothes, trust me, IT WILL NOT feel like the High Holy Days. The best Zoom service cannot create an atmosphere in your home unless you participate in that mood. And, clothing matters. We should dress for Rosh Hashanah in our homes as we would for the holidays if they were being held in the Sanctuary.


If you have children, set up a room with chairs for everybody to join "the service." Talk about it with your children in advance. Let them understand what you are doing. If you treat these moments with respect, a proper mood will be set. I guarantee you, if you and your household dress in nice clothing, sit together as a family, read and sing prayers together and watch the screen, you will have a more meaningful High Holy Day experience. The warmth of our services will enhance your experience, but even more so, it is the mood that you establish in your own home that makes the difference. 

Make a Monetary Donation to Operation Isaiah Food Distribution

Each High holiday season we help people who are hungry in our community through Park's Operation Isaiah project. While in prior years we asked for food donations, this year, we are only collecting money that will be used to purchase grocery gift cards for those in need. 


Please consider donating any amount to Park’s Hunger/Mitzvah Fund by September 25. You can donate by credit card here or by sending a check, payable to Park Synagogue, to Operation Isaiah, Park Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124. 

High Holiday Prayer Books

Each person attending services on Zoom should have his/her own copy of our Holiday prayer book, The New Mahzor. These prayer books are given complimentary to each Park member over the age of 13. Since The New Mahzor is no longer in print, we could use your help in gathering any unused copies. Do you have multiple copies at home? Are you wondering what to do with the books- where to bring them? We would be grateful for any gently-used books you could donate back to the synagogue to ensure we have plenty for everyone. Please call Park at (216) 371-2244, ex. 135 to find a time to drop them off.

Schedule

Click here for the full Holiday schedule.

Holiday Blessings

Candles should be kindled before leaving home to attend services.

Rosh Hashanah

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Rosh Hashanah.

Praised be Thou, O Lord Our God, Master of the Universe, who has commanded us to kindle the light of the Day of Remembrance.

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech haolam, shehecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigianu lazman hazeh.

Praised be Thou, O Lord Our God, Master of the Universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this joyous season. 

Kol Nidre

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Yom Hakippurim.

Praised be Thou, O Lord Our God, Master of the Universe, who has commanded us to kindle lights ushering in the Day of Atonement.

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech haolam, shehecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigianu lazman hazeh.

Praised be Thou, O Lord Our God, Master of the Universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this joyous season. 

Lulav & Etrog Sets
for Sukkot

Lulav and Etrog sets are available for purchase through Park Synagogue. Each set is $50. To order, please contact 
Natalie Maggelet at (216) 371-2244, ext. 155 or order HERE. Orders and payment are due Monday, September 24. 

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