Temple Anshe Amunim at 26 Broad St. has announced its 2012 High Holy Days services and celebrations. Tickets are required for some services and are available through the Temple office.
Rabbi Josh Breindel, the temple’s spiritual leader, will lead the services, supported by the temple choir under the direction of Dr. Alan Gold, the musical director.
Preparation for the High Holy Days will begin with a meditative Selichot service of songs and stories, preparation for the forthcoming Holy Days. The service will be followed by a dessert reception on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Evening Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a special Yom Tov oneg (festive meal) of traditional holiday desserts.
The Rosh Hashanah Family Service, oriented for preschoolers through young grade-schoolers (children should be accompanied by an adult) will be on Monday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. with the Congregational Service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The ritual of Tashlich, the figurative "casting off" of sins of the previous year, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fred Garner River Park on Pomeroy Avenue. After the service, participants are invited to bring a potluck picnic supper to the temple.
The next day, Sunday, Sept. 23, the Service of Faith will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Temple Anshe Amunim section of the Pittsfield Cemetery on Wahconah Street.
Yom Kippur (day of atonement) services commence with the Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Yom Kippur family service will begin at 9 a.m. It will be followed by the Congregational Service at 10:30 a.m.
A special High Holy Day study session will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon services will resume at 3 p.m. with Yizkor. The Ne’ilah closing service will begin at approximately 5 p.m.
At the conclusion of services, there will be a reservation-only Break-the-Fast with a buffet of salads, entrees, bagels, lox and desserts. Reservations for this meal must be made by Sept. 19 at the temple office.
The Erev Sukkot Service will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The next day, the Festival of Sukkot will be celebrated with a lunch in the temple sukkah and a study program led by Rabbi Breindel at noon. Shemini Atzeret and Yizkor Memorial Services will be observed on Monday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m.
A family-friendly Simchat Torah Celebration will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at (413)442-5910 or visit www.ansheamunim.org.