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Yom Sheini, 28 Nisan 5777

We welcome you to High Holy Days 5777!

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We look forward to worshipping together as a Temple Shalom family and wish you and yours a sweet and healthy New Year! Shana Tovah!

Click here for our High Holy Days Brochure. 

Click here for the High Holy Days Child Care Form. Child Care is available for members and grandchildren of members only.

Click here for our K-5 Children's Programming form. Programming is available for members only.

Click here for our Yizkor Book Form.

FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED AT TEMPLE SHALOM BY SEPTEMBER 18.

Please remember that ALL Temple Shalom members' cars must have TSD decals on them in order to park in the Temple lots! Decals may be obtained in the Administrative office during business hours. 

If you are not a Temple Shalom member, we invite you to worship with us in our Learning Center, where services are brought in on closed-circuit television. Passes that can be used for both holidays are $36 per person and may be obtained beginning September 1st in the Administrative Office Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm with a picture ID. Cash or checks only, please.

Our new Multi-Generational services also are open to the community. They will be held at 2:00pm on Rosh Hashanah and 5:30pm on Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur. Details may be found in our High Holy Days brochure. Parking passes may be obtained in person in the Administrative office beginning September 1st.

 

HIGH HOLY DAYS FOOD DRIVE

One of the High Holy Days traditions at Temple Shalom is our annual Food Drive. Just as last year, our beneficiaries will be the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), and Jewish Family Service (JFS) Food Pantry, serving our community here in North Dallas and the Vickery Meadow area. Supporting these agencies represents our commitment to serving the hungry among us, both throughout North Texas and right here in our neighborhood. We have two ways for our congregants to participate.
  • Please consider a financial donation equal to the amount of money you would spend on food to feed your family for a typical day. Our goal is to raise $4,000 in this year’s High Holy Days Food Drive to provide 12,000 meals to hungry families in our area. Click here to donate to our virtual food drive. Our virtual drive begins October 1 and ends November 15.
  • Did you know:

    • Every $1 = 3 meals. 94 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs fighting hunger, with only 6 cents going towards administrative/fundraising expenses.  
    • In the state of Texas, 4.7 million people are food insecure - that's 1 in every 6 people.
    • One in every 4 children in North Texas is food insecure (more than 300,000 children).
    • Only 9% of the individuals that we serve are homeless. It is not just the unemployed which we all hear about, but the under-employed; 95% of households served by the NTFB have an annual household income of $30,000 or less. 
    • The North Texas Food Bank provides access to nearly 170,000 nutritious meals a day. Although that number is great, there is a need for nearly 300,000 nutritious meals a day to feed hungry people in North Texas.
    • Last year, the NTFB provided access to some 63.4 million meals to our 13-county North Texas service area. But, the Food Bank's growth has been in stride with the country's heightened rate of food insecurity. The United States is now facing a food insecurity rate of 48.8 million people.
  • Please contribute canned food for the JFS Food Pantry. Click here for a list of needed items. In keeping with Temple Shalom’s recycling initiative, please use your own bag(s)/box(es) to bring in your canned donations for JFS. Donations must be received by October 12. No items will be accepted after that day.  

Questions? Contact Tikkun Olam Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org.

Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

 

Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, "the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial."(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused.  At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness:  “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.”