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August 7, 2020
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Dear Members,
When I wrote my High Holiday Appeal letter a year ago, I never in a million years imagined what this year would bring. The emotional, financial, psychological, and spiritual challenges we have faced over the past six months, and that we continue to face, have demanded levels of creativity, practicality and cooperation in all aspects of daily life that we never required before. 

The challenges range from the seemingly everyday: How do I get enough toilet paper and cleaning supplies? How do I get groceries safely? How can I even get my hair cut?, to the more consequential:   How can I see my elderly friends and relatives and be there for them if they become ill? How do my children get educated? What about my job? I’m isolated and miss my community and my spiritual needs are not being met.  These are very sobering and difficult issues.

However challenging this time has been, it has also presented the opportunity for reflection, re-evaluation, and hopefully and eventually, positive change.

A friend sent me a very interesting and meaningful story that you may have heard. I’d like to share a shortened version.

A U.S. Navy jet pilot flew 75 combat missions in Vietnam and then his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a North Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day when he and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “I know who you are. You flew jet fighters in Vietnam and you were shot down”. The pilot was very surprised. How in the world did you know that? The man replied, “I packed your parachute”.

Later the pilot thought and thought about that man. He kept wondering about him, a man who had saved his life and who he didn’t even know. He thought about this man spending many hours carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each parachute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know. Now the pilot asks his audiences, “Who’s packing your parachute”? 

Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Often a quick word, compliment or thank you has vastly more meaning than we know. The pilot needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute and his spiritual parachute. He tells people that he called on all of these supports before reaching safety.

At Kol Rinah, we strive to pack one another’s parachutes in many ways. Your financial contributions are what allow our synagogue to continue to operate for another year at a time when we need it, and each other, more than ever. The High Holidays will certainly look and feel differently this year. We would have celebrated in our new building and it would have been glorious.  The Holidays will still be profoundly meaningful this year, but in ways we could not have anticipated or appreciated a year ago. We are still here. Our new sanctuary is phenomenal and waiting for us to safely bring everyone together again. Tours are ongoing. I’d love to personally take each of you through the new home of Kol Rinah, and if you would like a tour with me, please let me know.

Help us financially to the extent you are able. The High Holiday contributions go directly to paying our operating costs, salaries and everything needed to allow Kol Rinah to be there for all of us.   Let us keep packing each other’s parachutes. Thank you dearly for packing mine.

Be safe, be well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May we all have a new year of good health, peace, prosperity and happiness.

Z’ei Gezundt,

Randi Mozenter

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Tentative High Holidays Schedule

September is a very busy month of activities as we shift into high gear for the High Holidays! Your Kol Rinah High Holiday task force is working hard to make this year the best that it can be – New Year, New Connections!
Special High Holiday Bags
While we won’t be able to be together physically, we will be together in spirit. A special High Holiday bag will be distributed to help us all celebrate together. It will include family activities, honey, fresh fruit and Machzor(im).
Pick up High Holiday bags at KR (829 N Hanley Rd) on:
Tuesday 9/8 – 8 -10 am
Wednesday 9/9 – 11 am – 1 pm
Thursday 9/10 – 4 - 6 pm
Sunday 9/13 pickup at KR (7701 Maryland Ave) 10 am -12 pm.
For those unable to pick up your bag, it can be delivered to you on September 14-16.
Please contact the office 314-727-1747
Elul events
For a list of all the exciting Elul events, please check the website or call the office. Also check the Elul guidebook you received in your HH packet.
Live Streaming Services
Rosh Hashanah services will be held via Live Streaming for our congregation’s participation. This unique experience will bring all the special prayers of the holidays right to your home.
  • Service times: 9:15 am – 12 pm both days.
  • Friday September 18 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • Shabbat September 19 – Day 1 Rosh Hashanah
  • Sunday September 20 – Day 2 Rosh Hashanah
Blowing the Shofar
Since Day 1 of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, we will be able to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the shofar on Day 2. We will gather in 2 groups to see and hear the shofar being blown, socially distancing our cars in the parking lot across from the shul at 3 pm and at 4 pm. Also a great the time to wave and kibitz with your ‘neighbors’.
Yom Kippur Live Streaming
  • Sunday 9/27 – Kol Nidre at 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Monday 9/28 – Yom Kippur Shacharit 9:30 am – 1 pm
    Mincha Neilah 6:30 – 7:30 pm
We look forward to seeing everyone and wishing you a sweet new year, filled with good health and happiness. May you be inscribed in the book of life and may we all be together. Shana Tova.
So, you may be wondering, what is the question?
The question is, “Will Kol Rinah be celebrating the High Holy Days this year?” 
The Rabbis and leadership of Kol Rinah are pleased to inform you of the creation of a High Holy Day Task Force, which is currently meeting to help determine what our observance of the High Holy Days will look like this year.       
Our priority is to keep our congregation safe and healthy. This means our High Holy Day services for the most part will not be held in person this year, but we will still be able to celebrate together in other meaningful ways with our Kol Rinah family.
While traditional services as a large group will not be held this year, we are confident that our observances will still be amazing, with a variety of worship and learning options.
The Task Force is committed to exploring many different ideas, including an expanded celebration of the month of Elul, outdoor options, and the use of technology such as Zoom and video streaming.
No matter how we gather we will be together in spirit.  This year is different, but our joyous voice remains strong – together for a season of hope, community, and teshuvah.
We will keep you updated on all details as plans solidify.
Kol Rinah High Holiday Task Force
Rabbi Arnow
Rabbi Shafrin
Randi Mozenter, President
Sherri Sadon, Board Chair

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