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About This Year

Be Part of Our High Holy Days. In Person or From Wherever You Are.

Join Us In Person

As a community, we have decided to offer in person services and experiences this year. If you are planning to join us in person, here is what you need to know:

  • You must register in advance to attend in person at IHC or at the High Holy Day Retreat at GUCI. You will find the link to the Ticket Request Form at ihcindy.org/HighHolyDays.
  • Congregants and their full time students will be given priority registration through Tuesday, August 31 with our online Ticket Request Form. While there is no charge for tickets, a donation of $36 per guest is encouraged.
  • On September 1, registration will be open to the public. We ask that a contribution is made for each guest. If you are registering guests, you will be able to make your gift on the online Ticket Request Form.
  • While we are not mandating vaccination proof, if you are not fully vaccinated (or have any symptoms of COVID-19, cough or flu), please join us from home.
  • Masks are required to be worn for all who are attending services and while in public spaces.
  • We will be watching CDC and local guidelines to ensure our safety, which means we may need to cancel services or reduce in person seating. If we see the demand for in person seating is high, we may add a service. Please be patient with us and watch for updates at ihcindy.org/HighHolyDays and on our Weekly Update and Facebook page.
  • Childcare is available for many of our services and experiences. See the schedule for which services offer childcare. Registration is part of the online High Holy Day Ticket Request Form. You will also find more information at ihcindy.org/HighHolyDays/enhancements.

Join Us Virtually

For those of you who feel more comfortable joining us from home or from wherever you are, we continue our theme of “From Our Sanctuary to Yours” by proudly offering most of our High Holy Day services and experiences virtually.

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

Watch Us Live

For all of our Livestream services, you will find the video player on our High Holy Day homepage 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 lookingbackwards, towards Egypt, but forward towards 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 though 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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