Everything High Holidays

2022/5783

 

Looking for Links?

 

RSVP for events, request tickets, register for childcare, order lulav and etrog and make donations at: https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/HHD5783

Sign up to use the Sukkah: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050849afad22a3fd0-open

Sign up to be an usher: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050849afad22a3fd0-mens

Stream services on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

When in doubt, give us a call. We are open 9-5 M-TH and 9-3:30 F and can be reached at 205-933-2740.

 

Your High Holiday Questions Answered… 

 

Are we doing tickets this year? 

  • If you are a dues paying member we have mailed you a ticket that will admit your whole party. Please indicate the number of people in your party (including your family and other guests). If you are a non-member and are not coming with a member, please register on this form and you can collect tickets at the front office. Register here

 

Where do I…. RSVP? Request a ticket? Make donations? Sign up for childcare? 

 

When is the office closed? 

  • Our Temple Beth El offices will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Holidays:  
    • September 26
    • September 27
    • Closing at 3:00 p.m on October 4
    • October 5
    • October 10-11
    • October 17-18 

Are you providing childcare?

  • We will have complimentary childcare available in the nursery for children under the age of 5. The KidZone will be open (with livestream available) for children over the age of 5. Please note you must stay to supervise your child in the KidZone, though we will have an additional babysitter there to provide support! If you drop a child in the nursery and would like them to attend the Tot Service at 10 a.m, please collect them in person at that time and bring them to the KidZone. The babysitters will not be taking kids out of the room.

How do I ensure my child can miss school to observe the holidays??

  • If your child is planning to miss any school days in order to attend holiday services, Rabbi Henkin has prepared a letter to give to the administration of your child’s school asking that he/she/they be excused on particular days to celebrate Jewish holidays.  If you would like a copy of the letter, please email him at rabbihenkin@templebeth-el.net and let him know the name of the school and which of the dates you are planning on not sending your child so that they can celebrate the holiday with their community.  Rabbi Henkin will fill out and sign the letter which you will be able to pick up at the synagogue.

Are there any changes to our COVID policy?

  • There are no current changes to our COVID-19 policy. You can review that policy here. Due to high expected attendance, we strongly  encourage you to consider wearing a mask.

HANDICAPPED AND LIMITED MOBILITY PARKING – For Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur, the entire lower-level parking lot will be reserved for those who have a legal “Handicapped” decal and/or serious limited mobility issues (walkers, wheelchairs, canes, etc.)  PLEASE leave these spots available for these individuals.

In addition, the upper-level parking lot has four dedicated handicapped spaces, and we will reserve an additional four spaces in the upper-level parking lot for those with limited mobility issues.  PLEASE leave these spots available for these individuals.

GENERAL PARKING 

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1

  • Parking will be available in the upper-level parking lot at TBE on a limited basis. Please observe the reserved parking for Handicapped and Limited Mobility.
  • Parking will also be available at Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) parking lot located at 3100 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL. TBE will supply two vans that will pick up beginning at 8:15AM on Monday, September 26th and the vans will run at approximately 10–12-minute intervals.  The vans will take you back to your car at any time you wish to return with the last van leaving TBE at 1:30PM on RH Day 1. 

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2  

  • Parking on Rosh Hashanah Day 2 will be in the upper and lower lots of TBE.
  • Additional street parking is available.

 

KOL NIDRE

  • Parking for Kol Nidre will be in the upper and lower parking lots of TBE. Please observe the reserved parking for Handicapped and Limited Mobility.
  • Additional parking for Kol Nidre will be available via street parking and nearby business parking lots who have closed for the day.

YOM KIPPUR 

  • Parking will be available in the upper-level parking lots at TBE on a limited basis. Please observe the reserved parking for Handicapped and Limited Mobility.
  • Parking will also be available at Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) parking lot located at 3100 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL. TBE will supply two vans that will pick up beginning at 8:15AM on Wednesday, October 5th, and the vans will run at approximately 10–12-minute intervals.  The vans will take you back to your car at any time you wish to return with the last van leaving TBE at 3:00PM on Yom Kippur.
  • Vans will not be running for the evening service on Yom Kippur. If you are parked at IPC for Yom Kippur services, you will need to take the last van leaving TBE at 3:00PM back to the IPC lot to retrieve your car. It is expected that some parking may have freed up around TBE by that time along with available street parking.
  • If you leave at the break, we anticipate there will be adequate parking available at the TBE and surrounding area parking lots by 5:00PM, when Mincha begins, through Break-Fast, which begins around 7:00PM.

