For Jews who are members of traditional synagogues, services for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are usually the most-anticipated services of the year.But, what do Jewish people who are unaffiliated with any traditional synagogues have available if they want to follow the High Holiday traditions?
Luckily, for Jews in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area, there are a number of “alternative” High Holiday services people can attend that are not associated with traditional synagogues, but which are a part of the local mainstream Jewish community.One of these “alternative” High Holiday services is run by Cantor Ann Turnoff, an unaffiliated cantor who used to be the cantor at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (a Reform temple) for many years.Turnoff has been running her own High Holiday services in Boca since 2006. She expects a crowd of more than 700 people this year.Turnoff said: “I love when people keep coming back to our services and tell me they can’t wait for services. Of course, if someone decides to affiliate with a traditional synagogue we wish them well. But, for many people who don’t want to affiliate with a traditional synagogue at this time, why shouldn’t they have the opportunity to be fulfilled as Jews on the High Holidays?”