It is with great pleasure that the TBI Board and Rabbi Schicker announce plans for the 5783 High Holy Day Season.
Your Rabbi, Board leadership, and the COVID Task Force have spent many hours considering how best to conduct our celebrations. As you may know, the COVID transmission in Kalamazoo County has been high. There is no way to be certain, but the start of the school year will likely mean even higher transmission. Based on these projections, and being ever mindful of finding a balance between the health of our members and the desire to congregate, the policies through the High Holy Days are:
- A maximum of 70 people can be in the building;
- Masks are mandatory indoors for all people 2 and older; masks may be briefly removed when speaking from the bima or when at the microphone;
- Maintain distance between yourself and others not in your immediate household;
- No food or beverage indoors; onegs will be outdoors, weather permitting.
It is our plan to welcome all those who wish to be in the sanctuary during the High Holy Days. The first priority for seating is for our members. If we have room for guests, the next priority is guests of members.
PLEASE NOTE: The Service for ages 5 to 5th Grade for Rosh Hashanah, September 26th at 4:00pm, will be held outside at TBI. Yom Kippur’s ages 5 to 5th Grade Service will be held on October 4th at 6:00 PM at CoM. Please reach out to Rebecca Tregerman at email@example.com with any questions.
If you wish to attend in person: we are asking all those interested to rank the services they wish to attend. Reservations open up on Monday, September 6th. You can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269.365.0190 and leave a voicemail with your service preferences ranked from top to bottom, and how many seats your household would like to reserve. We will send a confirmation email, or voicemail, by September 20th. If your plans change, please let us know so that we can offer your seats to someone else. Please know that last year we were able to accommodate everyone’s choices because everyone RSVPed.
All services held in the sanctuary at TBI will also be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel:
We are looking for Shofar players! All ages and abilities are invited to participate on Rosh Hashanah morning in our Shofar service. You can be a part of this joyous cry, prolonging our call to be together as a kehila kedosha – a holy community. We have a number of shofarot to lend out if you are interested in practicing! Rabbi Schicker is happy to offer resources to learn the various calls.
If you are a member and plan on only participating online, you may borrow copies of the machzor (High Holy Day prayerbooks) by contacting Rabbi Schicker at email@example.com or 269.365.0190 no later than September 15th.
You may also purchase copies of the machzor through CCAR Press – both hardbacks and ebooks are available. Large print copies are available in softcover. 15% discount on Mishkan HaNefesh print books for individuals. Use promo code MHN15 at checkout. You can order directly from CCAR Press at www.ccarpress.org
Rabbi Schicker and the Board of Trustees
Shanah Tovah – Happy New Year!
During the High Holy Days, we Jews look inward at our own souls and deeds.
Strengthened by our community, we strive to make the changes that will enable us to become better people in the New Year.
We offer a season of prayer and programs for congregants of all ages and backgrounds to learn and grow spiritually. We look forward to starting the year with you in the warm, welcoming community that is Temple B’nai Israel. May your New Year be filled with sweet blessings!
During the High Holidays we are joined by WMU professor of voice Carl Ratner, he serves as cantorial soloist.
Ratner has performed in 10 states and four European countries and has sung in 14 languages! He comes to us after serving as a member of a High Holiday choir at a congregation in Chicago for many years and we are blessed to have him with us!
Admission to High Holiday services is free to current TBI members, all area college and university students, and current members of other Reform congregations.