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Although sadly, we cannot gather for the Days of Awe as we have in years past, our staff and volunteers have been dreaming and scheming to create an experience that captures the magic of this season despite the physical distance between us. Most of our programing will be on-line, with some opportunities for distanced, outdoor gatherings. 

As we finalize the schedule of events and programs for Rosh HaShona (Sept 18-20) and Yom Kippor (Sept 27-28), they will be available on our calendar, but we wanted to share some highlights here.

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  • In order to have a secure on-line environment, we are asking that everyone who wants to participate in the Days of Awe at BHA to register - BHA members can do so here, and non-members can register here. The relevant links and log-on information will only be available to those who register.

  • While livestreaming of services will be publicly accessibleall additional communal programming and experiences will be exclusively for BHA members.  We hope you will consider making BHA your spiritual home, and invite you to explore options for joining as a member or renewing your membership. If you have any questions about membership, please email us or call us at 845.831.2012 x3.  While there is no specific fee for participating in the Days of Awe at BHA, we invite you to contribute to BHA so we can continue to be the home for vibrant Jewish life in the Hudson Valley.

  • Prepare Me a Sanctuary: Communal prayer at home is a new experience for all of us. Here are some thoughts on how you might create a small sanctuary space in your home for the holidays this year. 

  • As we will be remembering our loved ones on-line for yizkor this year, we have the opportunity to create a video slideshow of loved ones who have passed on. Please click here to share photos of those who you are remembering; submissions are due by September 15th.

  • Boxes of Awe: We will be creating boxes filled with goodies and love to help our members connect with each other and the spirit of the holidays. Please be in touch with Cantor Ellen Gersh with any questions.
  • Tashlich: The casting off of stale narratives - will be held outdoors at Long Dock Park on the afternoon of Sunday, September 20. In order to hear the shofar while maintaining social distancing, we will be creating a Shofar Squadron - a flotilla of canoes, kayaks, rowboats that will paddle into the Hudson river so that we can all hear the shofar at a safe and appropriate distance. If you are interested in being part of the squadron, either as a paddler (with your own boat) or a shofar blower, please be in touch with Rabbi Brent Spodek.

  • Youth Services: We will have video-based services and learning for children from 0-13.  Please register each child in advance so that we can send you the links appropriate for your child(ren). Children enrolled in Masa will also receive a box of activities to help them engage with the holidays both individually and as a group. Circumstances permitting, we will also have a socially-distanced in person Tashlich opportunity for children.

  • Machzors: The holidays will be richer if you have access to the machzor, or High Holiday prayerbook. BHA uses Machzor Lev Shalem, and there are a number of ways you can get a copy.

Every year, we strive to make the Days of Awe a time of deep reflection, inspiration, connection and transformation. So much will be different this year, but those goals will be the same. We look forward to doing the spiritual work of these Days of Awe together with you. 

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With blessings,

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Cantor Ellen Gersh

Julia Alexander, Education Director

 

Sat, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781