 

 


SCHEDULE

Get Ready for the High Holidays… 

 

Sat. September 17th, 7:30 p.m: Selichot 

Come prepare yourself spiritually for the High Holiday season!  We will begin with Havdalah and the Selichot service as we truly begin to reflect on the past year and how we’d like to live our lives differently in the year to come.  To help us do that, Rabbi Henkin and Caryn Corenblum will follow the service with a discussion on teshuvah (repentance) and how we can start thinking about changing our lives. Snacks and light refreshments will be served. 

Services will be streamed on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

 

Fri. September 23rd, 5:30 p.m: Pop Up Kabbalat Shabbat at Railroad Park 

 

 

 


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

 

Services will be streamed on the TBE Facebook and YouTube. Please note that we will not be livestreaming family services this year. 

Childcare will be available in the nursery for children under 5 on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning. The KidZone will be open for children and families of all ages during services (livestream available). Family Services will take place 10 – 11 a.m on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. 

Breakout sessions are offered to help engage and inspire the body, mind, and spirit during these high holy days. Todah rabah to our leaders for volunteering their time and effort on our behalf.

 

Sun. September 25, 5:45 p.m: Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

 

Mon. September 26, 8:30 a.m: Rosh Hashanah Day 1  

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

**Childcare available (under 5), registration required** https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/HHD5783
The KidZone will be open for family + children of all ages (livestream available)
  • 10:00 a.m: Family Services (in-person only) 
    • 10:00 a.m | KidZone: Tot Service with Robin Berger (2nd grade and under)
      • Join Robin Berger for a musical service for children in second grade and under. We’ll conclude with apples + honey and a story about round challah.
    • 10:00 a.m | Kimerling Chapel: Candy Service with Rebecca Rothman (3rd – 7th grade)
      • Join Rebecca Rothman for a Rosh Hashanah Candy Service (for a sweet new year!).
    • 10:00 a.m | USY Lounge: Teen Discussion with Robbie Rothenberg 
  • 10:00 a.m | Reading Room – Breakout Session I
    • Beginning anew: practicing forgiveness & starting over even when it’s not the High Holidays with Sharron Mendel Swain  (in-person only): One of the most important opportunities we have during the High Holidays is to ask forgiveness from anyone we may have harmed intentionally or unintentionally in the previous year, but how many of us really know how to do that? Come learn a practice you can use weekly with your closest loved ones that will bring new meaning and courage to the holidays. Sharron Mendel Swain has been practicing mindfulness for over 30 years.
  • Approx. 11:30 a.m, immediately following sermon | Board Room – Breakout Session II 
    • Community organizing: A form of t’shuvah through prophetic resistance with Daniel Schwartz (In-person + virtual): Daniel Schwartz is the executive director of Faith in Action Alabama, which is a faith-based community organizing non-profit, and consists of congregations across race and faith lines throughout Alabama. The mission of the organization is to honor God by dismantling systemic racism to create pathways of opportunity for all Alabamians.Join in person or register for a Zoom link: https://bit.ly/DanielSchwartz

3:00 p.m: Prayer Walk + Tashlich at Aldridge Gardens 

  • Once again we are holding tashlich in the gardens. This year we’ll be exploring beautiful Aldridge Gardens, a 30-acre oasis in Hoover (3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216). Join us for tashlich and a prayer walk, featuring meditation, music and torah study with Rabbi Henkin. We’ll have honey sticks, apples and a  scavenger hunt for the kids. Prayer walk is from 3 – 4 p.m and tashlich begins at 4:00 p.m by the floating dock. 

5:45 p.m: Mincha at Temple Beth El

 

Tue. September 27, 8:30 a.m – 1 p.m: Rosh Hashanah Day 2 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

 

Sun. October 2, 10 a.m – 12 p.m: Kever Avot Cemetery Visits with Rabbi Henkin 

10:00 a.m: Old KI/Beth El Cemetery

11:00 a.m: Elmwood Cemetery 

Funds to enhance and maintain Elmwood Cemetery Block 40 have been provided by the Melba & Lige Epsman Cemetery Funds, the Norris & Faye Friedman Cemetery Maintenance Fund, and the Lifetime Cemetery Maintenance Fund in the Temple Beth-El Foundation, along with annual individual donations. 

