Guide to the High Holy Days at Emanuel Synagogue

YOUR GUIDE TO THE HIGH HOLY DAYS AT EMANUEL SYNAGOGUE

The High Holy Days are almost upon us and there are a few important details we would like to share with you. Please let us know if you plan on being away during Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur to assist with our planning, please let us know on info@emanuel.org.au or phone the office on 9389 6444.

SERVICES

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Wednesday 20 September and Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Friday 29 September. Click here for a complete list of service times.

TICKETS

We began posting tickets to members from 1st September.

Please note that membership dues must be up-to-date in order for us to post tickets.

Your ticket has the details of the times and venues for all our services. Please remember to bring your ticket with you to all services, along with valid photo identification.

 

CREATING A SAFE AND SECURE SPACE

We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation regarding our security measures at High Holy Days services. Security personnel will be checking bags, tickets and identification upon arrival. You might be asked some questions, please answer their questions calmly and honestly. We take seriously our duty to protect you and we are grateful for your support and understanding.

FINDING YOUR SEAT

Most of the seats in the Masorti services at NCJW Council House and the Renewal service in the Neuweg Sanctuary are unallocated seating. However, if you have contributed for allocated seating in our new building a seat is reserved for you at NCJW.  If you have purchased allocated seats in the Main Sanctuary, your row and seat number will be indicated on your ticket.

If you have an unallocated ticket a seating plan showing assigned and unassigned rows will be in the foyer of the Main Sanctuary. Rows 0 and 1 in the downstairs pews are reserved for the elderly and those who are less mobile.

Throughout the services there will be volunteers who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and to provide assistance should it be required. We are grateful for their presence; from members of our board, staff, past presidents and congregants who are serving our community in this way.

RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF THE PRAYER SANCTUARY

In order to create a peaceful and respectful atmosphere during prayer services, we request that you refrain from entering or leaving the sanctuary when the congregation is standing.

Please also note that use of mobile phones, cameras and similar electronic devices is not permitted during services.

REMEMBERING OUR LOVED ONES

An important part of the Yamim Nora’im commemoration is the Yizkor (memorial) service, where we remember our loved ones who have died. If you would like to have the name of a relative or friend included in the 2017 Memorial Book and have not already done so, please go to www.emanuel.org.au/yizkor. A copy of the book will be posted to you between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and also will be placed in the ark during the Yizkor service.

CARING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

We love to see your children around the synagogue, and we encourage you to bring them with you to services. In order to make this easier for you and to give you the opportunity to participate in services, we will be providing child-minding services for 3–10 year olds at the following times:

1st Day Rosh Hashanah: 10am–1pm (Main Synagogue and NCJW Council House)

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah: 10am–1pm (Main Synagogue and NCJW Council House)

Yom Kippur: 10am–1pm (NCJW Council House)

Yom Kippur: 11am–2pm (Main Synagogue)

HOSTING

We encourage our members to connect with each other, especially at this time of reflection and renewal. There are people within our community who do not have their family or friends close by, as well as visitors looking to share a meal at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. So if you can open your home for a guest this season please contact the synagogue office on info@emanuel.org.au so we can help host people within our community.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

As part of our commitment to Mazon and collecting food for those in need, we will be supplying collection bags in the foyer of each sanctuary during the High Holy Days. Please take a bag, fill it with non-perishable food items and return it to the synagogue (during office hours, class or service times). We will collect them until Simchat Torah (13 October) and then Oz Harvest will deliver everything we’ve gathered to those most in need.

PARKING

We know that parking near the synagogue is often a challenge and this is especially true during High Holy Days. Limited parking is available in the streets near the synagogue and NCJW Council House. Most of the parking available in the area is 2P. For vehicles displaying a valid disability permit, parking in a 2P zone is permitted for the whole day. There is a small area in front of each site for drop off and pick up of disabled or elderly congregants. From the street there is disabled access including wheelchair access to each sanctuary.

There is some parking available to the public in Centennial Park, though please be aware that the gates close at sunset. For more information on parking in Centennial Park, visit: centennialparklands.com.au/plan_your_visit/parking

 

WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU

If you have any questions that we have not addressed, please email us at info@emanuel.org.au or (02) 9389 6444.

We look forward to welcoming you during the High Holy Days.

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