High Holy Days FAQ's


During the service, congregants are called to the Bimah to read Torah, recite blessings, open the ark and perform other functions. These congregants have received an "aliyah", a Hebrew word which means "going up." On Erev Yom Kippur, all of our living past temple presidents are given the honor of holding a Torah scroll.  Some aliyot are given as a symbol of thanks to congregants who have given of themselves for the benefit of temple; some are given as welcome to new TBK members or new members of the faith.  The first aliyah on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is a group aliyah to which the Rabbi invites particular groups.


Are there ways to hear better?

The Sanctuary sound system includes a "loop" that can be accessed by switching hearing aids to the "T" position. Be sure to sit in the Sanctuary and not in the Foyer or Wolk Family Center areas. Sign language interpreters are located on the right side of the Bimah (as you face it).



To ensure safety, please cooperate with the parking attendants provided by Mapco Parking. Parking for the disabled is clearly marked. Please be considerate of those who require special parking.



Only the South (F), West (I) and Atrium (L) entrances will be open.


Prayer Books

TBK is now using the new Reform High Holy Day Prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh. This book is printed in two volumes: one with a gold cover for Rosh HaShana and one with a silver cover for Yom Kippur. Large print prayer books are available from an usher. The Feinbloom Library has some copies of this book for you to borrow if you wish to follow along with the services from home.

To support the change to the new books and to dedicate a set of prayer books in memory or in honor of people of your choice, click here.


Kippot & Tallitot

The wearing of Kippot and Tallitot (prayer shawls) is optional at Temple B'rith Kodesh. Tallitot are only worn at daytime services and the evening of Kol Nidre service. There are a limited number of Tallitot available at the entrances to the Sanctuary; it is best to bring your own.


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Parashat Beha'alotcha
June 22, 2019

In this Torah portion, the Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.