High Holidays 2018/5779

All services will be held at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave.,  Montpelier

Unlike other congregations in the region, our High Holiday services are open to members and non-members alike.  No tickets are required, but our costs are real.  Please become a member and support all our programs year-round! Alternatively, you may make a High Holiday contribution at the suggested amount of $54. Or you can send a check to Beth Jacob Synagogue, P.O. Box 1133, Montpelier, VT 05601-1133.


Rabbi Tobie Weisman is the Founding Director of the Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish studies and has a spiritual counseling and healing practice. She lives in Montpelier with her husband David and daughter Navah.

Sara Lisniansky has been leading High Holy Day and other services for over thirty years. A member of Beth Jacob Synagogue since 1989, she has also served the community as a teacher, tutor, and principal of the Hebrew School.

Rabbi Shana Margolin was trained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  She was a congregational rabbi for 20 years, as a student rabbi in Bordentown, N.J., then in Belle Mead, N.J., for 15 years, and at Beth Jacob from 2004 to 2007.

Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9

7:00 p.m. - evening service,  followed by an oneg hosted by the Synagogue's Board of Directors.

Monday, September 10

9:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. This morning service will include traditional liturgy as well as original prayers from congregants, poetry, some movement, and lots of singing.  After the Torah service, we will conclude with the blowing of the shofar. The service will be followed by kiddush and a light meal.

4:00 p.m. Taschlich at the Montpelier Recreation Field, Elm Street, behind the pool.  Led by Darryl Bloom and Sara Lisniansky.

Children's Service will be led by Eli and Kara Rosenberg in a tent outside the synagogue on Monday Sept. 10, starting at 11 a.m.  and ending around noon when the children will join the congregation for the shofar blowing.  A snack will be provided for children.  Children are also welcome at our regular services.

Tuesday, September 11

9:00 a.m., Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, morning service. 

Humanist Service for Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 10

7:00 p.m.  - This participatory service in English embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture, values, traditions, and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas. Led by Matt Levin.

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18

Kol Nidre Service, 6:15 p.m. will begin with musical rendition of kol nidre prayer played on viola by Ruth Einstein.

Wednesday, September 19

9:00 a.m. morning service, which  will conclude with the Yizkor service. This service will feature poetry, personal reflections, much congregational singing, and this year’s “Beth Jacob Collective Al-Heyt,” a community compilation of our own list of sins/errors/misdeeds/omissions. Our custom for the Yizkor service is for congregants to recite out loud the names of loved ones they are remembering.

After a break, the Yom Kippur afternoon service will resume:

  • 3:30 p.m. Study, meditiation, and movement sessions
  • 4:15 p.m. Musaf including the Avodah service
  • 5:15 p.m. Mincha with reading from Book of Jonah
  • 6:30 p.m. Neila (closing service)
  • approx. 7:40 p.m. Havdalah followed by Break-Fast  

Children's Services for Yom Kippur will be led by Eli and Kara Rosenberg in a tent outside the synagogue,  from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


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