Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Clergy and Board of Directors are excited to announce that we will be using the Reform Movement’s machzor (prayer book) — Mishkan HaNefesh (Sanctuary of the Soul), for the 2016 High Holy Days. After using the same machzor for the past 38 years, it has become very clear that what the modern American Jew has come to expect from the High Holy Day experience is very different than in the 70s. As 21st century Jews, we at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills want the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience to be truly meaningful, thought-provoking, and innovative — and our machzor will certainly help us rise to this occasion.
Mishkan HaNefesh embodies our Temple’s vision of “Living Judaism” — a Judaism that is alive and vibrant. By combining traditional modern melodies with inspiring readings and beautiful poetry, the machzor opens both our hearts and minds.
As part of our commitment to "Living Judaism," we have purchased enough machzorim for every congregant to use during the High Holy Days. Personal copies are available for purchase through the CCAR Press. We also encourage you to join our many congregants in this opportunity to donate a bookplate for our machzorim in honor of family members, friends, or Temple Emanuel Clergy.
We look forward to opening our machzorim together in prayer and study this High Holy Day Season.
In light of the Holy Day spirit, we are offering a series of complimentary "Elul" classes. The first one is on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 pm with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron in Davidson-Sheffer.
These classes are great to help you improve the quality of your High Holy Day Experience, so join us today and attend any one of the classes listed below:
September 13 — The Beginnings of Forgiveness with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
September 20 — Drumming Thru Elul with Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Drummer Jeff Sterm (Belle Chapel)
September 27 — Love Thy Neighbor with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
We look forward to spending the High Holy Days with you!