Dear Guests -
L’Shana Tova! Let this new year be a good year. A year of health, peace, and justice.
Welcome! We are delighted to welcome guests to our Kol Ami High Holy Days celebrations and commemorations this year. We enter into this new year, 5781, with many mixed emotions. We embrace the newness and possibility of the Jewish New Year and yet we are painfully aware of how different these days of awe will be from all years past.
At Kol Ami we strive to create innovative yet traditional and deeply rooted Jewish rituals. This year we will be employing the power of technology to create ever more meaningful and impactful Holy Day services. Our celebrations and commemorations will be online gatherings: hamish (cozy, simple, intimate), interactive and on Zoom. As a guest, by registering and making a honoring donation ($18-$360 per person as able) you will be gaining an ALL-ACCESS PASS to everything we are doing at this season from Selichot to Simchat Torah. By registering for High Holy Day Access you will be a member for the Season. We will have a few in-person, outside, masked gatherings as permissible by state guidelines. But most of what we do together will be virtual gatherings. And they will be true gatherings: engaging and personal. Pre-registration will be required for all events for security purposes. Once you sign up for the ALL-ACCESS PASS, you will receive a series of High Holy Day digital newsletters with links to register for specific services and events.
In addition to gaining access to all of our programs and events for the Season, all households who register will receive a special New Year Home Celebration package delivered to your home. These packages will include a variety of Jewish spiritual tools to facilitate your celebration and commemoration throughout the holy day season. I will not reveal the exact content of the packages, so it can be a surprise, but look for our New Year Celebration package to arrive in your mailbox the week of September 13-18.
Every voluntary donation that is made upon registration helps Kol Ami continue to thrive as a Center for Jewish Life on the Eastside. We rely on the generosity of our guests and community members at-large to support our ongoing work. We are grateful for every donation. We welcome honoring donations ranging from $18 to $360 per person or household. Money should never be a barrier to participation and engagement in Jewish community - therefore we leave the exact dollar amount of this honoring donation up to you.
I look forward to seeing your faces and welcoming you personally, even if digitally, to our community for this precious season of repentance, renewal and healing.
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg