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High Holidays

High Holiday Congregational Forum
Ayeka? Where are you? Because of the challenging times we live in, our High Holiday services for this fall will look different. Join us online for an hour-long congregational Zoom forum focused on HEA’s plans for the upcoming Days of Awe. Circle your calendars for either Thursday evening, August 6, 7:00 p.m. or Sunday morning, August 9, 10:00 a.m. to have your questions answered by our professional and lay leaders. 


High Holiday FAQ

How come there is just one service scheduled for the Holy Days observances? 
Nothing can truly replace the experience of being in synagogue for the High Holy Days. Video can neither capture the grandeur of our Traditional Service nor the participatory energy of Shir Hadash. High Holy Day 5781 services are being crafted by our clergy team specifically for this year’s experience. They will be musical, engaging and tailored for online viewing.   

Who will be in the sanctuary for the worship services? 
All High Holy Day services will be led by our clergy and worship leadership team from the HEA sanctuary. To best comply with public health guidance and regulations, the worship leaders, HEA staff, and the video production crew will be the only people in the building.  HEA members are invited to participate in services remotely. We will not be holding a lottery and there will be no walk-ins admitted. We are all hopeful that next year will be different.  

How can I prepare for High Holy Days this year? 
HEA is offering a menu of connections during the month of Elul this year. We have Elul in the Shul, Drive-In Elul in the Shul, or Stop on by Elul in the Shul. When you participate in Elul in the Shul, you will receive Machzors (prayerbooks), and other resources to enhance your experience at home.   

We will provide you with information about how to log in to our online services, tips for setting up a computer or television, and suggestions for organizing a Prayer Pod.  

How will I visit with my HEA friends this year? 
Being at home for the Holy Days doesn’t mean you have to be alone. We expect our members to visit during Elul in the Shul to pick prayerbooks and meet the clergy and staff. This is an exclusive benefit for our members. We also encourage you to form your own Prayer Pod—a small gathering in a safe environment where you can view worship services with family and friends. Alternatively, you can hold a virtual Prayer Pod using a video conferencing platform like Zoom or FaceTime. There’s no substitute for being at synagogue in person for the holidays, but we hope you will embrace the benefits of being at home: you don’t have to step into the lobby to chat and you won’t have to whisper your comment on the beauty of the Cantor’s voice or the thoughtfulness of the Rabbis’ sermons! 

How will I follow along with the online services without a Machzor?  
The great news is, as a member of HEA, you don’t have to. You will receive a Machzor when you come to any Elul in the Shul event. If you aren’t able to make it to one of the Elul in the Shul events, just give us a call or send us an email and stop on by our office. We’ll get a Machzor in your hands.  

I’m not very tech savvy, how will I figure out how to log on for services? 
We are here to help you. We are adopting a streaming service known for its ease of use and our Communications Director, James McKeon, will be available to help you connect. The best way to make sure you are able to join us for our online experiences is to practice on Shabbat mornings during the summer. Check out our website for instructions or reach out to James at james@HEAdenver.org if you have any concerns about logging on to join us.  

What if I have questions about Elul or the actual services? 
The HEA staff is here. Henini. We are able to help you navigate these unprecedented times as they relate to Elul and High Holy Days. This Chailights contains a staff roster along with contact information for you to keep for any questions your have. 

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Cantor Green presents:
HHD melodies for 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m.

We will spend time on Zoom learning new melodies for this upcoming holiday season as well as dive deeper into the liturgy we will experience together. Click HERE for Zoom information.
Click HERE to sign-up for Elul in the Shul events

Lulav and Etrog Sets: $55/set for HEA members | $60/set for non-members. Orders are due by Tuesday, September 8. Click HERE to order.

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