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Schedule & Offerings

EXPLORING ELUL


WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 18, 25 & SEPTEMBER 1

12:30 p.m.

Prepare for the High Holy Days with the clergy and our Director of Congregational Learning. Join us for classes on the themes of the season during the Hebrew month of Elul. As we rebuild our lives after a challenging year, we think about how to reconstruct our sacred community and reconnect with each other.

We invite you to come to one or more of these interactive discussions to help prepare your spirit for the Days of Awe.

  • Wednesday, August 18: Building the Walls with Rabbi Oren Hayon 
  • Wednesday, August 25: Laying the Foundation with Rabbi Josh Fixler & Cantor Rollin Simmons
  • Wednesday, September 1: Raising the Roof with Stefani Carlson

CLICK HERE to register.

 

S'LICHOT


SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

9:00 p.m.

S’lichot begins the journey toward the unique beauty of High Holy Days, to focus our minds on penitence and preparation. 

 

ROSH HASHANAH


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Rosh Hashanah Unplugged 

► 6:00 p.m. 

This innovative service features a joyful, creative, contemporary prayer experience, suitable for all ages, with unique musical additions to encourage singing and participation. [Sermon by Rabbi Oren Hayon]

 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Children's Service [pre-recorded]

9:00 a.m. [broadcast & available on-demand]

Designed for children 8 and under and their families, this lively and fun service highlights the themes and rituals of the holiday. [Story by Rabbi Joshua Fixler]


Morning Service

10:30 a.m. 

This intergenerational service combines familiar music and prayers with beautiful liturgical writing and stirring poetry, along with full translation and transliteration of Hebrew texts. You’ll also experience an inspiring and engaging collection of music led by Cantor Rollin Simmons, with accompaniment on organ and piano. [Sermon by Rabbi Joshua Fixler]

Rosh HaShanah Morning Program for Children in Grades 3-5
3rd through 5th grade students are invited to pray with their parents for the first half of the service. Afterward, they will be led by our Helfman Religious School staff into their own separate High Holy Day celebration with fun and engaging activities. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, September 1.

CLICK HERE to register.

Please note that children participating will be required to wear face coverings. For more information, contact Elizabeth Townsend at elizabetht@emanuelhouston.org or 713.529.5771, ext. 222.


Tashlich 
[5601 S. Braeswood Blvd]

► 5:00 p.m. 

We set aside some time as Rosh HaShanah concludes to gather at Brays Bayou across from the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and symbolically cast our sins into the water while singing and reflecting together.

 

SHABBAT SHUVAH


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

► 6:00 p.m.

Hear a message of inspiration to deepen your spiritual and moral explorations on this very special Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.


 

OUTDOOR HIGH HOLY DAY FAMILY EXPERIENCE


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

► 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. [6001 Fannin St]

To complement our High Holy Day Children’s Services, which this year will be on streaming video, families with children in 2nd grade or younger are invited to join Emanu El clergy and staff for an in-person outdoor experience featuring a PJ Library Story Walk™. We will be gathering in the Fannin Pavilion at Hermann Park for this very special event. Arrive at your convenience to enjoy a guided walk with activities, an apples and honey snack, and more! This program is free of charge and open to the community; however, space is limited and advance registration is required.

CLICK HERE to register.

 

CEMETERY SERVICE


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 

► 5:00 p.m. [8431 Bissonnet St.]

We invite all to join together in the beautiful, serene surroundings of Emanu El Memorial Park to remember their dear ones during the High Holy Day season. [Memorial Sermon by Rabbi Oren Hayon]

 

YOM KIPPUR


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Kol Nidre First Service

► 6:00 p.m. 

These services, on the holiest night of the year, will feature the contemplative prayers and stirring music unique to this holiday. They will be accompanied by Ann Frohbieter on organ and our professional choir and include the poignant setting of Kol Nidre played by Brinton Smith, Principal Cellist of the Houston Symphony. [Sermon by Rabbi Oren Hayon]


Kol Nidre Second Service

► 8:30 p.m. 


 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Children's Service [pre-recorded]

► 9:00 a.m. [broadcast & available on-demand]

Designed for children 8 and under and their families, this service offers engaging music, prayers and stories that will encourage families to reflect on how we can be our best selves. [Story by Rabbi Oren Hayon]


Morning Service

► 10:30 a.m. 

This service will be led by our clergy, accompanied by Ann Frohbeiter on organ and our professional choir. Through stirring music and meaningful prayer, we will reflect on the themes of repentance and forgiveness. [Sermon by Rabbi Pamela Silk]

Yom Kippur Morning Program for Children in Grades 3-5
3rd through 5th grade students are invited to pray with their parents for the first half of the service. Afterward, they will be led by our Helfman Religious School staff into their own separate High Holy Day celebration with fun and engaging activities. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, September 1.

CLICK HERE to register.

Please note that children participating will be required to wear face coverings. For more information, contact Elizabeth Townsend at elizabetht@emanuelhouston.org or 713.529.5771, ext. 222.
 

Afternoon Experience

► 12:45 p.m.

What does it mean to be a part of sacred community? In what ways do we value the experiences of people who are different from us? How can we ensure that every person in our congregation is seen, included, and valued? Join us for an engaging afternoon experience, delving into these urgent questions. Using ancient texts and modern testimonies we will explore and celebrate the holy diversity of our Emanu El community. 


Healing & Wholeness

► 3:15 p.m. 

