Your clergy and staff are working hard to create for you a meaningful High Holy Day experience. Starting with the month Elul, continuing through the Days of Awe, and concluding with Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we will be #virtuallytogether this fall.
This year, we ask that you make your own home a sanctuary. Wear something that feels special. Decorate your living room with flowers. Make a beautiful meal to usher in each holiday. Then, join PTS clergy online for live streamed worship services that are designed just for this moment.
Most High Holy Day worship services will be streamed via YouTube Live on PTS’s customized channel. Some interactive programs, such as our annual panel discussion and Tots and Torah, will take place on Zoom. During breaks between services, congregants will be invited to log into our HHD Zoom Room to socialize with fellow congregants and guests. Links can be found here; remember to log into ShulCloud to access the links.
This year, guests are welcome at no charge; you are welcome to invite your friends and family from far and wide.
Make Your High Holy Day Pledge Today
We invite you to make your High Holy Day pledge in advance rather than thinking about your pledge during Yom Kippur.
Your support enables our congregants to create meaningful Jewish experiences and relationships. Thank you for being a part of this important Mitzvah
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TODAY?
NEED TO KNOW…
We invite you to remember your loved ones who have died in our community Book of Remembrance for Yom Kippur. Please complete this form online by Wednesday, August 26 or contact Shelly Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-697-2266.
All congregants who have renewed their membership and whose accounts are current will automatically receive the live streaming links direct to their email inbox.
Please use this YouTube link to view:
- Rosh Hashanah Congregational Service Part 1 & 2, Saturday, September 19
- Kol Nidre Congregational Service, Sunday, September 27
- Yom Kippur Congregational Service, Part 1 & 2, Monday, September 28
- Yizkor Service, Monday, September 28
- Healing Service, Monday, September 28
- Neilah Service & Havdalah, Monday, September 28
If you have not renewed your membership by sending in a 2020-21 membership form (by paper or online) or your account is not current, please contact Chief Community Officer Karen Wisialowski to make arrangements.
We are delighted to invite you to drop by PTS for a Drive Thru High Holy Day Kickoff. Please bring cans of food to donate. You will be greeted in your car from afar by your clergy and leave with a PTS-customized High Holy Day Kit, all with appropriate safety precaution procedures in mind. Your kit will include a note from your clergy, a printed schedule of worship services and links, a yizkor memorial candle, a postcard to send to a fellow congregant, and, if you choose, a set of Mishkan HaNefesh (the High Holy Day prayerbook) to borrow. Sunday, September 13, 9:00 – Noon. Register using the Drive-Thru Form by Tuesday, September 8 so that we can build your kit.
Mishkan HaNefesh, our High Holy Day prayerbook, will be shared on your screen during services. If you would also like to hold a prayerbook, we are happy to lend you the 2-volume set of Mishkan HaNefesh. Reserve your set by completing the Drive-Thru Form by Tuesday, September 8, and plan to pick up your Mishkan HaNefesh on September 13. You will be asked to return the prayerbooks during Sukkot on Sunday, October 4 from 10:00 – Noon.
Or, if you’d like to purchase your own copy of Mishkan HaNefesh, visit ccarpress.org.
This year, guests are welcome at no charge; you are welcome to invite your friends and family from far and wide. Please ask your guests to email Ayelet Shapiro, email@example.com, so that we can share live streaming links directly with your guests.
We are very much looking forward to bringing in 5781 #VirtuallyTogether as a community. This page contains technical details to help make the experience as smooth as possible. Please read this carefully TODAY so you can test your home setup.
Join the online hospitality team. Your job will be to set a warm tone by greeting your fellow congregants in the chat box of YouTube Live or Zoom and to stay in touch with staff during the service. Sign up here.
PLAN YOUR OWN ROSH HASHANAH SEDER
After our communal gathering on Erev Rosh Hashanah, we hope that you will hold your own Seder, an age-old tradition that involves eating dates for peace, black-eyed peas for abundance, and pumpkin for protection. PTS will provide you with a simple guide in your High Holy Day kit (see above). Read more about Rosh Hashanah seders.
SUBMIT A VIDEO OF YOUR CHILD BLOWING THE SHOFAR
We’d like to invite your child to blow the shofar virtually at Neilah and Havdalah! Please submit a short video in mp4 format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, tune in for Neilah & Havdalah for the final sounding of the shofar.
