“On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed”…. over the upcoming ten days of awe we metaphorically open the Book of Life and consider the fragility and significance of our life. This year, these words are all the more meaningful and powerful – since last Rosh Hoshanah we have lived through devastating drought, followed by horrific fires and now still under the impact of Coronavirus. The powerful prayer of U-netaneh Tokef, recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, reminds us that tefillah (reflection), teshuvah (repentance) and tzedakah (righteous giving) make life meaningful. It is within the synagogue that we have the unique opportunity in our fragmented society to create a community of meaning, and we hope we have been able to do that for you especially in these last six months in which we have had to maintain physical distance from each other.
We understand these times are extraordinary, and so too these Yamim Noraim, when we will not gather in person and our services will be attended by everyone online. It was a difficult decision to make, but we believe this is safest and most inclusive for our community as a whole. In these days and beyond, we will continue to do our best to keep connected with each other as we also take responsibility for each other. We know some of you are struggling, while others despite current circumstances, still have material blessing. Our synagogue is committed to welcoming all people, regardless of financial means and many are currently in financial distress. So this year especially, if you are able to provide your support to help us continue to assist those in need and enhance our communal synagogue activities – cultural, spiritual and educational – we would be especially grateful.
We want to thank you for the many ways you support our community, through your presence, your connection, and if possible this year, by contributing to our Kol Nidrei Appeal with your tax-deductible gift to the Emanuel Synagogue Foundation. “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed”… Together we write the future of our congregation for the generations to come.
Many thanks in anticipation of your support; please click below to complete your donation online or call the office on (02) 9389 6444 then press 1.
Wishing you and your family Shana Tova v’G’mar Chatima Tova.
7 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW 2025
p: 02 9389 6444
Shabbat, January 16, 2021
3rd of Sh'vat, 5781
Friday, January 15 2021 7:51PM
Motzei Shabbat 8:26PM
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