Religious : : Religious Committee Report

We are officially in High Holiday season. This solemn time of year begins with Selichot which is Saturday, September 1. In addition to the Selichot service which is the prelude to the High Holiday season, we are recognizing our Torah Adopters. Our program for the evening is a Champagne Reception at 7:30 pm, followed by a special program of recog- nition of our Adopters. Then we will have our usual Selichot service followed by a dessert social hour. We hope that you can join us for this special evening and opening to the High Holy Days season.

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening, September 9 with evening services. Rosh Hashanah morning services are on Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11. We hope you have made your reservation for our Sephardic Rosh Hasha- nah Seder and lunch on September 10. It is a very special and well liked event, not to be missed.

Our most holy day of Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday evening, September 18 with the Kol Nidre service. Yom Kippur services are Wednesday morning and afternoon, September 19. We conclude Yom Kippur with a Break the Fast meal at Temple. Please make a reservation to attend. Both the Break the Fast meal and Sephardic Seder lunch require a paid reservation.

The High Holiday season is one of reflection. Included in the services are many prayers recognizing our sins and asking for forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness not only from G-d but also from anyone we may have hurt during the past year. Please forgive us if we have done anything that has hurt or upset you. All of us at Temple Judea want to do our best for all our members. You are our family.

Once the serious and reflective High Holy Days are over, we are ready to celebrate Sukkot, one of the three pilgrimage festivals on the Jewish calendar. We look forward to shaking the Lulav, smelling the Etrog and being in the sukkah. We must be able to look through the sukkah ceiling and see the stars at night. We hope you will observe the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah by joining us for lunch in the sukkah on Saturday, September 29. Please make your paid reserva- tion by calling the Temple office. Shemini Atzeret and Yizkor are on Monday, October 1, and the joyous Simchat Torah is on Tuesday, October 2 to conclude this holiday season.

On behalf of the Religious Committee we wish each and every one of you a very happy, healthy and fruitful new year. We look forward to seeing you at Temple and sharing all of our holidays and Shabbatot together.
Shana tovah,

Sandy Shapiro and Arnold Miller, Co-Chairs