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High Holidays

Congregation Or Tzion is dedicated to creating a meaningful, warm, engaging High Holiday experience for all. As in years past, we offered a full schedule of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services including study sessions, meditations, and even a yoga session between services on Yom Kippur. We also offered an extensive children’s program. Finally, we continued our tradition of offering a community Break-the-Fast meal immediately following the sounding of the shofar. Following is a post-High Holiday message from our President, Linda Moskowitz:

To Our Or Tzion Family
from Linda Moskowitz, President

Dear friends,
Shalom and Shana Tovah! We hope that you enjoyed a meaningful High Holiday 2017/5778 experience with your Or Tzion extended family.
If you were able to join us on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year, you heard inspiring messages from Rabbi Caplan, Rabbi Crane, Steve Helfgot, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, a Yom Kippur appeal from Jonah Paransky on the holiest day of the year, and up-lifiting tefillot, sung by Cantor Rubinstein.  In addition, I was delighted to address the congregation with updates about our exciting year and next steps for our kehillah kedosha, our holy community.
On the first Day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Caplan urged us to bring light into our lives. When he addressed the congregation again on Yom Kippur, he asked us to consider how we want to be remembered when we are gone. The High Holiday season is really a time for each of us to think about what areas of life are so important that we have to push ourselves and not fall short of what we expect from ourselves, what the Godliness of life expects from us and what we are doing to support others while making time for ourselves.
In a related way, Jonah focused on the personal values we demonstrate when we support the many needs of our growing congregation. Jonah spoke about a High Holiday Appeal contribution as a tangible, practical measure of the value our congregation offers its members and the community at large.
As Jonah outlined, our annual Yom Kippur Appeal helps take care of our synagogue’s day-to-day needs, above and beyond dues.  This important revenue allows us to provide the quality staff and programs that make us all so proud.  To those who made a commitment to our Yom Kippur Appeal, I extend a very warm and heartfelt THANK YOU!
If you have not already made a High Holiday pledge by turning in your High Holiday ticket, please take this opportunity to demonstrate your support of our Congregation with a gift as we begin a new year together.
To all of you, we are grateful for your generosity and we are grateful that you are a part of our family.
Finally, if you wish to read the words delivered by our Rabbis, Steve Helfgot, Jonah Paransky, and my address to the congregation, here are links to those remarks: 

Rabbi Caplan Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Rabbi Caplan Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Rabbi Caplan Yom Kippur
Rabbi Crane Yom Kippur
Linda Moskowitz remarks 
Steve Helfgot remarks 
Jonah Paransky High Holiday Appeal

Shanah Tovah and Todah Rabah,
Linda Moskowitz
President, Congregation Or Tzion

High Holiday Giving

Project Isaiah

Kitchen on the Street and Jewish Free Loan will be the recipients of this year’s Project Isaiahdonations. For the sixth year, we will be supporting Kitchen on the Street, an organization working to eliminate hunger in Arizona’s children by providing pre-packaged, child-friendly food for evening and/or weekend meals. We are asking you to bring gifts of non-perishable food items to our Kol Nidre service on Friday, September 29, 2017.

This year we also welcome our new partner, Jewish Free Loan, which provides interest free loans, food and gas gift cards to Jewish families in need. A list of requested donation items will be available at Rosh Hashanah services and on our website. Alternatively, donations can be made by purchasing food store gift cards or indicating a monetary donation on the High Holiday reservation form. Cash donations are always welcome.

The gift cards, cash donations, and items in our Bimah Baskets will be donated to Jewish Free Loan. All food collections will go to Kitchen on the Street.  For more information about these organizations, please visit or

Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778