CHESMA, AC has always striven to present a variety of religious services during the High Holidays to reflect the diverse religious/spiritual sensitivities of the Jews who live in and visit San Miguel de Allende. We are certainly aware that "one size will not fit all", and have tried to present a menu of choices over the years in an attempt to please as many people as possible. (Sometimes we feel like the maître d' of the Jewish restaurant who asks plaintively: "Was anything OK?")
This year we will again make a valiant attempt to present new and (we hope) stimulating and meaningful services and discussions. Please see the High Holiday Schedule below--new stuff is in red. Choose the services that best speak to your soul, or, what the heck, check 'em all out!
High Holiday Schedule 2017/5778
Fri., Sept. 29th Kol Nidrei Evening (Erev Yom Kippur)
o 7-9 pm ‘Unified’ Erev Yom Kippur/Shabbat service (led by Maxine Graboyes, Carole Stone, Dan Lessner, and Soli Cohen; Judith Jenya, darshanit)—traditional format, but somewhat abridged and with several vernacular readings, violin, and keyboard accompaniment.
Sat., Sept. 30th Yom Kippur
o 9:30 am-12:15 pm Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative YK/Shabbat service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)
Ø Shacharit 9:30 am
Ø Torah service 10:45 am
Ø Yizkor 11:45 am (approx., give or take 15 minutes)*
o 12:15 pm Mussaf service (led by Carole Stone)
o 2:00-3:00 pm Meditative gathering and discussion High Holiday themes (led by Norman Feldstein)
o 5:30 pm We are adding a more traditional Minchah Torah and Haftarah (Book of Jonah) reading, in Hebrew and Spanish, upstairs in the newly remodeled library/meeting room. This group will join the Reconstructionist service downstairs after the readings to complete the Minchah service together.
o 6:00-7:00 pm Reconstructionist-style Minchah service (led by Maxine Graboyes with discussion of Book of Jonah to be led by Judith Jenya, darshanit, English dominant)
o 7:00-8:00 pm Ne’ilah service (traditional, led by Dan Lessner), in Hebrew, English and Spanish.
o 8:04 pm Shofar blast to end Holy Day, then brief havdalah.
o Community break-the-fast to follow; please bring vegetarian or dairy food/beverages to share (no chicken, catfish/”bagre”)
*NB: All times are approximate; we will try our best to keep to this schedule as closely as possible. Please be tolerant with us, especially at this time of the year.
As is our long-standing custom, we again will not be charging for High Holiday tickets.
We do rely on your voluntary donations, however; please pledge generously!