Save the date: Segulah is meeting for Yom Kippur 5774 (September 13-14, 2013)! We'll be doing all the services from Kol Nidrei through Ne'ilah (and ma'ariv). See below for more information.
Registration will open on or around July 1. Keep watching this space!
Evening services (Kol Nidrei, Ma'ariv): Friday 6:40 pm
Morning services (Pesukei d'zimrah, Shacharit, Musaf): Saturday 9:30 am
Afternoon services (Minchah, Ne'ilah): Saturday 4:50 pm
End of fast: Saturday 8:03 pm
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What style of services will it be?
A: Like Segulah's Shabbat services, the Yom Kippur services will be egalitarian, all in Hebrew, and following the structure of the traditional liturgy. In addition, there will be several brief drashot on the themes of Yom Kippur. The services will be filled with soulful singing that reflects the nature of Yom Kippur as both joyful and serious, and the prayer experience will be made possible by the active participation of everyone who attends.
Q: Where will it be?
A: Segulah's Yom Kippur services will be in walking distance of Segulah's usual locations near the DC/Maryland border (Shepherd Park and downtown Silver Spring). After you register, you'll get an email with exact location information. The location is different from last year.
Q: Are there tickets?
A: There are no tickets; we want these services to be accessible to anyone who wants to take part. However, advance signup is required, so that we can be prepared for the correct number of people. (In the event that the space fills up to capacity, we will have to close registration and start a waiting list.)
We'll be meeting in a new space on Yom Kippur and renting it for the entire day, so the rental costs are significantly higher than for Segulah services throughout the year. Therefore, there is a suggested donation of $[TBA] per person to help cover the rental and other expenses. If you can contribute more than this amount, larger contributions are also welcome, and if $[TBA] is too much, chip in whatever you can. We are aiming to make Yom Kippur financially self-sustaining: Segulah is not planning to use Yom Kippur contributions to finance year-round expenses, or vice versa, so this is separate from any other annual donation that you make to Segulah. The registration form is the last you'll hear about this; there will be no fundraising during Yom Kippur services.
Q: Who organizes Segulah's Yom Kippur services?
A: Like Segulah's activities throughout the year, Yom Kippur services are run completely by volunteers. When you register, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer to help Yom Kippur run.
Q: Will there be a community break-fast?
Q: Will there be children's programming and/or babysitting?
Q: Will there be a break in the afternoon?
A: Yes, but not a long one - probably an hour or so. The reason for this is so that we can start at our usual Shabbat starting time of 9:30 (rather than any earlier), to make it possible for more people to be present at the beginning. However, it's not rude to walk in and out of services throughout the day, so feel free to take your own break whenever you like!
Q: What do people wear to Segulah services on Yom Kippur?
A: There are several different approaches to Yom Kippur attire, and all will be represented at Segulah. Some people will be dressed up in their finest; others will be wearing all white; others will arrive on Friday night wearing the same clothes they wore to work on Friday. Many people have the practice of not wearing leather shoes, perfume, and/or jewelry on Yom Kippur. Regardless of personal customs, attendees are asked not to wear perfume to Segulah's services because it causes problems for people in the community who have allergies.
Some people wear tallitot (and do so for all of Yom Kippur), and others don't. If it is your practice to wear one, please bring your own if possible.
Q: What if I don't live in the neighborhood and I need a place to stay?
A: You can indicate this when you register, and we'll do our best to find you home hospitality. And if you do live in the neighborhood and can host people, please indicate this when you register too. There are also several hotels and motels at various price points within walking distance of our Yom Kippur location.
Q: Is Segulah meeting for Rosh Hashanah too?
A: Not this year.
Q: How can I learn the melodies so that I can participate?
A: At several upcoming Segulah events, we'll be learning Yom Kippur melodies together, so that we can prepare to enter the holiday as a community. Make sure you're on the Segulah email list so you can get the details about these events. We've also posted links to some of the melodies on the website, so start listening!