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High Holy Days 5782

Temple Israel is proud to produce a creative hybrid of virtual and in-person soulful offerings for this year’s High Holy Days season.

As the state of COVID-19 is ever-changing, we remain both flexible and proactive in determining a safe and effective roadmap that reflects the high standard we practice every single day at Temple Israel.
To ensure a safe and smooth High Holy Day season:

  • Register beforehand if you plan on attending in person. You can find registration links by the corresponding service.
  • Arrive early and allow time to secure parking, check-in, and find a seat.
  • Masks are required both inside and outside.
  • You must be fully vaccinated to attend indoor offerings.
  • Children under 12 are welcome to join their fully vaccinated guardian(s) to outdoor offerings.

If you have any further questions, please see our FAQ Page.

Donate to the High Holy Days Food Drive. Learn more here.


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SUKKOT UNDER THE STARS

Sundown Sukkot Service with the Rabbis & Carly Abramson
Monday, September 20 | 6-6:30 PM CT
Temple Israel Sukkah in the Meadow + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Sukkot Lunch Hour with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Tuesday, September 21 | 12 – 1 PM CT
in the Sukkah (meadow) + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
Bring your lunch! Rain plan: Atrium Under Glass

Sukkot Lunch Hour with Josh Spickler from Just City & Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Wednesday, September 22 | 12 – 1 PM CT
in the Sukkah (meadow) + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
Bring your lunch! Rain plan: Atrium Under Glass
Josh Spickler, Just City visionary, will discuss the state of the criminal justice system in Memphis and the critical work he does with Just City to pursue a smaller, fairer, and more humane criminal justice system.

JYG in the Sukkah with Carly Abramson
Wednesday, September 22 | 6 – 8 PM CT
in the Sukkah (meadow)

Sukkot Concert in honor of
Rabbi Greenstein’s 30th Anniversary at Temple Israel

featuring Rick Recht & Karen Brown
Thursday, September 23 | 7 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
RSVP HERE

Shabbat Sukkot featuring Rick Recht
Friday, September 24 | 6 PM CT
Atrium Under Glass + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
The first of three spotlight concerts in the 2021-2022 Honey & Rudi Scheidt Jewish Music Series at Temple Israel.
REGISTER HERE

Virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Bess Wohlner
Saturday, September 25 | 10 AM CT
Livestream (Zoom & Facebook)

WAF/RS & TI CHAI Sunday School on Sukkot
Sunday, September 26

SIMCHAT TORAH

Simchat Torah Outside with the Rabbis & Carly Abramson
Monday, September 27 | 6 PM CT
Atrium Under Glass + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

ConnecTI Simchat Torah with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Monday, September 27 | 7 PM CT
TI Crosstown

Shmini Atzeret/Yizkor Service | End of High Holy Days with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Tuesday, September 28 | 9 – 10 AM CT
Atrium Under Glass + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


HIGH HOLY DAYS FOOD DRIVE

Help us convert every dollar into seven pounds of food for those in need in the Mid-south. As we fast on Yom Kippur, we feast on making food possible for Memphians who are hungry every day. Please donate to Temple Israel’s High Holy Days Food drive by sending checks to Temple, payable to Rabbi Greenstein’s discretionary fund (write Food Drive in the memo section). All funds will be given to the Mid-South Food Bank, MIFA, and MAZON: The Jewish Response to Hunger. An envelope will also be enclosed in the Voice for your convenience, or you can donate here.


Speaker Bios



Leah Gafni
Leah moved to Memphis in 2016 from Tucson, Arizona, and is the Vice President of Marketing at Memphis Tourism, promoting the city of Memphis to visitors across the globe and remind locals of what they have in their own backyard. Leah is also the board chair for Music Export Memphis which creates opportunities for Memphis artists to showcase their music and build our city’s international reputation as a music mecca.



Mary Kanowitz
Mary Kanowitz is mom to Josephine (Joey) and Ari, two vibrant alums of the TI ELC, and partner to Aaron. Perhaps it was fate that brought them here nearly 11 years ago and not just FedEx, but the Kanowitzes have found their home here in the 901 and can be found exploring all there is to offer in the area. Mary serves on the TI Board of Trustees and is the Development Coordinator for Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South.



Jenna Kaufman
Jenna Kaufman is a licensed professional counselor, yoga nidra teacher, and meditation practitioner. She is looking forward to leading the TI community in “sleep yoga” (following a more active practice) with the hopes of easing the mind and body on the holiest day of the year. 



