High Holy Days

High Holy Day services are open to all. Nehar Shalom does not sell tickets or assign seats, but we ask that you make as generous a donation as you are able to. In making your contribution, please consider that the cost for High Holy Day tickets around Boston ranges from $100 – $360.

The Nehar Shalom community uses a High Holy Day prayerbook or machzor published in 2011, Mahzor Lev Shalem, that is breathtaking in its scope, depth, and beauty. With a gender-neutral English translation, Mahzor Lev Shalem offers extensive commentary that speaks to heart and mind, along with innovative additions, such as “Prayers of Brokenness and Wholeness” before the sounding of the shofar, a prayer for those who cannot fast, and a Yizkor memorial for a person remembering an abusive parent. Adorning, and at times offering counterpoint to the traditional prayers, there are alternative readings and kavvanot/intentions that reflect a wide range of perspective and experience.

Speaking poignantly to the importance of such diverse expression, the senior editor, Rabbi Edward Feld, writes in the introduction: “We have been conscious that a High Holy Day Congregation is a diverse community and what speaks to some will not resonate with others. We hope that among the different voices you will find something that inspires your prayer.” To learn more about Mahzor Lev Shalem, you can visit: http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/mahzor/welcome.html.

During the high holy days, there will be a tent in the back yard where parents and children can find respite. There also will be a program for children and their parents from 11:00 to 12:00 on the first day of Rosh Hashana and on Yom Kippur. While geared primarily to children age 3-7,  children of all ages are welcome. Please indicate when you register if you and your children plan to attend.

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In consideration of people with chemical sensitivities, please refrain from using scents in our small space.