Dear CBS Family,
I am very much looking forward to seeing you on Sunday night. We will gather at CBS for our first High Holy Days in our beautiful synagogue to welcome in the New Year 5776. This is a most meaningful time of year for each of us. I wanted to give you some suggestions about best getting ready for next week and for the entire High Holy Days. I hope that you will be here as much as possible. It will be great to welcome you. I have prepared some questions and I ask you to pick a few to reflect upon as you think about what you want to get out of the High Holy Days.
Very important - we are again having a food drive for the Napa Valley Food Bank. Please bring canned goods and non-perishable items. In our lobby our two large containers. My goal is to fill those two containers and need to get at least two more!
1. Find something that you feel is meaningful and inspiring to read during the next few days and will help guide you during this time of renewal.
2. Come to Shabbat Services or Torah Study this week - to help get in the HH mood.
3. Arrive early so that you can find a seat you like and get ready for the worship experience.
4. We have a magnificent Cantor and Music Director who will inspire us with their music. I hope that my words will both challenge you and provide perspective on a variety of issues. However, what is really important is your own spiritual work and the meaning you derive from the experience.
5. I know that some people do not know Hebrew and some do not enjoy the English readings. Do not that let get in the way of you doing your own self-examination and reflection on how you are living and how you want to be living.
6. Prepare yourself to be technologically free; it is not always easy, but it really makes a difference. Be sure to turn off all cell phones.
7. For Families: we have prepared a wonderful Family service at 9 am on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Bring the entire family and invite your friends. These services are designed for families with children under 10.
8. We will be offering a special HH experience for children during the Adult Service and hope that you will choose to stay and have your children involved.
9. Children in grades 7 and above are encouraged to attend adult services with you.
10. We all have different body temperatures. The sanctuary will be kept somewhat cool so if you get cold, be sure to bring a sweater.
11. Come ready for a wonderful community and spiritual experience. I think we get the most out of this time of year when we have an open mind and heart that allows us to really experience the majesty and beauty of the Holidays.
My wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy, good and fulfilling New Year.
L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu,
Rabbi Lee Bycel
September 9, 2015