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High Holidays

High Holiday Policy

Hollow box cross corners blackAll members are welcome to attend.
Hollow box cross corners blackGuests/non-members are welcome; a donation of $75.00 per person is suggested.
Hollow box cross corners blackMilitary Personnel & College students are complimentary guests.
Hollow box cross corners blackFamilies with younger children are encouraged to attend Children’s Services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 2:00 P.M. and the closing Havdalah (on Yom Kippur) at approximately 6:45 P.M.


Temple Emanu-El’s Selichot Program is on September 16, 7:30 P.M:

purple diamond bulletpoint A multiple award winning Israeli movie that challenges the protagonists' most closely held values, revealing deep prejudices and personal secrets on the way to self-awareness. Only the past is impossible to change. We will discuss the thought-provoking film.

purple diamond bulletpoint Honey Cake Contest! - All bakers (men, women, children) are invited to submit their cakes and recipes for the judges to evaluate! Winner will get bragging rights and a (small) award! Bring your recipes for sharing!

purple diamond bulletpoint Communal prayers for divine forgiveness, said during the High Holiday season. Drawing from biblical verses and rabbinic teachings, they are a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe.

purple diamond bulletpoint Changing of the Torah Mantles to High Holiday Mantels.

Cemetery Visit

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand and Cantorial Soloist Sherry Barnes will be at the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery #3 & #4 on Middle Rd. in Preston on Sunday, September 17, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.


On Rosh Hashanah afternoon, September 21, at 3:30 P.M., join us for the Tashlich ceremony, where we symbolically cast our sins upon the water. Bring your own bread crumbs, shofar, and snacks to share. Meet at the Hole in the Wall, 4 Baptist Ln, East Lyme, CT 06357

Yom Kippur Discussion

Wednesday, September 30, Andy Feinstein will be leading a discussion between the Morning and Children’s Services on Yom Kippur.

Topic: Memory For a Blessing

During the Yom Kippur afternoon service, we remember relatives and friends who are no longer with us. The Yizkor service provides a space for private memory and reflection. Still, we may want or need more. So, after the morning service, we will gather to tell stories of our departed loved ones. Bring a photo or a memento of one or two deceased relatives or friends. We will go around the circle and each of us will have a few minutes to talk about the individuals we want to remember. We do this to make their memory a blessing for ourselves and our community.

Dairy Pot Luck Break-the-Fast

Each year, Temple Emanu-El coordinates the Break-the-Fast following the concluding services on Yom Kippur. We are taking this opportunity to ask you to provide one of the following items from the list below for a Dairy “Pot Luck” Break-the-Fast on Wednesday, October 12th:

Tuna Salad   Egg Salad   Whitefish Salad   Kugels - Potato
Blintzes   Green Salad   Fruit Plate or Salad   Kugels - Noodle
Herring   Quiche   Vegetable Plates   Kugels - Carrot   Or any dairy dish (Be Creative)
(NO pork or shellfish products)

Please label your dish if it contains nuts or dairy so people with allergies can partake comfortably.

For those not bringing food, a monetary donation would be greatly appreciated.
Please make your check payable to: Temple Emanu-El, PO Box 288, Waterford, CT 06385
Please designate "Break-the-Fast" in the memo section of the check.

Please try to bring food to the back door of the Kitchen by 10:00 AM.
Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.

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