High Holydays at Temple Emanu-El

Sanctuary

The services offered in our main Sanctuary represent the core of Temple Emanu-El’s worship experience.

Kol Haneshamah

Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal.

Kulanu

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-7 students.

Youth Programming

During our early Sanctuary Service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning, we offer a parallel experience for students in grades K-5. This experience is led by our Youth Learning and Engagement Team.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are special times for families to come together and make lasting memories. They are also potentially stressful times as we prepare for the many aspects of the Holydays ahead. Attending services at Temple Emanu-El on the High Holydays should be a time for prayer and perspective – a stress-free experience for all of us.

While all of our services are open to people of all ages, we also strive to provide a variety of choices for parents and young people based on age and prayer preferences. We hope this guide will help you select the best worship opportunities this High Holyday season.

Services and Programs Everyone

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Sanctuary

The services offered in our main Sanctuary represent the core of Temple Emanu-El’s worship experience. They aim to inspire and engage worshippers through the fullness of the High Holyday liturgy, Torah and other scriptural readings, and sermons. Worship is oriented toward adults, but those of all ages are very welcome. Services are led by members of our clergy along with our organist and our volunteer and professional choir. Tickets are required.

Location: Main Sanctuary
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29 @ 6:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah Morning – Monday, September 30 @ 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day – Tuesday, October 1 @ 10:00 AM
Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 8 @ 8:00 PM
Yom Kippur Morning – Wednesday, October 9 @ 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah – Wednesday, October 9 @ 3:15 PM

kol haneshamah

Kol Haneshamah

Our alternative High Holyday worship service is held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. 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. Tickets are required.

Location: First Congregational Church – 125 Elmer Street, Westfield
Monday, September 30 @ 9:45 AM
Wednesday, October 9 @ 9:45 AM

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Yom Kippur Discussion Groups

We offer learning sessions throughout our building for those attending services 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 spirituality. Sessions take place in two blocks: during the Late Sanctuary Service and following the Late Sanctuary Service prior to Afternoon Services.

Locations: Various
Wednesday, October 9 @ approximately 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Services and Programs for Families

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High Holyday Tiny Tot Service

Formerly known as “Family Services”, Tiny Tot Services are geared toward pre-readers, with an age-appropriate picture prayer book, songs and stories. It is a lively, celebratory experience intended to bring the themes and meaning of the High Holydays to young ones and their families. Services will be led by our clergy and are about 45 minutes in length. Tickets are not required.

Location: Main Sanctuary
Monday, September 30 @ 3:00 PM
Wednesday, October 9 @ 2:00 PM

Babysitting options for toilet-trained children ages 2-4 are available for the following:

Rosh Hashanah morning, 
Yom Kippur morning,
Services begin at 8:30am, child(ren) can be dropped off beginning at 8:15am
Babysitting is over at the same time the morning service ends.
 
 
 
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Parallel Youth Program and Worship

The online sign up period for parallel programing is now closed. If you wish to come to Parallel Programming, please call our Religious School office at 908-232-6772.

During our early Sanctuary Service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning, we offer a parallel experience for students in grades K-5. This experience is led by our Youth Learning and Engagement Team, along with teachers and teen volunteers (grades 9-12). It includes age-appropriate prayer services led by our educators and a song leader along with classroom activities and snacks. This parallel program gives parents an option to attend the Sanctuary Service while their child has an alternative worship opportunity. Open to families with tickets who are attending the 8:30 AM service, pre-registration is required. Teen volunteers must sign up in advance.

Location: Religious School Wing/Brody Chapel
Monday, September 30 @ 8:30 AM Wednesday
October 9 @ 8:30 AM

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High Holyday Teen Volunteers

9th – 12th graders can volunteer in our Babysitting and Youth Parallel Programming. Volunteers are accepted on a first-received basis with priority given to teens who currently participate in our Madrichim Program, are enrolled in our Religious School and/or participate in our youth groups. 

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Kulanu 

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-7 students. Services will be led by our new Student Rabbi and a songleader, along with appearances from our own TEE Clergy. 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. Open to Temple Members (and their guests) and ECE families. Space is limited. Tickets are required.

Location: Wilson School – 301 Linden Ave, Westfield
Monday, September 30 @ 10:00 AM
Wednesday, October 9 @ 10:00 AM

tashlich

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! Led by our clergy and members of TEWTY – our high school youth group. Tickets are not required.

Location: Mindowaskin Park, Westfield (weather permitting)
Tuesday, October 1 @ approximately 12:30 PM

Shanah Tovah U’metukah – A good and Sweet New Year! 

 

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