Find restoration and strength through poetry, song and prayer. [Led by Cantor Rollin Simmons & Rabbi Pamela Silk]


Yizkor

►4:30 p.m. 

Through meaningful readings and soul-stirring music, we will journey through varied expressions of grief and memory. [Sermon by Rabbi Roy Walter]


N'ilah / Havdalah Experience

►5:30 p.m. 

We will bring our holidays to a close with the sweetness of Havdalah, the separation between the penitential season and the promising new year ahead.

 

General Information

COVID / MASK POLICY


In alignment our vaccination policy, masks will no longer be required at either indoor or outdoor events for fully vaccinated individuals. While no longer required, we certainly understand that some of you will choose to wear a mask and respect your decision to do so. Children under 12 and those not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks and observe social distancing while attending programs and services at temple. For more information on our COVID / ‘Road to Recovery’ policies, visit emanuelhouston.org/roadtorecovery.

 

RECIPROCITY


Are you heading out of town for the High Holy Days? If you are planning to worship at a congregation near your travel destination, you are eligible for reciprocity. A form to request reciprocity is available at https://urj.tfaforms.net/forms/view/76/. Please fill this form out to the best of your ability to help not only your Emanu El team but those at your destination synagogue. Please note that some synagogues may be restricting reciprocity this year or have made plans to only present their worship online due to COVID restrictions.

 

LIVE STREAMING


There are a variety of options to access the streaming video of each of our special and beautiful services.

Emanu El Streaming Video
(emanuelhouston.org/streamingvideo)

Facebook
(facebook.com/emanuelhouston)

YouTube 
(youtube.com/emanuelhoustonvideo)

Roku
(Congregation Emanu El Houston)

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT


Our goal is to make your experience as easy as possible in connecting with us during these High Holy Days. Members of the synagogue staff will be available during weekday business hours in addition to during our High Holy Day worship services to provide assistance to our congregants. 

Please call 713.529.5771 for support. 

 

PARKING


Only individuals with High Holy Days passes or handicap placards will be permitted entry to the Emanu El campus. All parking on Floors 1 and 2 of the Gaylor Parking Facility will be reserved for handicap-accessible use. The West Lot is reserved for Rabbi’s Circle members with a required pass. For the duration of the High Holy Days, we will run satellite sites that open an hour prior to services. Buses will run continually from the satellite parking lots to and from Emanu El.

For Erev Rosh HaShanah and Kol Nidre, park at the Medical Clinic of Houston at 1707 Sunset Blvd. The parking garage entrance is located on Rice Blvd. On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Day, park at Rice University. We will use the Rice South Stadium Lot (with overflow in the Greenbriar Lot). A special entrance to the South Stadium Lot will be open between Gates 8 and 9, specifically for our Emanu El guests. This entry point is located on University Blvd. between Montclair and Stockton.

For Tashlich, please enter the ERJCC parking lot through gate 1 (most northern entry) on Atwell. Please note that due to construction on the ERJCC campus, you will need to walk out this gate and north along Atwell towards Braeswood where a member of our Emanu El off-duty police contingent will help you across this major thoroughfare to the bayou.

For the Cemetery Service, please enter through the main entrance at 8341 Bissonnet. To help our officers in guiding you to a parking space, we ask that those with a handicap placard to please display it or be prepared to present it as you enter the property.  

 

ACCESSIBILITY


For wheelchair or disability accessibility, please contact Tiffany Siegel at 713.529.5771, ext. 262 or tiffanys@emanuelhouston.org.

The only reserved seats during the High Holy Days are for those that request this access ahead of time. When contacting Tiffany, please include the services you plan to attend. Those requesting accessible seating may be granted a maximum of four additional seats for family members. Please note this seating will be released 15 minutes prior to the beginning of services.

The deadline for Rosh HaShanah is Wednesday, September 1 and Yom Kippur is Friday, September 10.

 

HEARING LOOP


The Barish Sanctuary is equipped with an Induction Loop System which transmits audio signals directly to one’s telecoil (T-coil)-equipped hearing aid.

 

CLOSED CAPTIONING


Brotherhood provides closed captioning for our High Holy Day worshipers who are hearing impaired. The Brotherhood provides this service at all on-site Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services except for the children’s services. For those watching remotely, we intend to use the StreamText platform for a second straight year and will provide the appropriate URL in upcoming synagogue communications.

 

SERVICES ON TV


For a second straight year, Emanu El engaged with Houston Media Source (HMS) to broadcast its primary worship opportunities during the holy days on public access television.

HMS broadcasts on channel 17 on Comcast/Xfinity – the primary cable provider in Houston proper. The broadcasts are also available on AT&T U-Verse, Sudden Link and Phonoscope on channel 99. Please note that some high-rises and multi-unit dwellings may not be included in this availability due to various restrictions.

The broadcast schedule will begin with Rosh HaShanah Unplugged on Monday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. and continue the next day with Rosh HaShanah morning services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7.

The early Kol Nidre services will be broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, with the Yom Kippur morning services airing at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 16.

 

PRAYER BOOKS


There are a variety of ways to follow along in Mishkan HaNefesh, the machzor, or High Holy Days prayer book of the Reform Movement. We will be sharing the words of our prayer book on your screen during services, and you can follow along with these resources available to you at CCAR's website.  

Downloadable, discounted e-book

Print Book
The two-volume, hard-cover set is available through CCAR Press or through our New Traditions gift shop. If any discounts for purchasing these books become available, we will share that information on this page and in synagogue communications.


 

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