The High Holy Days bring the temple community together, as our rabbis and cantor lead and inspire us in prayer and music. We hold services and programs for all ages.
Selichot, which means forgiveness, is also the name of the late night service that takes place on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah.
Our Selichot program begins at 8:30 p.m. with Havdalah and refreshments. Our rabbis will then lead us in a discussion appropriate to the season. The evening culminates with our beautiful Selichot service. Hearing again the penetrating High Holy Days melodies and the sounding of the shofar, the Selichot service helps us to prepare for the Days of Awe. As part of the service, we engage in the universal Jewish custom of redressing the Scrolls of Torah, removing the covers customarily worn throughout the year and adorning them with their distinguished High Holy Days mantles.
Rosh Hashanah Services
Our Rosh Hashanah services are beautiful and meaningful. Different services are held in our sanctuary, chapel and outdoors, weather permitting.
Tashlikh is a meaningful High Holy Day experience appropriate for people of all ages. During Tashlikh we, as a community, observe the ancient practice of throwing breadcrumbs into a moving body of water as a symbol of our repentance and a sign of making a clean start for the new year. This beautiful Rosh Hashanah tradition provides an opportunity for self-reflection and a chance for congregants to gather in an informal setting.
Our brief Tashlikh service, less than half an hour, is held at Steppingstone Park.
Memorial Service at Beth Moses Cemetery
We hold a Yizkor Service on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in Temple Beth-El’s section in the old portion of Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Yom Kippur Services
From Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur eve through Neilah and Havdalah, Temple Beth-El offers a most magnificent setting for observing this deeply spiritual holy day.
Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance (BOR) is a printed book distributed annually at the Yom Kippur Yizkor service. It allows us to pay concrete tribute to those we’ve loved and lost this year and in years past, whether family or friend. We invite you to keep their memories alive by including a listing in this year’s book.