Rabbi Eichenholtz’ Message…


On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as a congregation we will stand confronted with our actions of the past year and optimistic for the opportunities of the year ahead.  We will sing the hopeful and instructive words u’teshuvah, u’tefilah, u’tzedakah ma’avirin et roah hagezeirah, repentance prayer and ‘charity’ lessen the severity of the decree.


Besides it being easier to remember sets of three, why these three actions.  Don’t we believe that any one of the them on their own will make an impact.  We beat our chests during the confessional prayer on Yom Kippur, and throw out our sins on Rosh Hashanah.  We pray on our own and in community, our own compositions and those of the siddur, and we give our time, money, voices and effort to support many worthy causes and individuals.


So here, on the High Holidays, when it seems obvious the rest of the year what actions to take, why do we list all three, in quick succession, and more than once.  We list them because, ultimately, it’s not just about the specific actions, it’s the categories they represent.


Teshuvah is an intimate process, one that is individual and internal; we must first do an accounting of ourselves and then we expand but often only to our closest, most intimate circles.  I would venture to guess that despite Facebook posts and Shanah Tovah e-mails or cards asking the world at large for forgiveness, we focus our efforts on repairing the relationships that are most immediate in our lives. 


Tefilah is with the divine.  We strive to connect to what is beyond the human.  We open our hearts and minds, and lift our voices (sometimes silently) as we pray. We seek comfort, and wisdom, answers and questions.  Prayer is between people and God, people and our own spirits.  Prayer can be ethereal and yet spark feelings that are so strong and familiar, we can almost physically feel them.  Melodies and words capture our wandering thoughts and transport us to a different time and place.


Tzedakah is about the world, our communities, the greater good.  No effort is too small, no dream too large, This is the physical, tangible, communal work.  It is charity, and good deeds, and justice.  It is Tikkun Olam, repairing our wold and looking out for one another.


From the most intimate, to the divine, to the global, each of these three remind us of a category of work to be done, of actions to take to bring sweetness to our year.


May we all find the inspiration and support over these High Holidays to individually and as a community pursue, repentance, prayer, and acts of loving kindness so our next year may be less severe than our last.


Shannah tovah!

Rabbi Eichenholtz



Candle Lighting Times

Friday,  Sept.  27   6:14pm             Sunday,  Oct. 13   5:47pm

Sunday, Sept. 29   6:11pm             Monday, Oct. 14   6:45pm

Monday, Sept. 30   7:09pm            Friday,    Oct. 18   5:39pm

                             Friday,    Oct.  4    6:02pm               Sunday,  Oct. 20   5:36pm

                            Tuesday, Oct.  8    5:55pm                Monday, Oct. 21   6:35pm

                            Friday,   Oct. 11   5:50pm  



  • Please return your Dues Forms to the synagogue by September 27th . We need to know what your dues will be in order to plan our new fiscal year.  It is very important to send in your form so that we know your intentions even if you do not plan on paying immediately.      
  • High Holy Days tickets are available at the synagogue office.  Tickets may be mailed by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request to the synagogue.  Guest tickets are $50/person.
  • Parents: Please return your registration forms and book fee for our religious school as soon as possible.



Saturday, Sept 21, 8:00pm: Selihot

Please join us at the synagogue for the start of the High Holiday season, as we use the familiar melodies of the High Holidays to awaken our souls to the task of repentance.


Lulav and Etrog: Fall harvest time approaches,

and that means gathering together the four species

from the land of Israel that we wave on Sukkot –

the palm, myrtle, and willow branches, and the citron fruit.

They help us celebrate the land’s abundance;

the sound they make echoes our prayers for rain

in Israel throughout the winter.


Lulav and Etrog sets can be ordered through the synagogue for $45.

Call the synagogue office to place your order by Friday, September 27th.

Payment must be made when you order.


Operation Isaiah:

A High Holy Day Food Drive



The prophet Isaiah said:

This is my chosen fast…

share your bread with the hungry,

take the homeless into your home,

clothe the naked when you see him,

do not turn away from people in need

(Isaiah 58:6-7)


Please take a shopping bag on

Rosh haShannah, September 30,

 fill it with household supplies (see list),

and return it when you come to services on Kol Nidre




This year, this fast –

join MAZON and remember those who have no choice in their fast.  Choose to work toward a future where no one in America goes hungry. 


Donate today, and give millions of Americans a

sweet New Year – where they are not forgotten, not

ignored, and certainly not hungry.


(800) 813-0557                           www.mazon.org       



Giving Tzedakah Before Yom Kippur

Like other holidays, Yom Kippur is an important opportunity to give generously to others.

It is also a time to model the open-heartedness and concern that we anticipate receiving from God and those whom we have wronged.

As we enter the synagogue for Kol Nidrei on the evening of Yom Kippur, there will be a table with baskets for various charities available to receive our donations.


May this be one step toward bringing healing to ourselves and those around us.



