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High Holiday Schedule of Events


             Please click on the bolded event for a detailed description.
To register for (members only) in-person events... click RSVP

Date Event Time Location Registration Information
  Tashlich Any Time Via Podcast Podcast Link


Erev Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre Services 7:00pm-8:30pm Zoom All members will receive link in an email. 
Non-Members RSVP required.


Yom Kippur
Main Service 9:30am-12:30pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Yizkor 1:30pm-2:00pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Youth Service 2:30pm-3:15pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Tot Service 3:30pm-4:00pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Teen Discussion 3:30pm-4:30pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Spiritual Walk 4:00pm-5:00pm Zoom RSVP required
  Discussion - Stalled Arab-Israeli Diplomacy 5:00pm-6:00pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Minchah and Jonah 6:00pm-7:00pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required
  Neilah and Havdalah 7:00pm-8:00pm Zoom Members will receive link via email. 
Non-Members RSVP required


Event Descriptions

Spiritual Hike at Big Trees

Prepare for the High Holidays with a walk through nature.  Along your walk there will be various stations led by COH members that will guide you through a spiritual discovery as we begin asking "Ayeka" (Where are you?) and examine the themes of Yamin Noraim.  Hike groups will be limited to 10 people and will be staggered so RSVP is required.  Please be sure to wear your mask during the hike.

Beautification at Berman Commons

In the Or Hadash tradition of service, we will be doing several things to brighten up the lives of the residents at Berman Commons.  In addition to a virtual talent show from our COH children and hand made cards from our congregation (more on that in your survival bag), we will be planting flowers around the grounds that residents will be able to see from their windows.  Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

High Holiday Survival Bag Pick Up

Or Hadash has assembled a bag for all of our members with some must have items for the holidays including your Mahzors (prayer book).  Please come by the synagogue between 3:00 and 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 13 to grab your goodies (one per household) and join in a curb-side celebration on the new year.  Rabbi Lauren and Joel will be there to wish you all a Shana Tovah


While our services will be online this year, we are very excited about all the things we have done to include you and all the members of our community.  Continue to watch the eHadashot for additional ways you can send in pictures, videos, etc. that will be part of the service.  As we get closer to the date, all paid members will receive a Zoom link to the service so that not only can you view the service, but you can view the congregation.  If there are guests who wish to participate in our Or Hadash experience, we will be posting a link above for them to RSVP and request access to our service.

Tot Services

Join Heather Blank in a Birthday of the World Scavenger Hunt.  We will celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Songs and a scavenger hunt for items we can use for our Birthday of the World Party. 

Youth Services 

Join Rabbi Lauren and Dr. Amy as we connect to the most important themes and questions of this season in a way that feels personal and relevant to our children's lives.  We will sing, share, reflect, move and set our intention for the new year.

Shofar Blow

For members of our congregation that would like to hear the Shofar in person, we will gather in the parking lot of Or Hadash for socially distanced blasts.  All congregants will be asked to stay in their cars, but roll down the windows to hear the sound of the Shofar and a little wisdom from Rabbi Lauren. Please RSVP so we know how many cars to expect.

Can’t make it or don’t feel comfortable leaving the house?  Call or email Or Hadash to schedule a private shofar blow outside your home.

Personal Ark Time

During the holidays we are providing every individual or family with the opportunity to sign up for time to come to Or Hadash and offer a private prayer in front of the ark.  There will be a 10 minute window for each family unit/individual to schedule their visit.  Please RSVP.


Or Hadash will provide a podcast by Rabbi Lauren and Dr. Amy for anyone that is interested in doing a guided Tashlich.  Some great locations for Tachlich include:

East Cobb - Sope Creek or East Cobb Park

Roswell/Alpharetta - Roswell Mill/Roswell Park Oxbo (locations along Greenway that access Big Creek)

Sandy Springs - Big Trees or Morgan Falls/Riverside Park

Dunwoody - Leisure Lake/Kingsley Lake

Brookhaven - Little Nancy Creek or Blue Heron

Johns Creek/Duluth - Johns Bridge Park

Teen Discussion led by Rachel Lazarus 

Join together with other teens for a discussion about Yom Kippur, the nature of sin in Judaism vs other religions, and whatever other topics your teens want to add. 8th grade and up.

Spiritual Walk led by Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser

Join Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser on a Yom Kippur reflective walk from 4:00 - 5:00pm. Each of us will stroll in our own neighborhoods or chosen path (or sit and meditate in your own space) and “tune in” with earbuds on our phones.
Every 5 minutes participants will share a carefully chosen reading or poem centered on the themes of the High Holidays.
Please RSVP to receive the Zoom audio link.

Stalled Arab-Israeli Diplomacy: temporary paralysis or a permanent condition?

Why have the diplomatic constellations that aligned in the 1970s that resulted in the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty not reappeared in the Palestinian-Israeli theater?  What would a one-state vs a two-state solution mean for Palestinians, Israelis, the United States, and for Jews in the diaspora? 

At Emory University, Ken Stein is Professor of Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israel Studies. He has taught there for 43 years; in 1998, he founded the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, the first North American academic center established to focus on Israel studies. In 2008, he founded the Center for Israel Education. Its primary objective is to spread Israel learning beyond the university to Jews and non-Jews alike through seminars, published curriculum materials, and via a robust website,  More than 100 Atlanta Jewish educators from congregations, day schools, and Jewish organizations have enriched their knowledge about modern Israel through CIE seminars and workshops.  Ken is the author of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles. He has earned recognition
for excellence in college teaching and life-long mentorship of former students. Ken obtained his advanced degrees at the University of Michigan. He is married to Lynn Epstein of Portland, OR - COH’s second president. He is the proud father-in-law of three outstanding women; they have three remarkable sons, and six embracing grandchildren.


Despite the pandemic, the show must go on!  Our COH youth will be doing the Jonah we all know and love with a few new flourishes this year. You don’t want to miss it!

Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781