High Holy Days 2020/ 5781

Watch all High Holy Day services again on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_KIcFJvEnsWVy1HyX_1Z5PDl45tBZBmA

Bet David Live Stream – Should the website give an error message, please click here to see it though: https://www.youtube.com/c/CongregationBetDavid/live

Shabbat Shuvah & Yom Kippur 25-28 September 2020

On Friday, we open with a Kabbalat Shabbat service, the very last one conducted by Chayim and Rabbi Adrian Schell. The service begins at 18h00 and will be streamed to YouTube and Facebook: http://tiny.cc/BD-YouTube or http://tiny.cc/BD-Facebook.

For Saturday, Temple Israel Hillbrow and Beit Emanuel Parktown are inviting us to join their morning service, which is dedicated to Rabbi Adrian Schell and will be led by him. The service will be on Zoom and streamed via Facebook. If you want to join us on Zoom, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3887818332. To follow on Facebook please click here: http://bit.ly/ftemple. The service will start at 10h00.  


We continue with our High Holy Day services for Yom Kippur on Sunday evening at 18h00 and throughout Monday. All services will be streamed exclusively to our YouTube channel. Please use   http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD or  https://www.youtube.com/c/CongregationBetDavid/live to watch the stream.

Please see the schedule below for further details and additional information about the afternoon study and yoga sessions. Our machzor (prayer book) is available here: http://ccar.co/mhn-yk

Our Sefer Hayyim – Yizkor booklet is available on our website: http://tiny.cc/BD-YIZKOR

We are looking forward to having you with us for all our services.

Shabbat Shalom, G’mar Chatimah Tovah and Shanah Tovah


Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, Shabbat Service http://tiny.cc/BD-YouTube
Saturday, Shuvah morning service at Temple Israel Hillbrow http://bit.ly/ftemple
Yom Kippur
Sunday, Nidrei – Erev Yom Kippur Service http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
Monday, Service and Vidui http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
11.30Avodah and Torah Service http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
13.00Shiur with Rabbi Schagas http://tiny.cc/BD-SHIUR
or Yoga Session with Carine* http://tiny.cc/BD-YOGA
15.30Afternoon service with Torah reading and Vidui http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
17.20Yizkor http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
17.45Neilah Service http://tiny.cc/BD-HHD
18.41Fast Ends / Havdalah

A word by our rabbi

With all the uncertainties that surround us these days, what remains constant is our ability to enter the High Holy Days on a path toward forgiveness, repentance, and renewal. As we prepare for the Days of Awe, our community of Bet David may not gather in-person, but we have many pathways to bring us together.

Dear Congregants and Friends,

This is a very special time of the year: Mid September, we are going to celebrate the High Holy Days together – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur – and then also Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Together with our Management Committee, I invite you to join us in this exciting, spiritually uplifting process, and to welcome the year 5781 with us.

To ensure that all of you remain safe and healthy, Bet David will only live broadcast the services from the sanctuary, which will be streamed directly into your living rooms.

Together with our wonderful choir, a dedicated team of lay leaders and members from the Management Committee, we have created services that will offer you time to pray, to reflect and to reconnect. Based on Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holy Day prayer book, our services will include elements from our tradition combined with modern readings, space to meditate, and opportunities to learn and study. Netzer will be holding children’s services and activities parallel to the festival services.

I wish you a Shanah Tovah, a very happy new year – may we go from strength to strength together.

Rabbi Adrian M Schell

New High Holy Day Prayer Book

Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are understandable concerns about gathering in person this year for the High Holy Days. As we consider how to craft a meaningful High Holy Day experience in this unusual time, we are pleased – in great thankfulness to the CCAR press – to be able to provide a free online edition of our Machzor:

Open our Machzor for Rosh HaShanah here:

Mishkan HaNefesh Rosh HaShanah

Open our Machzor for Yom Kippur here:

Mishkan HaNefesh Yom Kippur

On Shabbat Shuva, we will use our regular prayerbook, which you can open here:

Mishkan HaTfilah for Shabbat

High Holy Day Appeal

We are fast approaching the end of the Jewish year and the beginning of a new year.

A righteous person is the foundation of the world (10:25). That is, a person who has done what is right has tipped the balance for the entire world toward merit and saved it. And because of this, it is Jewish practice to give tzedakah generously, to increase acts of goodness, and to focus on performing mitzvot from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur more so than during the rest of the year.
Mishkan HaNefesh: Rosh Hashanah: Machzor for the Days of Awe (Page 117).

The generosity of our members throughout the year, in the giving of their time and service, as well as financial support, is truly inspiring and is the foundation upon which our shul and community is built. We are very thankful for your help.

As it is customary at this time of the year to make a donation to your synagogue, we appeal to you once again to give consideration to the needs of Bet David, your congregation and those whom we assist throughout the year. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.


YOM KIPPUR 5781 – 2020


Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, Shabbat Service
Saturday, Shuvah morning service at Temple Israel Hillbrow
Yom Kippur
Sunday, Nidrei – Erev Yom Kippur Service
Monday, Service and Vidui
11.30Avodah and Torah Service
13.00Shiur with Rabbi Schagas or Yoga Session with Carine
15.30Afternoon service with Torah reading and Vidui
17.45Neilah Service
18.41Fast Ends / Havdalah
Sukkot and Simchat Torah
Friday, Sukkot and Shabbat Service
Saturday and Festival Morning Service at Beit Emanuel
Friday Simchat Torah Service at Beit Emanuel