Rabbi’s Message

As we approach our Jewish Days of Awe, I look forward to celebrating our 10th High Holy Day season and our 11th year together! Joe will be handling the honors, and I’m thrilled that our board has voted to offer an even wider range of honors to non-Jewish family members. Many of you have shared with me how very special it is to have numerous congregants participating in services and this is only possible if YOU sign up with Joe for English readings, ark openings, candle blessings, English Haftorah readings and Hebrew Torah blessings.  Please email him your desire to participate at joewallack@gmail.com

Our High Holy Day schedule is as follows:
Sunday, September 29th~ Erev Rosh Hashana congregational dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Baybrook Mall beginning at 5 pm.

Please RSVP to Joe Wallack by Sunday September 15th at joewallack@gmail.com

Sunday, September 29th ~ Erev Rosh Hashana services begin at 7:30 pm and are followed by a sweet oneg.  Please bring a dessert dish to share!

Monday, September 30th ~ Rosh Hashana services and a children’s service beginning at 9:30 am.

Friday October 4th ~ family Shabbat Shuvah (the Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) services beginning at 6:30 pm followed by a potluck dinner.

Tuesday October 8th~ Kol Nidrei services beginning at 7:30 pm

Wednesday October 9th~ Yom Kippur morning services and a children’s service beginning at 9:30 am. Yom Kippur afternoon services start at 4 pm. Yizkor services begin at 5 pm~ please bring pictures of your loved ones whom you are remembering. Closing Service/Neilah~ 5:30 pm, followed by our community break the fast.

BEFORE the High Holy Days, there are two shows at the ERJCC that you may be interested in attending.  Thursday September 19th is A Night of Comic Relief, featuring 3 Jewish comedians, with headliner Jessica Kirson.  Following their comedy sets they will have a conversation about Judaism and comedy.  Please let me know if you’d like to join me!  Tickets are available at erjcchouston.org.

The ERJCC is partnering with The Ensemble Theatre for a play called City of Good Abode which relives the story of the historic strike by Memphis sanitation workers that led to King’s death, while exploring the relationship between America’s African American community and the nation’s Jewry.  This play is the winner of the 2017 Jewish Plays Project’s New Play Contest.  Tickets for the play are available at erjcchouston.org/theatre.

I hope all our children are off to a good start to the school year and Happy 5780,

Rabbi Deborah