5781 High Holy Days

A Guide to Different Services and Experiences for the High Holy Days at Temple Emanu-El 5781

Masks and social distancing are required for all outdoor events. 

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Join our clergy outside or by live-stream to welcome the High Holy Day Season. Pre-registration is required for in-person gathering, space is limited.

Sanctuary Services – The services offered is the core of Temple Emanu-El’s worship experience. They aim to inspire and engage worshippers through the fullness of the High Holy Day liturgy, Torah and other scriptural readings, and sermons. Worship is oriented toward adults, but those of all ages are very welcome. This year services will be led by members of our clergy along with our organist Nicholas Tino.

Kol Haneshamah – Our alternative High Holy Day worship service. Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal.  Led by members of our clergy and guitarist/songwriter Rick Calvert, this is an adult-oriented service but very appropriate for children and teens.  

Kulanu Service –We offer a prayer service we call Kulanu, meaning “all of us”. This unique worship experience is open to attendees of all ages, though it is designed as a prayer option for those families with K-6 students. Services will be led by our Rabbis and a songleader. This interactive and intergenerational service includes a youth-oriented prayer book, guitar accompaniment, as well as stories and meaningful discussion. At Kulanu, we intend kids and adults to share a time of connection, celebration, and awe.

High Holy Day Tiny Tot Services – Formerly known as “Family Services”, Tiny Tot Services are geared toward pre-readers. It is a lively, celebratory experience intended to bring the themes and meaning of the High Holy Days to young ones and their families. Services will be led by our clergy and a song leader are about 30 minutes in length. Pre-registration is required for in-person gathering, space is limited.

Tashlich – Following services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah join us as we symbolically cast away our sins to start the year fresh. This ritual is fun and meaningful for all ages, all you need are a few pieces of bread. This year pre-registration is required.

Yizkor – Led by our Clergy and accompanied by our organist Nicholas Tino this is a reflective memorial service to remember and honor our loved ones who have died. Note new time for this year.

Neilah – Join our clergy outside at the Temple parking lot or by live-stream for the concluding service on Yom Kippur. We will end the service with havdalah and the sounding of the shofar. Pre-registration is required for in-person gathering, space is limited.

New High Holy Day Experiences for 5781

Shofar Program — The shofar will be sounded at all Rosh Hashanah services. Our new Shofar Program is an opportunity to hear the shofar in person. There will be a short service with readings and songs and we will conclude with the sounding of the shofar. Pre-registration is required for in-person gathering, space is limited. 

Pre-Kol Nidre Meditation – Before our pre-fast meal, we will have the opportunity to gather in-person or on live-stream to set our intentions for Yom Kippur. We will listen to the cello, share meditations, and mark the holiness of the moment. Cello will also be played at Kol Nidre services. Pre-registration is required for in-person gathering, space is limited.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning Sessions – This year we will be offering many different learning sessions for those looking to enrich their Yom Kippur experience. These sessions are facilitated by members of our congregation and cover a wide range of topics including Israel, Jewish texts, and contemporary issues. The learning sessions will highlight aspects of the Yom Kippur Afternoon service including reading of Torah and the Book of Jonah as well as in-depth look at different sections of the service.

Yom Kippur Teen Service — This will be an opportunity for our Temple Emanu-El teens to connect and mark the holiness of Yom Kippur. The service will be interactive and led by our teens and song leaders. 

Healing Service — On Yom Kippur, our clergy grounded in our Jewish tradition will lead a meditative service that focuses on the healing of mind, body, and spirit. We will use song, prayers, and meditations to provide comfort to those who need healing and those who take care of the sick.   

Cemetery Memorial Service – It is customary for Jews to visit their loved ones graves over the High Holy Days.  Our congregation will be holding a communal memorial service at Temple Emanu-El’s section at Beth Israel Cemetery.

Sanctuary Visits – Throughout the Days of Awe our sanctuary will be open for individuals and families to offer private prayer. This is an opportunity to gather close to our Torahs, in our sacred space, to offer the prayers that speak to our hearts.  Sign-up slots will be available to maintain social distancing protocols.

Join us as we prepare for the High Holy Days

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Participate in the High Holy Days

We are busy preparing for the Days of Awe and we need you, our Temple Emanu-El family, to help make these High Holy Days extra special. Below are four different ways that you can participate in our High Holy Day season. 

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Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance 

Each year Temple Emanu-El publishes a Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance that contains the names of beloved departed members of our families whose memories we cherish and wish to honor at this sacred time.

Remember Your Loved Ones