Temple will host High Holy Day services in expanded synagogue

Temple B’nai Chaim has announced that all upcoming 2014 High Holy Day services will be held on site at the temple’s recently expanded synagogue building in Georgetown. This will mark the first time since 2001  High Holy Day services celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been held at Temple B’nai Chaim.

In recent years, services have been held at Wilton High School.

“We’re delighted to be observing this year’s High Holy Days at our physical and spiritual home,” said Rabbi Rachel Bearman, who will be presiding over her first High Holy Day services since joining the temple in June. “We’re also excited to be adding a new, less formal and more participatory ‘contemporary’ service to our traditional adult and children services. These diverse worship opportunities will allow us to provide all of our members and guests with a spiritually and religiously fulfilling High Holy Day experience.”

The term “High Holy Days” refers to the belief that the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the holiest in the Jewish calendar. The Jewish prayers, music, and readings for this period focus on the themes that are specific to these holidays — self-reflection, repentance, and commitment to beginning anew.

On Rosh Hashanah, which begins this year on the evening of Sept. 24, Jewish communities everywhere will sound the shofar (ram’s horn) to announce the beginning of the Jewish year. It is a joyous holiday that allows communities and individuals to consider the missteps made in the past and look forward to the possibilities of the upcoming year.

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, offers Jewish people the opportunity to focus on their commitment to better themselves and move closer to God. For this year’s afternoon, Yizkor (memorial), and Neilah (concluding) services, Temple B’nai Chaim will join a select number of congregations that will be piloting the Reform Movement’s new High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh (“Sanctuary of the Spirit”).

More than 200 families are expected to participate in High Holy Day services at Temple B’nai Chaim. Details of the schedule and ticket information are available at templebnaichaim.org.

Overflow parking will be available at Branchville Elementary School, at 40 Florida Road, Ridgefield, with continuous bus service to and from the temple. Attendees are asked to arrive at least 25 minutes early to accommodate the special parking arrangements.