Saturday, October 31st 2020   |

Yom Kippur

‘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

www.bethisraelnola.com

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

CONGREGATION GATES...

Rabbi’s Fantasy – A Bob Alper Cartoon

OP-ED: Not feeling it in Zoom synagogue? Going outside could help.

By TIFFANY SHLAIN

(JTA) — This year, you can quiet a congregation of Jews with a press of your mute button. It’s hard to believe.

During a normal High Holiday season, synagogues are packed, and services are accompanied by a cacophony of on- and off-key singing, random coughs, babies crying and an impatient chorus of “Is it over yet?” from both children and bubbes. 

Just as the Beatles’ managers hired...

Person in the Parsha: Shabbat Shuva

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

 

DO YOU HEAR VOICES?

Do you ever hear voices?

I do, especially at this time of year.

It is now the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This ten-day period is known as the ten days of Teshuvah, or repentance. During this time Jews become more contemplative,...

Off the Pulpit: A Reflection and a Prayer

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Each year we wonder, “who will live and who will die?” We know that the question is genuine, but this year it feels more urgent than it has in my lifetime.

By most measures human life has grown better, more prosperous and longer. Hunger and disease — the pandemic obviously aside — have declined. These processes are gradual, and don’t make the morning paper. Humanity as a...

Remember

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Yom Kippur’s “Martyrology” service is a moving tribute to those Jews who, in times of persecution throughout history, gave their lives for our faith. In unsparing, graphic detail, the liturgy describes the tortured deaths of Rabbis Akiba, Chanina ben Teradyon, Yehudah ben Bava, and other Sages.

The Martyrology takes its Hebrew name from the Biblical verse with which it opens: “Eileh Ezkerah – These I...