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About This Year

Be Part of Our High Holy Days.

For the safety and security of everyone, you must register in advance to attend services at IHC.
You can find the registration form at: indianapolishebrewcongregation.shulcloud.com.

If you have questions or need assistance with the registration forms, please call the IHC Office during business hours at 317-255-6647.

Watch Live from Wherever You Are

If you miss a service or want to watch at a later time, you can find all archived streamed services on our livestream page, just scroll down past the video player until the archived services appear.

Listen to Us on the Radio

We are proud to offer our main High Holy Day Services on WICR 88.7FM. We will broadcast our regular services for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Morning, Kol Nidre Traditional, and Yom Kippur morning.
We will also broadcast our Yizkor service.

Dear IHC Friends,
A Message from Our Senior Rabbi

For Future Generations,
A Message from Our Executive Director

Dear IHC Friends,
A Message from Our Senior Rabbi

The Hebrew poet ibn Paquda wrote, “Our days are like scrolls; write on them only what you want remembered.” I reflect on this quote often during my personal preparation for the High Holy Days.

Each year these services ask us to consider the time we have spent, and the time we have left. Are we using our time wisely?

For the sages, the comparison of a life to a scroll led to the powerful and central metaphor for Rosh HaShanah and Yorn Kippur, that of the Book of Life. This year, as we read the familiar text, “on this day it is written, and on the next it is sealed: who shall live and who shall die … ” perhaps we can remind ourselves of ibn Paquda’s plea – write only on your days what you want remembered.

A creative translation of the Machzor substitutes the traditional words with these: “With our own hand we seal the record of our deeds. We are fully responsible for the quality of our life.”

The sages never meant for us to absolve ourselves of responsibility by claiming that our destiny was beyond our control. “On this day it is written, and on the next it is sealed… ” and yet there is time, cry the sages! And yet, you have been given this one, new precious day. On this day, the world is created anew. On this day, you may find forgiveness and extend the same to others. On this day, you may find a new beginning, another chance, one more day to express what is most vital inside of you.

We welcome you to explore the themes of these days together with your IHC community. We have been working hard to ensure meaningful experiences for all our members and guests, at every age and stage.
Whether you gather with us in person, stream our services from the website, or listen over the radio on WICR88 FM, I know how meaningful it will be for us to feel as one on these holy days.

L’Shanah Tovah – blessings for a sweet and good New Year to you all!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Brett Krichiver

For Future Generations,
A Message from Our Executive Director

Growing up, wherever we lived, my dad always planted trees. Often, the trees were just saplings. People would make fun of Dad for planting such small trees. He just shook off the criticism, saying he was planting for the future. When we returned to our previous homes, the saplings had grown into magnificent shade trees.

Having learned from my dad, I, too, plant trees at the places we call home. I water, fertilize, prune, and care for those trees in the ways my dad taught me. I realize that I am always planting for the future.

Since 1856, we have gathered as a community to celebrate our new year, revel in our relationships, and focus on the true reason why we come together in this holy place. As a result, I believe that each generation of congregants planted seeds of hope for future generations. We welcome you with open arms and a commitment to creating a truly personal High Holy Day experience for you. We have worked hard to develop protocols to create a healthy and safe environment for us to be together. Our mission to be an inclusive Jewish community is not just words on paper, but meant to be lived and experienced.

Please register in advance for each service you plan to attend. We will send you an email confirming your registration. We will do everything possible to make this process easy, efficient, and accessible. Please call the office if you need assistance.

Watch the Weekly Update for information about programming or updates about services. IHC provides a professional, top-notch livestream experience of all our services. If you are more comfortable joining us through that platform or through the simulcast from WICR 88.7FM, we are glad you are part of the experience.

Since joining-this congregation, I have learned that we take great care to nurture our community and help it grow, preparing for the future. You have taught me that we are an amazingly generous congregation. You have encouraged me to believe in our legacy and accept our obligation to provide for future generations. I ask that you thoughtfully consider your participation in this year’s High Holy Day Appeal. It is through our collective generosity that we water, fertilize, prune, and care for the future of our congregation: thank you in advance for your participation.

Best wishes for the New Year. L’Shanah Tovah

Peter Smithhisler

For the sages, the comparison of a life to a scroll led to the powerful and central metaphor for Rosh HaShanah and Yorn Kippur, that of the Book of Life. This year, as we read the familiar text, “on this day it is written, and on the next it is sealed: who shall live and who shall die … ” perhaps we can remind ourselves of ibn Paquda’s plea – write only on your days what you want remembered.

A creative translation of the Machzor substitutes the traditional words with these: “With our own hand we seal the record of our deeds. We are fully responsible for the quality of our life.”

The sages never meant for us to absolve ourselves of responsibility by claiming that our destiny was beyond our control. “On this day it is written, and on the next it is sealed… ” and yet there is time, cry the sages! And yet, you have been given this one, new precious day. On this day, the world is created anew. On this day, you may find forgiveness and extend the same to others. On this day, you may find a new beginning, another chance, one more day to express what is most vital inside of you.

We welcome you to explore the themes of these days together with your IHC community. We have been working hard to ensure meaningful experiences for all our members and guests, at every age and stage.
Whether you gather with us in person, stream our services from the website, or listen over the radio on WICR88 FM, I know how meaningful it will be for us to feel as one on these holy days.

L’Shanah Tovah – blessings for a sweet and good New Year to you all!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Brett Krichiver

Having learned from my dad, I, too, plant trees at the places we call home. I water, fertilize, prune, and care for those trees in the ways my dad taught me. I realize that I am always planting for the future.

Since 1856, we have gathered as a community to celebrate our new year, revel in our relationships, and focus on the true reason why we come together in this holy place. As a result, I believe that each generation of congregants planted seeds of hope for future generations. We welcome you with open arms and a commitment to creating a truly personal High Holy Day experience for you. We have worked hard to develop protocols to create a healthy and safe environment for us to be together. Our mission to be an inclusive Jewish community is not just words on paper, but meant to be lived and experienced.

Please register in advance for each service you plan to attend. We will send you an email confirming your registration. We will do everything possible to make this process easy, efficient, and accessible. Please call the office if you need assistance.

Watch the Weekly Update for information about programming or updates about services. IHC provides a professional, top-notch livestream experience of all our services. If you are more comfortable joining us through that platform or through the simulcast from WICR 88.7FM, we are glad you are part of the experience.

Since joining-this congregation, I have learned that we take great care to nurture our community and help it grow, preparing for the future. You have taught me that we are an amazingly generous congregation. You have encouraged me to believe in our legacy and accept our obligation to provide for future generations. I ask that you thoughtfully consider your participation in this year’s High Holy Day Appeal. It is through our collective generosity that we water, fertilize, prune, and care for the future of our congregation: thank you in advance for your participation.

Best wishes for the New Year. L’Shanah Tovah

Peter Smithhisler

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