Welcome

Dear TBE family,

During these unusual times of the coronavirus pandemic, Temple Beth El’s planning of the High Holiday experience presents some challenges as well as opportunities.

High Holidays mean many things to many people. Some are most drawn to the liturgy, while others are most eager for the Rabbi’s sermons. For some, it is tashlich—tossing breadcrumbs into the water—and for some it is the sound of the shofar that evokes a spiritual transcendence. For some it is the first bite of round challah with raisins and apple dipped in honey; for others it is the first sip of cider to break the fast.

Many of these experiences and expressions and customs of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we take for granted. But this year, we have found new and creative ways to make meaningful and joyful experiences for you away from our sanctuary at 400 Deering Avenue.

Please explore this site for information about this year’s High Holiday offerings and additional resources for you to use to make your own holidays rich and memorable.

May we be the first to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Braun and the High Holiday Steering Committee

Elul

Elul is the last month of the Jewish calendar before the new year begins at Rosh Hashanah.
It is a time of introspection and personal stock-taking in preparation for the High Holidays.

 


Shofar Workshop

So you want to learn how to blow the Shofar? In this video, Karl Schatz teaches basic technique for blowing the Shofar as well as the different calls.

Shiviti Workshop

Camille Davidson, Artist/Jewish educator, taught a class at the beginning of September in creating a shiviti—a traditional piece of Jewish art, typically hung on the Eastern wall of a prayer space—to add to your home sanctuary during the High Holidays.

View some examples from that class here.

Selichot, Together

Saturday, September 12 at 8:00pm

The opportunity to pray and prepare our hearts for the High Holidays. This service, led by Rabbi Braun, Rabbi Sruli Dresdner (Temple Shalom, Auburn), and Rabbi Bill Siemers (Beth Israel, Bangor) will give us an opportunity to pray, sing, and reflect as we move into the last week of Elul. 

 

If you missed the service, you can still register through the link below and will receive information about how to view a recording.

Other Elul Resources

Selihot Night Live presented by the Conservative Movement: On the evening of Saturday, September 12th, over 60 rabbis and cantors will present, teach, and sing from coast to coast. We are eager to learn from and sing with you and over 185 communities! Click here to register.

Why Not? Taking Account of our Soul Over the Past Year: A Cheshbon HaNefesh Program – Rabbi Carolyn Braun (Beth El, Portland) and Rabbi Lily Solochek (Adas Yoshuron, Rockland) lead participants in beginning the process of Cheshbon HaNefesh, taking account of our souls. Click here to register retroactively and receive the link to watch the video.

Creating Sacred Space: This holiday season presents the distinct challenge of transforming the space you sleep, eat, and now work into a space where you can have a meaningful, spiritual experience. Here we have compiled some resources to help transform your space for the holidays.

Reflective Reading

Chants, Psalms

Audio

TBE Morning MinyanBe one in a minyan! Our own Tom Berman will be continuing to hold the TBE Brotherhood’s morning minyan service at 8am Sunday through Friday, except Shabbat and Yontif. Join the Zoom here.

Rosh Hashanah

The High Holiday Help Desk is available by calling 207-200-7862 or emailing office@tbemaine.org.
A live person can provide assistance during the following hours for Rosh Hashanah:

9/18 – 5pm–8pm  |  9/19 – 8:30am–4:30pm  |  9/20 – 8:30am–4:30pm

 


Complete Schedule of
Rosh Hashanah Events

The Zoom link was sent out to the email list on September 16. Email office@tbemaine.org if you did not receive this email and would like the Zoom link.


Click here to view the Rosh Hashanah page from the High Holiday Shofar.

Rosh Hashanah
In-Person Shofar Service

The shofar calls! Join Rabbi Braun and fellow TBE congregants for this opportunity to gather in person to hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.

In-Person Shofar Service: Sunday, September 20, 3:00-3:30pm at TBE’s Susan T. Goldberg Courtyard and adjacent lawn. Tickets are limited and available only to TBE members. RSVP by 9/17 or while tickets last. Tickets required for entry.

Those who are not able to attend in person may view the event live on YouTube.

Rosh Hashanah
Sermon Recording

Rabbi Braun delivered her sermon live during services the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Please find the recording below for on-demand viewing.

