17.00-19.00: CHORAL COMMUNITY YIZKOR & NEILAH SERVICE
in the Sanctuary
The service begins with an emotional remembering of those who have gone before us, and those who died recently. As we recollect, we think of parents and grandparents and others who sat in synagogue as we do, and we reflect quietly and listen to heart rending music. Like a symphony of five movements, the final Choral service of Yom Kippur brings the long day to a dramatic conclusion. As we transition from the mournful melodies of the Yizkor service towards the triumphant sounds of the grand organ ringing out the very last notes of the Days of Awe, we ask that the Gates of Repentance linger open for just a few more minutes to enable our heartfelt repentance. The closing of the Ark, accompanied by the sounds of multiple shofar blasts, carries the community into a sweet new year.
17.00-19.00: KOLEINU: REFLECTIVE YIZKOR & UPLIFTING NEILAH SERVICE
in the Stern Hall
We all grieve in different ways, which is why this gentle, reflective and intimate memorial service will offer each of us a chance to recall our absent loved ones through prayers, readings and beautiful music. This new Koleinu Yizkor, with its own bespoke sermon, has been designed to help us mourn as individuals and as a community. As we transition into the Neilah Service we move from looking back to looking forward. The Gates of Repentance are closing, so together we will experience an uplifting and soul searching end to Yom Kippur with participatory music and familiar tunes.