For the 16th year, Seaside Jewish Community will hold Jewish High Holy Days Services that are free and open to the community. Beth Cohen, student rabbi and religious leader at Seaside, will lead the services along with Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn, who returns this year from Kibbutz Lotan in Israel.
Unless otherwise noted, SJC’s High Holy Days services will take place at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, just down the street from SJC’s building. Services are open to all who want to participate with the SJC community. Tickets or advance reservations for services are not required.
The services are egalitarian, meaning men and women are offered full participation. For High Holy Days SJC uses the Hillel Machzor, "On Wings of Awe," which uses gender-neutral language for God.
The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 4: 7:30 p.m., Rosh Hashanah Service; Thursday, Sept. 5: 10 a.m., Rosh Hashanah Service and activities & services for young people; 5 p.m., Tashlich Service at the North Shores Marina; Friday, Sept. 6: 7:30 p.m., Shabbat Shuva Service at SJC; Saturday, Sept. 7: 10 a.m., Shabbat Shuva Chant and Meditation Service, Torah study and potluck dairy/pareve lunch at SJC; Friday, Sept. 13: 7:30 p.m., Kol Nidre Service; Saturday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m., Yom Kippur Service and activities & services for young people; 5 p.m., Yom Kippur study session; 6 p.m., Yom Kippur Mincha, N’ila & Havdalah services; 7:30 p.m. (approximately), Break-the-Fast meal, advance reservations required (see below); Saturday, Sept. 21: 10 a.m., Shabbat & Sukkot Festival Service & Pizza In The Hut Lunch at SJC; Wednesday, Sept. 25: 6 p.m., potluck dairy/pareve dinner in the Sukkah followed by Simchat Torah Festival Service including Yizkor & rolling the Torah at SJC: Saturday, Sept. 28: 10 a.m., Shabbat Service and Ryan Bradley Bar Mitzvah at SJC.
The traditional Break the Fast dairy meal to end the Yom Kippur day fast on Sept. 14 will follow the Havdalah service at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Epworth. Advance reservations are required. The cost is $27 per adult member and $15 per member child ages 3 to 12, no charge for children under 3. For nonmembers the cost is $32 for adults and $20 for children. Advance reservations by check are required by Sept. 5; send check to Seaside Jewish Community, PO Box 1472, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Seaside Jewish Community is an independent, unaffiliated community of more than 315 individual members or 225 families. SJC supports and fosters Jewish identity by sponsoring religious, cultural, social and educational activities for its members. SJC is an open community, welcoming people of all national origins, ages, sexual orientation and races, both firmly-rooted Jews and new seekers.
For information on High Holy Days services or other activities at SJC, contact Pam or David Kaplan, 302-644-8544.