Tuesday, December 1st 2020   |

High Holidays

Hosanna!

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

“Hosanna” is used in English to signify “a jubilant shout of praise or adoration.” Famously invoked by Frank Lloyd Wright (“Hosanna! A client!”) and in a Paul McCartney song title and lyrics, “Hosanna” finds its earliest origins in Biblical Hebrew.

The Psalmist (118:25) exclaims, “O Lord – Hoshia Na – Deliver us!” That verse is included whenever Hallel is sung, and when the Torah Scrolls...

Succot, the pandemic and a lynching come together in a multiracial Jewish dancer’s new art installation

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — For his latest installation, dancer and choreographer Adam McKinney drew inspiration from what may seem like disparate sources: the Jewish holiday of Succot, the coronavirus pandemic and the 1921 lynching of a Black man in Texas.

“Shelter in Place” consists of a “deconstructed sukkah,” tree branches hanging from the ceiling and elements making up the schach, a see-through material put on top of the sukkah,...

Succot is mostly celebrated outside. That doesn’t necessarily make it safe during COVID-19.

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Succot, the harvest festival that Jews celebrate each fall, would seem to be designed for the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, it’s typically observed outdoors in temporary structures, allowing for more of the fresh air that is considered one of the easiest ways to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.

That’s making the large public succahs erected in parks, synagogues and streets in many observant communities especially...

Tents

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Many congregations conducted this year’s High Holiday services under open-walled tents: a wise health and safety precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a chaplain serving the Boy Scouts of America, I conducted countless outdoor services under canvas. This year’s Holidays – so very different from years past – thus nevertheless had a comforting familiarity!

Tents have an honored place in Jewish history.

Abraham...

‘Ash keeps raining and the smoke is still thick’: How the Northern California fires affected an already disrupted Yom Kippur

By MAYA MIRSKY, DAN PINE and GABE STUTMAN 

(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Rabbi Stephanie Kramer and her family were at home when they got the call to evacuate as Kol Nidre was ending on Sunday evening.

“A very loud alert went off on all our phones,” said Kramer, senior associate rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California, which had prerecorded the opening...

Bibi Shapiro, the 6-year-old whose ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ went viral, sang at Central Synagogue’s Yom Kippur services

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — The first time 6-year-old Bibi Shapiro found out just how widely viewed the video of him singing “Avinu Malkeinu” had been, he was sitting on his mother’s lap in Australia being beamed into Yom Kippur services at one of the largest synagogues in the United States.

Like so many others who saw the video over the past several weeks, Angela Buchdahl, the senior rabbi of New...

‘Avoidance is no longer an option’: This Yom Kippur, rabbis across the country focused their sermons on racial injustice

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — From the coronavirus pandemic to the fires that have ravaged California to the anxiety of our politically polarized moment, there was no shortage of current events for rabbis to mine in their High Holiday sermons this year.

But the topic that stood out this year on Yom Kippur, the day of atoning for one’s sins, was racial injustice and the worldwide protest movement trying to...

A pandemic judgment day: Yom Kippur arrives with COVID-19 cases on the rise

By PHILISSA CRAMER and SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world spent the Yom Kippur holiday offering one last plea to avert death and be inscribed in the book of life for the year to come.

Their prayers came amid a spike in COVID cases in Jewish communities in New York, Israel and around the...

Area Yom Kippur Services (virtual and In-person)

The following is a listing of some of the area services for Yom Kippur.  The Tulane Hillel schedules can be found online.

BTESH FAMILY CHABAD HOUSE (UPTOWN)

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, reservations are required for in-person seating

CONGREGATION ANSHE SFARD SYNAGOGUE

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, reservations are required for in-person seating 

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

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Due to restrictions, reservations are required for in-person seating 

CONGREGATION GATES...

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