Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- days of sweetness and
atonement - are the culmination of a month-long
process of coming back to God. During the High
Holidays, we embrace the study and beauty of the
Torah and rejoice with prayer and song.
HIGH HOLIDAY INFORMATION
We are pleased to announce that our 2012 High
Holiday Services will be held at the Bergen Perform
Arts Center located at 31 North Van Brunt Street
(1 block north of Palisades Avenue) in Englewood,
New Jersey on the following dates and times:
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 16 7:30 p.m.
Hashanah Morning Service
September 17 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
September 17 2 p.m.
Day Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday September 18 10:30 a.m. in Alpine (1 Old Dock
Tuesday September 25 7:30 p.m.
Kippur Morning Service
Wednesday September 26 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 26 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
and Yizkor Service
Wednesday September 26 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
We request that you send in your ticket requests
early. Your membership dues include tickets for
you and your children through college age. They
may not be purchased for non members living in
Bergen County or given to them for admission to
services You may purchase additional tickets for
visiting family members at $100 per person. By
special arrangement, non-member tickets can be
purchased for $125 per person.
Only those with tickets will be admitted to services.
Family Member Name All Services Rosh Hashanah
For Payment By Credit Card : (Circle One)
Total Amount of Charge: $___________________
Name on the Account: __________________________________
(Print Name) (Signature)
Your contribution is tax deductible as permitted
Please remit to:
Chavurah Beth Shalom
P.O. Box 417
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Fax: (201) 567-5551
DIRECTIONS FOR HIGH HOLY DAYS:
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 N. Van Brunt Street
Englewood, New Jersey 07631
(201) 816-8160 (office)
(201) 227-1030 (box office)
Conveniently located just minutes from the George
Washington Bridge, bergenPAC is within easy access
of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Westchester
and Rockland counties. The Center’s location
in downtown Englewood provides a safe suburban
setting with free parking and a wide selection
of outstanding restaurants and cafés nearby.
You'll also find an array of art galleries and
shops displaying antiques, gifts and crafts, and
fashions – all within walking distance.
From Route 4 East/West
Exit right at Englewood/Grand Ave. Go north on
Grand Ave. to Palisade Ave. (about 1 mile). Turn
left and go two blocks to North Van Brunt St.
(immediately after railroad tracks). Turn right.
bergenPAC is in the middle of the block on the
From Route 17 North/South
Route 17 North or South to Route 4 East. Follow
directions "From Route 4 East/West."
From George Washington Bridge
Take Route 4 West exit. Follow directions for
Route 4 West above. Or: Take the Palisades Interstate
Parkway North to Exit 1. Turn right off the exit
ramp onto Palisade Ave. Go down the hill (about
2 miles), and make an immediate right after the
railroad tracks onto North Van Brunt St. bergenPAC
is in the middle of the block on the left.
From NJ Turnpike
95 North (Local) toward GWB to Exit 71 (Broad
Ave.). Turn right onto Broad Ave. Stay on Broad.
Broad becomes Dana Place. At the end of Dana,
turn left at traffic light onto Palisade Ave.
Make right after the railroad tracks. bergenPAC
is on the left.
From Route 80
Take Route 80 East (local lane). 80 and 95 merge
in Teaneck. Follow directions "From NJ Turnpike."
From Nyack Area
Take Palisades Interstate Parkway South to Exit
1. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Palisade
Ave. Go down the hill (about 2 miles), make an
immediate right after the railroad tracks onto
North Van Brunt St. bergenPAC is in the middle
of the block on the left.
NJ TRANSIT BUS SERVICE TO BERGEN PAC
Take the #166, #178, #186, #756 or #780 bus to
the Van Brunt St. & Palisade Ave. stop in
Englewood. For a list of the towns serviced by
these bus routes.
RED & TAN BUS SERVICE TO BERGEN PAC
Take the #11A, #20, or #14 bus to the Van Brunt
St. & Palisade Ave. stop in Englewood. For
a list of the towns serviced by these bus routes.
For more information, contact the Chavurah at
201.567.7806 or email ChavBethShalom@aol.com
or see our home page under what's new for all
of our High Holy Day information.
Rosh HaShanah History
The origin of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year,
is Biblical (Lev. 23:23-25): "a sacred occasion
commemorated with loud blasts (of the Shofar,
the ram's horn)." The Bible refers to the holiday
as Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the
Shofar) and Yom Zikaron Teruah (the day of remembering
the sounding of the Shofar).
In Talmudic times, Rosh HaShanah became a celebration
of the anniversary of the world's creation and
a day of self-examination, repentance and judgment.
While the day was called Yom HaZikaron (Day of
Remembrance) and Yom HaDin (Judgment Day), the
name Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year) was first
used in the Mishnah has become the most prevalent.
Rosh HaShanah is both a solemn and happy day.
It is a time for introspection, asking for forgiveness,
giving forgiveness, resolving to do better, remembering
God is our King and Judge, and praying for a healthy
and happy year to come. We are solemn in our repentance,
but happy in our confidence that God is merciful
Yom Kippur History
Repentance (teshuva) is the theme of Yom Kippur.
While our sins alienate us from God, our repentance
reconciles us with God. On Yom Kippur, we ask
for God to forgive us for our sins.
The first Yom Kippur occurred when Moses descended
Mount Sinai with the second set of Tablets, a
symbol of the renegotiated covenant between God
and the Jewish People. The Israelites alienated
God by worshipping the golden calf. Moses ascended
Mount Sinai to ask God for forgiveness. The Israelites
repented by fasting during the day while Moses
was on the mountain. On the tenth day of the Hebrew
month of Tishrei (Yom Kippur), Moses descended
Mount Sinai with the second Tablets.
God decreed the tenth day of the month of Tishrei
as a day of atonement:
"Let it be a statute for you forever: in the seventh
month, on the tenth of the month, you shall starve
your vital energies and do no manner of work....
For on this day it shall bring atonement upon
you, to purify you, before God shall you become
pure of all your aberrations." (Vayikra/Leviticus
Just as the Israelites alienated God with their
unfaithful behavior, some of our behavior during
the year has also alienated us from God. Just
as the Israelites repented for their sins, we
also repent for our sins. Praying and fasting
enables us to envision the divine image that lives
in each of us. Just as God forgave the Israelites
on the tenth of Tishrei, it is our hope that God
will forgive us on Yom Kippur.