High Holidays

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share with you details about the upcoming High Holidays at Keneseth Israel. After spending last year entirely on Zoom, we look forward to having our building back open this year and hosting all services in person. At the same time, we are blessed to have installed state-of-the-art technology which enables us to remain connected to those who are still unable to attend in person. We have been working hard to offer services and programs that capture the fresh start that characterizes Rosh HaShanah and the sober, introspective nature of Yom Kippur.

לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵּחָתֵמוּ
L’Shana Tova Tikateyvu V’Techateymu!
May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for good!

Rabbi Ben Freed
Cantor Sharon Hordes
Yonatan Yussman, Executive Director

CLICK HERE for a printable High Holiday calendar

We will be livestreaming all services for those who are unable to come in person. Further details about this will be forthcoming.
Last year, we loaned out many Machzorim. If you still have one, please return it at your earliest convenience.
Babysitting is available at $10/day per child for children up to 2nd grade, and this includes age-appropriate High Holiday activities.
Babysitting is from :
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on both days of Rosh Hashanah,
Kol Nidre from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Do you know of any students enrolled in college, or anyone in the military, who need High Holiday tickets? Or anyone who has never joined us before for High Holidays? Please let us know in the office, and we will extend free seats to them.
Send some love to your college students. Sign up for KISHKA, Keneseth Israel’s Student Holiday Kits. It’s easy to do, and students really appreciate receiving a special package from KI during the holidays.

For more details, contact Laura Levin at elllevin@aol.com or 502-429-0165.

Submit your student info ASAP, so Laura can make timely arrangements for the care packages.

This High Holiday season, Keneseth Israel would like to honor…you! Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are times to both reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments and milestones from the past year. Would you like to mark a special event with an Aliyah or another honor on the High Holidays? Please tell Rabbi Freedwhat you would like to commemorate. Even if you are not celebrating something this year but would like an honor at services, please email Rabbi Freed at rabbi@kenesethisrael.com or call him at 502-459-2780.
KI is thrilled to provide a safe and special High Holiday experience for KI kids and families. We are engaging a dedicated Family Service leader to lead our families in singing, dancing, story telling, crafts, and more! Further details on these services will be sent out in the near future.
KI is proud to offer lulav and etrog sets for $54/set – reserve your set by calling the office, or using the RSVP portal. The lulav & etrog are some of the ritual objects that we use on Sukkot. Though we call it the Lulav, it actually is comprised of branches of three species: the Lulav (palm), the Hadas (myrtle), and the Aravah (willow). Taken together with the etrog, they make up the Four Species.
Our Kesher service is something special we are offering for those who are not able to attend the full second day Rosh HaShanah service. Rabbi Freed will lead this meaningful experience which will include traditional prayers and melodies as well as study and reflection on the relevance of the prayers and the themes of the day. September 8, 8:30 a.m -10:00 a.m. No cost.
Rabbi Freed will teach a class on Monday, August 16 going over some of the bigger ideas behind the High Holidays. Join us for evening minyan at 6:00pm, and the class will start at 6:30 p.m..

Cantor Hordes will teach a class on Sunday, August 22 called “Tuning Up for the High Holidays” in which she will go over the melodies and prayers for the holidays. Join us for evening minyan at 6:00 p.m., and the class will start at 6:30 p.m.

Rabbi Freed will teach a class between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, focusing on the idea of Tshuvah and introspection. Join us on Monday, September 13 for evening minyan at 6:00 p.m., and the class will start at 6:30 p.m.


Join us for an interactive class taught by Rabbi Freed on Yom Kippur afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Every year, we conduct a food drive for those in need in our community. Please bring with you a bag of nonperishable food, toiletries, and other necessities from now until Yom Kippur, and as you arrive for Kol Nidre. All donations will be delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry following Yom Kippur.
Join us on Sunday, August 29 at the KI cemetery (719 Locust Ln) for:
10:00 a.m.—
Cemetery beautification projects (building a fence, repairing gravestones, planting, and cleaning)
11:00 a.m.—
Clergy will be available for individual gravesite memorial prayers

Breakfast will be served.

Selichot are prayers of forgiveness which prepare us for the High Holidays. This year, Selichot falls on Saturday, August 28. Rabbi Freed and Cantor Hordes look forward to ushering in the High Holidays with you at our Selichot service, starting at 10:00 p.m.
See you at Big Rock Park for Tashlich as we cast off our sins (and breadcrumbs) into Beargrass Creek on Tuesday, September 7 @ 6:00 p.m. We will be walking over from the synagogue at 5:30 p.m., but if you can’t make the walk, we will just see you there. After Tashlich we hope you stay at Big Rock for a New Year’s Party with cake and champagne, followed by Rosh Hashanah afternoon services. The entrance to the park is at the north end of Valletta.
The Keneseth Israel Sisterhood invites you to Break the Fast Thursday evening, September 16, following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. There is no charge for this light meal (not just a nosh), but reservations are required. Donations to defray preparation costs are always appreciated.
All families are invited to join us on Sunday, September 19 at noon to decorate the KI Sukkah. This family-friendly event includes an edible Sukkah contest, arts and crafts, and pizza! Free of charge.
Join us for sushi in the in KI Sukkah at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22. Make your own sushi, and sip different scotches. $18 per person (adults only). RSVP@kenesethisrael.com or call 502-459-2780.
Festivities begin on Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. with Mincha. Then, we move on to Hakafot  — including stuffed Torahs for kids to march with and a tradition of completely unwinding a Torah beneath the Fischer windows. Cap off the evening with an ice cream feast!
 There are two convenient ways to make ALL your reservations, including seats and events:

1) Call us at 502-459-2780, KI can accept credit card payments with your credit or debit card.

2) Or pay online by clicking here

Please note that all RSVP’s are due by Monday, August 16.

$118 per seat for members • $236 per seat for non-members

All reservations reserve the seat for both days of Rosh HaShanah and for Yom Kippur.

Please note that your seat reservations are not finalized until we receive all payments due and you receive confirmation from the KI office. All accounts must be current at the time seat reservations are made.

Please contact the office if you have any questions or need assistance with payments. We are always happy to work with you.