 

Tue. October 4, 6:00 p.m:  Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

**Childcare available (under 5), registration required** https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/HHD5783
The KidZone will be open for family + children of all ages (livestream available)

A basket will be available before sundown for cash or check donations to Social Action’s High Holiday charities. See below for more information on this year’s contributions. 

 

Wed. October 5, 8:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m: Yom Kippur Morning Service 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

**Childcare available (under 5) during MORNING services, registration required** https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/HHD5783
The KidZone will be open for family + children of all ages (livestream available)

 

  • 10:00 a.m: Family Services (in-person only) 
    • 10:00 a.m | KidZone: Tot Service with Robin Berger (2nd grade and under)
    • 10:00 a.m | Kimerling Chapel: Game Service with Rebecca Rothman (3rd – 7th grade)
      • Join Rebecca Rothman for a Yom Kippur games service!
    • 10:00 a.m | USY Lounge: Teen Discussion with Robbie Rothenberg 
  • 10:00 a.m | Board Room – Breakout Session I 
    • “Let It Go: Embracing Humility and Imperfection” with Rabbi Henkin (In-person and virtual) 
    • Join in person or register for a Zoom link at: https://bit.ly/RabbiHenkin.
  • Approx. 10:45 a.m, Yizkor
  • Approx. 12:30 p.m, immediately following sermon | Reading Room – Breakout Session II 
    • Mindful Meditation with Nan Unkenholz  (In-person only): Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Some may choose to experience this session resting in a chair in their synagogue attire, and some might wish to bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket and even a change of clothes. ALL are welcome!

Approx. 2:30 p.m, when break begins (meet in the upper lot) 

  • Intentional Walking with Ellen Italiaander and Sheri Krell  (In-person only, outdoor): Come join us for a gentle intentional walk around Highland Park on Wednesday, October 5 when the break begins. We will meet in the side/upper parking lot. We will have 3 intentional stops to reflect on. 

4:00 p.m Open Q&A with Rabbi Henkin 

 

Wed. October 5, 5 – 7 p.m: Yom Kippur Mincha/Neilah Service 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

5:00 p.m: Mincha

5:00 p.m | Board Room 

  • There’s No Place Like Home … To Panama and Back Again with Tammi and Johnathan Horn: How we came to realize how important being part of a community is to your overall emotional and spiritual well being.
  • Join in-person or register for a Zoom link at: https://bit.ly/TJHorn.
6:00 p.m: Neilah (including Glow Stick Havdalah!)
Come end Yom Kippur with the whole family!  During Neilah (the concluding service), the ark will be open and families will have an opportunity to pray together.  Then to conclude Yom Kippur, kids are invited to come up and help lead Havdalah with Rabbi Henkin (glow sticks included!), hear the shofar one last time, and join the entire community in breaking the fast (sponsored by the TBE Foundation).

7:03: Last Shofar / End of Service 

 

Break-Fast Hosted by the Temple Beth El Foundation 

The Temple Beth-El Foundation is hosting the annual congregational Break-Fast in the Filler Cultural Center at the conclusion of Neilah. All are invited. No registration is required. Catering by Bernard, Warren, and Mandy.

 


Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret 

 

As always, a big thank you to the Men’s Club for constructing our Sukkah! 

Additionally, we’ll be working on beautifying our Sukkah by making decorations at our October 9 Family Sukkot program and hosting a Sukkah decor drive.

 

Open Sukkah Sign Up! 

Our Temple Beth El Sukkah will be open and available for use during Sukkot when it is not in use for programming. Sign up to use the Sukkah: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050849afad22a3fd0-open

 

Sun. October 9, 11 a.m – 1 p.m: Family Sukkot Program

Join us for a family Sukkot program for all-ages! We’ll have Sukkot learning, lunch, Sukkah decorating and more. Additionally, we’ll be helping our Social Action Committee sort food collected through their annual High Holiday food drive and learning about kosher symbols. RSVP to Margaret at mnorman@templebeth-el.net. This takes the place of 6th/7th grade class. 

