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Family and Friends

"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.

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Learning and Prayer

We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.

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Compassion and Social Action

Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.

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High Holy Day Service Schedule

This year we will have a combination of live-streamed services, Zoom services, in-person gatherings, and family services via Facebook. The full schedule of our services is here.

May You Be Inscribed and Sealed For A Good Year

Dear Friends,

Shana Tovah! I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. I am looking forward to our High Holy Day programming and hope you can connect with us online and in person.

You can find our full service and program schedule here: Reyim High Holy Days Schedule.

I encourage you to invite family members and friends who may be in need of a community at this time of year to join our services and programs.

You can see a video message from me here: Board President Rosh Hashanah Talk.

I feel so blessed to be part of this special community and am excited for 5781!

L'shanah tovah tikatevu v'techatemu,

Mara Bloom

Online Family Musical Services with Musician and Prayer Leader Eliana Light

Join Eliana for musical High Holy Day services. The services are appropriate for children of all ages as well as parents. It’s an opportunity for families to spend valuable time with each other, and connect to the liturgy and themes of the High Holy Days in a playful, accessible, meaningful way.

Join Eliana at the following dates, times and links:

Kol Nidrei
Sunday, September 27 from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Join Eliana here!

Yom Kippur
Monday, September 28 from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Join Eliana here!

Here is the Machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook) for families that Eliana will be using. You can print this ahead of time to prepare!

Elul Kavannot: Daily Prompts for Reflection

Every morning Rabbi Berman will share a short text, saying, or story as a prompt for thought and introspection. You can see the prompts from each day of Elul here.

High Holy Day Prayerbooks

Our copies of Mahzor Lev Shalem are available for you to use at home. If you still need one up, please come at one of the following times to pick one up.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Friday, September 25, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

We have also purchased the license to digital downloads of the mahzor. If you would like to download the digital version, please be in touch with Jean here.

Live Streaming Shabbat Morning Services

Every Shabbat Morning from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Please join us for Shabbat services, which Rabbi Berman will lead from our chapel. We hope to develop a Shabbat morning experience that feels meaningful to those who are viewing remotely. This will be an iterative process, as we experiment with different forms of prayer, Torah, divrei tefila and divrei Torah.

You can join us here.


Support and Resources for Our Community

As we face challenges of distance and illness due to COVID-19, we want to be sure to meet the needs that may arise for our community members. Please take a moment to complete this form if a need arises or if you feel you can support others' needs. Responses are confidential.

In addition, you can find many more resources for mental health, emergency services, and parent coaching here.

If you need anything at all, please be in touch with Rabbi Berman at rabbiberman@reyim.org and Claire Gerstein Chair of our Chesed Committee, at cgerstein@verizon.net.

Shabbat Services: Apart, Together

  • Family Shabbat Singing with Rabbi Berman

    Friday Evening 5:00-5:30 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Online

    Friday Evening 6:00 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Shabbat Morning Live Streaming

    Saturday Morning 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

    Join by livestream here

Kabbalat Shabbat

Morning Prayer

  • Every Monday through Friday 7:00 AM

    National holidays, including upcoming Memorial Day 8:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Every Sunday Morning 9:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

Jewish Family & Children's Service

We are committed to delivering 25 boxes of raisins and 30 boxes of cereal each month to JF&CS. Ordinarily our community would purchase these items and drop them off individually but given the current circumstances, we are asking our community to donate funds that we can use to buy the items. Any amount is welcome!.

You can use the PayPal button below to donate. Please indicate on the payment form ("Add a note") that this donation is for JF&CS.



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