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Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 8
Shmooze:7:30, Services: 8:00
Barrack Hebrew Academy

High Holidays:  
All at Barrack Hebrew Academy
Slichot Services: Saturday, September 16 at 8:00pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20: 8:00pm
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21: 10:00am
(Tashlich immediately following morning service)
Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29: 7:00pm  (Note start time)
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30: 10:00am 
*(Yizkor immediately following morning service)
Afternoon Service: 4:00pm

Sukkot Celebration & Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, October 6 
Shmooze 7:30, Services: 8:00
*At Our Home: 1295 S. Avignon Dr, Gladwyne

Shemini Atzeret Yizkor
Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 12
Service and Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30

*At Our Home: 1295 S. Avignon Dr, Gladwyne

Shireinu News and Events:

The High Holidays are on time this year! 
We begin the season of reflection and repentance with the Slichot service (Saturday, September 16 at 8:00pm). This service begins the process of cheshbon nefesh, an accounting of our soul, in looking both behind as well as forward into the New Year.  

The season of joining is upon us!  
We are hoping that each member family will contribute financially (and as generously as they are able) to sustain our community.  Your dues enable our community to program, rent space, cover insurance, compensate our support staff (including your rabbis), purchase supplies etc.  We couldn't do it without your support. Our membership can be found on our website:
High Holiday tickets are of course included in your membership.  
If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call: 610.581.0237
High Holiday Ticket forms are available on our website: We will be offering tickets for a
suggested donationof $180 per  person for all the services you wish to attend. 

Please note the times of our High Holiday Services. Wednesday, September 20, Erev Rosh Hashanah is at 8:00pm.  We begin on Thursday at 10am and we hope you join us for Tashlich at the pond, immediately following the service. 
Friday, September 29 Kol Nidre is at 7:00pm.  On Saturday, September 30 we will begin at 10:00am.
We are trying something new this year and adding Yizkor at the end of the morning service. We hope you will return for the afternoon service and discussion beginning at 4:00pm, followed by N'ilah (closing service).  

Written In Stone: 
Psalm 27 is the special psalm that is recited each day starting the month prior to Rosh Hashanah. As the new moon of Elul appears (just after the eclipse) we begin preparing ourselves for the High Holidays.  In this beautiful psalm we sing..."One thing I ask of you"?
Just one thing? But I have so much I'd like to ask for. How can I possibly narrow it down?
The answer the psalmist gives is "to live in the House of God all the days of my life".   I'm not quite sure what that means but I don't think that would be the "ONE thing" that I would request at this time in my life.
So I'm preparing for the Holidays to think of that not only which I want to receive but also that which I need to give.  As the rabbi (and Hazzan) for the Days of Awe, I am busy preparing music, sermons, stories, etc.  but I realize that is not the only way I should prepare.  What do I plan to do to really get myself ready?
It is time for the ultimate Chesbon Nefesh. Review of my soul.
What have I done this past year that needs a review or a change.
What have I done this past year that I am proud of and I would like to continue.
Who have I been in touch with and who do I need to contact.
Oy- I let myself get out of shape again.
The physical and emotional parts of my life need a repair.  Some parts need more tweaking than others but nevertheless this is the time to turn and grow and change.
When the Shofar sounds this year I hope I will be prepared to know the "one thing' or more I am ready to ask about.
How about you?
Lishannah Tova Tikateyvu

Minister March for Justice

Aug 29, 2017 ,  Rabbi Hannah Goldstein

Y esterday I had the privilege of addressing the Ministers March For Justice. It was a day filled with inspiring moments. In these difficult months, marching with people of faith, seeing clergy decked out in their religious garb take the streets of Washington, gave me a renewed sense of hope. When we rounded the corner onto Pennsylvania Avenue and the capitol dome came into view, there was new meaning to the words spoken by one of yesterday's many inspiring speakers, "they have the position, but we have the power." Yesterday was about harnessing the power of faith leaders of communities all around the country, and I left with an even greater sense of urgency to rally our congregations to do this work. 

I am Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, I am a rabbi at Temple Sinai, in Washington D.C. and my congregation is like many of your congregations. We will not stand idly by.
This is a sacred season for Jews. We are in the month of Elul, when we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiest days of the Jewish Year. At the very end of this period of soul searching and introspection, late in the afternoon on Yom Kippur, in the final hours of our fast, we sing words from Psalm 118. We conclude our worship on the holiest day of the year by crying out to God:  Pitchu li sharei tzedek, open the gates of righteousness.
We are here, to open the gates- to open the gates of righteousness, to open the gates of justice.
We are here because it certainly doesn't look like that's what our justice department is trying to do. Lately, it seems like our justice department is working overtime to close those gates, and to barricade them shut.
To lock the gates to the voting booths, to lock the gates of the private prisons, after filling them to capacity. They want to lock the gates to this country, to lock the gates to our hospitals and our clinics.
Yesterday, I stand with my brothers and sisters, people of faith, to say that when our justice department closes the gates, together, we will push them back open.
Open the gates.
If they punish sanctuary cities, then we will open wide the doors of our sanctuaries to welcome in those who are vulnerable and afraid.
Open the gates.
If they ban courageous transgender Americans from defending the values of this country, then we will defend our values by standing with them in solidarity.
Open the gates.
If they're going to send tweets about the devastating hurricane in Houston, we're going to send food, and diapers, and people to help rebuild.
Open the gates.
If they want to build walls, well then we're just going to have to lift each other up higher.   "Open the gates"
If they want to teach hate, then we are going to have to love harder.
Open the gates.
Because, of this, we are certain. They are not truly the gatekeepers. They are not the ultimate gatekeeper. They can try to barricade those gates closed, but we will walk tall and unafraid. And we will keep marching right up to those gates, and we will push on those gates with our bodies, with our voices, with our words, with our songs, with our prayers, and we will open the gates.
Arm in arm, we will open the gates, and we will walk through those gates into a land of righteousness, into a land of justice, and into a land of love. Together, we will open the gates of justice.
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