 

Mon. October 10, 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m: Sukkot Services 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube

Following services join for lunch in the Sukkah sponsored by the My Jewish Year Book + Holiday Club and Shira and Matt Goldberg. Past participants and those interested in the My Jewish Year Book + Holiday Club are invited to join and learn more.
Over the course of the year this group will be reading My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin, learning about Jewish holidays and celebrating them together. This group is open to all levels of holiday knowledge and experience, and meets once a month. Email Mandy at mandyparente@gmail.com with questions.

 

Tue. October 11, 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m: Sukkot Day 2 Services

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

Bring your own picnic lunch for a  bite in the Sukkah following services.

 

Tue. October 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m: Social Action Open Sukkah 

 

Wed. October 12, 7 p.m: Sisterhood Sangria in the Sukkah 

Women of Temple Beth El, join us for an evening filled with a tasty Sangria Bar, yummy nosh, and celebrating the beautiful holiday of Sukkot together.

We will learn about the custom of inviting special guests to our sukkah, Ushpizin, and hear from some participants 

who will be sharing the female Ushipizot from throughout history that they would invite to their sukkah.

Looking forward to having you all join us! RSVP to orlyhenkin@gmail.com.

 

Fri. October 14, 5:45 – 9 p.m: Dinner in the Sukkah + Improv with You Belong in Birmingham

Calling all young adults… join us for Improv in the Sukkah with You Belong in Birmingham, Temple Beth El and Temple Emanu-El. A vegetarian dinner and drinks will be served in the Temple Beth El Sukkah beginning at 7 p.m. Afterwards, we’ll walk down Highland Avenue for improv comedy at Temple Emanu-El. Start the evening getting into the Shabbat spirit and join us first for Kabbalat Shabbat services, beginning at 5:45 p.m! Register here: https://bjf.org/event/dinner-improv-in-the-sukkah-with-ybib-tbe-and-tee/

 

Sat. October 15, 6:30 p.m: Havdalah Under the Stars 

 

Sun. October 16, 8:30 a.m – 3 p.m: Social Action Habitat for Humanity Build

What better time than Sukkot to participate in [T]BE Involved Social Action’s annual Habitat for Humanity build? SAC needs fifteen volunteers for each shift to make this mitzvah a success! Shifts are from 8-11:30 a.m and 12-3 p.m. Sign up  at the following link (also available on the website and calendar):  https://hfhgb.volunteermatrix.com/.  

 

Mon. October 17, 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m: Shemini Atzeret Service

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

Followed by lunch in the Sukkah sponsored by TBE Sisterhood. 

 

Mon. October 17, 5:30 p.m: Erev Simchat Torah Program (Cultural Center) – Featuring Magic City Klezmer 

 

This year’s Simchat Torah celebration is made possible in part by the Myron “Pete” Cohen and Ann Z Cohen Aron HaKodesh Fund in the Temple Beth El Foundation. Support for the Magic City Klezmer Band is being requested from the Rabbi Culpeper & Irby Cohen Performing Arts Fund of the Temple Beth-El Foundation.

 

Tue. October 18, 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m: Simchat Torah Service 

Services in the main sanctuary; join us in-person or stream on the TBE Facebook and YouTube.

Followed by a light bite in the Sukkah! More details coming soon. Additionally, we’ll have flag decorating, dancing and fun for the kids. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Give Back This Holiday Season with [T]BE Involved Social Action Committee

High Holiday Food Drive Begins September 15
Thank you to Ken and Vikki Grodner at the Hospitality Network Group at Keller Williams, who have graciously donated the bags again for the High Holiday Food Drive.

 

flyer for take a sack 2022 5783

 

 

 

Social Action High Holiday Drive

 

Use our one-stop form to donate to the following organizations, or bring cash and checks on Erev Yom Kippur to contribute before the start of the holiday! 

 

This year’s theme is WOMEN

 

> OLIVIA’S HOUSE (Local) 

 

  • A unique rehabilitation center that allows children to stay with their mothers during inpatient treatment. 

 

> THE PAD PROJECT (National) 

 

  • The Pad Project’s mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women and all menstruators worldwide.

 

> RUACH NASHIT (International): 

 

  • An Israeli organization that assists survivors of domestic violence.