The High Holidays are a special time for Kehila as we welcome the public to attend our services. This has been true since 1980, when Reb David — then our Judaic resource provider — requested that we invite members of the greater Jewish community to join us. Thus began a tradition that has carried forward to today, when we fill the auditorium of a local high school with such a wonderful group of people to welcome the new year on Rosh Hashanah and observe the rituals of Yom Kippur.
Like our other Jewish observances, High Holidays Kehila-style are unique. Reb David and others who help lead the service are accompanied by talented musicians, and the bema is adorned with tapestries created by community members. Torah readers represent all ages of Kehila-ites, and aliyot to bless the Torah before and after each portion are fulfilled by those who serve our community in special ways as well as newly-weds, parents of newborns, and other groups. Reb David brings interesting, esteemed speakers to teach us and call us to action for human rights and peace in the world.
Another highlight is our experiential High Holiday program for children. Our unique programs integrate worship, music and art. The children experience the joy and meaning of the holidays through these special, hands-on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur activities. At the end of the morning program the children have the opportunity to join the adult service to hear the blowing of the Shofar.
Virtually everyone in the Kehila community volunteers to help, organized by an active and dedicated committee who see that everything runs smoothly. To create the warm, inclusive, welcoming feeling with which we greet each year, it takes a community. And what a community we have!