Thank you for expressing interest in this year’s High Holy Day services.
I look forward to celebrating the High Holy Days with you this year at Houston Hillel.
“At” is an interesting characterization that seems at odds with our virtual services. However, I feel that our services will bring us together more intimately than you might imagine. I hope you will expand your expectations of what constitutes High Holy Day services, and welcome a very unique experience.
One of the aspects of our High Holy Day services that I treasure is the way we get to know those people seated around us at the beginning of each service, along with the informality and casual banter we enjoy with a small group in a small space. We will enter breakout rooms to achieve these aspects of our services. We will also hear student sermons and explore poetry.
Our liturgy will appear on your screen akin to a PowerPoint presentation, so you do not need a prayer book. Our services will take place over the Zoom platform using the links below. You are welcome to share the links with friends and family whom you feel will appreciate being part of our community, but please do not post the links publicly. Although you can participate in our services through your internet browser, for a better experience download the Zoom app and use a computer with a webcam.
There is a consensus in the Jewish community with which I agree, that a virtual service should last no longer than sixty minutes. If you’re doing some quick math, you’ve realized that we will not have much time for our traditional liturgy before our hour together ends. I will miss those aspects of our services that will not take place this year, but they will return, and we will conclude this High Holy Day season with a sense of wonder and accomplishment that we came together as a community during a very challenging time.
Our services are free for everyone - students, Jewston participants, and the community. Thank you if you have made a High Holy Day donation to Houston Hillel. If you have not made a donation, and you or those people with whom you share the links would like to make a donation, you can do so at this link - https://donorbox.org/houstonhillelhhd.
Rabbi Kenny Weiss
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Sep 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM Central Time
Meeting ID: 990 4069 2874
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service – Day One
Sep 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM Central Time
Meeting ID: 997 8620 1720
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service – Day Two
Sep 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM Central Time
Meeting ID: 919 0958 8199
Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service
Sep 27, 2020 7:00 PM Central Time
Meeting ID: 919 5730 1076
Yom Kippur Morning Service with Yizkor
Sep 28, 2020 9:00 AM Central Time
Meeting ID: 994 3624 0257
Yom Kippur Afternoon and Neilah Service
Sep 28, 2020 5:30 PM Central Time
Meeting ID: 992 5701 7084