High Holy Days
Selichot - We hold this mystical and meditative study and service on the Saturday before Rosh Hashanah. It is the official beginning of the High Holy Day season, and its tone and tenor are an effective means to getting us into the mindset for reflection and renewal.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services - Our services for these days balance both the richness of tradition while welcoming creativity and freshness. For example, you will hear the familiar and evocative melodies that we all associate with these days as well as moments of guided visualization designed to complement and enhance the template of tradition.
High Holy Day Family Services - Before each morning service we format the themes of the day for children and their parents...we rock when appropriate, we reflect when appropriate and take home something that will help both parents and children take the spirit of these days beyond the walls of the synagogue and into their homes.
Open House/Tashlich - On Rosh Hashanah afternoon Rabbi Mo and his family invite the Micah community (and those considering becoming a part of the Micah community) to their home for some late afternoon sweets and schmoozing. Rabbi Mo then leads those assembled, just a couple of blocks away, to Westerly Creek to symbolically cast our sins away into the waters.
Shema Kolaynu – On Yom Kippur afternoon - this day on which we consider where we are on our spiritual journeys - Rabbi Mo invites three members of the community to prepare and then share some aspects of their own spiritual journeys. Each year, this sharing of stories never fails to move and inspire.
Yom Kippur Opportunities for Contemplation - Some of the options on this menu in the past have been experiences like Yom Kippur Yoga, a teen focused Alternative Prayer Experience, Yom Kippur related exercises in Spiritual Direction and Yom Kippur themed discussion.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service - Rabbi Mo and Hal Aqua, with the themes of Yom Kippur as their guide, look to contemporary prophets (read Dylan, Lennon, Collins, Marley, etc.) to fill out the liturgy for this service. The music, the lyrics and the spirit provide for some a perfect complement to the rest of the day or for others a solitary and unique point of connection.
Neilah - Yom Kippur ends as we take these sacred moments to welcome and bless those families that have welcomed new children into their homes since last Yom Kippur. In addition, we invite those who have their own shofar to join us on the bimah (and all the children in attendance) for a last, great Tekiah g'dola to end the day.