Rabbi's Message: July/August 2014

Rachel Gurevitz
Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz

From the Rabbi: A High Holy Day Experience for the Whole Family

Summer may just be beginning, but rabbis everywhere are starting to prepare for the High Holy Days. Here at CBS, we’ve been designing some subtle but important changes to our worship offerings for this fall’s High Holy Day season. We’ll be sending out much more information as we get closer to late September, but let me take this opportunity to share some of the most important changes with you. We received very helpful feedback from congregants via a survey sent out after last year’s High Holy Days, through which we learned that our membership was overwhelmingly satisfied with the range of worship experiences and programs offered. However, anecdotal conversations with parents of school-aged children have revealed that, especially for those with children across a broad age spectrum, choosing what time and what service to attend that would truly meet everyone’s needs was challenging. These are the challenges we seek to address in this year’s offerings. The full service schedule may be found in the bulletin insert, but here are the key changes for 5775.

We encourage families with school-aged children to attend Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning worship at 8:30 AM. In this time slot we now hope to look after all of your family’s needs: There will be a new worship experience and activity program for children only, grades K–3, on our 2nd floor, with a songleader and madrichim, supervised and led by our Youth Educator, Debbi Morin. The Family Service in the Sanctuary will be redesigned to better focus on the needs of our 4th–8th graders and their parents. It will not be suitable for adults without children in this age range. This service will run for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. If you have children in the upstairs program, you will be able to pick them up once this service concludes. If your children are in our K–3 program or in babysitting, and you do not have 4th–8th grade children, the Adult Service in the Social Hall is for you. This provides a full, adult worship experience. The upstairs K–3 program will continue through to the end of this service with engaging High Holy Day activities. We are moving the Early Childhood High Holy Day service to 11:15 AM. this year. This will be a thirty minute service in the social hall and will immediately follow the early morning childcare that we offer.

If you are a household with high school-aged children, or no children, you continue to have two service options: a non-instrumental Adult Worship service in the Social Hall beginning at 8:30 AM or the Choir service at 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary.

Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz