KBS invites you to be with us welcoming the year 5784 on the Hebrew calendar, beginning with Erev Rosh Hashanah services Friday, September 15, in-person, at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, 75-1048 Henry Street in Kailua Kona.
Former KBS president, Rabbi Shari Joy Berman, will be joined by Cantor Jack Chomsky, formerly of Columbus, Ohio Congregation Tifereth Israel, to lead our full schedule of services and opportunities to gather, pray, sing, study and share.
All levels of KBS membership include High Holiday seats; and to ease health concerns about being with a large group indoors, there will be some seating available outdoors on the adjacent lanai, under a canopy sunshade. For those who cannot attend in person, most of the services are live-streamed on Zoom and connection information will be sent by email to all KBS members and non-members who have chosen the Zoom-only option. We ask non-members for a donation to help defray the costs of putting on the services.
No one will be turned away for inability to contribute.
With rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, we continue to urge extra precautions for the protection and health of all. Seats at services will have expanded space between rows, medical-grade masks will be available at the check-in desk, as well as hand sanitizer at several locations. There will also be limited seating outdoors, on the lanai adjacent to the main room, with a full view of the bima and the service. If you are not feeling well or are otherwise unable to attend in person, we urge you to participate via the live-stream on Zoom. Connection information will be emailed this week to all active KBS members as well as non-members who have chosen the “Zoom-only” option. With your cooperation, we can create a safe space to worship and meet.
If you haven’t already done so, this is the time to join or renew your membership and it’s easy to do with the online form at the KBS website. Visitors and non-members should use the same form to reserve seats at High Holy Day services. There are options to make additional donations and list the names of family members and friends to be memorialized during the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur or be remembered for healing with the Mi Sheberach prayers.
Make Your Contribution Go Further with “Give Aloha”
Your contribution to KBS may be matched if you donate through the “Give Aloha” program throughout the month of September at Foodland, Foodland Farms and Sack ‘n Save supermarkets. You need to have a free “Mai’kai” card and donations to any single organization may be matched up to $249. Many veteran KBS members use the “Give Aloha” donation to cover part of their membership and send any additional amount directly to the congregation. Click this link for more details.