Be Part of Our High Holy Days. From Wherever You Are.
Experiencing the High Holy Days ‘virtually’ means that you can be part of our services and experiences from wherever you are. You don’t have to worry about getting to IHC on time, remembering to bring tickets, parking, passing through security or choosing where to sit. You don’t have to worry about what to wear or being too hot or too cold. You don’t have to worry about anything, because we have made accessing our vast selection of High Holy Day services and experiences, ‘virtually’ seamless. Here are some things you will want to know:
Since I am not coming to IHC, where do I go?
If you are here, then you know that we have built out a High Holy Day website, within the IHC website. Our High Holy Day homepage is the jump-off page for all things High Holy Days. Additional links may be added on each holiday, so check back for updates. All our High Holy Days experiences can be accessed with one-click here.
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: our Yizkor service.
If you didn’t know already, IHC has our own You Tube Channel. We have created a High Holy Day playlist where you will find helpful videos, high holy day sermons, recorded services and more. Be sure to subscribe to our channel, so you will know when new videos are added.
For any services and experiences on Zoom, we are able to provide a telephone number and meeting code so you may call in. You will find these numbers on the schedule of our services by clicking here. If someone you know does not use the internet, please have them call our office during business hours a few days before the holiday and we can provide them with these numbers. Remember, our offices are closed on our holy days, so try to plan in advance.
Can My Friends and Family Who Are Not IHC Members Attend?
Absolutely! Another bright side of being 100 percent virtual means that anyone near and far can take part in our High Holy Day experience. We welcome everyone to share in our Days of Awe.
We ask that everyone who participates consider donating to our High Holy Day COVID Fund to help defray our costs in providing these services.
What If I Have Questions?
We are here for you, should you need anything! Even as our offices remain closed, we are still working remotely. Call us at 317-255-6647 during business hours.
A Letter From Our Rabbi
Dear IHC Friends,
With the High Holy Days just around the corner, our staff and clergy team have been hard at work creating spiritually uplifting and meaningful services for the Days of Awe. Of course this year will be like no other, as all of our offerings will be online instead of in-person. But we are excited about the breadth and depth of programs we will be able to share this year.
One highlight that would not be possible any other year, is that we have coordinated with many famous Jewish musicians from around the country who are going to be joining us virtually. These guest artists will each add their own unique touch to services, partnering with our IHC clergy and
helping to create powerful experiences with us.
All of the details you’ll need to join are contained in this mailing. We understand that some of you will prefer to simply tune in to WICR 88.7, which will be broadcasting our services as usual. We hope that, in addition, many will download a prayer book, or pick one up from our Brotherhood and Sisterhood during our scheduled times, and explore Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through livestreaming.
Together, I know we can create something truly special. I look forward to “seeing” you there.
Rabbi Brett Krichiver
A Letter From Our Executive Director
Dear IHC Family,
Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year,” is the first day of the Jewish year. This “head of the year” is like no other. Words such as masks, social distancing and virtual services are now the “new normal”. Zoom has become a verb in a way we never imagined. However, no matter how different this year is from past years, it does not mean that we cannot have a meaningful and spiritual celebration of the High Holy Days – they will just be experienced in a new way.
Throughout its long history, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation has been here for our community – and this tradition continues during this pandemic. In March, we transformed our vibrant and thriving congregation into a virtual congregation in a timeframe I did not previously imagine possible. Our dedicated clergy, staff, and you, our members, allowed us to continue to live up to our mission to provide an inclusive Jewish community where all congregants matter, are inspired to action through Jewish values and experience Judaism in a meaningful way.
Within these materials is information about our High Holy Days. This includes many familiar items such as Sisterhood’s High Holy Days Greetings and a schedule of our services, as well as some items that are new, such as a way to access our services, sermons, and other special High Holy Day moments virtually.
In addition to being able to access our services online, we are thrilled to continue our long relationship with WICR, and will once again simulcast several High Holy Day services (see the Schedule page for more details). In fact, not only will we broadcast our traditional four services on WICR 88.7fm, but they have agreed to broadcast our Yizkor service as well!
Please be sure to check our weekly E-News as we get closer to the holidays for detailed information about accessing all of our programming, as well as any updates about our High Holy Days services. If you cannot access our Weekly Update or website, contact our office and let a staff member know so we can make sure you stay informed via other means.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our incredible IHC staff If you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the IHC community. On behalf of the Clergy, Staff and IHC Board of Directors, L’Shanah Tovah to you and your family! Best wishes for 5781 from all of us.