High Holidays 2020/5781

It's going to be a high holiday season unlike any other! Listed below are service times and locations (some locations will be publicized in August). Please note: you MUST sign up in advance for any and all services. Use this form to sign up! If you have questions, please contact Mel Weiss at melanieaweiss@gmail.com


Please note that masks are required for ALL services.


Erev Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 18

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville

5 – 6pm


Rosh Hashana meal pick up:

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville 6:15 – 6:45pm

Rosh Hashana Day 1

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville

Saturday, September 19

First service block: 9 – 10:15am

Kids service block: 9 – 10:15am

Second service block: 10:30 – 11:45am

Rosh Hashana Day 2

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville

Sunday, September 20

9 – 10:15am



Sunday, September 20

2 – 2:30pm

Boat launch across from Thayer Hospital

Public Shofar Blowing:

Sunday, September 20, 11am

Johnson Heights

Burleigh Street

Miller Steps, Colby Campus

And by appointment (contact Mel Weiss)


Kol Nidre

Sunday, September 27

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville

5:45 – 7pm

Yom Kippur Morning

152 Drummond Ave, Waterville

Monday, September 28

First service block: 9 – 10:15am

Second service block: 10:30 – 11:45am

Yizkor: 12 – 12:30pm


Monday, September 28

Beth Israel lawn

6 – 7:15pm

This will include an opportunity for community members to have a personal moment in front of the ark. 


Erev Sukkot in the Sukkah

Friday, October 2

Beth Israel patio

5 - 6:30pm

Rain date: Sunday, October 4, 11am - 12pm

If you want to book a private meal in the sukkah, please email Mel Weiss at maweiss@colby.edu.

Shemini Atzeret 

Saturday, October 10

Beth Israel patio

10 - 11am

This service will include Yizkor but will not include a Torah reading.


Simchat Torah morning services

Sunday, October 11

Beth Israel patio

10 - 11:30am

Online Resources:

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Highlights from the Erev Rosh Hashanah Liturgy

Rosh Hashanah Simanim (symbolic foods)

Exile and Home: Rabbi Isaacs' Sermon for Erev Rosh Hashanah


Rosh Hashanah, First Day

Remembering Us For Life: Forgetting Nostalgia, Rabbi Isaacs's First Day Sermon

First Day Rosh Hashanah Torah Reading

Highlights from the First Day Liturgy

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day

Rabbi Isaacs Blows Shofar

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Torah Reading

God Save the King/Queen: A Reclamation of Sovereignty, Rabbi Isaacs's Second Day Sermon


Yom Kippur

Preparing for Our Deaths, Living Our Lives: Rabbi Isaacs' Sermon for Kol Nidre


Kol Nidre Services


Rejecting Original Sin: A Jewish Response to Our Wrongs and Our Redemptions: Rabbi Isaacs's Yom Kippur Sermon


Yom Kippur Services


Yom Kippur Torah and Haftorah Readings


An Original Al Chet by Rabbi Isaacs


Yizkor Service

Highlights from the Ne'ila Service

Yom Kippur Kavannah with Miranda Phelps

From the Center for Small Town Jewish Life:

Reflections on Unetanah Tokef with Rev. Kate Braestrup

In this recording, Rev. Kate Braestrup reflects on the words of Unetane Tokef, a powerful liturgical poem recited each year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and the resonance these words have on her work and experience.

Elul and High Holidays Concert with Nefesh Mountain

Enjoy beautiful melodies and reflections from Rabbi Erica Asch, Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, and Nefesh Mountain.

High Holiday Podcasts from Musicians Feliza and Or Zohar

Enjoy a series of seven podcasts, musically covering topics and melodies from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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