High Holidays Schedule of Events

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 9, Service at 7:30 pm with ONEG to follow

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Monday, September 10, Service at 9:30 amChildren’s Service with ONEG at 4:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Tuesday, September 11, Service at 9:30 am

Shabbat Shuva: Friday, September 14, Service at 7:30 am

Memorial Service: Sunday, September 16 at 12:30 pm at Greenlawn Cemetery

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 18, Service at 7:30 pm

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 19, Service at 9:30 am; meditation & discussion at 2:00 pm, afternoon service at 4:00 with Yizkor & Neilah to follow,children’s service at 6:00 pm. Break-the-fast: 7 pm. Please RSVP.

Sukkot Setup: Sunday, September 23

Sukkah Traditional Dinner: Friday, September 28 at 6:00 pm with 7:30 service Yizkor Service: Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 pm

September 2018 Worship Schedule


August 31 & September 1

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

September 7 & 8

Friday: 5:30 Refreshments 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

September 9

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at 7:30 pm

September 10 & 11

Rosh Hashanah Services at 9:30 am

September 14 & 15

Friday: 5:30 Refreshments 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30 Minyan Tisch

September 18 & 19

Erev Yom Kippur Service at 7:30 &

Yom Kippur Services beginning at 9:30 am

September 21 & 22

Friday: 5:30 Refreshments 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

September 28 & 29

Friday: 6:00 Sukkot Dinner 7:30 Service

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

From the Heart with Rabbi Liebowitz

Dear Friends,

As you can see from the accompanying cartoon, it is so easy to make a promise, but not so easy to keep it. Poor Cartoon Abe regretted
what he promised. As our High Holy Day prayer book impels us to consider:

“Last year’s confession came easily to the lips, Will this year’s come from deeper than the skin?”

Religion has been rightly criticized for being perfunctory and at times hypocritical. Our high ideals are easily turned against us for failings, large or small. Even so, a serious devotee of faith must exercise a great effort of introspection and from the Jewish point of view a change of behavior for its own sake. The tradition from the Ethic of the Ancestors to (Pirke Avot, Chapter One) put it this way: “Lo hamidrash hu ha’ikar elah ha’ma’aseh” (1:17) – “It is not the interpretation of the tradition that is essential, but our deeds.”

Jewish ideology thwarts the view that we are born in sin, rather we speak of two contesting impulses; the Yester Tov “a will to do good,” and a Yester-ra “a will to do evil.” A mid second century rabbi Shimon ben Elazar explained it this way; The “will to do evil” is like iron in a forge: While it is there, one can shape it, make utensils of it, anything you like. So with the will to do evil: There is only one way to shape it aright, through the words of the Torah which is like fire.”

Not so different from New Year’s resolutions is the resolve we have to diet, be more charitable, control our impulses, and so forth. How does real change occur? Many have cited a few crucial ways to effect change.

First is to realize you cannot do anything alone: As a former 5th step counselor at the Betty Ford center I learned the value of a trusted partner to review one’s struggles. In Jewish terms we find that dynamic expressed in Pirke Avot Chapter One, K’nei lecha chaver, find a friend (for study and reflection). Second, is to take realistic steps – one by one by one; do not overplay your expectations. Third, take time every day for reflection and prayer. Note taking and journaling is most helpful. Make up your own Sefer Chayim – Book of life. Fourth and last, be nice to yourself, accept you are not perfect and trust in a forgiving God.

Wishing one and all the very best for 5779 Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz D.D.


Interfaith Alliance Discussion, August 15th

Along with the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance, the Rabbi is chairing a panelist discussion, The Evolution of Faith Traditions: Tensions and Opportunities, on Wednesday, August 15. This will take place at 12:00 pm, and lunch will be serviced here at the Temple. Members are welcome to attend, but please RSVP as soon as possible so that we may have enough food for everyone.


Upcoming Events: Dates to Remember for August!


3  Kabbalat Shabbat

4  Saturday Service

10  Kabbalat Shabbat

11  Saturday Service

14  Temple Board Meeting

15  Breakfast Schmooze

17  Kabbalat Shabbat

18  Saturday Service

24  Kabbalat Shabbat

25  Saturday Service

26  Sunday School Registration

26 Sisterhood Fun Run

29 Hebrew School Starts

31 Kabbalat Shabbat (Last of Summer Schedule)