High Holiday Programming

Participate from afar with recordings of Rosh Hashanah services and more.

HIGH HOLIDAYS 2020 update #2 

(posted Sept 18, 2020)

Join Mission Minyan for a variety of events for the High Holidays! Several are listed below, though we encourage anyone who may be interested to sign up for our weekly newsletter or check out our calendar for the most up-to-date information about our 2020 High Holiday programming.

Sunday 9/20: 2 opportunities to hear shofar on Rosh Hashanah

On the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Sept 20 our ba'al tokea (shofar blower) will sound the shofar for the community. Starting PROMPTLY at 12pm and again at 3pm, we will recite the two brachot (blessings) and then blow thirty blasts from the second floor balcony of 64/66 Sharon St. The entire service will be brief - about 5 minutes. The shofar will have a sock over it as a safety measure. Community members will be invited to stand on the opposite side of Sharon St., and EVERYONE MUST WEAR MASKS. To anticipate crowd size, we are requesting RSVPs.

Monday 9/21: 7:00-8pm, Singing Yom Kippur Musaf liturgy and piyutim
Join us for a virtual event in preparation for Yom Kippur. We will be singing parts of the Yom Kippur Musaf liturgy and piyutim. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.

Tuesday 9/22: 7:00-8:15pm, Yom Kippur learning with Steve Schiff
Rabbi Yehudah Amital on Yom Kippur. We'll read and discuss several passages from R' Yehudah Amital's book, "When God is Near: On the High Holidays." Rabbi Yehudah Amital (1924-2010) was a noted teacher and spiritual leader of Zionist Modern Othodoxy in Israel. He was the founder and co-Roshei Yeshivah (with Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein) of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He was known for his meaningful teaching, political courage, and personal warmth and modesty. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.


Tuesday 9/22: 8:45-9:45pm, Singing Yom Kippur Shacharit liturgy and piyutim
Join us for a virtual event in preparation for Yom Kippur. We will be singing parts of the Yom Kippur Shacharit liturgy and piyutim. All are welcome. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.


Wednesday 9/23: 7:00-8:15pm, Yom Kippur learning with Rabbi Lavey Derby
The Journey of Teshuva: Redeeming the Irredeemable. The story of Rabbi Elazar ben Dordayya, found in the Talmudic tractate of Avoda Zara, is an unexpected, vivid, and painful tale of awakening and personal teshuvah. Together we will discuss the story in order to uncover the deepest layers and meaning in the journey of teshuvah. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.

Wednesday 9/23 8:45-9:45pm, Singing Yom Kippur Ma'ariv piyutim
Join us for a virtual event in preparation for Yom Kippur. We will be singing parts of the Yom Kippur Ma'ariv piyutim. All are welcome. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.

Thursday 9/24: 7:00-8:00pm, Singing Yom Kippur Ne'ilah liturgy and piyutim
Join us for a virtual event in preparation for Yom Kippur. We will be singing parts of the Yom Kippur Ma'ariv piyutim. All are welcome. See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.

Sunday 9/27, 6:00pm (PROMPT): Kol Nidrei

Join us for the Kol Nidrei annulment service (note: this will only be the Kol Nidrei component, not the larger Ma'ariv service). See our calendar for information about logging into the Zoom event.

HIGH HOLIDAYS 2020 update #1 

(posted Aug 5, 2020)

After lots of discussion, reviewing various government and public health guidance, and considering a wide range of options, we are very sad to share that Mission Minyan will not be organizing or holding in-person services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2020, nor will we be hosting live-streamed services on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. 

 

Gathering for the High Holidays is core to our community. It can be a first introduction to Jewish life in San Francisco, a deeply meaningful spiritual journey, a chance to make new friends or see old ones, a time for introspection to begin the new year, and much more. This wasn’t an easy decision to make knowing how difficult it will be to spend the holidays apart. We also know this is the right decision to ensure the health and safety of our Mission Minyan community as well as the broader Bay Area community. 

 

Though we won’t be together for in-person davening, we are hard at work coming up with alternative programming and opportunities for connection. As with everything that Mission Minyan does, we are relying on volunteers to bring this programming to life - and to come up with even more ideas - to make the holiday season as meaningful as possible. Please email gabbais@missionminyan.org if you have additional ideas or would like to be part of the organizing group. We would absolutely love your help (plus, it’s been a while since we’ve asked for volunteers!).

If you are interested in purchasing your own machzor (High Holiday prayer book), we are coordinating a bulk, discounted order of the Koren Sacks Machzor with Koren Publishers. Please see this form to learn more and place an order (by August 13th).

 

Mission Minyan will not be asking for donations along with RSVPs this year because we will not have the typical expenses associated with carrying out our High Holiday programming. If you would still like to support the Mission Minyan community, we would be very grateful and you can do so through our donate page. For those who may be interested in supporting other local organizations, please consider The Women’s Building and GLIDE Memorial Church

 

We will post ongoing updates to this website page and through our weekly newsletter as more programming details become available (sign up for our newsletter below). Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns or feedback to info@missionminyan.org.

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