High Holiday Services 5777 (2016)

All services are held at the synagogue (158 John Street, Sudbury) unless otherwise indicated.  Please email admin@jewish-sudbury.com with any questions!


First night of Rosh Hashanah – Sunday October 2nd

Evening Service 6:30pm


First day of Rosh Hashanah – Monday October 3rd

Morning Service 9:30am, Shofar approx. 10:30am

Community Lunch at noon-ish followed by Tashlich at Bell Park

Mincha Service 6:30pm


Second day of Rosh Hashanah – Tuesday October 4th

Morning Service 9:30am, Shofar approx. 10:30am

Mincha Service 6:30pm


Erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday October 11th

Candle Lighting – Fast Begins, 6:15pm, Kol Nidrei 6:30pm


Yom Kippur day – Wednesday October 12th

Morning Service 9:30am, Yiskor approx 10:30am

Afternoon Service 4:30pm, Neila 6:00pm

Havdallah 7:00pm with community break-fast meal following services


Sukkot party/service – Sunday October 16th or Sunday October 23rd (TBD)

Hebrew School at 10:30am

Lunch in the community sukkah at 12 noon.


Yom Kippur 5772-2011

Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement is quickly approaching. This Friday night we will be gathering in the synagogue to recite the famous and powerful Kol Nidre, known as the opening prayer of this important day. During the morning service, at Yizkor, there will be a chance for congregants to recite a special prayer for any close relatives who have passed. The day will conclude with the Neila service followed by a community break-fast meal. The schedule is posted below.

Many individuals, even those who do not do so the rest of the year, light the customary two candles at the beginning of the holiday. Two tea-lights are sufficient. Usually the woman of the household lights the candles but a man may light instead. Translation and transliteration can be found below. If you do not have any candles or need any additional assistance, let us know.

Yom Kippur is also known as a day of fasting – for those who observe this aspect of Yom Kippur, we avoid food and drink on this day unless medically necessary. The elderly, individuals on important medications, and the ill should make sure to consult a physician before fasting. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their physician and rabbi for proper Yom Kippur eating. Let us know if you have any questions.

We hope that all of us have a wonderful new year filled with health, laughter, and peace.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Erev Yom Kippur –Oct. 7

Candle Lighting –Fast Begins 6:36pm

Kol Nidrei 7:30pm

Yom Kippur day –Oct. 8

Morning Service

Hamelech 9:30am

Repetition 10:15am*

Torah 10:50am*

Yizkor 11:20am*

Afternoon Service 5:00pm

Neila 6:30pm

Havdallah 7:37pm Community meal – all are welcome!
[* These times are approximate and may change slightly without notice.]

Blessings on the candles
Transliteration of the first blessing:
Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-deshanu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzvi-va-nu le-had-lik ner shel Sha-bat vi-shel Yom Ha-Ki-pu-rim.
Blessed are You, L‑rd, our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to kindle the light of Shabbat and Yom Kippur.
Transliteration of the second blessing:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-che-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.


2011 High Holidays 5772


The Jewish New Year is less than a week away! Rosh HaShannah begins Wednesday evening, September 28th, and ends Friday night, September 30th. Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 7th, and ends Saturday night, October 8th.


This year, we will be striving to assemble together as a community and celebrate the High Holidays in a manner that is respectful and welcoming to congregants of all levels and types of observance. The services will be conducted in Hebrew and will include selected portions to be read in English. As an inclusive service, we hope to fulfil the requirement of having at least ten men and ten women to complete a quorum. Our inclusive service will provide opportunity for both men and women interested in actively participating in readings, open/close the ark, and aliyahs (call up to the Torah).


Below is our schedule for the High Holidays. We hope to begin all services on time with a quorum. Please note that morning service times are approximates based on previous years. The morning service times may also change depending on if we have a quorum. An email will be sent right before the holiday and may reflect any last-minute changes to the schedule.


