High Holy Day Services at Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson

Are you looking for a place to pray and study for the upcoming Jewish high holy days? Lois Siegel Green, president of Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson, invites you to join Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Cantor Dov Goldberg, and the local Jewish community for services beginning Saturday, September 20 and continuing through Saturday, October 15.

To prepare for the holidays, Rabbi Sultar will lead a Selichot study session on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of the provocative film, The Quarrel. Refreshments and a lively discussion will follow. At 10:00 p.m., the Selichot service of forgiveness will feature traditional prayers and creative readings. No tickets are required.

Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday night, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. Green, newly elected president of CBI, hopes to personally greet all members and newcomers on that date. “I’ve been a member of CBI almost my entire life and the High Holy Day services are always a great time to pray for a happy and healthy New Year and interact with friends and neighbors,” she explains. “I am excited to see our members, but I also hope to see some old friends and newcomers, as well.”

On Thursday, September 25, services for Day 1 of Rosh Hashanah will begin at 9:00 a.m. Children’s Services and Junior Congregation will begin at 10:30 a.m. “Because we need to staff the classrooms, all children must be registered in advance,” explained Green. At 5:30 p.m. in Marine Park, Red Bank, Rabbi Sultar and Cantor Goldberg will lead the community in the Tashlich service. Mincha and Ma’ariv services will follow at 6:30 p.m. at CBI.

On Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah, Friday, September 26, services will begin at 9:00 a.m., with Children’s Services and Junior Congregation starting at 10:30 a.m. This service is open to the public and no tickets are required, but again, all children must be registered in advance.

Yom Kippur begins Friday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. sharp with the awe-inspiring Kol Nidre Service. The following day, Saturday, October 4, Yom Kippur services will begin at 9:00 a.m. Children’s Services and Junior Congregation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Again, all children must be registered in advance. Yizkor services will begin at approximately 12:00 noon. “We have just one Yom Kippur service, so please come early so that you and your family may be seated comfortably together,” said Green.

At 4:30 p.m., the synagogue will offer a second Yizkor service, which is open to the public. No tickets are required. “Everyone in the community is welcome to come and observe Yizkor in remembrance of loved ones,” offered Green. Yizkor will be followed immediately by Mincha/Neilah services. At 7:05 p.m., the Shofar will be sounded and all are invited to break the fast with clergy and fellow congregants.

Sukkot services begin Thursday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. Erev Simchat Torah will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 15 with a community dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Torah service at 6:30 p.m. Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah will be further celebrated on Thursday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. with a service that includes Yizkor. These services are open to the public and all are welcome.

For individuals, couples, or families that have lived in Monmouth County for less than 18 months, the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County is offering High Holy Day tickets to newcomers. To see if you are eligible for this program, contact the Jewish Federation directly at 732-866-4300. For questions about the High Holy Day services at CBI and to make reservations for the children’s services, the community break-fast or the Simchat Torah dinner, please contact the CBI office at 732-842-1800, ext. 206 or email CBI director Emilie Kovit-Meyer at Emilie.kovit-meyer@cbirumson.org.

Founded in 1922 and celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year, Congregation B’nai Israel is an egalitarian, conservative synagogue located at 171 Ridge Road in Rumson. The synagogue, which hosts religious services, cultural events, as well as adult and youth education, currently serves approximately 300 families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. More information about CBI can be found at www.cbirumson.org or www.facebook.com/CBIRumson.