Temple Beth Shalom opens its doors for High Holiday services

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:25

    No tickets needed this year Florida, N.Y. - Come home for the High Holidays. That’s the motto at Temple Beth Shalom, where this year for the first time no tickets are needed for any of the services during the upcoming High Holy Days. “We want people to come. We don’t want there to be barriers to people coming to temple to celebrate the holidays and being connected to their Jewish roots,” said Temple President Jeff Horowitz. That sentiment typifies the “hamishe” atmosphere at Temple Beth Shalom, where everyone is friendly and welcoming; newcomers are always warmly received. Rabbi Rebecca Pomerantz Shinder, now in her fifth year with the Reform congregation, leads meaningful services that combine tradition with wit, humor and this same sense of inclusion. Temple Beth Shalom welcomes interfaith couples. On the bima, Rabbi Shinder, who generally serves as cantor, with a fine singing voice in her own right, will be joined lay cantor Scott Dunn, a longtime temple member. He has been chanting at special services for many years. While it is customary to sell tickets for these services to non-members, this year Temple Beth Shalom decided to dispense with that and open its doors to all Jews, so that none should feel unable to worship and celebrate these most significant days. Last year, tickets were $136 per person for non members. Certainly, the High Holy Days are a time for coming together as a community. Join the community at Temple Beth Shalom.