First night of Rosh Hashannah –Sep. 28


Candle Lighting 6:53pm


Evening Service 7:00pm


First day of Rosh Hashannah –Sep. 29


Morning Service


Hamelech 9:30am


Repetition 10:00am


Torah 10:30am


Shofar 11:00am [may move up 30 mins if no quorum]


Mincha Service 6:45pm


Second night of Rosh Hashannah –Sep. 29


Evening Service 7:45pm


Second day of Rosh Hashannah –Sep. 30


Morning Service


Hamelech 9:30am


Repetition 10:00am


Torah 10:30am


Shofar 11:00am [may move up 30 mins if no quorum]


Mincha Service 6:45pm


Shabbat Shuva –Sep. 30 & Oct. 1


Friday Night Service 7:45pm


Saturday Morning Service 10:00am


Ma’ariv and Havdallah 7:50am




Erev Yom Kippur –Oct. 7


Candle Lighting –Fast Begins 6:36pm


Kol Nidrei 7:30pm


Yom Kippur day –Oct. 8


Morning Service


Korbanot & PD 8:45am


Hamelech 9:30am


Repetition 10:15am


Torah 10:50am


Yizkor 11:20am [may move up 30 mins if no quorum]


Afternoon Service 5:00pm


Neila 6:30pm


Havdallah 7:50pm

10th of Tevet 5771

[Taken from chabad.org]

On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later — on Tammuz 9, 3338 — the city walls were breached, and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Tevet 10 (this year December 17, 2010) is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance. We refrain from food and drink from daybreak to nightfall, and add the Selichot and other special supplements to our prayers. More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whom the day of their martyrdom is unknown.

No Services Sep. 29 – Oct. 2, 2010

No Services at the Goldstein’s

There will be no services for Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and Shabbat Bereshit at the Goldstein residence. [Sep. 29 – Oct. 2, 2010]
Please refer to the synagogue for their schedule.
Have a wonderful holiday and weekend!

Erev Sukkot 2010

First Night of Sukkot
Tonight – Wednesday, September 22
Candle Lighting: 7:04pm
Prayer Service followed by kiddush in the Sukkah at the Goldstein’s: 7:00pm

All are welcome!
More information to follow in Friday’s Newsletter


This year, the Hebrew School would like to invite the community of Sudbury to participate in Tashlich.

Tashlich is a practice in which the previous year’s sins are symbolically “cast off” by throwing bread crumbs or similar food into a large, natural body of flowing water.

The Hebrew School will be meeting at the entrance to Bell Park, near the parking lot, at 10:30AM – Sunday, September 12.

We hope that you are able to join us in this educational and fun experience.

Little Sister – Achot Ketana

This poem was written in the 13th century by Abraham Hazzan Gerondi of the Catalonian town of Herona. The poem consists of eight metrical stanzas; the acrostic gives the name of the author “Abram Ḥazzan.”

The opening words of the hymn are taken from the Shir Ha sherim (Song of Songs 8:8)”We have a little sister”: “We have a little sister, and as yet she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?” Verse 8:8, as for that matter the whole of Shir Hasherim is full of ambiguities, double meanings, and circular references that exploit numerous meanings. Here is the opening stanza of Abraham Hazzan’s poem “Little Sister”. Perhaps would it help you to formulate your own connection between the Little Sister of the poet Abraham Hazzan and the Little Sister in the Song of Solomon if I told you that Achot Ketanah is sung on erev Rosh Hashanah? The “Little Sister” is perhaps a symbol of the soul of the world or the children of Israel. The little sister prepares her prayers And intones her praises. O G-d, we beseech Thee, Heal now her infirmities. May the year and its misfortunes Now cease altogether.

Jacques Abourbih

Shavuot Refresher

Here is a quick review of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.

Shavuot is celebrated 49 days or seven shavuot (literally ‘weeks’) after Passover.

On this day, more than 3000 years ago the Torah was given to the children of Israel on Mount Sinai . We celebrate this day as we re-accept and renew our devotion to the Torah.

Many people hold the custom of staying up all night and studying Torah.

It is also customary to read the book of Ruth on this day. There are many reasons for this custom. It is told that King David, the descendant of Ruth died on this day. The story of Ruth took place during this time of year and finally, we make a connection between Ruth, a convert, and the universality of the Torah – that anyone can learn the Torah.

Another widely practiced custom of Shavuot is the eating of dairy products. This commemorates the fact that after receiving the laws of kashrut, the Jewish people could not cook meat in their pots right away. All of their cookware had to be koshered.

Many years ago, it was the custom of many communities to place trees in the synagogue on Shavuot to celebrate the time of year. This practice has been abolished due to the confusion it caused with x-mas!

Lag BaOmer

This year Lag Baomer falls on Monday, May 2nd, 2010. As with most Jewish holidays, the day begin the night before and we begin our celebration Sunday, May 1st in the evening.

On the 33rd day of counting the Omer, we celebrate two occurrences in our history. The first is the joy Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai asked of his students to spread on the day of his passing. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was the first person to Continue reading “Lag BaOmer”