“Our best High Holidays – Ever!” is how someone described our just-completed Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High
Holidays.

There were so many highlights for me, it is tough to choose just these few:

Seeing our entire congregation in one place at one time. This seems obvious – for when else would we all be together ex-cept these holidays? – but, still, this is an impressive sight.

Having a “front row seat” beside Cantor Marcos as he experienced his first holidays with our congregation. Truth be told, Cantor Marcos initially told me that he was unsure about the lengths we go to to secure our Israeli choir. “Couldn’t we get some talented singers here in this country?,” he asked. As we left Neilah Services, he made me *absolutely promise* that we will bring our beloved choir back next year – and asked, “Can we even add a few more voices?”

Witnessing a full half-dozen of our kids now officially in the Sho-far blowing rotation in the center of the Sanctuary on Rosh Hashanah morning. We are so fortunate to have kids with such talent – and a congregation eager to give the spotlight to our younger members.

Receiving such wonderful feedback from our members who are eager to increase their commitment to Chesed and Social Action work, inside and beyond the community.

Hearing our in-house congregational choir sounding clear and strong. We hope to hear from you often this year.

Loading ten big SUVs with dozens of grocery bags destined for the Harrison Food Pantry, our annual Yom Kippur food drive. This is their largest annual donation. Yes, there is hunger even here in Harrison and we must care for all of our neighbors.

Casting away our sins during the post Rosh Hashanah Day One Tashlich service. Now that we have moved our Tashlich to the synagogue “pond” (=swamp) in front of our building, so many more participate in this ancient custom.

Inspiring one another with the truly moving conclusion to our Yom Kippur services. Our voices full of prayer and concentration; one hundred kids (and their glow-sticks) dancing on the Bimah; Havdallah candles held aloft by our teens fasting for the very first time; tears dripping down our faces in joy, pride and tikvah – hope – for a good future for each one of us. One last “Shana Tova” to one and all!