The dates of TBE High Holy Day services are as follows:


Kol Nidre Fri 10/3/14 7:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Church

Yom Kippur Sat 10/4/14 9:00 am Unitarian Universalist Church

Yizkor @12:15 pm

Mincha & Neilah 5:30 pm

Havdallah 7:35 pm

Break Fast 7:40 pm

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 3051 Ironbound Road.


Children’s programming will begin at about 10:00 am on Yom Kippur.  Rabbi David will join the children at about 11:15 am for a short service.  Participating children are expected to be accompanied by a parent.



Temple Beth El membership allows you and everyone in your household, including children up through age 22, to attend our services. Guests are always welcome. Adult children over the age of 22 and other relatives of TBE members are each asked to make a donation of $50 to TBE. Guests attending services who are not relatives of TBE members are asked to make a donation of $100 per person. Guest reservations may be obtained by calling the synagogue office at (757) 220-1205 prior to the holidays.



There will be an Oneg Yom Tov social gathering after the Erev Rosh Hashana service. All households are asked to bring dessert to share, or to donate to the supplies fund. There will also be a potluck Break Fast after the Yom Kippur Neilah service, beginning approximately at 7:40 pm. All families are asked to bring a dairy, vegetarian or fish (tuna, lox, gefilte, and salmon are acceptable) main dish large enough to feed your family plus at least four other people. Volunteers to set up and clean up for either or both of these functions should contact Margaret in the TBE office (office@tbewilliamsburg.org) .

Following Rosh Hashana Day Two services, there will be a pot luck Kiddush.  Participants with names starting with A-M are asked to bring a main dish, those with names starting with N-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  All food should conform with the TBE food policy (lower right of www.tbewilliamsburg.org).



During our Yizkor/Memorial Service, we read the names of our deceased loved ones. The names that are read are taken directly from our database, which is obtained from information you provided on your membership demographic form. If you did not submit this information and wish to make corrections and/or add names to your existing Yizkor list, please submit them immediately by emailing the TBE office at office@tbewilliamsburg.org .



A Few Reminders About Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the most unusual day of the Jewish year, possessing many special rituals that are unique to it. Before Yom Kippur arrives, it can be useful to review some of its many unique customs and behaviors. 

The Five Abstentions

It is customary for Jewish adults – those over the age of thirteen – to abstain from five normal human behaviors during Yom Kippur (these abstentions are specifically NOT expected of children). This is done both to increase your ability to pray to and connect to God, by removing other concerns from your attention, as well as to give you the feeling that you are rehearsing for your own death throughout the day. The activities abstained from are: eating, drinking, bathing, engaging in sexual relations, and wearing leather shoes. Your degree of engagement in any and all of these practices is your own personal decision; please remember that we are a diverse community, and that judging the behaviors of others on Yom Kippur is exactly the opposite of the purpose of the day. 

A few notes about these practices:

On fasting: Because life always comes first in Jewish practice, this custom MUST be waived if not eating or drinking will cause you harm in any way. This especially applies if you need to eat or drink in order to take medication, or if not eating or drinking makes you ill.

On not wearing leather shoes: In ancient times, leather shoes were considered to be the most comfortable and luxurious form of footwear available. Today, wearing different shoes during Yom Kippur services can augment the sense that this day is truly different. Popular alternative choices to dress shoes include canvas sneakers, and Crocs. 

Other Ritual Practices

Wearing a kittel: A kittel is a simple white linen robe, symbolizing purity, simplicity, and equality, which serves as a burial shroud for Jewish men. It is customarily worn in life on a man’s wedding day, on Yom Kippur, and on certain other holidays in some communities. Kittels are worn on Yom Kippur to symbolize purity, to emphasize the desire to atone for sin, and also in accord with the idea that the day is a rehearsal for death. Kittels can be purchased online.

Wearing your talit all day: Yom Kippur is the only time when it is appropriate to wear your talit during all services, day and night (it is usually customary to only wear your talit for morning services, except for the person who is leading services). 

Reciting the Baruch Shem K’vod line aloud: Yom Kippur is the only day of the year when we recite aloud the second line of the Shema, “Baruch shem k’vo malchuto l’olam va’ed.” It is customary to silently recite this line to yourself during the rest of the year.



Simchat Torah and Consecration

Please join us on Friday night, October 27, when we will celebrate both Simchat Torah and TBE School Consecration, with services starting at the special earlier time of 7:00pm. Consecration marks the beginning of a student’s formal Hebrew studies in TBE School. After the Consecration ceremony, we will celebrate Simchat Torah by reading the very end and the beginning of the Torah, and by dancing with our Torah scrolls throughout our Sanctuary and Social Hall.

A Celebration of TBE

The Annual Celebration of TBE will be held during Sukkot on

Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

We hope everyone will be there as we celebrate our congregation!!!