Ruthie Lichterman
Ruthie O’Ryan Lichterman has been teaching yoga since 2015. She is married to Blake, and they welcomed their first child, Emmett, last fall. Since becoming a mother, Ruthie has focused on slowing down and using props to make her yoga classes more mindful and accessible to students of all levels.


Žak Ozmo
Žak Ozmo is a music director, conductor, lutenist, and music scholar whose career spans several continents.  He is the founder-director of the British period-instrument ensemble L’Avventura London, and has been praised in the press for ‘excellent musicianship, searching intellect and wry imagination…beautiful, fluent playing’ (Gramophone).

Žak is also the founding director of a groundbreaking new program at Methodist University Hospital that applies music to the treatment of cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

He frequently presents his research at conferences in Europe and North America and speaks on various related topics on BBC Radio 3 and NPR. 2019 also saw his first TEDx Talk (Why Refugees are integral to the Future of Art), and since the start of 2021 he has been hosting a new monthly radio show, Music and  Medicine, on the new WYXR Station at Crosstown.


Marcy Stagner
Marcy Stagner was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Marcy Moved to Denver, CO where she lived for 7 years teaching middle school and getting her M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a certificate in Gifted Education from the University of Denver. Marcy moved back to Memphis in 2014 and began working at the Memphis Jewish Community Center as the Program Director of Cultural Arts, Adult Services, and Special Events where she curates the art gallery, the Markell Family Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Series, the Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival, as well as her sought after “socially responsive artistic experiences.” Marcy is actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations and in the arts community in Memphis and is on the board for Memphis Rox and Temple Israel. She has a passion for presenting social issues through the arts in the community and is also a painter and yoga instructor herself.


Past Services

PREPARING YOUR HEART FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS

Forgiving Others Can Set You Free with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Wednesday, August 11 | 8 PM CT
(timemphis.org & Facebook)

The Power of Kol Nidre with Rabbi Jeremy Simons
Wednesday, August 18 | 8 PM CT
(timemphis.org & Facebook)

Unetaneh Tokef: Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die with Rabbi Bess Wohlner
Wednesday, August 25 | 8 PM CT
(timemphis.org & Facebook)

A Chasidic Guide to Returning to Our True Selves with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Wednesday, August 11 | 8 PM CT
(timemphis.org & Facebook)

SELICHOT

Selichot Havdalah with Dror Baitel, Happie Hoffman, Rabbis Greenstein, Wohlner, Simons, and Dreifus
Saturday, August 28 | 8 – 9:15 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service | “Will This Time Be Different?” with Rabbi Bess Wohlner
Monday, September 6 | 7:30 – 9:45 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
Online registration is now closed.

ROSH HASHANAH

Online registration is now closed for Rosh Hashanah Day.

Totally 80’s Virtual Tot Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Bess Wohlner & Carly Abramson
Tuesday, September 7 | 9 – 9:30 AM CT
Register for the Zoom
Get ready with this awesome “Party like it’s 5782” Spotify playlist, curated by our very own Jennifer Kollath!

Rosh Hashanah Service | “Life Reimagined – Chayim M’shuparim with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Tuesday, September 7 | 10 AM – 12 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

TI CHAI Teen-led Service with Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Rabbi Bess Wohlner, & Carly Abramson
Tuesday, September 7 | 10 – 11:15 AM CT
Temple Israel Meadow; Rain plan: Scheidt Family Center
Open to all; physical distancing enforced.
Dress in casual clothes and bring a picnic blanket to sit on!

Spirit Walk: Nature As Sacred Space with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Tuesday, September 7 | 3:30 – 5 PM CT
Wolf River Greenway Parking Lot, 6324 Humphreys Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120
Join us on a Spirit Walk as we reimagine how to connect to God. Rabbi Jeff Dreifus leads us on an outdoor worship experience with mindfulness exercises, nature exploration, and Torah. A beautiful opportunity to find holiness in the world around us.

Moderate trail walking on uneven terrain – meant for young adults & up.
Open to fully vaccinated individuals (12 and up).
Masks are required.
There is overflow parking available across Humphreys at 6325 Humphreys Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120.

SHABBAT SHUVAH

Shabbat Shuvah with Rabbi Micah Greenstein & Laura Woods
Friday, September 10 | 6 – 7:15 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

TASHLICH

Tashlich with Rabbi Bess Wohlner & Carly Abramson
Saturday, September 11 | 4:30 – 6 PM CT
Jones Pond Pavillion at Shelby Farms

KEVER AVOT

Kever Avot Memorial Service with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Sunday, September 12 | 10 – 10:45 AM CT
Levy-Cooper Chapel at the Temple Israel Cemetery + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

EREV YOM KIPPUR

Online registration is now closed for Kol Nidre. You can still register on-site before services.


