Rosh Chodesh, Festivals and Holidays

Prayers for Festivals, Chagim, Rosh Chodesh and Holidays

Worship Adonai with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing. (Psalm 100:2)

These prayers were recorded live at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, IL in 5780 / 2019-2020 for the purposes of education for the congregation.

Rabbi Michael Weinberg, guitar and voice
Director of Music Marla Aviva Bentley, voice and conductor
TBI Accompanist Jennifer McCabe, piano
Koleynu: The Temple Beth Israel Adult Choir
Special guests include: Rob Weinberg, guitar and voice, Christopher Mahieu, piano, Philip Seward, piano

Prayer books: Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat, and Mishkan T’filah for Weekdays and Festivals, published by the CCAR.

Primary sources of music include Shireinu and Gates of Song, available for purchase from Transcontinental Music Publishing, or directly from linked composers. Temple Beth Israel is licensed to stream through JLicense: #A-700135.

To stream Shabbat, Holiday and Festival services:

To read my articles on music and prayer, go to the Chai Notes column of the TBI Bulletin.

When we sing, we pray twice.

Birchot yom tov

Page 120 in MT for Festivals:
Candle Lighting for Festival/Yom Tov – A. W. Binder

Page 341 in MT for Festivals:
Kiddush for Festival Morning – chanted

Mi Chamocha

It is customary to alter the melody of the prayer Mi Chamocha according to the holiday or festival observance.
Festival Siddur on page 202 morning, on page 142 evening,
in the Shabbat Siddur on page 122 morning, on page 40 evening

Mi Chamocha for Sukkot and Simchat Torah (Na’anu’im) – arranged by Andrew Bernard

Ya’aleh V’yavo

Ya’aleh V’yavo is recited during the Amidah/T’filah on Rosh Chodesh, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot and Atzeret-Simchat Torah.
Festival Siddur page 216, Shabbat Siddur page 56 evening and page 136 morning

Ya’aleh V’yavo for Festivals – Erik Contzius


Hallel is customarily added to Festival services and on Rosh Chodesh  following the Amidah/T’filah.
Hallel in the Festival Siddur can be found on pages 296 – 305,
in the Shabbat Siddur on pages 268-277

Hal’luyah (Psalm 113) – Folk


Yizkor, or the Memorial Service, is observed four times in the Jewish year: the 7th day of Pesach (Passover), Shavuot, Atzeret-Simchat Torah, and Yom Kippur. This service follows the Torah service.  
Yizkor in the Festival Siddur can be found on pages 310-319

Adonai Roi (Psalm 23) – Gerald Cohen

Esa Einai (Psalm 121) – David Shukiar
Commissioned by Temple Beth Israel in Honor of our Centennial

Esa Einai (Psalm 121) – Ben Steinberg