High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah Bird Rolls

Why Bird Shapes? According to “Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook” (Schocken, 2004), bird-shaped challah rolls, called feygelekh (Yiddish for “little bird”) symbolized “the protection of God’s people as stated in Isaiah 31:5: ‘As birds hovering [over their fledglings], so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem.’” Another interpretation, offered by Linda Burghardt in “Jewish Holiday…

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Secrets of the Synagogue Sanctuary

Secrets of the (Synagogue) Sanctuary Most Americans have never been inside a synagogue. Those that have may not know the parts of the sanctuary and their meaning. What is the bema? What’s the Eternal Light and is it really eternal? Do Jews kneel? Where should you sit? Should visitors wear head coverings? What about prayer…

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Rosh Hashanah is Here!

This is it! Rosh Hashanah arrives this evening. If you are still considering where you’ll go and have no plans there are a few places where you can drop in. Look at the events list below and also check here. If you are not up to services then think about how to have a warm,…

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Kol Nidre service only

Join the East Bay Minyan for the evening of Kol Nidre for a very modest fee. Kol Nidre – Yom Kippur Evening Join the East Bay Minyan for the Kol Nidre service. East Bay Minyan is an independent minyan in Berkeley and Oakland that values tradition and inclusivity and strives to accommodate both Egalitarian and…

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