For more than 50 years, Temple Adat Elohim clergy and lay leadership have worked collaboratively to create meaningful and engaging High Holy Day services. This year we are excited to announce a new significant enhancement for our upcoming 2018 High Holy Days, creating more options for all of our members and guests to connect to the High Holy Days in a meaningful way.
New Family-Friendly Service on High Holy Day Mornings
Currently, we offer two identical “morning” services designed for adults, and an additional special service geared solely for families to attend with their young preschool / kindergarten age children. To create a more meaningful and fulfilling prayer experience for a wider range of families, we are adding a clergy-led, 75-minute service geared for families with elementary school-age children on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. This service will be open to everyone and members do not need to have school-age children to attend.
To incorporate this new family service, we will now have one “morning” service designed for adults rather than two identical services at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. While we are still working out the specific timing, we anticipate that the combined adult service will begin at approximately 10:00 am and the new family service will begin at approximately 1:45 pm and be followed by the preschool service at approximately 3:45 pm. While this change will eliminate the Children’s AWEsome High Holy Days Experience, childcare will be available at temple during the morning adult service for those adults with school age children who would still prefer to attend the traditional adult morning service. The new family service will not impact our Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur afternoon, Yizkor, Ne’ilah, or Preschool High Holy Days services.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for additional information or contact Cantor David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this new service appropriate for adults without kids?
This service is appropriate for anyone who would like a shorter service experience, including a condensed liturgy, simpler language, a less formal sermon, and melodies that are more accessible to youth and adults alike.
If I have children in elementary school, do I have to participate in this service?
You are welcome to participate in any service you find most meaningful. If you and your children would like to attend our traditional adult service, you are welcome to do so.
Will childcare be offered during the High Holy Days?
For parents who would like to attend the traditional service without their children, childcare will be available during the traditional service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning. However, this childcare will not provide an educational program for children.
Can the entire family, including parents, grandparents, etc. attend the family service?
Yes. This service will be shorter, with more accessible music and liturgy. It will be a condensed service experience. We will include the major elements of our traditional High Holy Day service, including the sounding of the shofar, singing of Avinu Malkeynu, chanting of Al Cheit, etc.
Will there be any changes to the traditional service?
Our traditional services will continue to include music from our TAE Chorale and the Band of Milk and Honey. With an end to the Children’s AWEsome High Holy Day experience, there will no longer be children leaving and returning to the sanctuary en masse.
Does the new family service impact Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidrei evening services?
No, this change only consolidates our two morning adult services into one and adds the new family service. All other services remain unchanged.