Posts Tagged: worship

A Special Worship Service for Jews with Disabilities and Their Families



by Nancy Crown When I was called to meet with a member of my synagogue’s Congregation-Based Community Organizing Committee, I almost declined.  I was asked to think about what the temple could do that it was not already doing. My main reaction was to reflect on the many opportunities for learning, worship, and community that […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

The Music of N’ilah – Part One



By Cantor Barbara R. Finn Yom Kippur is bookended by music and liturgy that speak to us on an emotional level.  We often cannot explain it; it is simple yet powerfully spiritual, reaching into our souls with a fervor that would leave us empty were we to miss those elements of the service. In her […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

Yizkor



By Rabbi Edwin Goldberg When I was growing up, the Yom Kippur afternoon Yizkor (remembrance) service was a very big deal.  In fact, at Temple B’nai Jehudah in Kansas City, the N’ilah (concluding) service would be held before Yizkor, except that, as we were about to hear the final shofar blast, we would then turn […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service



By Rabbi Richard Sarason On Yom Kippur, Yizkor memorial prayers are recited for our deceased relatives as well as for the martyrs of the Jewish people (in our own day, particularly for those who died in the Holocaust). This is an old custom, going back to the time of the Crusades in the Rhineland (11th-12th centuries). […]

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Amidst 5,000 Worshipers, a Sanctuary of Peace



It’s not often that a rabbi gets to sit back off the bimah and lean into inspiring prayer. The constant responsibility for creating T’filah for others, partnering with a cantor and other shlichei tzibur (prayer leaders), draws our attention everywhere but our own spiritual selves. And then there are moments like this morning’s shacharit  service […]

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Mincha for the New Machzor: Good Habits Replacing Bad Habits



By Edwin Goldberg The afternoon service – a tradition not usually observed in Reform Judaism – is an important part of Yom Kippur observance for Reform Jews. Not only does it help fill the time between the morning and break-the-fast; it also offers yet another opportunity for reflection and repentance. The editors of the upcoming machzor, […]

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Eileh Ezkerah: These I Will Remember



By Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky The Eileh Ezkerah with which most Reform Jews are currently familiar does not bring to mind familiar melodies.  While thematically, Eileh Ezkerah fits well with Yom Kippur, it does not hark to the sounds of the High Holy Day melodies we typically quote.  What, then, is to be done with its […]

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2013 URJ Biennial

Are You Ready for Biennial Shabbat?



From Friday night song session to diverse, creative options for worship and learning, Shabbat at the URJ Biennial will feature something for everyone. Friday Night Shabbat Services First bring a little bit of the Tel Aviv pier to San Diego and prepare for Shabbat with the innovative leaders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, who bring Kabbalat […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

Eileh Ezkerah



By Rabbi Edwin Goldberg Eileh Azkara (These I Remember) is the lament that recounts the martyrdom of ten rabbis during the Roman brutality of 2000 years ago.  Their story is told twice a year, on Tisha B’av and Yom Kippur.  A key element of the telling is that these sages gave their lives, often being subjected […]

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Eileh Ezkerah: Memorializing Jewish Martyrs on Yom Kippur



By Rabbi Richard Sarason Memorialization of deceased relatives and of Jewish martyrs has figured in the liturgical observances of Yom Kippur since the massacre of approximately 8,000 Rhineland Jews at the time of the First Crusade (1096). Indeed, many of the Jewish mourning customs that have continued down to our own day originated in that […]

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The Music of Seder Ha’avodah



By Cantor Judith Ovadia The Avodah service of Yom Kippur (Seder Ha’Avodah) challenges us as Reform Jews. It depicts an ancient, archaic rite that is anathema to our modern practice, with elements that likely offend our sensibilities. Without close examination it offers little opportunity to enrich our experience of the holy on Yom Kippur. The architects of Reform […]

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2013 URJ Biennial

A Prayerful Biennial: Models to Bring Home to Your Own Congregation



Worship opportunities will abound at the URJ Biennial this December! Designed not only to refresh the body and the spirit, the services also are models you may wish to bring home to your congregation or incorporate into your own personal practice. In addition to inspiring and innovative daily worship experiences, Biennial will include a brand […]

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Yom Kippur: Seder Ha’avodah



By Rabbi Richard Sarason More than any other biblical mo’ed (appointed time), Yom Kippur is pre-eminently a Temple-based observance.  True, all Israelites were to fast on that day, but the ritual described in Leviticus 16 is exclusively focused on the Temple.  It is about the purgation and purification of the sanctuary, the locus of the […]

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The Year That Was: One Congregation’s Prayer Services without a Rabbi



My synagogue, Kehillat Emet VeShalom in Nahariya, Israel, just completed a year of prayer services on our own without a rabbi. We recently met to reflect on the year and to voice our thoughts and opinions. First, to set the mood and remind us of some of the special moments that we shared during the […]

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