High Holy Days


Watch High Holy Day 5782 / 2021 services online! 

WATCH TBI for the full schedule (and calendar) or go directly to YouTube

High Holy Days 2021 A Message from the TBI Board

August 2021

Dear TBI Member,

It is with great pleasure that the TBI Board and Rabbi Schicker announce plans for the 5782 High Holy Day Season. The entire holiday schedule for 5782 can be found HERE or on the Watch TBI page.

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: We are changing the time of our Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service to 3:00 PM on Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 6), as it is Labor Day and there is no school. This service, and the Children’s Service on Yom Kippur (September 16 at 4:00 PM), will be held outside at TBI in order to allow for better social distancing. If it is raining, the service will be held on Zoom.

Please see our most recent COVID guidelines here.

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, August 16. You can either email admin@templebnaiisrael.com 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, on September 1. If your plans change, please let us know so that we can offer your seats to someone else.

All services held in the sanctuary at TBI will also be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/c/templebnaiisraelkalamazoo 

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 rabbi@templebnaiisrael.com or 269.365.0190 no later than September 1.  

You may also purchase copies of the machzor through CCAR Press – both hardbacks and ebooks are available. Large print copies are available in softcover. Currently, there is a discount running of 20% off print books using code MHN20. See more here: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/hhd-2021/ 

PLEASE NOTE: We are thrilled that William Stein is once again placing contemplation signs along the (newly expanded) trail through our woods. All are invited to walk the trail between Rosh Hashanah at 12:30 PM and Yom Kippur at 5:00 PM.


Rabbi Schicker 

Jenn Odza, TBI Board President |  Terra Eash, VP of Membership | Rose Kirsch, VP of Operations  |  Brandt Lubratch, Treasurer  |  Rebecca Pollens, Secretary 

Members at Large: Marlene Denenfeld, Brian Horvitz, Robert Manson and Raye Ziring

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!

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During the High Holidays we are joined by WMU professor of voice Carl Ratner, he serves as cantorial soloist.

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Carl Ratner

 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.