High Holy Days
Blessings & Songs
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What is the order of the service for the Shabbat and Holiday Morning Service?
Please refer to our “Getting to know our Shabbat and Holiday Morning Service” card.
Why is the Kabbalat Shabbat service abbreviated when a holiday falls on Shabbat?
Click here for our dictionary answer.
How can I learn how to do an Aliyah during a Torah service? How can I request to have an Aliyah?
For a copy of “How to do an Aliyah” instructions click here. To listen to a recording of the Torah Blessings click here.To request an Aliyah please email Cantor Grainer who will pass on your request to the gabbaim (those who help run the Torah Service).
How do I do the other honors that are given out during a service?
1. How to Open the Ark click here.
2. How to Carry/Hold a Torah click here.
3. How to be Hagbah/Lift a Torah click here.
4. How to be Galilah/Wrap a Torah click here.
How can I sign up to become a Torah or Haftarah reader at BZBI?
Torah: If you would like to be added to our BZBI Torah Readers List and/or if you would like to request to read Torah during Shabbat and/or during the week contact Cantor Sharon Grainer.
Haftarah: To be added to our BZBI Haftarah Reader List and/or to arrange to chant a Shabbat and/or holiday HAFTARAH portion contact Bob Mosenkis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want some help preparing OR learning how to prepare a Torah or Haftarah portion? Want to learn how to lead a Service? Cantor Sharon Grainer will be thrilled to work with you!
How do you sing Kiddush for Friday night, Saturday morning, Shalosh Regalim (The Three Festivals), and the High Holy Days?
1. For a copy of Friday Night Kiddush click here. To listen to a recording of the Friday Night Kiddush click here.
2. For a copy of Saturday Morning Kiddush click here. To listen to a recording of the Saturday Morning Kiddush click here.
3. For a copy of Kiddush for Shalosh Regalim click here. To listen to a recording of Kiddush for Shalosh Regalim click here.
4. For a copy of Kiddush for the High Holy Days click here. To listen to a recording of Kiddush for the High Holy Days click here.
How can I learn how to do Birkat HaMazon/The Blessings After a Meal?
For a copy of Birkat HaMazon (including excerpts for Shabbat) click here. To listen to a recording of Birkat HaMazon (including excerpts for Shabbat) click here.
How do I do Havdalah at the end of Shabbat?
For a copy of Havdalah b’rachot (blessings), songs and instructions click here. To listen to a recording of the B’rachot (Blessings) for Havdalah click here.
Does Cantor Grainer have CDs available to learn songs for BZBI services?
Yes. To request copies of her free CDs please email your request to Cantor Grainer for any of the following CDs:
1. Kabbalat Shabbat and Friday Night Services
2. Shabbat Morning Services
3. High Holy Day Services
4. Zemirot/Shabbat Table Songs
5. Passover Haggadah Songs
Donations to BZBI’s music fund are always appreciated.