High Holy Days

As fall approachesshofar, Jews throughout the world prepare for a unique ten-day period of prayer, self-examination, fasting, and repentance. It is time for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, often referred to as  the Jewish New Year or the High Holy Days.

We strive to create a variety of High Holy Day experiences that will inspire you, motivate you, and support you in making this sacred time of year truly a time of reflection, renewal and reconnection. Opportunities are abundant and we hope you’ll take advantage of many of them.

SELICHOT is a short but very moving service where the familiar High Holy Day melodies and prayers are heard for the first time.  We listen to the sounding of the shofar and we change our Torah covers from their usual colorful mantles to the pure white mantles reflective of the High Holy Day season.  Selichot services are traditionally held at midnight.  At Temple Israel, we begin our evening at 7:30pm with a guest speaker, film or program, followed by a dessert reception. We gather for prayer at 9:00pm.

ROSH HASHANAH is a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year.  We hold services on Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah Morning, and a service for families with young children in the afternoon.  Temple Israel’s Shofar Service  (which is a part of the Morning service) is like no other.  You will be blown away!

TASHLICH, held in the late afternoon of Rosh HaShanah, is the ancient custom of symbolically casting away your transgressions by throwing bread crumbs into a body of water.  We celebrate Tashlich at Micke Grove Park with a very short service and a “bring your own” picnic dinner.  This is a great time to visit with family and friends and is a wonderful opportunity for families with children to play and connect with one another. The entrance fee to the park changes periodically. Visit Micke Grove for the most up to date info.

YOM KIPPUR is honored with services on Erev Yom Kippur, Yom Kippur Morning, a Children’s Service in the early afternoon, an Afternoon Service & Meditation, Yizkor and Neilah (Closing Service).  We are especially proud of our Yom Kippur prayer books which were created by our Rabbi, Cantorial Soloist, and Educator.  The service uses modern language, inspirational readings, beautiful music and time for reflection to gently guides us through the challenges of reflection, renewal and remembrance.  Yom Kippur services are followed by a communal break fast.

Please check the calendar for dates/times.

During the High Holy Day period, we ask that all those attending have tickets. (This is the only time of year that tickets are required to attend services.)  The tickets are both a security measure and a way to insure that we have sufficient seating for all those who wish to attend.  Tickets will be automatically mailed to temple members.  Non-members may contact the office for ticket information.

Please contact the office for tickets and additional details.