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Help us preserve Temple Har Shalom's vibrant High Holy Days experience.

Share and connect with your fellow congregants.

Participate in our creative, inclusive and immersive services and programs. 

Below you will find information on the numerous ways you can actively participate in both services and programs throughout the High Holy Days. Adding your voice to our services and programs will help us to sustain the strong community connections we have all come to cherish at Temple Har Shalom.


  • Record and submit a 10 second Shana Tovah greeting video (see below)
  • Send us family or individual photos (see below) for a mosaic art project
  • Accept the Rabbi's offer of honors to read, either English or Hebrew, during services. This year, these will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. And they will be pre-recorded. (see below)
  • Send us names and photos of loved ones you want to remember in the Book of Remembrance (see Below)

All four of these must be done by JULY 27, 2020. Why?

Our Services

Our five services (Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur and Ne'ilah and Yizkor) are being professionally produced and recorded. We are on a production schedule set up by our independent video producer, Zach MacDonald. Zach has asked us to provide him with all content for the production before the end of July. This means that we have less than two weeks to get all our video and photo content to him so please consider this email our call to action to start gathering your photos, recording your videos and send them to us though the links below and on our website. 

Pikuach Nefesh

Recently an email was sent to all congregants with a joint statement from our President, Bill Becker, Rabbi Levinsky, and Donna Gordon, High Holy Days Committee Chair announcing the difficult decision to conduct High Holy Days services for 5781 remotely and not in person. This decision was made in conjunction with the Temple Har Shalom Board and our Medical Professionals Task Force and is in accordance with recommendations of local and national health professionals. Most importantly, it adheres to Pikuach Nefesh, the most important Jewish value which prioritizes the preservation of human life and requires us to protect the health and safety of our community.

Our Hope

At the first planning meeting for the 5781 High Holy Days back in May, we recognized the strong likelihood that for the health and safety of our community we might not be able to conduct services in person in our sanctuary. Rabbi Levinsky, Cantor Bandman and Michael Greenfield began immediately to re-imagine remote services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur that would enable the Har Shalom family to come together to share an immersive and meaningful High Holy Days experience. Rabbi Levinsky shared with us his heartfelt wish that we find a way for us to recreate the joy, warmth, love and affection that is so pervasive in our community when we gather in person – not just in the High Holy Days, but throughout the year. It is this goal that has guided us in the days and weeks following that initial meeting, to re-imagine the High Holy Days with services and programs that are designed to connect us to one another at every possible moment.

Our Commitment to You

In addition to the information in this message, we are committed to keeping you informed with schedules, details, instructions, and updates that will guide you into that experience and into partnership with us on this endeavor. This website is the hub of High Holy Days information, and everything you’ll need to know will link there. We’ll update frequently with schedules for services and programs, links, contact information, guides and more. We’ll also communicate with you regularly by email so that you’ll know exactly what we are planning and how you can get involved in new opportunities such as recording honors and greetings. We want everyone to participate! 

Whatever the challenges, we look forward to facing them with you in the New Year ahead. May it be a year of sweetness and health for everyone.

We are here for you – please reach out to us with questions:

Donna Gordon, High Holy Days Chair –

Deb Sheldon, Director of Member Relations and Administration –

Fri, August 7 2020 17 Av 5780