High Holy Days


Please note that tickets purchased AFTER 5 PM, Thursday, September 17th will include all services EXCEPT the 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 19th, Rosh Hashanah service.

Note: as per our policy, guest tickets are only available to those who are not members; they are not intended for people choosing not to renew their membership. We are committed to the accessibility of Temple membership and are always open to requests for abatement. Also, the price of guest tickets can be put towards membership after the holy days if you so choose.

High Holy Days at Temple 2020/5781: Be Inspired. Get Connected. Stay Safe.
Lisa J. Grushcow, D. Phil., Senior Rabbi and Ellen Greenspan, Rabbi-Educator
Joseph Kaiser, Cantorial Soloist, and Rona Nadler, Music Director

Following the overriding Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, protecting life, our High Holy Day services will be online this year. As you will see below, there will be some outside and in-person activities available too. Our Cantorial Soloist, Joseph Kaiser, will be joining us from Chicago, and our services will be under the skilled direction of Music Director, Rona Nadler.

Rabbi Abraham Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, said many years ago that our task is “to make the old new, and the new holy.” That is our challenge this year. Even from the other side of a screen, your presence matters. As we enter the new year of 5781, we will take this time to reflect and connect, living ancient traditions in new ways.

 Our High Holy Day experience will be divided into three categories:

  1. Livestreamed services (available to members and those who purchase guest tickets). These will be the major services: Rosh Hashanah morning (first day), Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning, Yizkor (service of remembrance) and Neilah (closing service).
  2. Services on zoom (open to everyone, with advance registration required). These will include Selichot, Rosh Hashanah evening, Rosh Hashanah morning (second day), Yom Kippur afternoon, and family services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  3. In-person activities (Cemetery and ark visits available to members only, and tashlich & shofar-blowing are open to everyone). These will include cemetery visits before the High Holy Days, individual/family visits to the ark between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and tashlich and shofar-blowing in parks throughout the city. Physical distancing and mask-wearing will be required.

We hope you will take part. For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Sari Roston at 438-920-1336