The B’nai Vail congregation welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and branches of Judaism to celebrate holidays with us. Our holiday services are designed to be inclusive and friendly, and offer a bit of tradition mixed with our unique informal mountain style and always a creative touch. See the calendar to learn of holiday celebrations and observances.
Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur
Because of our diverse community, Rabbi Newman designs and publishes an original B’nai Vail machzor to include traditional prayers while inspiring a meaningful experience with a variety of English readings. Cantor Michelle leads the congregation in familiar holiday liturgy and is accompanied by piano, cello and violin. These exceptional services are inclusive, participatory and offer a poignant and inspirational message.
B’nai Vail offers services on both evenings before, and the mornings of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Tashlich, or the casting of sins upon the water, takes place on the creek beside the chapel immediately after Rosh Hashannah services, and is followed by a reservation-only luncheon at the Sonnenalp hotel. On Yom Kippur, the closing Neilah service and a community break-the-fast closes the holy days.
All services except Neilah, are held at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, with dates and times available in the newsletter or calendar. Neilah and the community break-the-fast are held at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel.
Volunteers are asked to sign-up to participate in the English readings, Torah readings and various honors during these services.
Childcare for children under the age of 10 is provided during the morning services.
A community seder provided by volunteers of B’nai Vail provides a joyful and memorable holiday celebration. The Haggadah, written by Rabbi Newman, contains the traditional elements sprinkled with current and creative readings. Cantor Michelle inspires musical participation of all ages with her upbeat and bubbly style as she sings a variety of Passover favorites and original, comical tunes.
Reservations are required. Please check the newsletter for times and fees. Volunteers are appreciated as we prepare and serve the meal.