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Return, Reflect, Renew is the theme for our High Holy Days (Yamin Noraim), a period of prayer, meditation, study, and self-reflection. The High Holy Days are like a spiritual "marathon" which, like a physical marathon, requires training and preparation prior to the event.

At Chizuk Amuno, our spiritual preparation will begin in mid-August (prior to Rosh HaShanah) during the Hebrew month of Elul, when we will do spiritual stretching and warm up exercises to get ourselves ready for the important experiences of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. These exercises will include reading, creating art, writing, study and song.

Of course, this year's High Holy Days will have extra meaning as we are returning physically as well as spiritually. Please watch for further announcements later this summer as we join together as a community to Return, Reflect, Renew.

Update: July 1 , 2021

We are looking forward to particularly meaningful High Holy Days this year as we return and renew with in-person services. For those who may be unvaccinated or not yet ready to be on our campus, on-line streaming options will be available. More details about schedules and locations will follow later in the summer, but the following is some preliminary information:
The Sanctuary will be reserved seating for Rosh HaShanah Day 1, fully open seating Rosh HaShanah Day 2, and reserved seating for Yom Kippur
We are delighted to offer a physically re-imagined Krieger Service this year, which we hope will uplift the service to be warmer, more intimate and engaging. To achieve this, we will be moving the Krieger bimah to the floor and adjusting the seating so that we can see one another face to face. Therefore, during the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur evening and morning, the Krieger Auditorium will have open seating. 
We also will be holding in-person Family Services and Torah for Tots, each being family-friendly while consistent with all then current health and safety protocols.
Please contact Judy Simkin, 410-486-6400, ext. 232 or no later than August 9 for any High Holy Day seating requests or questions and for any of the following:
  • Members who require special assistance in the Sanctuary are able to reserve their seats for the entire Second Day service.
  • Limited availability of additional seats for your students and relatives, which may be purchased.
  • Technical assistance if you need to attend virtually.
  • If you will not be attending services this year in person, and not be using your tickets or seats.
We know how much it means to each of us to worship together as a community and we are excited we will be able to do so this year.
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Rabbi Deborah Wechsler
Cantor Randy Herman
Stephen Pomerantz, M.D., President
Sat, July 31 2021 22 Av 5781