High Holy Day Services 2019/5780
Newton Cultural Center & War Memorial Auditorium
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton MA 02459
morning service: 10:30am - 12:45pm
children's service: 1:00pm - 1:45pm
7:30pm - 9:00pm
morning service: 10:30am - 12:45pm
yizkor (memorial) service: 12:45pm - 1:30pm
children's service: 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Ahava’s High Holy Day services are meaningful, contemplative, and infused with exquisitely beautiful music. All are welcome, regardless of background, and all will feel at home.
The services are not affiliated with any of the major Jewish movements. Rather, they combine traditional prayers and melodies with contemporary elements, for a prayer experience that will leave you feeling inspired and spiritually fulfilled.
Join us for just one service, or join us for them all!
Donations gratefully accepted.
~ "Absolutely beautiful service --- such a spiritual and extraordinary High Holiday experience!" - Donna T
~ "Simply one of the most beautiful HH services I have ever attended. Cantor Jacqui has done a wonderful job of designing the services. Her beautiful voice resonates so exquisitely. People need to know that this is undoubtedly the best kept High Holiday secret in the Boston area." - Peter Goodman
~ "Your warmth and talent bring services to a different level." - Maureen Schnur
~ "I've been going to Yahrtzeit [memorial] services for decades - Ahava's Yahrtzeit service on Yom Kippur afternoon was the most beautiful and meaningful one I have ever attended." - Esther B
~ "Created with love ... filled with spirit ... Cantor Jacqui has a voice that touches the soul." - Carol Vinci
Please bring your own machzor (prayer book)
We will be using Mishkan Hanefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe. You will need this particular machzor to follow along and participate in the services.
You may order hard copies HERE and bring the books with you to services. Please note that there are separate volumes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The two-volume set sells for $42.
You may order electronic copies and bring your device with you to services. Click HERE for Rosh Hashanah and HERE for Yom Kippur. Please download to your device; do not rely on wifi. Note that you do not need a kindle to order the electronic kindle version; just download the kindle app onto any device. The two volumes sell separately, each for $9.99.
All genders are encouraged to bring and wear their own kippot (yarmulkes) and tallitot (prayer shawls). There will also be some available to borrow.
If you would like a loved one's name read aloud during the Yizkor service, please email his/her/their name to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate correct pronunciation.
Do you need a ride? Contact us and we will help you find one!
From Ahava’s 2017/5778 High Holy Day services
[For larger view, click play, then click ‘YouTube’.]
T’kiah G’dolah ( the long shofar blast at the end):
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Ahava is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are fully tax deductible. We thank you for your consideration and generosity!
Dear Cantor Jacqui
Every now and again you meet someone who changes your life. While we are sure Natasha is too young to realize it - you have changed hers. A year ago we brought you a child full of potential but lacking the confidence to realize it. You have given her that and it is a gift that should last a lifetime. By extension you have also touched all of our lives. We are forever grateful.
Michele FS & Michael F
The service was so beautiful! Jacqui, your voice is amazing. We couldn't have asked for a more meaningful service. Many people came up to us and said it was the best Bat Mitzvah service they had ever been to. Many of these comments came from Conservative Jewish uncles to Protestant and Catholic friends. Everyone felt welcome and part of the service. Thank you so much for giving Maddy the knowledge and confidence to do such an amazing job. We are so blessed and grateful. Thank you, thank you.
I still think of you, your special patience, sensitivity, natural intuition, and genuine understanding of Eric which enabled you to work with him so successfully. You stuck with him and influenced him to turn things around from not really wanting to do it to ‘wowing’ his family and friends. So thank you - for all you do!