Two local synagogues shared information on their schedule for the High Holidays, Chabad of Shelton & Monroe and Mishkan Israel. Both are featured below.
High Holidays Services at Chabad
SHELTON, CT — With the High Holidays approaching amid a concerning uptick in Covid cases, Chabad of Shelton will be hosting Rosh Hashanah services on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 8, with a focus on an inspirational and safe, in-person gathering for the local Jewish community after more than a year in isolation.
By providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting, Chabad of Shelton hopes to accommodate those who may otherwise not be celebrating the holiday. Chabad’s “user-friendly” services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.
Chabad of Shelton also creates accessibility by nurturing a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere and ensuring affordability, with no expectation of membership.
Although walk-ins are welcomed, RSVP is greatly encouraged and appreciated.
“The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, the most influential rabbi in modern history, insisted that the observance of hearing the Shofar—the key observance of Rosh Hashanah—be made available to all Jews—including those unable to be at synagogue,” Rabbi Shneur Brook explained. “ Chabad has always prioritized making Judaism accessible to all. That’s also why we’re offering multiple options to accommodate everyone in the community this Rosh Hashanah.”
In addition to the synagogue service held at Chabad of Shelton, they will also be meeting the needs of those who can’t make it with a short 15-minute outdoor “Shofar In The Park” service on the Huntington Green in Shelton, on September 7 at 5 PM.
“Our goal is to ensure that each and every Jewish person has access to the means to celebrate and usher in the New Year meaningfully and with joy,” said Leah Brook. “This year, that means welcoming everyone, who can come, to the synagogue by offering covid-safe services.”
For more information about the High Holidays services, contact Chabad Of Shelton at 203.364.4149 or visit wwwJewishShelton.com/hh.
High Holiday Services at Mishkn Israel
TRUMBULL, CT — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 77 Mount Pleasant Drive in Trumbull, invites the community to Jewish High Holiday services celebrating Rosh Hashanah Sept. 6 to 8 and Yom Kippur Sept. 15 to 16.
The services are free of charge with reservations required. Call 203-268-0740 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
All are required to wear masks inside the synagogue and there is an outdoor seating option — all with social distancing.
Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the Jewish New Year, starts Monroe, Sept. 6, with service at 7:30 p.m. and continues Tuesday, Sept. 7, with morning services at 10 a.m., followed by a Shofar service at noon and Kiddush at 2 p.m., Mincha at 3 p.m., Tashlich services at 3:30 p.m., evening services at 7:30 p.m. and a holiday candle-lighting at 8 p.m.
The second day, Wednesday, Sept. 8, morning services start at 10 a.m. followed by Shofar service at noon, Kiddush at 2 p.m. and Havdalah at 8 p.m.
Yom Kippur starts Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a candle-lighting and fasting at 6:43 p.m. and Kol Nidre service at 7 p.m.
Morning service the following day, Thursday, Sept. 16, starts at 10 a.m. followed by a Yizkor Memorial service at noon, Mincha afternoon service at 5:30 p.m., Neilah closing service at 6:30 p.m., Havdalah end-of-fast at 7:41 p.m. with break-the-fast to go, RSVP required.
Rabbi Joseph Torenheim wishes everyone “a happy, healthy and safe New Year.”