A Celebration of Jewish Learning

sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central Mass,

will be held at Cong. Beth Israel

Saturday, November 16, 5:30pm – 10:00pm

15 Jamesbury Drive, Worcester






Tot Chag Services


All of our youngest guests and congregants are invited to join Alana Clements and Lauren Farb in the Childrens’ Room

for Tot Chag (Holiday) services at 10:30am

on Rosh haShannah, September 30th 

and on Yom Kippur, October 9th


The morning will be filled with songs, kid-friendly prayers, holiday information, Torah stories, snacks, and free-play time with each other. 


Tot Chag services are designed for children ages newborn to 7, but all are welcome. 

Bring your friends and family!  We hope to have a great crowd with lots of ruach (spirit)! 

And keep an eye out for our upcoming monthly Tot Shabbat dates.  



Help us build and decorate our communal sukkah!

Join us before religious school on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9:00am to help construct our sukkah!

Everyone is welcome.




Fun ideas for enjoying the Sukkot holiday:


  1. Build a family sukkah! Invite guests, or be a guest.
  2. Sukkot marks the end of the fruit harvest—

have some grapes or figs, or enjoy some wine!

  1. Celebrate our local harvest by stopping at a roadside farmstand:

…it’s apple season! (go apple picking! Ask SJ for ideas!)

  1. Come to our Simhat Torah celebration!

Dance to Klezmer band Mashke’s music




Join us for festive Sukkot Services!




The High Holy Day season does not end with the Ne’ilah service but rather with the extended celebration and thanksgiving of Sukkot.

In recent years, attendance has been unfortunately low for our community’s services and events.


Please help make minyan

 and add to the rejoicing through your presence and participation:


  • First Day of Sukkot: Morning service Monday, October 14th (Time TBD)

Service includes Hallel, Torah Reading, and Musaf.

Please notify the office if you plan to attend so that we can ensure we have a minyan.


  • Sukkot afternoon: Monday, October 14th 2:00 – 6:00pm

Open house, open Sukkah at Rabbi Eichenholtz’ residence

  • Intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot: Saturday, October 19th 9:30am

Service includes Hallel and readings from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes).


  • Pizza in the Hut: Sunday, October 20th 10:30 am


  • Simhat Torah Celebration: Monday, October 21st 6:00pm

Will include an evening service, singing and dancing with the Torah, and chanting the very end and very beginning of Torah.

We are excited to be joined again by the Mashke band!








Monday evening, October 21, 6:00 p.m.


Celebrate with the klezmer band Mashke!


Come dance, sing, and parade with the Torah!





Refreshments will be served!








Calendar of High Holiday Services – 5780




SERVICE                                                      DATE                                     TIME 


Selihot                                                             Sat, Sept. 21                              8:00 pm        


                  Please join us at the synagogue for the opening service of the High Holy Days


Kever Avot                                                     Sun, Sept. 9                               9:00 am       

(At Fitchburg Jewish Cemetery)


Rosh haShannah                                          

      Evening service                                         Sun, Sept. 29                             6:00 pm        

      Day 1                                                        Mon, Sept. 30                          9:30 am

      Tot Chag                                                                                                   10:30 am

      Jr. Congregation                                                                                        10:30 am

      Tashlikh                                                                                                following services

      Day 2 Rosh haShannah service                 Tues, Oct. 1                              9:30 am


Kabbalat Shabbat                                            Fri, Oct. 4                                   6:00 pm       

Shabbat Shuvah                                              Sat, Oct. 5                                  9:30 am 


Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei                                                 Tues, Oct. 8                               7:00 pm        

Morning service                                        Wed, Oct. 9                              9:30 am

             w/Yizkor – Memorial Service

Tot Chag                                                                                                   10:30 am

Jr. Congregation                                                                                        10:30 am

Afternoon service & Jonah                                                                         4:00 pm                                                                                                  


Day 1 w/lulav & etrog                              Mon, Oct. 14  morning service, time To Be Announced

Kabbalat Shabbat                                      Fri, Oct. 18                                6:00 pm

Shabbat (Hol haMo’ed Sukkot)                Sat, Oct. 19                               9:30 am

Pizza in the Hut                                        Sun, Oct 20                             10:30 am

Simhat Torah w/Mashke                           Mon, Oct. 21                             6:00 pm

              w/Yizkor – Memorial Service           




Operation Isaiah donation list:

This year our Project Isaiah donations will go to the Interfaith Hospitality Network shelter for homeless families.




The following is a list of items they always need:


  • Twin Sheet Sets (Walmart sets for $5)
  • Full Size Towels
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Diapers Sizes 4, 5, 6
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Children’s Shampoo / Body Wash
  • Tampons
  • Baby Wipes
  • Shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lysol / Clorox Wipes
  • Dish Soap
  • Dishwasher Pods
  • Laundry Pods
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Children’s snack non-perishables-

Examples: NutriGrain Bars, Goldfish, Cheez-itz, fruit cups,

        applesauce pouches, fruit snacks, veggie sticks or chips



The shelter will not be in need of any canned goods this year





Please help us help our community by filling a bag

(to be picked up on Rosh haShannah)

and bring it back to the synagogue on Kol Nidre.


Thank you


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