Welcome to High Holy Days 2016 / 5777

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Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 11
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 12

All services are held at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, except for  Kol Nidre Family & Tot services and Yom Kippur afternoon services, which are held at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont

 

 View Detailed Schedule of Events & Services Here.

Service Leaders & Sermon Schedule

Listen to LIVE AUDIO STREAMING of our Services Here.

Our theme this year is:
Immigrants. Refugees. Longing. Home. 

The Torah teaches (Lev. 19:33-34), When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong them. As a community this year, we turn our attention to immigrants and refugees, longing for home; and, we will enter the inner landscape of exile and return. We’ll encounter the stranger who dwells within us, and the stranger who dwells among us. Together, we will turn toward the current tidal wave of displacement, expanding our capacity to welcome and support the growing number of immigrants and refugees in our midst. In other words, the stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Mitzrayim.

Learn more about who is on the Bima

Family and Child Offerings

Welcome families!  Children are always welcome in the main sanctuary during High Holy Days.  We also have several options (details and times are below) for kids and youth of different ages, including:

  • Tot Services (geared to kids up to age 5 and their grown-ups)
  • Family Services (geared to school age kids, kids and adults of all ages welcome)
  • Youth Service (for 6th-8th graders)
  • Youth Lounge (for teens)
  • Childcare (reservations required)
  • Open play space for kids accompanied by their grown ups in the family/tot space

Kehilla wants to support each family in finding the perfect mix of experiences that will help you connect with the community and the spirit of the High Holy Days. More information for the Youth Lounge and Childcare available below.  The family/tot space is a large room for parents with babies or toddlers who need to move around, settle down or have a snack.  A few activities are available and the service is broadcast in to the family/tot space.  You’re invited to move among these spaces in the ways that work best for your family.

Family and Tot Services:

 

KOL NIDRE

Family and Youth Service: Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm-8pm.  At Kehilla, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont.  Led by Rabbi Dev Noily and Lion Ben-Hur. Geared toward children ages 6-12.  All ages of children, teens and adults welcomed.

Tot Service: Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm-7:45pm.  At Kehilla, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont.  Led  by Jen Miriam and Alon Altman. For babies and children up to age 5 and their grown-ups.

 

Youth Lounge and Childcare

Youth Lounge:  The Youth Lounge is a great place for youth to come and hang out with friends that they might not get to see every day, and to make new friends. On Rosh Hashanah, Youth Lounge participants also decide where Kehilla sends a portion of the tzedakah money raised during the High Holy Days.  For Kehilla members, the Youth Pass is a membership benefit, so there is no fee. You can register for the Youth Lounge at services. Youth Lounge is not available on 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur afternoon services
For the General Public, you will need to purchase your Youth Lounge pass here

Childcare: Childcare is available for ages 2-through 10 years old. You must pre-purchase your childcare pass. For Kehilla members and the General Public, you will need to purchase your Childcare pass by clicking here. There is no child care available on 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur afternoon service.

 

 

Recordings of High Holy Day Melodies

Enjoy listening, learning, and singing along with these beloved High Holy Day melodies for your spiritual enrichment. Hebrew, transliterations, and translations of the liturgy are available here.

 

 

 

 

High Holiday Coat and Toiletries Drive to Help Immigrant Families

This year, in addition to contributing food to the Alameda County Food Bank, we are partnering with La Familia’s Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Program, and ask that you donate gently used coats, jackets and sweatshirts (in all sizes) and new, unopened toiletries, for immigrant families in the East Bay.

Please bring one or more of these items to Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur evening or morning services at the Scottish Rite Center or to family Kol Nidre services at Kehilla. There will be bins available where you can deposit these items.

Directions & Parking

Directions

Services will be held at the Scottish Rite Center 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland 94612, unless otherwise noted.

You can view directions here.

Parking is available at the following lots near the Scottish Rite Center:

Lot 69 at Harrison and 15th Streets
Lot 46 at Harrison and 15th Streets, across the street from Lot 69
Lot 8 at Harrison and 19th.

The following dates and times are free parking in the above lots:

  • Sunday, October 2nd; 5pm-10pm

  • Tuesday, October 11th; 5pm-10pm

Please note that the parking lot at the Scottish Rite Center is for people with disabilities only, and must be pre-reserved if you do not have a disabled tag.  Pre-reserved parking is now full.

 

Accessibility

For attendees with particular seating needs due to concerns about mobility, chemical sensitivity, hearing and visibility, there will be ample designated areas that can meet the community’s various accessibility needs. Seating will be available on a first-come basis in these areas. If you have an accessibility need that is unlikely to be met by seating in the reserved areas contact Beth (Beth@kehillasynagogue.org). If problems with accommodations arise during our services please speak to an usher.

Arriving early will mean greater choice for you. Later in the service empty seats will be released to others who may not require any accommodation.

Arriving scent-free will increase the availability of seating choices for everyone. As in previous years the left half the main floor and the loge will be designated as scent-free seating, and in the balcony, the first quarter on the left closest to the bima will be designated as scent-free. [[do we want a link here on what scent-free means?how to achieve it?]]

ACCESSIBILITY PARKING: We will continue the past practice of advance reservations for the limited number of parking spaces available in the rear parking lot of the Scottish Rite Center, for drivers with disability parking placards and with the greatest need.  Reservations for parking are currently full.

We are proud of Kehilla’s history in providing accommodations for the High Holy Days services to assist with mobility, chemical sensitivity, hearing and visibility needs. It is an important Kehilla value to anticipate and maintain our awareness of the large numbers in our community with particular accessibility needs in these areas. In particular we are striving to be a “scent-free” community,  orienting our first-time visitors and new members, and reminding everyone of the importance of coming scent-free. Click here for information about what it means to be scent-free. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How many friends/family can sit with me in the reserved section?

This depends on where you need to sit. Sections of the floor (i.e. the first few rows) will be reserved only for people with disabilities and their parties until a certain point in the service.

a. In the first few rows from the bima (forward seating area for lip reading, etc.) please plan on just one companion, because seating there is so limited.
b. Elsewhere on the main floor (no-stairs) we ask you to limit to 4 total in your party in the accessibility reserved areas.
c. Scent-free seating with stairs (loge and balcony) is open to as many people as wish to sit there on a first-come basis.

2. Where do I park?

Parking is available at the following lots near the Scottish Rite Center:

Lot 69 at Harrison and 15th Streets
Lot 46 at Harrison and 15th Streets, across the street from Lot 69
Lot 8 at Harrison and 19th.

The following dates and times are free parking in the above lots:

  • Sunday, October 2nd; 5pm-10pm

  • Tuesday, October 11th; 5pm-10pm

Please note that the parking lot at the Scottish Rite Center is for people with disabilities only, and must be pre-reserved. Reservations for parking are full.

 

3. What if I am disturbed by scent in a scent-free section?

Although we have prepared a “scent-free area,” in this very large space with open circulation and nonrestricted areas it can be only relatively scent free. It is a seriously-held request for everyone to cooperate for the comfort of those who need it. Our community has increased in understanding about this issue and what it means to be “scent-free” over the years, but Kehilla High Holy Days welcomes many first-timers who may not be in a position to review the scent-free requests and information provided in advance. Each conversation is an opportunity to engage others in a positive understanding of the community’s potential to make a comfortable gathering experience for all.

 

 

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