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Wednesday, September 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
Planting Ourselves at the Gates of Hope: A High Holiday Journey in the Time of Covid
Join Rabbi Lisa Delson of Peninsula Temple Sholom, Bill Futornick, Ritual Director of Congregation Beth Jacob, Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation and Rabbi Lisa Kingston of Peninsula Temple Beth El for a conversation about how the wisdom and ritual of the Yamim Noraim – the Days of Awe – can guide us on this journey to awakening and hope. Rabbi Lavey Derby of the PJCC will moderate the conversation. Zoom information available upon registration
Saturday, September 12
Usher in the Days of Awe with your PTS Clergy. Details forthcoming.
JOURNEY THROUGH ELUL WITH RABBI LISA DELSON
Thursdays, August 27 – September 24, 11:00 – Noon
Prepare for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Delson using Psalm 27 as a guide. Join for conversation, contemplation, and community. You are welcome to one or all sessions. RSVP to Rabbi Delson.
ELUL REFLECTIONS WITH RABBI LISA DELSON
Women’s Rabbinic Network
Inspiring video teachings from Rabbi Delson and other rabbis from the Women’s Rabbinic Network direct to your email inbox for the month of Elul. Each video will include a short kavanah, a spiritual reflection, to guide your journey into 5781, the Jewish new year. Sign up and learn more here.
NORTH PENINSULA ELUL LEARNING SERIES
Preparing for the High Holidays Like Never Before
August 23 – September 17, 2020
Join rabbis and teachers of the North Peninsula in 12 different classes designed to deepen our experience of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Registration required at pjcc.org.jewish-life. Our own clergy will be leading the following classes:
Music of the High Holidays with Cantor Anna Zhar
Tuesday, September 1, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Explore the music of the High Holidays and the different musical styles used in various parts of services, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary music.
Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Dan Feder
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Prepare your spirit and soul through meditation and text.
Tuning in to Elul with Rabbi Liora Alban
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Explore Elul themes through ancient psalms, modern songs, and thoughtful discussion.
project of Reboot, 10Q will email you a reflective question a day, “seal” your answers, and then share them with you next year as the process begins anew.
In the tradition of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared, by Rabbi Alan Lew enables believers of all faiths to reconnect to their faith with a passion and intimacy that will resonate throughout the year. Highly recommended by your clergy.
Break the Fast Meals from Ladle & Leaf
Whether you’re breaking fast with a full house of family or a party of two, preparing a traditional meal doesn’t have to be a challenge. Skip dinner preparation and let Ladle & Leaf do the work for you. We’ve made it easy to get everything you need for your break fast in one location with just a few clicks. Order online by Wednesday, September 23 at 9:00 am and your order will be available for contact-less pickup at Peninsula Temple Beth El (1700 Alameda de Las Pulgas, San Mateo) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 27.
Order online at https://ladleandleaf.com/holiday/
High Holy Day Season Recipes
Submitted from fellow Congregants
- Grandma Sarah’s Chopped Liver, Submitted by Robin Karp
- My Mom’s Chili Sauce Easy Beef Brisket, Submitted by Robin Karp
- Fran Cohn’s Apple Cake, Submitted by Robin Karp
- Rosemary & Brown Butter Apple Sauce, Submitted by Julie Feuchtwang
- Carrot Mold, Submitted by Betsy Rosen
- Apple, Honey, and Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread, Submitted by Betsy Rosen
- Easy-Six-Ingredient Cholent, Beef Stew, Submitted by Ayelet Shapiro
Key Dates 2020/5781
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Selichot
Friday, Sept. 18 — Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, Sept. 19 — First day of Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Sept. 20 — Second day of Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Sept. 27 — Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre
Monday, Sept. 28— Yom Kippur
Friday, Oct. 2 — Erev Sukkot (Youth Education Program First Day of Class)
Saturday, Oct. 3 — Congregational Service with Musician-in-Residence, Elana Arian
Friday, Oct. 9 — Erev Simchat Torah (Youth Education program, Congregational Service, and dinner)
Saturday, Oct. 10 — Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service.
High Holy Day Forms