High Holydays 5784 ~ 2023

Welcome to the High Holydays with Beit Ahavah ~ Rebuilding the Mikdash — Making Sacred Community


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REGISTRATION is required (for in-person or virtual).  Your voluntary generous High Holyday donations are also deeply appreciated so that Beit Ahavah can be sustainable this year and stay open.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Zoom links and schedule notes are sent with confirmation of registration.

Resources, Yizkor Names, Potluck Lunch and Break-Fast Sign-Ups, Holy Shlepping, Giving, Mitzvot & Good Stuff:

High Holyday Giving

The holidays and an engaged and relevant synagogue like ours (the “Orchard”) costs a lot to run, even on a cautious but creative budget.  We cannot thrive however without you.  An orchard relies on all things gathering together — like our categories of apple, apple-tree, bushel, honey made by the bees, pomegranate, fig tree, grove, a Torah, the Book of Life…  We need all of YOU and your gifts to help us exist this year, and the next 25.  

Beit Ahavah’s meaningful gatherings and events are FREE, but we can offer this because of every donation is a gift and heart-investment from each community member, guest or friend who makes it possible.  Thank you now for your generous investment.


Service Details

Mutli-access Services are planned: Evening services indoors in the Sanctuary; day time services will be outdoors in our temple’s magical backyard tent, lawn and under the shade of the historic tall pines (if it is not raining).  A Zoom livestream (“Zanctuary“) is also offered hosted again by Ryan.  Zoom links will be emailed after registration. All services are a labor of LOVE ~ AHAVAH.  Everyone is equally welcome and invited to make a meaningful donation as you are able.  There is no waiting list, standing room only or prioritizing members — we will be one welcoming community like our ancestors. 

Family Services will be in the front yard on RH if sunny, or Sanctuary or Social Hall on YKChildren’s tent/Childcare is available during services.  Kids are always welcome in main services!!

COVID Safety:  Masks are optional.  Due to a surge in Covid cases, please take a home Covid test before services if you are able!  Vaccines are required for ages 2+ unless you have a medical reason.  The Rabbi and musicians do not usually wear a mask while leading.  If you are feeling sick please stay home, feel better and join us on Zoom.  Thank you for your support in keeping everyone healthy!

Please click to REGISTER for Beit Ahavah High Holydays Services


Friday evening, September 15, 2023

 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Service led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske with Singers

Apples & Honey Oneg reception to follow, with round challahs, apples & honey varieties to sample and other symbolic new year foods.

 Saturday, September 16, 2023 – 1 Tishrei 5784

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske

10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Family Service led by Anna Sobel, followed by parade to the Shofar service.

12:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Kiddush Luncheon celebration – all welcome (sign up sheet here for bringing vegetarian dishes)

Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2023 (NOTE THIS IS NOT ON SATURDAY)

3:00 p.m. Tashlich service led by Rabbi Riqi at the Mill River, 60 Federal Street, Florence.  Shofars, good dogs/pets, all ages welcome. Please note this is on Sunday afternoon (2nd day of Rosh Hashanah).


Sunday evening,  September 24, 2023:

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Kol Nidre Evening Service in the Sanctuary.  Kol Nidrei will be chanted beautifully by our Singers, and played on cello by the wonderful cellist Richard Mickey of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Monday, September 25, 2023 – 10 Tishrei 5784

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Yom Kippur Morning Service led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske & our Singers, with participation by community members through poetry, sharing and Torah service (under the Tent outdoors, unless raining)

10:15 – 11 a.m. Family Service with the wonderful Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn leading KinderKirtan musical chant service in the Sanctuary, especially for kids ages 0-13 and their parents and friends.

~11:15 a.m. Teen Discussion announced during Torah service

Afternoon Break with optional workshops from 1:30-4:30 p.m.:

1:30 p.m.  Nature Walk

2:15 p.m. Yom Kippur Queeries: Tshuvah “Hineni Here Am I” – an open gathering

3:15 p.m. Tzedek Tzedek & Tshuvah: The V’ahavta as Social Justice – Discussion led by Michele Morris-Friedman, using Aurora Levins Morales’ V’ahavta poem as springboard.

4:00 p.m. Jewish Storytelling with Robert Harris

Avodah/Minchah Healing Service,  Yizkor & Ne’ilah Closing Services:

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Healing Service with Personal Spiritual Journeys

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Yizkor Memorial Service with Names recited and video.

6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Ne’ilah Closing the Gates Service, Shofars & Havdalah under the Stars!

7:15 p.m. Break Fast Catered Meal with Potluck – Sign-Up here for additional Sides/Dessert Celebration (all welcome).

Kids Stuff: 

Jewish Holidays for kids are like a true “festival” where youth and families can be part of everything, plus things especially geared to them.

Families, kids, babies and all are WELCOME in Beit Ahavah’s main High Holydays Services  (evening and morning), led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske and Singers, in the fully-fenced backyard, also live-streamed to Zoom.  

The Apples & Honey Kids Tent & Childcare (crafts, games, childcare) will be near the playground (or indoors), run by staff and teens.  

Family Services 10:15-11:00 a.m. are led on Rosh Hashanah by renowned Jewish educator-puppeteer Anna Sobel with puppets, songs, drumming, movement, and prayers, and Yom Kippur by nationally known “Kirtan Rabbi” Andrew Hahn who brings an upbeat “KinderKirtan” musical chant service to all ages 0-13 and their family and friends.   
The start time overlaps with the big-tent Morning Services — so that families are welcome to come in and out and enjoy both experiences (Rabbi Riqi fondly  remembers being in both kid services and adult services, soaring in the music, as a child and she encourages it!).


As 5784 begins, we embrace the commandment of “Rebuilding the Mikdash” -Building Sacred Community!!  Just as the Monarch Butterfly – the Parpar HaMalkah – emerges from its chrysalis transformed, so too we emerge in an entirely new stage of life.  We are creating our services this year in an effort to gather together and to reflect, honor, and embrace and create ceremony and Presence for these changes — with intention to heal the world!

We are so excited to have you join us as we welcome in 5784!  Unless otherwise notified, all services are scheduled to be held both in-person outdoors in the beautiful backyard and/or Sanctuary of Beit Ahavah (130 Pine St, Florence, MA 01062) and livestreamed to Zoom.  We will stay current on COVID safety and regulations if anything needs to change.

As always, everyone is truly welcome, and contributions – gifts of the heart – are strongly encouraged for our High Holyday services – we believe spiritual experiences should be accessible for all.  However, for those who are able to give to help support the high costs of creating these nourishing High Holyday experiences, we suggest a donation of $180-$360 or higher level you are able or so moved for this High Holydays season especially to sustain Beit Ahavah and these holidays.  Thank you!  




  • Registration REQUIRED and deeply appreciated to attend any High Holydays services/events (whether in-person or virtual): please register HERE. 

In-Person Information & Protocols (to be updated as needed, check back soon!):


  • Shanah tovah u’mitukah! A sweet and healthy happy new year to you — Ask one of our Members about joining the temple if you have not already done so, and be a partner in building Beit Ahavah