Holiday Schedule 2017

Everyone is welcome to services at Congregation Kehilat Shalom, including those during the high holidays. Tickets are free and open to all. If you choose to join us, please consider a voluntary contribution to honor a loved one or celebrate the holidays.

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Our holiday schedule is listed below. All of these events can also be found on our calendar.

Rosh Hashanah
Sept 20 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 7:00 pm
Sept 21 Rosh Hashanah First Day Service (free tickets required) 9:30 am
  Tot Service for ages 2-6 and their families and friends (concurrent with morning service)

Friendly musical service with story and song. Note: children must be accompanied by an adult.

9:30 am
  Children’s Service for children up to 10 years old and their families and friends (concurrent with morning service) 10:30 am
  Tashlich at Delaware and Raritan State Park, Griggstown (Parking is available on Rt. 632 between River Road and Canal Road in Griggstown)

Literally “casting”, tashlich is a lovely ceremony carried out on Rosh Hashanah during which we “cast away our sins” by throwing breadcrumbs into a running body of water. This is a wonderful, short, fun, and meaningful ceremony for adult and child alike. At the conclusion of tashlich, the shofar is blown.

4:15 pm
Sept 22 Rosh Hashanah Second Day, Non-Traditional Service 9:30 am
Yom Kippur
Sept 29 Kol Nidrei Service (free tickets required) 6:00 pm
Sept 30 Yom Kippur Morning Service (free tickets required) 9:30 am
  Tot Service for ages 2-6 and their families and friends (concurrent with morning service)

Friendly musical service with story and song. Note: children must be accompanied by an adult.

9:30 am
  Children’s Service for children up to 10 years old and their families and friends (concurrent with morning service) 10:30 am
  Yizkor Service

A memorial service on Yom Kippur that calls to mind our deceased loved ones through the recitation of special prayers, such as Mourner’s Kaddish. Members at CKS have the option of listing their loved ones whose names are then read during the course of the service. Yizkor services are also traditionally held on Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot.

1:00 pm
  Non-Traditional Avodah Service

The word “Avodah” in this context refers to worship in the form of sacrifices or offerings that were performed in ancient times in the Temple in Jerusalem. In those days, the High Priest performed a special sacrifice on Yom Kippur and made a full range of confessions on behalf of all the people.Today, naturally, we no longer make sacrifices. We still, however, have offerings to make to God, to each other, and to ourselves. As we did last year, we will hold a non-traditional Avodah service on Yom Kippur afternoon, during which you may bring in your own personal offerings – poems, stories, artifacts, songs – that convey the spirit of the High Holidays: teshuvah, return, repentance, forgiveness, and so on.

5:15 pm
  Neilah Service

Neilah is the final service of Yom Kippur during which our last round of confessional prayers are recited. The ark remains open and we stand (if we are able) throughout most of this deeply spiritual and moving service. Here at CKS, we dim the lights, allowing the words and music to wash over us as we turn inward one last time. The service concludes when the sun has set with a final, long shofar blast.

6:30 pm
  Final Shofar blast 7:30 pm
  Pot Luck Break Fast (please bring a dairy or pareve dish which will serve 4 or more people) After Shofar blast
Sukkot
Oct 6 Salad in the Sukkah / Pizza in the Hut (Sukkot Celebration) 6:00 pm
  Shabbat Mishpachah services 7:00 pm
Simchat Torah
Oct 11 Sushi and Suds in the Sukkah 6:00 pm
  Simchat Torah Celebration (service with Klezmer band and dancing) 7:00 pm

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Thu 14

Board Meeting

December 14 • 7:30 pm
Fri 15

Chanukah Celebration and Dinner

December 15 • 6:00 pm
Sun 17

Kehiloft

December 17
Sun 17

Religious School

December 17 • 9:00 am
Sun 17

Chanukah at Stonebridge

December 17 • 4:00 pm
Mon 18

Mah Jongg

December 18 • 7:30 pm
Wed 20

Education Committee Meeting

December 20 • 7:00 pm