Kol Nidre Early Service | “The Worst Jewish Problem of All”
Wednesday, September 15 | 6 – 7:45 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Kol Nidre Late Service | “The Worst Jewish Problem of All”
Wednesday, September 15 | 8:15 – 10 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

YOM KIPPUR

Online registration is now closed for Yom Kippur. You can still register on-site before services.


Virtual Tot Yom Kippur with Rabbi Bess Wohlner & Carly Abramson
Thursday, September 16 | 9 – 9:30 AM CT
Register for the Zoom

Yom Kippur Morning Service | “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please!” with Rabbi Jeremy Simons
Thursday, September 16 | 10 AM – 12 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

TI CHAI Teen-led Service with Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Rabbi Bess Wohlner, & Carly Abramson
Thursday, September 16 | 10 – 11:15 AM CT
Temple Israel Meadow; Rain plan: Scheidt Family Center
Dress in casual clothes and bring a picnic blanket to sit on!
Children under 12 are welcome to join their fully vaccinated guardian(s) to outdoor offerings.
Let us know you are coming!

Self-Guided Outdoor Meditative Walk
This podcast experience encourages you to create a moment of reflection on Yom Kippur – use it as a guide as you walk the Temple grounds, or, listen wherever you feel safe and comfortable.
Bring your Voice with you or view it online to incorporate the Reflection Questions into your meditation.

What Being Jewish Means to Me with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus, Leah Gafni, & Mary Kanowitz
Thursday, September 16 | 12:30 – 1:20 PM CT
Ettelson-Wax Hall + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

Meditative Music | Live music from Lenny & Jane Schranze
Thursday, September 16 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (Facebook)
REGISTER

Mind/Body Talk with Žak Ozmo
Thursday, September 16 | 1:30 – 2:20 PM CT
Ettelson-Wax Hall + Livestream (Facebook)
This class will explore the connection between music, health, and wellness from a cross-cultural and applied perspective, including the application of music in modern medicine, Western music therapy, and the healing approaches of traditional non-Western cultures. We will address how music can be used to relieve anxiety, stress from a pandemic (for example), and even trauma.  The class will be based on the latest clinical research as well as Dr. Ozmo’s professional and personal experiences.
REGISTER

A Spiritual Practice with 3 Jewish Yogis: Jenna Kaufman, Ruthie Lichterman, & Marcy Stagner
Thursday, September 16 | 1:30 – 2:20 PM CT
Danziger Chapel + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Yoga practice will be accessible for all levels and all bodies. We will have mat options for more advanced practitioners and chair modifications for a truly accessible experience. 
REGISTER

Ruach Yom Kippur Music Hour
honoring the TI Graduation Class of 2022
Thursday, September 16 | 2:30 – 3:20 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness with Dr. Joe Levy
Thursday, September 16 | 2:30 – 3:20 PM CT
Register for the Zoom

The High Holy Days: A Short Story Discussion | In Memory of Our Teacher Leo Bearman with Rabbi Jeff Dreifus
Thursday, September 16 | 3:30 – 4:20 PM CT
Ettelson-Wax Hall + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

Yizkor Memorial Service
Thursday, September 16 | 4:30 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER
Click here to view Our Dear Departed Whose Names Are Inscribed in Our Memorial Book for Perpetual Remembrance.

Torah Chanting
Hear the Heart of the Torah chanted by Wallis and Evans Rogin
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

Ne’ilah Closing Service
Thursday, September 16 | 5:30 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER

Final Shofar Blast
Thursday, September 16 | 6:30 PM CT
Sanctuary + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)
REGISTER


To observe and maintain the sanctity of the High Holy Days, we ask that you refrain from photography and interacting with social media.

Your participation in in-person, outdoor services at Temple Israel is voluntary, and Temple Israel cannot be held liable for injury or illness. Please note: if you are in a high-risk category as defined by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), please join us for services virtually via our live stream at timemphis.org or on Facebook.

Thank you to Temple Israel Brotherhood and Temple Israel Sisterhood for their support of the High Holy Days programming and services.

Thank you to the Ringel Family for their support of High Holy Days Music.

Thank you to the Kopald Floral Fund for the Sanctuary and Chapel flowers.

Thank you to the 2021-2022 Honey & Rudi Scheidt Jewish Music Series at Temple Israel.

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