Beth El Introduces Special Needs Service for High Holy Days

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From Congregation Beth El. This story was first posted on September 4.

Rabbi Becca Gould and Rabbi Jesse Olitzky

Rabbi Becca Gould and Rabbi Jesse Olitzky

Congregation Beth El will be launching a new service this year as part of their High Holy Day Family and Youth Program options.

In addition to a “Mini-Minyan” service for young children and families, Youth Programming and games for elementary school-aged children, and programs for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, Beth El will offer a new service called B’Yachad. B’Yachad, which means ‘Together’ in Hebrew, is a service and program especially geared towards families of children with unique needs, challenges, or learning styles.

This service will include quiet stories in an intimate space, and holiday-appropriate crafts and will take place on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur at 10:00 a.m. It will be led by Rabbi Becca Gould, Beth El’s Director of Education and Youth Programming.

“Our goal at Beth El is to create community and we cannot do that successfully unless we ensure that there is a place for everyone in the community,” says Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Beth El. He added: “We want to make sure that all who are on the periphery can call Beth El home. In keeping with our commitment to be a warm and welcoming community, B’Yachad is one of several initiatives that we offer to meet a variety of needs.”

The B’Yachad service is open to the community, but reservations and tickets are required. Please contact the synagogue office for more information. Additional holiday programs, services, and offerings at Beth El – including a Community Tashlich service on the Rahway River Bridge near the South Orange Pool – can be found on the synagogue’s website:

Congregation Beth El is located at 222 Irvington Ave in South Orange. For more information about synagogue events, call 973-763-0111.

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