High Holy Days

TAI 2023 High Holy Days Schedule*

Saturday, September 9    Hosted by TAI; co-sponsored by OZS, JFB and Lexington Havurah
9:00 p.m.: Havdalah
9:15 p.m.: Program with Rabbi Abramowitz-listen to the song we will learn here
10:00 p.m.: Service 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 15
6:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner 
7:00 p.m.: Service, oneg following

Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, September 16
9:15 a.m. Children’s program, service
9:30 a.m.: Service
Tashlich lunch, following the service: Build Your Own Sandwich in the Mersack and Stern Social Hall-RSVP

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Sunday, September 17
9:30 a.m.: Torah Study and breakfast in TAI Educational Suite (Please email the office if you plan to attend. At least 10 affirmative responses needed by Friday, September 15, for the program to be held)
2:00 p.m.: Tashlich on the Creek **CANCELLED DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS ON THE ELKHORN**

Shabbat Shuva
Friday, September 22
7:00 p.m. Service honoring couples married 50 years or longer

Kever Avot
Sunday, September 24
1:00 p.m.: Memorial service at Lexington Cemetery

Kol Nidre
Sunday, September 24
7:00 p.m.: Service

Yom Kippur
Monday, September 25
9:15 a.m.: Children’s service, program for ages 4-11
9:30 a.m.: Service
1:30 p.m.:  Meditation and reflection program
2:30 p.m.: Afternoon service
4:00 p.m.: Yizkor
5:30 p.m.: Neilah
6:30 p.m.: Potluck Break-the-fast in the Mersack & Stern Social Hall

Saturday, September 30
9:30 a.m.: Service hosted by OZS**

Sukkot Open House
Sunday, October 1
2:00 p.m.: Open house at the home of Rabbi Wirtschafter and Shana Sippy

Final Day of Sukkot
Friday, October 6 
9:30 a.m.: Service with Yizkor at OZS**
7:00 p.m.:
Shabbat and Yom Tov service with Yizkor

Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 7
10:30 a.m.:
Simchat Torah and Weinstein Bat Mitzvah 
7:45 p.m.: Service at OZS**

Sunday, October 8
10:00 a.m.: Simchat Torah programming for all ages at OZS**

**OZS will provide streaming links to all services there. Visit ozs.org.

All services at TAI will be in person. You may view services from a remote location by using TAI’s new Livestream service. The link, along with user instructions, can be found here. You can also view services from the Temple’s Facebook page. As a reminder, TAI is no longer using Zoom for streaming services. 

We are excited to welcome everyone back to the building in a way that balances the joy of being together with the responsibility to maintain health and safety. Due to the latest increase in Covid-19 cases, we ask for your help in this regard by following these guidelines starting now and in the coming weeks:

  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home and participate in services via livestream.
  • If you have been exposed to somebody who tested positive for Covid-19, but are feeling fine and asymptomatic, please take a test before coming to services and wear a mask while you are in the building.
  • Stay apprised of availability of vaccinations and boosters.

As a congregation, we have an obligation to care for one another and respect each other’s choices so long as they are in keeping with these guidelines. Some of us may decide to wear a mask. Others may decide not to, so long as they are feeling well. Masks and hand hygiene will be available at the entry way to the sanctuary. Please ask an usher if you need assistance locating them.

Children are welcome at all services. The Rosh Hashanah program on Saturday, September 16 and the Yom Kippur Program on Monday, September 25 are intended for children ages 4-11. We ask that you please email the office if your child(ren) will attend by September 11 for Rosh Hashanah and September 20 for Yom Kippur.

Seating is limited in the sanctuary so please arrive early to ensure optimal choice. Ushers will be here to greet you and provide any assistance you may need.

The temple sukkah is available for families or groups’ use during the week of Sukkot, which starts Friday evening, Sept. 29. Call the office at (859) 269-2979 or email us to make arrangements to use the lulav and etrog.

Guest protocols for High Holidays

  •  Congregants are welcome to bring guests. We ask that you call the office so that we may add them to the guest list for our greeters.
  •  Unaccompanied guests must pre-register by contacting the office to put their names on the guest list for each service they want to attend. When they arrive for each service, they must show a photo ID. If they don’t do so, they will be turned away.
  • There is no admission fee for guests but donations are always welcome.
  • To place a name on the guest list, call the office at (859) 269-2979 or email the office. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

ReformJudaism.org offers articles, recipes, children’s activities and blogposts to prep for the High Holidays at home. Click on “Jewish Holidays” (top left menu heading) to navigate to sections for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, etc.