Congregation Shir Ami to live stream High Holy Days

Noah Axe, son of Rabbi Vicki Axe, blows the shofar, a sign of celebration of the Jewish new year. This centuries old tradition is getting an update this year as the Rosh Hashanah service will be streamed live on the Web.

Noah Axe, son of Rabbi Vicki Axe, blows the shofar, a sign of celebration of the Jewish new year. This centuries old tradition is getting an update this year as the Rosh Hashanah service will be streamed live on the Web.

Congregation Shir Ami, serving lower Fairfield and Westchester counties, is holding High Holy Day services at the Round Hill Community Church. Rosh Hashanah services are Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur services will take place Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. and all day Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10 a.m., with a special Children’s Service in celebration of the New Year from 1 to 2.

According to Co-President David Green of Old Greenwich and longtime member of the Shir Ami Choir, “a unique feature of our congregation is that our members are included in every aspect of worship, leading the prayers and readings, chanting from the ancient scrolls of the Torah, and singing in the choir.”

“Another innovation in our services is the use of modern technology,”said Co-President Rick Mason, a Cos Cob resident. “During the Torah readings, the open scroll is projected onto a large screen so that all congregants can follow the text directly from the Torah.”

Past president Nancy Collamer of Old Greenwich finds the use of technology for the Yom Kippur Yizkor Memorial Service particularly meaningful.

“Instead of a Memorial Book, we have a PowerPoint presentation with the names of our loved ones slowly fading in and out one at a time on the big screen, while the choir is singing moving songs of prayer and memory,” she said.

A close-knit, caring community of 60 families with a joyous, musical approach to Jewish life, Shir Ami is beginning its 12th year serving Greenwich and neighboring towns in Fairfield County and Westchester. Shir Ami meets for Shabbat worship and Religious School at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich at the top of Greenwich Avenue. Shir Ami also enjoys a partnership with several churches and organizations throughout the area, including Round Hill Community Church, where High Holy Day Services are held each year, as well as Christ Church Greenwich, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, The First United Methodist Church, and Atria, an assisted-living community in Stamford where the residents have become an important part of the Shir Ami family.

“The High Holy Days offer an opportunity to reflect on our lives. We think about our relationships with others, with the world, and with God. We seek a sense of comfort and community when facing the challenges of a fragile world,” Rabbi Vicki L. Axe said. “This year, we are live streaming our services so that seniors and others who are homebound will be able to be part of our congregational family without leaving home.”

All are welcome at Shir Ami High Holy Day Services. To make reservations, visit Congregationshirami.org and click for an easy online registration. For more information about worship, education, and all congregational events and programs or to speak with Rabbi Axe call 203-274-5376.

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