It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.
Yom Kippur Morning Service – Tuesday, September 19, 9:30am - 2:15pm
The morning service includes Yizkor, a time for remembering loved ones who have died, following the reading of the Torah, at approximately noon. The Musaf service at 1:15pm includes the beautiful liturgy unique to the High Holydays. Family and youth programs start at 10:00am, and childcare ends after Shacharit, at 1:15pm.
Make Your Fast Easier – Don’t Go Home!
You can spend the day with us in reflection, learning, and enjoying the outdoors.
Gann Academy is very near Waltham/Belmont conservation land, with walking and bike trails. Enjoy a walk around this beautiful neighborhood.
Reflection with Rabbi Shahar Colt: 3:30pm
At 3:30pm, Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Shahar Colt will facilitate a reflection, inspired by the traditional Avodah service, on how we “do” Yom Kippur, and what it “does” for us.
Qigong with Peter Wayne: 4:20pm
Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. Come join Peter Wayne of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, for this wonderful opportunity to rest your mind and energize your body in the waning hours of Yom Kippur. No previous experience is necessary!
The Mincha program will feature members of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network sharing about their work practically and spritually. Childcare resumes at 5:00pm.
“Eleh Ezkereh” Remembrance: 5:45pm
Our afternoon memorial service, Eleh Ezkereh, begins at 5:45pm.
Ne’ilah, the dramatic finale to the day, begins at 6:30, culminating with Havdallah and a communal shofar-blowing (bring your own shofar!).
Havdallah & Break-fast: 7:15pm
A light Break-Fast will be served following services at 7:15pm.