High Holy Days

The High Holiday season begins with the Selichot service which is generally observed the Saturday evening prior to Rosh Hashanah.  In 2016, this service will occur on Saturday, September 24th.  This beautiful and moving service ushers in the season and sets the mood for this most spiritual of times.  We observe Selichot with our sister congregations:  Congregation Har Shalom, Adat Shalom, Temple Beth Ami and Congregation Shaare Torah.  Every year we rotate where the Selichot service will be held.  In 2016, the Selichot service is being held at Adat Shalom.

The High Holiday schedule for 2016/5777 is as follows:

Rosh Hashana:

Erev Rosh Hashana Services - Sunday, October 2 - 6:30 pm

Rosh Hashana First Day Services - Monday October 3 - 8:45 am; Family and Children's Programming - 9:30 am; Tashlich - approx. 1:30 pm

Rosh Hashana Second Day Services - Tuesday, October 4 - 8:45 am; Family and Children's Programming - 9:30 am

Shabbat Shuva: Friday, October 7 - 6:30 pm; Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 am

Cemetery Services at Garden of Remembrance: Sunday, October 9 - 10 am & 2:30 pm

Yom Kippur:

Kol Nidre Services - Tuesday, October 11 - 6:30 pm (Note: Back by popular demand this year, a special Teen Scene Kol Nidre program from approximately 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Morning Services - Wednesday, October 12 - 8:45 am; Family and Children's Programming - 9:30 am

Afternoon Discussion Led by Rabbi Weinblatt - 2:40 pm

Mincha Service - 3:45 pm

Yizkor - approx. 5:10 pm

Neilah Service - 5:50 pm

Shofar - approx. 7:15 pm

Click here for the 2016/5777 High Holiday Tips and Guidelines.

Click here for the 2016/5777 High Holiday Booklet.

Click here for the High Holiday Youth Programming brochure

Click here for the online Membership Renewal and High Holiday Form for 2016-2017/5777.

Click here for the online registration form to enroll your children or teens in our children's programming for the 2016/5777 High Holidays.

B'Rosh Hashanah Yikateviun uv'Yom Tzom Kippur Yehcateimun (On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed...) 

Please click here to listen to a sample of one of the most moving prayers for the High Holidays beautifully sung by our fellow congregant Natalia Derechin.  If you want to hear the rest and much more music for the soul, please stay for the Musaf service on both days of Rosh Hashana.  

Hallelujah - Psalm 150 as sung for Rosh Hashanah

Please click here to listen to a sample from Psalm 150 beautifully sung by Ellie Arenstein.

Erev Rosh Hashana - Please click here to read Rabbi Steve Henkin's Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon from 2015

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah is a short service that is open to the community and includes a brief sermon given by Rabbi Henkin.  His sermon sets the tone for the Days of Awe. 
  • Rosh Hashanah morning, the first day, is for congregants and visitors who have purchased High Holiday tickets.  The second day is open to the community and we invite you to attend.  The beautiful liturgy and some of the most important prayers of the year, such as the "Hineni" and the "Unetaneh Tokef," which is sung during the Musaf service, can be heard.  Rabbi Weinblatt gives a sermon on both days of the New Year.
  • Tashlich is a most meaningful and beautiful ceremony.  This brief service gives us the opportunity to symbolically cast away our sins into a body of running water.  This service is open to the community and takes place near the creek behind the synagogue.


Click here for information on observing Rosh Hashana at home and special information about Rosh Hashana at B'nai Tzedek  

Click here for some questions for the new year from Rabbi Weinblatt.  We hope you find these useful as you apply the themes of the holidays to the way your live your life. 


  • Shabbat Shuva is the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, during the "Ten Days of Repentance."  It is considered to be the holiest Shabbat of the year. 
  • Rabbi Weinblatt has provided a mediation and some questions for everyone to consider during the High Holiday season.  Click here to see the Rabbi's questions.
  • Kol Nidre is a powerful service with haunting melodies that summon us to the introspection of the day.
  • Yom Kippur morning service has the theme of repentance and contemplation.  It features many beautiful pryaers that are recited only on Yom Kippur.
  • Afternoon Discussion with Rabbi Weinblatt offers congregants the opportunity to participate in a topical discussion reflective of the mood and spiritual issues of the holidays.
  • Mincha and Maariv, the afternoon and evening service, are an important time for personal prayer and truly spiritual moments.  It is our minhag (custom) to keep the ark open for personal prayer from the conclusion of the Musaf service until the start of the Mincha service.
  • Yizkor, the memorial service, is a time to recite prayers in memory of our loved ones who have left us.  This service is open to the entire community.
  • Neilah, closing the gates, is the concluding service on Yom Kippur day.  This service is the end of the "Ten Days of Awe."  The shofar is blown at the conclusion of the service.


Concurrent age-appropriate children's programming is offered on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.  

Click here for information on observing Yom Kippur at home and special information about Yom Kippur services at B'nai Tzedek.