CONGREGATION KEHILLAH — High Holy Days 2023/5784


The season of teshuva (return) — returning to community, hope, possibility, God, prayer, love,

and the best that is in each of us — is upon us.

Your participation will enhance our Holy Days, and we, in turn, hope to provide you with a truly meaningful, uplifting, inspirational and transformative

High Holy Days experience.

~ Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Please join us as we welcome 5784

as a Kehillah (community)!


Saturday, September 9

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Friday, September 15

6:45 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 16

Family service – 8:45 a.m.

Main service – 10:45 a.m.

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)

Sunday, September 24

6:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur 

Monday, September 25

Family service – 8:45 a.m.

Main service – 10:45 a.m.

Afternoon service – 3:00 p.m.

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Your email answers will let us know whether you plan to attend in person, by Zoom, or both. If you have not already responded, click here for a copy of the email. Please reply with your answers as soon as possible. If you are a YEP! family and have already responded to Renee regarding attending a Family service, there is no need to reply to the email. Thank you.

5784 Yizkor Book and Memorial Boards

Our annual Yizkor Book, published every Yom Kippur, is a means to remember departed loved ones. Yizkor Book listings are open to non-members as well as members. This book will be used for all Yizkorservices throughout the year.

Our Memorial Boards grace the walls of our sanctuary, with plaques engraved with the names of loved ones who are no longer with us. When you purchase a plaque, your loved one’s name is also included in the year’s Yizkor Book.


Click on the button below to submit names for the Yizkor Book or to purchase a Memorial Plaque. Payments can be made either through our secure website or by check, mailed to our Tatum Blvd. address.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Blessings for apples

and honey

For Ashkenazi Jews, the primary symbolic food of Rosh Hashanah is apples dipped in honey, a way of wishing for a sweet new year. Before eating apples and honey, say the following blessings:

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei pri ha-eitz. 

Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the universe, who creates fruit

of the tree.

Yehi ratzon lifanecha, Adonai Eloheinu, v’Elohai avoteinu,

she-t’chadesh aleinu shanah tovah u’metukah.

May it be Your will, Adonai our God, to grant us a good and sweet year.  

A Special Note



Here are answers to some questions you may have about Yizkor

and the traditions surrounding

its practice.

What exactly is Yizkor?

Yizkor is Hebrew for “may God remember.” It is the first word of the Yizkor prayer, which is said for a spouse, a child, and a sibling and, according to most authorities, for parents during the first year.* Yizkor is recited four times during the year, on Yom Kippur, Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Do I light a memorial candle when Yizkor is recited?

Yes. The 24-hour memorial candle should be lit in your home before the fast begins on Yom Kippur.

(On the other festivals, if your custom is to light a yahrzeit candle, use a flame from a pre-existing candle or other source to light the candle.) These memorial candles are widely available in synagogue gift shops, kosher stores, and often in supermarkets. There is no blessing recited when you light the memorial candle, although it is certainly appropriate to reflect upon the memory of loved ones. The candle may be placed anywhere in the home.

How is Tzedakah related to Yizkor?

It is appropriate to make a tzedakah contribution to honor those you are remembering, on the theory that the good deeds of the survivors elevate the souls of the departed. In essence, you and your departed relative become partners in this act of kindness.

The above is adapted from 

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort,

by Dr. Ron Wolfson, and from



*A note from Rabbi Sharfman: 

Yizkor prayers can be recited starting with the first holiday after your loved one’s passing. The Kaddish is traditionally recited daily for 11 months for a parent and 30 days following burial for a spouse, sibling or child.

We look forward to sharing

High Holy Days 5784 with you.