High Holidays with Am Hayam

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held at The Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans. Services will be conducted by Rabbi Deanna Douglas and Cantor Elizabeth Anker. All services are free and open to the public. The building is handicap accessible, air-conditioned and there is plenty of parking.

If you have questions about the High Holy Days, please contact Judy Keller, Ritual Committee Chair (call 508-255-7564 or send an email to: jkelle47@verizon.net).

Schedule of Services

October 2
7:30 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah
October 3
10:00 AM
following services
Rosh Hashanah
Tashlikh (at Meeting House Pond
on Barley Neck Road)
October 11
7:30 PM Kol Nidre
October 12
10:00 AM

4:00 PM
(approx.) 5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:03 PM
following services
Yom Kippur Morning service
Torah Discussion with Rabbi Douglas
following morning service
Afternoon service
Yizkor (memorial) service
Ne'ilah (concluding) service
Break-the-Fast (challah and juice)

Those wishing to break-the-fast before leaving Federated Church are invited to join together in the downstairs vestry for juice and challah. Since many of the participants at our services make alternative arrangements for breaking the fast, the Board of Directors voted to discontinue the larger break-the-fast gathering. We are concerned, however, that everyone who prays with us be able to break the fast with others. If you would like an invitation to join others after the conclusion of Yom Kippur services, please let Arlene Cohen know and she will make the necessary arrangements. You can call her at 508-255-4569 or send an email to: arlskc@comcast.net.

L'Shana Tova from the members of Am HaYam

Welcome to Am HaYam. We are an egalitarian Jewish community led by the membership and dedicated to providing an inclusive, rich, and varied Jewish experience. Members represent a broad range of Jewish backgrounds, traditions, and beliefs and contribute to making this a vibrant Jewish presence on Lower and Outer Cape Cod.

Membership is open to any individual who would like to participate. There are no dues. We are supported solely by voluntary tax-deductible donations. All members are invited to take part in any of our programs and to join the committees that make them happen.

We offer a wide variety of programs to nourish your spirit, challenge your intellect, and strengthen your community ties. All programs are open to the public.

Affiliated with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

Am HaYam, a Havurah serving the Jewish community on the Lower and Outer Cape, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner at Preservation Hall in Wellfleet. A video produced by one of the founding members about the history of Am HaYam was shown; and entertainment was provided by Bart Weisman, well-known Klezmer musician.

Twenty-five years ago in March of 1987 a small group of Jewish families in and around Wellfleet decided to get together to celebrate Purim with a potluck supper in one of their homes. Aware that there was an increasing number of Jews living on the Lower and Outer Cape, they formed Am HaYam (people of the sea) first as a cultural and social organization and eventually adding religious services such as Friday night Shabbat and the high holy days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, Am HaYam celebrated Purim with its usual service and shpiel and with a potluck supper to commemorate that first Am HaYam event.

Over the twenty-five years since its founding, Am HaYam has grown to include more than two-hundred members including year-rounders, seasonal members, and vacationers. It continues to provide religious services in addition to educational programs such as the Women's Torah Study, Rosh Chodesh Women, the Play Reading Group and Sunday Torah Study. Its Adult Education Committee provides educational and cultural programs with speakers and Jewish films covering a wide variety of topics and interests.

Am HaYam has no building of its own. It uses local venues such as the Brewster Ladies Library and the Wellfleet Library for some of its programs; and Chapel in the Pines in Eastham and the Federated Church in Orleans for its religious services. Potluck suppers and Passover Seders have been held in such venues as the Wellfleet Senior Center, St. Joan of Arc (Orleans), and the Orleans United Methodist Church. Am HaYam has no dues and relies entirely on donations to fund its services and programs as well as its own commitment to support local non-profit organizations such as Lower Cape Outreach Council, Habitat for Humanity, VNA, Homeless Prevention Council and more. It also supports LCOC with an annual food drive between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Am HaYam's services and events are free and open to the public. Am HaYam is a member of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and the Nauset Interfaith Association.

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