Kol Haneshamah: A Contemporary Alternative Worship Experience for the High Holydays
For the 10th year in a row, Temple Emanu-El will offer Kol Haneshamah, our alternative High Holyday worship service, held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur at the First Congregational Church on Elmer Street in Westfield. Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal. As in years past, we will supplement the machzor (prayer book) with contemporary readings, songs, and poetry. “Kol Haneshamah” means “every soul,” and it comes from a phrase found in Psalm 150:
Kol han’shamah t’hallel yah, Halleluya!
“Let every soul praise God, Halleluyah!”
Kol Haneshamah will be led by Rabbi Ethan Prosnit and song leader/guitar player Rick Calvert. Rick is one of the premier song leaders of the Reform Movement, and many of you know him as one of the leaders of our popular Simchat Shabbat service.
Kol Haneshamah is adult-oriented but accessible to children approximately five years old and older. During the service we will follow the matbe’a
(outline) of the Reform machzor
(prayer book) and read from the Torah. Rabbi Prosnit will offer a sermon on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Kol Haneshamah will take place on the mornings of the first day of Rosh Hashanah (October 3, 2016) and on Yom Kippur (October 12, 2016). Services will begin at 9:45 AM and will last approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Temple Office at 908-232-6770.
First Congregational Church
The Perfect Place for Kol Haneshamah
Temple Emanu-El and the First Congregational Church have a long-standing relationship of warmth and cooperation; in fact, when Temple Emanu-El was first founded, we held worship services at this church! The church has once again been very welcoming to us and we are very excited to hold Kol Haneshamah in its beautiful sanctuary.
Kol Haneshamah CDs Available