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Synagogue Emanu-El High Holidays Hows and Whys

How can we best prepare for Kol Nidre, especially given events of the past week?

The last week has been a test of patience and will for many of us. We are thankful to God that Hurricane Florence caused far less damage in the Charleston area than initially feared, and we hope you're feeling safe and have resumed your daily routines.

But all of a sudden, Yom Kippur...

How are we making our High Holiday services open to young children?

The themes of the High Holidays are so serious that it's sometimes difficult to determine the best way to include young children in our observance. But experts tell us that doing so can be highly beneficial for childhood and overall family happiness. In a 2007 study published by an academic...Read more...

Why are there white Torah covers during the High Holidays season?

Most of Synagogue Emanu-El's Torah scrolls have blue covers. However, during the High Holiday season (Rosh Hashanah through Simhat Torah), we switch the blue covers for white ones. Why?

The color white is closely associated with these holidays because it is understood to be a color of...Read more...

How can we best experience the sounds of the High Holidays?

We want everyone to be able to participate fully in our services. However, if you are having a difficult time hearing the services or sermons, we welcome you to enjoy the use of our new assistive-listening devices.

These small, personal amplification devices comes with a choice of two...Read more...

Sun, April 21 2019 16 Nisan 5779