High Holy Days
Join Congregation B’nai Israel, our clergy, members, and the community for a beautiful and spiritual High Holy Day experience. At CBI we offer a variety of services for you to worship during the High Holy Days. Led by our clergy in our Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary, our services are filled with beautiful music and inspirational sermons.
Below you will find links to make a donation to our Junior Congregation, purchase a Lulav and Etrog set, review last year’s Book of Remembrance, and view our Guide to the High Holy Days.
Please Note: You will find a link to register for our Children’s Services. While this service remains free and open to the community, we kindly request that this year you register to attend.
Members must be current with their 2016-2017 Membership Dues in order to receive High Holy Day Admission Cards, which will be mailed in late August/Early September.
Please also take a moment to make your annual Kol Nidre gift. Whatever you can give to our annual Kol Nidre Appeal will leave a legacy of love and caring for the future of CBI.
Forms & Information for High Holy Days 2016/5777
Important Information! Please Take Note!
All High Holy Day Admission Card requests will now have to me made in the Administrative office or you can call 561.241.8118.
Pick up for tickets will take place in the rotunda in front of the sactuary on the following dates ONLY:
- Thursday, September 29: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Friday, September 30: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Sunday, October 2: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Last minute Admission Cards can be ordered and picked up same-day on the above dates at our Will Call Tables, but anticipate a lengthy wait time as your order will need to be appropriately processed.
Thank you and should you have any questions, please contact the office at 561.241.8118.
Click Below to Register for Child Care
Additional High Holy Day Links
Pay Membership Dues
Make a Donation for Junior Congregation
Make a Kol Nidre Donation
Lulav & Etrog Purchase
Last Year’s Book of Remembrance 2015/5776
Order Car Decals
“A Guide for the High Holy Days 2016/5777”
Information About Our Services
Students chant Torah and Haftarah, and entire families are given Ark honors, Aliyot (Torah blessings), and participate in the Torah processional. A blend of both contemporary and classical High Holy Day music accompanies this service. Adults and children are invited to bring and sound their shofar. A thought-provoking sermon is offered.
This service offers a dynamic adult worship experience with Torah chanting by clergy and Haftarah chanting by lay leaders. Enjoy the sounding of the shofar. Our choir will further inspire and enhance the classical prayers of the High Holy Days. A sermon to provoke thoughtful reflection will follow.
Junior Congregation offers our children in grades K-5 a short service to worship on their own level and learn about the meaning of the High Holy Days. Activities follow the service.
This service offers families with young children a condensed worship experience of stories and prayers to inspire and teach the meaning of the High Holy Days.
Tashlich originated during the Middle Ages and was inspired by a verse uttered by the prophet Micah: ‘God will take us back in love; God will cover up our iniquities, You [God] will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.’ (Micah 7:19). As the custom evolved it became tradition to go to a body of water and symbolically cast your sins (by tossing pieces of bread) into the water on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
An informal session on Yom Kippur for those wishing to remain in the synagogue all day. This session will be held at 2:45 pm in the Hollander Family Chapel. This year the Fast Talk will be hosted by Dr. Leon Weissberg, an educator at Melton and Broward College. To learn more about him click here.
The Yizkor service is a particularly poignant part of Yom Kippur. We are enjoined to hold the memory of our parents and loved ones sacred and pray for the peace of their soul. The fulfillment of this duty pays tribute to the memory of the departed and arouses in us the resolve to continue their example of righteous living. It also reminds us to uphold the spiritual values they cherished so that through us, their souls will continue to live.
The custom of recalling the souls of the departed and contributing to charity (tzedakah) in their memory is rooted in the belief of the eternity of the soul. Jewish tradition indicates that when the body dies, the soul ascends to attain higher levels of purity and holiness. Contributions in memory of the departed help to elevate the soul to achieve a higher resting place.
As Yom Kippur draws to a close and the shadows lengthen, we begin the Neilah service. This special prayer, the only one of its kind in the entire year and perhaps the most emotional prayer of the day, is the climax of the holy day of Yom Kippur. The heavenly judgment inscribed on Rosh Hashanah is sealed at Neilah.
Neilah means closing, suggesting that the Gates of Heaven will soon shut and we must seize the last opportunity to pray with even greater devotion, concentration and intensity. Neilah must be said close to when the sun sets. RASHI (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki) said that the time of sunrise and sunset are auspicious moments for prayer.
The Neilah service contains stirring pleas that our prayers and supplications be accepted by God before Yom Kippur ends. The haunting melody of Neilah deepens the solemnity of the hour, stirring the emotions of the worshipers and rousing us to even greater devotion and penitence. This is our final opportunity on Yom Kippur to ask for forgiveness for ourselves and our families.
Distance does not allow many of us to perform the mitzvah of visiting the places of burial of our beloved relatives and friends. Time for Memorial is an opportunity for you and your family to light candles and offer prayers for those to have passed on. This is not a formal service, but rather a time of personal reflection and recalling blessed memories of the departed.