Rosh Hashanah in the Woods
A disciple of a certain rabbi once asked his teacher, “You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods. I wonder, why do you go there?”. The teacher replied, “I go there to find God.” The questioner prodded further, “Haven’t you always taught me that God is the same everywhere?”. “Yes”, replied the rabbi, “but I am not”.

Join us, on the second day of Rosh Hashanah unique experience where we can be ourselves, pray differently, relate to God, and reach within  to access a spiritual dimension not always attainable in a sanctuary. Meditation, stories, song, and prayer will help us be fully present. We’ll begin our hike, led by Al Molitor, from the synagogue parking lot at 9am. Join us there or meet us in the Moose Hill parking lot at 10:30am. We'll conclude by noon. More information, including weather updates, will be provided ahead of time to those who sign up here or on the High Holy Day Seating Registration form.

This alternative worship experience is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored with The Tiferet Center. For more information, please email Rabbi Silverman (
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What if it rains?
Admittedly, the forecast isn’t looking amazing for Tuesday at this point. We will send out an update on Sunday before the holiday, when we know a little bit more. We’re still hoping for nice-enough weather to be able to hike.

If weather is bad enough that we shouldn't be outside hiking, please plan on meeting us INSIDE at Moose Hill at 10:20. The folks at Moose Hill were kind enough to let us reserve their indoor space if we need it. In short, our service will be ON and in the same location, just inside. If there is a break in the weather while we are there, we will make sure to spend time outside.

What do I need to know about the hike?
Assuming the weather is appropriate for hiking, the walk will leave Temple Israel promptly at 9:00. We'll be walking to the Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary along sidewalks and trails for about two miles. The trails are quite rugged and steep in parts but we're allowing plenty of time for a relaxed saunter.  Please consider bringing water and possibly bug spray with you. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or hiking boots. We will also lead a hike back to Temple Israel after the service for those who want to make the round trip on foot.

What is the appropriate clothing for this service?
Since some of us will arrive having just hiked there, the appropriate clothing is whatever you will feel comfortable in, being outside, and (possibly) hiking. Sneakers and pants are certainly appropriate for a hike and the remainder of the service.

Should I bring anything?
We expect that we'll have a mix of seating available to use - some of us will choose to sit on the ground, some will choose to stand, and some will choose to sit on the benches that Moose Hill has. If you'd prefer to bring your own seating (a beach chair, a stadium seat, or a picnic blanket), please plan to do that.

We will have handouts available to guide us through the service. If you're inclined to wear a tallit or a kippah, please bring your own with you.

Since we'll be outside, you might want to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and/or a hat.

And that's everything! I'm looking forward to welcoming the new year with you on Tuesday.

Shana tova u'metuka - wishing you a sweet and happy new year,
Rabbi Silverman

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