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About This Year

Please note, all indoor High Holy Day services will be virtual only.

With the health and safety of our community in mind, the decision was made to no longer offer indoor services for the High Holy Days. Our outdoor experiences will continue as planned with more precautions in place. Our clergy is also working on creating new opportunities where we can safely engage with one another outdoors. 

Click here for suggestions on how to create your sanctuary at home.
Click here for blessings for your sanctuary at home.

Ways to Watch Live

For all of our Livestream services, you will find the video player in a few places on our website:

  1. On our homepage (ihcindy.org) you will find a ‘Watch Our Livestream’ button. Simply scroll down to the player and click on the arrow to start watching.
  2. On our High Holy Days homepage, you will find a ‘Watch Our Livestream button’, right under our Hinenu graphic. Simply scroll down to the player and click on the arrow to start watching.
  3. On our schedule page, there is an icon image next to every listing. Simply click on the icon image and you will be linked to the Livestream page. Simply scroll down to the player and click on the arrow to start watching.

Please note that for all services that are pre-recorded or on Zoom, when you click on the icon image, you will be sent to that virtual platform.

Please note that as another option, we will simulcast the stream of our main services on Facebook Live.

If you missed a service or just want to watch it again, you’ll find all the archived streamed services under the video player.

Listen to Us on the Radio

Each and every year, we are proud to offer our main High Holy Day Services on WICR 88.7-FM. This year is no different. We will broadcast our regular services for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Morning, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Morning, plus this year we will continue to broadcast our Yizkor service.

A Letter From Our Senior Rabbi

Dear IHC Friends,

Twice in the Torah, our entire people gather together in meaningful ways. The first occurs almost immediately after we are “born” as a nation by passing through the Red Sea – we assemble at the foot of Mount Sinai. There, we dedicate ourselves to God and to God’s mission for us on earth.
But our reality is that in the moment after liberation we are clearly not ready for God’s vision.

Our communal gaze is turned backwards, from where we came – Egypt and slavery. The second time we gather, at the shores of the Jordan River, having travelled through the wilderness,and having understood the full Torah and its messages for our world, we are no longer looking backwards, toward Egypt, but forward toward the Promised Land. In this moment of gathering “You stand here today, all of you, before Adonai Your God,” our mission has crystalized. We are prepared and ready, having been forged in the furnace of the desert, literally quarantined from the world.

As we welcome the New Year of 5782, we are acutely aware of having been through a global trauma together. And if we take anything away from the experience of this pandemic, it is that we need moments of gathering to remind us of who we are and of our mission on earth. During the High Holy Days, may we look forward and not backward – may we feel connected to one another by a shared vision, and not merely through the shared experience of trauma. Our people have always felt the bond of anti-Semitism and suffering, but it is just as true that we have always carried with us the bond of liberty and freedom. And may this year be a Shana Tovah – a good year for you and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Brett Krichiver

A Letter From Our Executive Director

To the IHC Community,

Since our founding in 1856, members of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation have gathered to celebrate the High Holy Days together.  This year, we have the opportunity to return to our sacred home and gather as a community once again.  In whatever platform you choose to attend – in person or via livestream – we welcome you home.

As we gather to celebrate our new year, know that we are taking every precaution to create as safe and healthy environment as we can.  You will notice some changes in the schedule that are designed to help us coordinate safety measures and address your concerns and feedback from prior years.  We have made the decision to not issue paper tickets, instead asking you to register in advance. We will send you confirmation emails confirming your participation.  We will do everything that we can as a staff to make your registration experience easy, efficient, and welcoming.  We will have your synagogue ready to welcome you in person. And the livestream will give you the option to participate from a space that is right for you. We will once again simulcast some of our services via WICR 88.7-FM.

Within these materials is all the information regarding this year’s High Holy Days. Please review the schedule and your options, then complete the online registration form, if you are planning to join us in person.  If you have any difficulties or are unable to access the form, simply call the office, and we will help you complete the registration via the phone.

I encourage you to check our Weekly Updates as we get closer to each event and service for detailed information about our programming and any updates about services.  And please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions and concerns.

Thank you for your commitment to IHC.  Although I have only been here a short time, I am in awe of the generosity and engagement of our congregation.  As I’ve said many times, amazing things happen at IHC on a daily basis because of our members.  I’m so proud to be part of this community.

Best wishes for the new year.  On behalf of the clergy, staff, all involved, I wish you and your family L’Shanah Tovah.

Warm regards,

Peter Smithhisler

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