High Holy Day Preparations Checkist, 2019/5780

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[ ] Ensure that you have CALENDARED the dates and have arranged to take off the time you (and your children) need. Erev Rosh Hashanah is the evening of Sunday, September 29. First Day of Rosh Hashanah is Monday, September 30. Kol Nidre (Erev YK) is evening of Tuesday, October 8. Yom Kippur Day is Wednesday, October 9. [ ] Consider VOLUNTEERING to help with our services in some way. (For more information on what ways you can be of service, contact: Yuhu at wanda@isgcmonterey.com or 831-375-7553. Or sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=5080c44afae2aa4fa7-high&view=standard

[ ] Note the special location for CY High Holy Day SERVICES: Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt Street, Santa Cruz (off 17th Ave. near Simpkins Swim Center).

[ ] Make sure you are current on your CY MEMBERSHIP. (You can contact Jeremy Powell at jpowell@losd.ca, or send your check to Chadeish Yameinu, PO Box 3578, Santa Cruz, CA 95063). [ ] Plan to CLEAN your house in preparation for the New Year.

[ ] Remember to make arrangements for a nice FESTIVE MEAL before the holiday. Consider inviting someone or a family who may not otherwise have a place to be. [ ] Support CY and ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training) by ordering HONEY at: http://www.orthoney.com/CYJ. Or, get some good Israeli or local organic honey, or vegan alternative.

[ ] Think about having HOLIDAY FOODS in your home: apples, honey, honeycake, etc. Find traditional or unusual holiday recipes.

[ ] Bake or order (e.g. from Gayle's in Capitola) a traditional round CHALLAH.

[ ] Say NO to caffeine headaches! Plan to reduce or eliminate CAFFEINE well in advance of fasting for Yom Kippur.

[ ] If there is an apology or an "I love you" that needs to be said, NOW IS THE TIME.

[ ] Visit the GRAVES of loved ones before or between the holidays. [ ] Do a tikun olam / community service / MITZVAH project. (Consider helping with our Tikun Olam Social Action Committee - contact Lynn LeRose at LeRoseDelmar@hotmail.com; or our Chesed Caring Committee - contact Sheila Namir at snamir@sbcglobal.net

[ ] Choose some inspirational reading or LEARN more about the holidays. (Highly recommended: This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared, by Rabbi Alan Lew). [ ] Brush up on your HEBREW reading. [ ] Practice your SHOFAR blowing. [ ] Come to SHABBAT services between now and the New Year.

[ ] Buy a nice JEWISH CALENDAR, or download a good app (e.g. hebcal.com).

[ ] Send out GREETINGS (cards, calls, etc.) for the new year. (A traditional greeting is: L'shanah Tovah Tikateivu. Or, for short: Shanah Tovah. “May you be inscribed for a good year”).

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L'shanah Tovah Tikateivu, R' Eli

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