Other Rosh Hashanah Resources

Rosh Hashanah Seder: Thought Pesach had a monopoly on seders? Think again! While most widely observed in Sephardi or Mizrachi homes, the Rosh Hashanah Seder has started to gain observance in the Ashkenazi world. This unique seder tradition is complete with a slew of tasty foods and their symbolic meanings.

Bake-It-Yourself!: Just because we aren’t able to eat apple cake together, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat apple cake at all. Here you will find a handful of recipes to sweeten the New Year – TBE’s Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Google Group: A resource for TBE members to connect with each other to plan small get-togethers, coordinate Zoom meals, and more! Information located in the latest High Holiday update email. Email office@tbemaine.org with any questions.

DIY Tashlich: Here you will find curated resources to lead your own meaningful tashlich ritual.

Meditations

Torah Explorations

Shana Tova Coloring Book: A coloring book for all ages! Put together by HighHolidays@Home by Haggadot.com.

Audio Resources: Scroll down to the bottom and check out the audio/video page! Full of playlists, thoughts, and even a few music videos!

Yom Kippur

The High Holiday Help Desk is available by calling 207-200-7862 or emailing office@tbemaine.org.
A live person can provide assistance during the following hours for Yom Kippur:

9/27 – 5pm–8pm | 9/28 – 8:30am–11:30am; 3pm–7pm

 


Complete Schedule of
Yom Kippur Events

Zoom links will be shared in an email from TBE that will be sent to those on the email list by Wednesday, September 23. Please contact us if you do not receive this email after that date or if you would like be added to the email list.

 


Click here to view the Yom Kippur page from the High Holiday Shofar.

Yom Kippur
In-Person Ne’ilah Service

Join Rabbi Braun and Rabbi Shoshana for the deeply moving end of Yom Kippur, the Ne’ilah Service.

In-Person Ne’ilah Service: Monday, September 28, 6:15-7:30pm at TBE’s Susan T. Goldberg Courtyard and adjacent lawn. Tickets are limited and only available to TBE members. Tickets are required for entry. RSVP by 9/17 or while tickets last.

Those who are not able to attend in person may view the event live on YouTube.

Yom Kippur
Sermon Recording

Rabbi Braun will be delivering her sermon live during services on Yom Kippur. A recording of the sermon will be posted here after, for on-demand viewing.

Other Yom Kippur Resources

Google Group: A resource for TBE members to connect with each other to plan small get-togethers, coordinate Zoom meals, and more! Information located in the latest High Holiday update email. Email office@tbemaine.org with any questions.

President’s Message: Jon Gelchinsky, President of TBE, will be delivering his address live during Kol Nidre. A recording of his words will posted here after, for on-demand viewing.

Roll of Remembrance: Find a digital Roll of Remembrance flip book to be used for the Yizkor service here.

Torah Explorations

  1. Seder Ha’Avoda – Ishay Ribo’s interpretation of Yom Kippur’s Seder Ha’Avoda
    1. Mining the Riches of the Parsha: Ki Teitzei: Ishay Ribo, Seder Ha-Avodah – Rabbi Michael Whitman’s exploration of the above song
  2. Commentaries on the Torah portions read on Yom Kippur from Judaism Unbound

Audio Resources

  1. Scroll down to the bottom to check out more audio/video resources! Full of playlists, thoughts, and even a few music videos!

For Families

Rosh Hashanah Children’s Programming 

This is a service designed for children 4-10 years old, but anyone can watch!

Watch Rabbi Braun read a Rosh Hashanah story.

Yom Kippur Children’s Programming

This is a service designed for children 4-10 years old, but anyone can watch!

Please print the following so you can follow along when we get to the special Yom Kippur prayers
  1. P. 25 of PJ Library at Home: https://pjlibrary.org/getmedia/752910a6-9656-4523-99c7-a46e54a36a1a/PJ-Library-High-Holidays-Prayers.pdf
  2. A Children’s Al Het: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vhX5_LOMU50FVfZMaKjGYtn-vlN_kiR3/view
Also check out the full video of “Tap Your Heart” by Eliana Light: https://youtu.be/Mf4_pnT90-Y

Teen
Programming

Teens ages 11+ are invited to join Ariel Bernstein for a discussion about teshuvah and self-reflection for the coming year. This event will be held in-person in the Susan T. Goldberg Courtyard. Contact education@tbemaine.org by September 17 if you plan on coming.

