HHD Preparation and Opportunities

We are hard at work on a variety of offerings for the Chagim ranging from kids/family programming to self-guided meditative practice and more!

Sign up to borrow a Machzor
Please sign up to borrow a prayer book for the High Holidays- we think it will greatly enhance your experience with the prayer service to have a physical book.  If you can’t make the pick-up times for any reason, someone can deliver it to you.  We will remind you when it is time to return it.
We will not be sharing any of the text of the liturgy on the screen during the service-it will be a live service where Aaron and Rabbi Danielle are leading.  If you prefer to have a digital copy of the High Holiday prayer book, you can purchase one here.
Please fill in this form if you would like to borrow a machzor.


To sign up for our Havurah Elul daily offerings click here.

The Lost Princess Elul Practice
. Rabbi Megan Doherty of Oberlin College and Rabbi Danielle Stillman have created a virtual retreat/practice experience for this month.  Structured around the Hasidic story of “The Lost Princess,” by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, we will be using this text to generate contemplative, creative and reflective practices, as well as to come together weekly on Zoom if you would like, to talk about what we have been experiencing.  If you register for this retreat, you can expect to receive a few emails a week with the practices, have an optional weekly Zoom gathering to share and hear from others, and you should plan to put aside around 15-25 minutes, a few days a week, to do the practices.  Try it out–there is really nothing to lose!  Register here!   And watch our welcome video  to get more of flavor (goofy as the video is) for what the retreat is about.


If you are interested in having your children attend a special zoom offering on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur please sign up here so we can plan accordingly.

Honey Cakes: A Havurah Tradition
We won’t be having our typical Apples & Honey reception this year but you can still take part in some community connection and enjoy the sweetness of Honey Cakes at home. At the end of services those who wish to stay on and recite blessings together over apples and honey will have a chance to do so.
Click here for Katie Saunder’s Honey Cake and Honey Orange Glaze recipe so you can still enjoy the traditional cakes she usually makes each year for the reception in the comfort of your own home!


High Holy Day Food Drive for HOPE Now through September 28th
Please contribute to our annual High Holy Day Food Drive for H.O.P.E. beginning on Rosh Hashanah (or before) and ending on Yom Kippur.
Bags will be available during Machzor pick up at Havurah House or you can also provide your own bag. Please be sure to label it “Havurah” so we can track the total amount of food donated during the food drive. Bags should be brought directly to H.O.P.E. as we will not be gathering at Mead this year and are limiting exposure for our volunteers.
Bags should be packed with non perishable boxed and canned items. Even if you don’t fill a full bag every little bit helps support food insecure families right here in Addison County. Especially this year with Covid’s impact, the needs are even greater!
HOPE is located at 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury.