Dear Members and Friends,
Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to last year’s High Holy Days Appeal. Your support is truly appreciated and is vital to the continued health of our community!
Note: All in-person events require (a) social distancing and (b) masks for all above the age of 2. Zoom links and Tashlich location info were sent out the week of 31 August.
- You must show proof of vaccination at each venue in order to gain entry
- You must wear a mask at all times
- Make sure to dress in warm layers for the outdoor services, as there will be no heaters under the tent (fire code)
May You Be Inscribed
Our High Holy Days Appeal begins with this letter and concludes with our Kol Nidrei service, during which congregants share personal stories about what our congregation means to them. If the B’nai Emunah and/or Beth Israel Judea communities have been an important part of your Jewish Journey, please join us in supporting our collective endeavor. Annual High Holy Days Appeal donations underwrite crucial general operations and make up approximately 10% of our annual budget.
Regardless of whether you can afford a financial contribution, please also consider a pledge of volunteer time, or a pledge to continue your present volunteering. Your help on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis is a treasure for the vitality of our religious and spiritual home!
Thank you for your support!
! לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִּכָּתֵבוּ וְתִּחַתֵמוּ
L‘Shanah Tovah Tikateivu V’Tikhateimu! / May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
Donations are key to the vitality of our community; please see the supplemental letter included with this packet, and consider giving as you are able.
Sweet Greetings Fundraiser
Use the registration form to send a Rosh Hashanah
greeting card and special treat to B’nai Emunah and Beth Israel Judea congregants. This Sisterhood fundraiser is easy and fun and helps fund congregational programs. Here’s how it works:
- For $180, send a greeting to all members of the congregation.
- For $9 each, send a greeting to individual congregants.
Yizkor Book of Remembrance
During the season of the High Holy Days, it is traditional to remember loved ones who have passed away. One special way to honor our beloved departed is to include them in our Yizkor Book of Remembrance that is distributed to all worshippers for Yizkor on Yom Kippur. A copy is also placed in the Aron Kodesh, the Holy Ark where the Torah scrolls are kept. A donation of $9 per name is requested. This year, the booklet will be in both print and electronic form.
One Pledge Option for Holiday Giving
Would you like to pledge now for all three holiday appeals during the 2021/2022 membership year? This includes:
- The upcoming High Holy Days
To pay by credit card, use the form below or call the office at 415-664-7373.
To pay by check, make your check payable to Congregation B’nai Emunah and mail to Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116.
To arrange to fulfill donation pledges later in one lump sum or to arrange a payment plan, please call the office at 415-664-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About this Form
We hope you will join us for High Holy Days Services. Please use this form to:
- Make a reservation for Associate Members & Non-Members (Standard Members & Sustaining Members will receive Zoom credentials in the mail, and may use this form to make reservations for others).
- Make a free reservation for students (with valid student ID).
- Make a free reservation for military personnel (with valid military ID).
- Make a free reservation if this is your first year joining us for the High Holy Days.
- Pledge or donate money and time to our Annual High Holy Days Appeal!
- Order Sweet Greetings to support our Sisterhood Fundraiser!
- Add loved ones who have passed away to our Yizkor Book of Remembrance.
Family Services and Programs
We welcome all families to participate with us during our shared observance and celebration of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Family Services will be held outdoors at the The Irish Cultural Center at 10:15 am (both on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and on Yom Kippur) and will be led by Rabbi Sami with Rabbi Aura, Rabbi Elisheva, and friends. There will be some stories, prayers, interactive learning, and one or two songs where kids/parents can clap, dance and sing along very softly. On Rosh Hashanah this service will end in time for everyone to gather under the tent together to hear the shofar!
Children over the age of 2 who can wear masks responsibly may participate in outdoor services seated in the “open tent” with their parents, but should not be running around.
Childcare will be offered indoors at the Irish Cultural Center during the Rosh Hashanah (Days 1 and 2), Kol Nidrei, and Yom Kippur services. See the registration form to request; services are provided for free, but donations to offset cost are gratefully accepted.
Parking at the Irish Cultural Center
The Irish Cultural Center is located at 45 th Avenue and Wawona Street. The main entrance is on Wawona Street (the “Wawona Gate”) with secondary access on 45 th Avenue. The easiest and most abundant parking on weekdays is on Sloat Blvd., which is one short block south. In particular, there is head-in parking along Sloat Blvd. between 41 st and 45 th Avenues — along the median in the westbound direction, and adjacent to the Zoo in the eastbound direction. There is also parking on the residential streets in the vicinity.
For your convenience and safety, we have obtained the closure of the curb along 45 th Avenue adjacent to the Irish Cultural Center. You may use this space for drop-off and pick-up on Tuesday, September 7 (Rosh Hashanah Day 1) and Thursday, September 16 (Yom Kippur). Some limited amount of handicapped parking may be available in this space. Please follow the direction of the attendant in keeping this space accessible for everyone.