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5781/2020 High Holy Days and Fall Festival Schedule

L’shana Tovah. Welcome to our schedule for the High Holy Days and Fall Festivals.  All services and events will be live-streamed, and you can watch on our website or Facebook Live or our YouTube channel.  We also have several Zoom rooms where you can participate in our services and events.  We have a Main Zoom room, a Schmooze Zoom room where people can hang out and chat as they wish, and an Opportunity Zoom room for alternative worship experiences.  The available Zoom rooms are listed for each individual event. 

Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25

  10:00 a.m. -
  4:00 p.m.
Stand Before the Torah
Reserve a time for personal reflection and meditation before the ark in our Sanctuary with people in your “bubble” only. Managed for safety by the members of our Safe Return Task Force. Please call the office at 414-228-7545 or check your email to sign up for a time.

 

Friday, September 25

  5:45 p.m. Drive-In Kabbalat Shabbat Service (at CEEBJ)    (participate in Main Zoom)
Join Rabbi Berkson and Cantor Barash in the CEEBJ west parking lot for a brief Early Shabbat Service, from the safety of your vehicle.  You’ll hear the service with your own FM car stereo.  Thank you to our Safe Return Task force for helping to ensure the safety of all attendees.  Numbers are limited, and the outdoor service is weather permitting. 
 Attend our Drive-In Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

Saturday, September 26

  9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Study Minyan    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)

 

Sunday, September 27

  7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
Wrote Rabbi Joshua Lessor, “Together we have arrived at Yoma, “The Day.”  Referring to Yom Kippur simply as The Day, the rabbis of Talmud indicated its austerity and awesomeness.  There are some years where we need to conjure the drama, surround ourselves with the symbols of mortality to inhabit the feeling of vulnerability that our ancestors intended.  Not this year.  We know too well the fragility of life and of breath.  It has been inescapable.”
 
As we stand in the presence of our Sifre Torah and the ark for Kol Nidre, our congregation’s current and past presidents will hold the scrolls as our cantor chants, offering all of us strength and support through our congregation.

 

Monday, September 28

  9:15 a.m. Yom Kippur Service for Young Children and their Families    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
Please join Rabbi Berkson, Cantor Barash, and Susan Cosden, RJE, as we use all of our senses and all of our bodies to celebrate the High Holy Days. We may also use something found in your CEEBJ High Holy Day kits. This will be an experiential service and is open to young children, their families, and everyone else who would like to join us. Just remember, be prepared to dance as we turn, turn, turn.
     
  10:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
The words of the prophet Isaiah ring out reminding us that freedom involves responsibility; that, to quote Rabbi Brent  Chaim Sopek and our former scholar-in-residence, Ruth Messinger, “Just as the shadow of a person does whatever that person does, so, too, does the divine do wat we do.  Divinity is the shadow of human action….If you want to see God feed the hungry, you need to feed the hungry.”
     
  12:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Learning/Discussion Sessions    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
There will be three study sessions Yom Kippur afternoon running consecutively (unlike past years when they ran concurrently).  
 

Noon - 12:45 p.m.
Dr. Magda G. Peck, ScD, Founding Dean of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and continued friend of CEEBJ and Milwaukee, will speak on Unwrapping Pandemic’s Uninvited Gifts: A Powerful Yom Kippur Paradox.  How many months has it been... since we embraced beloved elders without fear, or welcomed wet smooches from our youngest, or just shook hands casually with friends and neighbors?  Magda joins us from the West Coast to reflect on the uninvited losses and gifts of the coronavirus pandemic. Through personal and professional lenses of public health and belonging, Magda will offer insights and stories to help make better sense in ominous and uncertain times, with persistent optimism and hope.  

     
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Dr. Jonathan Weinberg, psychiatrist and son of Rabbi Dudley Weinberg (z”l), will join us from the East Coast to talk about belonging and obligations to our parents.  Jonathan and his sister Myra edited a book of his father’s writings entitled Becoming Kaddish.
     
    2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea Cross, a local organizer who grew up in our congregation, will speak of the challenges of belonging.  Chelsea is a Jew of color who also sits on the board of Edot: Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative.
     
  3:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
Join us as we discover what Jonah and Aleinu share in common.  This experience will include words from the haftarah, some pieces of the afternoon liturgy, discussion, and more.
     
  4:30 p.m. Yizkor Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
As in years past, all of the names on our memorial plaques will scroll throughout Yom Kippur, as they do in the synagogue, on our website.
     
  5:30 p.m. Ne’ilah Service: followed by Havdalah    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
In Rabbi Rachel Hersh’s words:  “Let our final prayers affirm Isaiah’s words: when our fast activates… compassion and care, then our true light will burst forth like a rising sun.”  As the gates close, we will try to bring that light to the entire congregation. Havdalah together will follow.

 

Friday, October 2

  6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat and Sukkot Eve Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
We formally welcome Susan Cosden as our Director of Lifelong Learning.

 

Saturday, October 3

  9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Study Minyan    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
     
  10:30 a.m. Shabbat and Sukkot Morning Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)

 

Monday, October 5 – Friday, October 9

  By appoint- ment Our Sukkah is Your Sukkah    

 

Friday, October 9

  6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat and Atzeret-Simhat Torah Eve Service    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)

 

Saturday, October 10

  9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Study Minyan    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)
     
  10:30 a.m. Atzeret-Simhat Torah Morning Service with Yizkor    (participate in Main Zoom) (schmooze in Schmooze Zoom)

 

 

 


 

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All services and events will be live-streamed, and you can watch on our website or Facebook Live or our YouTube channel.

Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781