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Service Guide & Schedule

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Yom Kippur Schedule

Sunday, September 27  -Kol Nidre (evening)

  • Kol Nidre Main Service at 6:30pm on (Sermon at approximately 7:30pm)
  • Kol Nidre Traditional Service at 6:30pm on

Monday, September 28 - Yom Kippur

  • Traditional Service at 8:00am on
  • Tot Shofar Service (preschool families) at 9:00am on
  • B'Yachad Family Service (elementary school age families) at 10:00am on
  • Main Service at 10:00am on *Join in early to stroll through our virtual "lobby"
  • Sermon and Yizkor at approximately 11:30am (Sermon and Yizkor are part of the Main Service broadcast)

Afternoon Sessions

Pre-Recorded Sessions - These sessions will launch at 1:00pm on

  • "Prayer for the State of Israel" with Rabbi Donniel Hartman
  • "Hearing the Global Tekiyah: How Do You Hear the Shofar Blast?" - Jewish World Watch presentation by Janice Kamenir-Reznik
  • A Conversation between Rabbi Noah Farkas and Amanda Berman, Founder and Executive Director of The Zioness Movement
  • Mincha Haftorah Jonah chanted by Irv Weintraub and introduced by Rabbi Ed Feinstein
  • "Let's Talk About Jonah" with VBS Members and Educators Ali Hurwitz-Kelman and Robin Melameth

Live Study Sessions - Join on Zoom or watch live at

  • ​2:00pm "Teshuva: Return in Love" A Yom Kippur Meditation with Cantor Phil Baron
  • 3:00pm "P'tach Lanu Sha'ar: Open Our Gates - Praying For Vulnerability" Study Session with Rabbi Joshua Hoffman
  • 4:00pm "Avinu Malkeinu" Text Study with Rabbi Noah Farkas

Mincha & Neilah

  • Traditional Mincha and Neilah at 5:30pm on
  • Community Family Neilah LIVE! at 6:45pm on Zoomwatch.vbs.orgFacebook and YouTube (Zoom Meeting ID: 959 2435 4759; Passcode: VBS) Get out your glow sticks! Join rabbis and cantors and their families in their homes for Neilah, shofar blowing and break the fast - BYOB: Bring Your Own Break Fast
  • Final Shofar Blast at 7:18pm

Service Options

The Main Service: Live from Niznick Sanctuary

Officiated by our rabbis and cantors, the Main Service is approximately two hours and will feature your favorite High Holiday music and prayers, and inspiring and thought-provoking sermons by our VBS rabbis. Join us live at 10:00am on Rosh Hashanah Day One and Day Two, at 6:30pm for Kol Nidre and at 10:00am on Yom Kippur. Sermon and Yizkor will be at approximately 11:30am on Yom Kippur.

Two Family Services: Tot Shofar and B'Yachad

  • Tot Shofar service, a 40-minute service for families with ECC-age children airing at 9:00am on Rosh Hashanah Day One, Rosh Hashanah Day Two and Yom Kippur
  • B'Yachad service, a 90-minute service for families with elementary school-age children airing at 10:00am on Rosh Hashanah Day One, Rosh Hashanah Day Two and Yom Kippur

Traditional Service

A traditional service led by members of our Playground minyan davening the traditional liturgy will begin at 8:00am on Rosh Hashanah Day One, Day Two and Yom Kippur, at 6:30pm on Kol Nidre and at 6:00pm for Yom Kippur mincha and neilah. The service will last approximately 3 hours, then we invite everyone to join the main service. On Yom Kippur we invite everyone to join the main service for the sermon and Yizkor at approximately 11:30am.

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781