Philipstown Reform Synagogue Welcomes the New Year 5771

High Holiday observances begin Sat. Sept. 4 with an evening of S’lichot (Hebrew for forgiveness).  Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (Rabbi Mike) will begin the evening at 7:00 p.m. with a Havdalah service and children’s hour, bringing a close to Shabbat with the lighting of the braided candle.  Rabbi Mike will spend the hour with kids of all ages to share some of the special holiday rituals including the blowing of the shofar and the blessing of dipping apples in honey.
       The evening will continue at 8:00 p.m. with a buffet dinner hosted by the PRS Board of Trustees in honor of Rabbi Mike, who will be serving as the synagogue’s first contracted Rabbi this upcoming year.  Rabbi Mike will lead an adult teaching and discussion during and after dinner to help participants prepare for the High Holy Days process of introspection, forgiveness, and transformation.  The evening will end with a traditional S’lichot service that will begin at 9:30 p.m.  The evening is free and open to the community but an RSVP by telephone or e-mail to the synagogue by September 2nd is requested.
       Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances will be led by Cantor Shoshana Lash along with members of the congregation, accompanied by Doug Keilitz on the organ.  

Schedule of Services
On Wednesday, 9/8, Rosh Hashanah evening services begin at 8 p.m. and conclude with a Kiddush of apples and honey.

On Thursday, 9/9, Rosh Hashanah morning services begin at 10 a.m. and conclude mid day with a walk to the Hudson River for Tashlich, the ceremonial casting away of our sins. 

On Friday, 9/17, Kol Nidre begins at 8 p.m. No refreshments will be served to respect those beginning their fast.

On Saturday, 9/18, Yom Kippur services begin at 10 a.m.  The day includes a discussion group during a mid-day recess, and concludes with afternoon Yizkor and N’ilah  services. 

Food Drive
As is the PRS tradition, those less fortunate are remembered during our Yom Kippur Food Drive.  Please bring dry and canned goods to any of the High Holy Days. All donations will be delivered to the Philipstown Food Pantry.
       All of High Holy Days Services will take place at the beautiful Parish House at the St. Mary’s in the Highlands, located at the corners of Routes 9D and 301 (Main Street) in Cold Spring.  PRS is grateful to St. Mary’s in the Highlands for making the Parish House available for its High Holy Days Services. For more information and to make Break Fast reservations, PRS can be contacted by telephone at 845-265-8011, by e-mail at [email protected] or via their website


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