Other Resources

Family High Holiday Experience with Cantor NesisFriday, September 25 at 6:00pm. Presented by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life and led by Cantor Sheila Nesis, this experience is for parents, children, grandparents, and all those who want to find a way to share in an intergenerational moment of connection.

High Holidays at Home from PJ Library – Includes materials for Rosh Hashanah —including a haggadah and tashlich ritual—and Yom Kippur.

Shana Tova Coloring Book – A coloring book for all ages! Put together by HighHolidays@Home by Haggadot.com.

Playlists

Videos

High Holiday Appeal

A Message From the High Holiday Chairperson

Born and raised in Maine many years ago, I was fortunate to have parents who were extremely active in the Greater Portland Jewish community. TBE was not just our community; it was our family, and it played an immeasurable role in shaping who I am today. Two decades after packing up for college and leaving Maine, I returned to my hometown with my husband and 3 young children.

We brought with us hopes and dreams of recreating that same experience for our children, and were thankful to discover the opportunity right back here at TBE. The welcome we have felt after returning to TBE is overwhelming! After all these years, TBE continues to be a rock that sustains and builds Jewish values, culture, and tradition, through:

  • Weekday, Shabbat & Holiday services
  • Family programming
  • Jewish educational opportunities for all ages
  • Community celebrations
  • Social justice initiatives
  • Outreach & Yad L’Yad – member care
  • Visits and comfort to those in a time of need                       

TBE is a warm, vibrant community that we are so excited to share with our children as they grow. This is why my family and I will be giving to the High Holiday Annual Appeal. I hope you will, too. Every donation makes a difference; each gift touches lives and strengthens our congregation and community.

Please make your gift by visiting tbemaine.org and donating online, or by returning your appeal card to the Temple office. Thank you for your generous support to make all of this possible. L’shanah tova u’metukah! Wishing you and your family a good, sweet—and healthy —new year.

Future Programming

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah
Service Schedule

The complete schedule of services for Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah can be seen below. These services will be held on Zoom and the links will be sent out after Yom Kippur to TBE’s email list.

Sukkah Reservations

In keeping with the theme of this year being unlike any other, our beloved Sukkah is going to be taking a year off. Instead, we are going to transform the pergola in our newly-renovated courtyard into a Sukkah! This Sukkah will be made available for TBE members and their family or quarantine bubble of up to 8 people to reserve for 90-minute blocks at the following times:

  • Sunday, October 4 – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
  • Monday, October 5 – 4pm, 6pm
  • Tuesday, October 6 – 4pm, 6pm
  • Thursday, October 8 – 4pm, 6pm

Check back between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for reservation information.

Conversations with Our Inner Koheleth: Cultivating Active Hope in the Season of the Rain

October 6 at 7pm with Lorin Troderman via Zoom

We are all ushpizin (guests) in this Zoom-based interactive evening workshop exploring text from Koheleth (Ecclesiastes) and the work of Dr. Joanna Macy to help us build our fortitude and resiliency for the months ahead. Koheleth is traditionally read during Sukkot, and we will lean into this powerful literature to glean and harvest from this year’s offerings. Please be prepared with pen, paper, and an open heart. Look out for future communications about registration.

Other Resources

Shabbat Bachutz – Join Lorin at the Jewell Falls (Rowe Ave. entrance) on October 3 at 10:00am for an opportunity to experience Shabbat in the great outdoors! Registration required and due by October 1 – information to be found in upcoming weekly TBE-mails.

Sukkah Blessings – Going to build a sukkah this year, but feeling shaky about what the blessings are? Have no fear! Here are some resources for the blessings over the lulav and etrog.

  1. How to Shake the Lulav
  2. Shakin’ the Lulav (Sukkot Song)

Contact / Support

General Contact Info

High Holiday Help Desk

Call 207-200-7862 or email office@tbemaine.org to reach a live person who can help during the following hours:

Rosh Hashanah                                              Yom Kippur

9/18 – 5pm-8pm                                                9/27 – 5pm-8pm

9/19 – 8:30am-4:30pm                                    9/28 – 8:30am-11:30am; 

9/20 – 8:30am-4:30pm                                               3pm-7pm