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!

A MESSAGE FROM PARK

For the past several months we have been putting in place plans to celebrate the High Holidays both in person and virtually, celebrating a beginning of a return to normalcy as we offered a way to worship together on these most important days.
 
We have remained vigilant in following the public health recommendations as we made these plans and knew that the data might change, compelling us to alter our plans to protect the health and lives of the most vulnerable in our community.  As the Delta variant gained traction in the United States, last week our Federation sponsored a forum for all synagogue leadership to present the latest data on the risks during this surge.  Dr. Daniel Simon, Chief Clinical and Scientific Officer and President, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Dr. Joan Zoltanski, Medical Director and Chief Health Officer, University Hospitals presented data that predicts increasing cases through mid-October, their assessment of the surge’s peak.  Data shows that vaccinations remain the single most protective intervention: however, with this highly contagious variant, children who are not eligible for vaccination, immuno-compromised and the elderly have increased risk and large indoor participatory gatherings further increase the risk to our most vulnerable.


With this information as our guide, Park Synagogue, along with B’nai Jeshurun, Fairmount Temple, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Suburban Temple, Beth Israel - The West Temple, Kol HaLev and Temple B'nai Abraham, have decided to cancel in person indoor High Holiday Services to protect the health of the entire congregation during a period of higher risk than we all had hoped.  These synagogues are releasing a joint statement to the community, detailing both current data and their thinking. This letter will be in the Cleveland Jewish News and it is also here for you to read. Each synagogue will be reaching out to their congregations with details of their own specific plans to deliver their services virtually and we will be communicating with all of you once the specific plans for delivery of our High Holiday services are in place here at Park.

We have shown ourselves to be agile and adaptive throughout these changing times, and the safety and lives of our entire community have always been our priority. Even as we make arrangements that are specific to our own congregation, we and the other congregations are speaking with a unified voice to underscore our joint commitment to the health, safety, and protection of the entire community.

Joshua Skoff,
​Senior Rabbi

Stuart Deicher,

Executive Director

Susan Ratner,

President 

Cemetery Visitations

A long-held Jewish tradition is to visit the graves of our departed loved ones before or during the High Holidays. Gadi Galili will be available to offer prayers and comfort during your visits to cemeteries on 
Sunday, September 5 and Sunday, September 12from 9:00 am-Noon,
by appointment only. 
Other days are also available by appointment.
Please contact Natalie Maggelet at (216) 371-2244, ext. 155 or NMaggelet@parksyn.org to make arrangements. 

High Holiday Prayer Books

Each person attending services, whether in-person or 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.

Donate 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 online HERE or by sending a check, payable to Park Synagogue, to Operation Isaiah, Park Synagogue 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124.

Please note: If you are in need of help with food for yourself or family,  please let us know so we can offer assistance by contacting Ellen Petler at epetler@parksyn.org or (216) 371-2244, ext. 122.

Operation Isaiah is sponsored by Park's Social Action Committee.

Candle Lighting 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 Yom HaZicharon.

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 online. Orders and payments are due Tuesday, September 14 and
pick-ups from Park Synagogue East begin on Friday, October 11. 

Got Questions?
We have answers! You will find answers to the most frequently asked questions HERE. Of course, we're always just a phone call away, too! Don't hesitate to reach out at (216) 371-2244.

Celebrate Sukkot

Calling Park Members & Friends of ALL AGES!

Come Help Decorate Park's Sukkah!

⮞ Sunday, September 19

Watch for more information in the September Bulletin.

Sisters in the Sukkah Event

⮞ Thursday, September 23 • 6:30 pm

Watch for details in the September bulletin.

 

Co-sponsored by Park's Neshama, Sisterhood
& Women's Rosh Chodesh Groups.

Sukkah Stroll

⮞ Sunday, September 26 

Watch for details in the September bulletin.

The soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe

Selichot Institute

Saturday, August 28 • Zoom

Free & Open to the Community

Save the Date and join us for the annual
Selichot Institute, sponsored by the Park Men's Club.
Keep a look out for our Park emails which will include the Guest Speaker information and the Park Zoom link.

Selichot Begins

8:00 PM

RSVP HERE to get on our email list for
the annual Selichot Institute.

Sisterhood Gift Shop

We have a magnificent array of Tallitot for your upcoming simcha. Gifts for any occasion including Judaics for personal use, shofars - in all sizes- a lifetime treasure especially for a child or grandchild!

Call Sheila Arnoff Hirsch at (216) 509-0508 to leave a message and your call will be returned.