Dear TBI Member,
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.