Temple Emanu-El High Holydays 5780
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High Holydays at Temple Emanu-El
The services offered in our main Sanctuary represent the core of Temple Emanu-El’s worship experience.
Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Wednesday, October 9 @ approximately 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
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
Parallel Youth Program and Worship
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
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.
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
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Please scroll up to find a calendar of all services including all dates, times and locations.
To learn more about our services for children, teens, and families, please see our Meaningful Guide to High Holydays Worship Experiences.
Babysitting is offered for toilet-trained 2 – 4 year olds during the early Sanctuary Service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for a fee. Registration is due by September 20.
Yes – not only do we offer worship, but there will be multiple opportunities for study.
You can fill out the included form you received in the mail or fill our the Book of Remembrance form online above.
Yes – we are always looking for ushers to help us create the best possible High Holyday experience for our attendees. We are looking for a few ushers to aid us in our efforts to assist our congregants and maintain the usual level of decorum in our High Holyday services! If you normally attend Erev Rosh Hashanah, early service either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur or second day Rosh Hashanah and would be willing to serve as an usher, you would be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please contact Bob Kendler, at 908-232-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope so! All of our prayer books are fully transliterated and all of our services include English readings.
What is the Temple’s policy regarding kippot/yarmulkes (head covering) and tallitot (prayer shawls)?
All service-goers are welcome to wear a tallit during our morning services and the evening of Kol Nidre. In recognition of the vision of our founders, men are required to wear a kippah on our bima; women are welcome to wear one as well. We have both available for use at all of our services.
Drivers can reserve parking in advance through Jackie Master at email@example.com or by phone at 908-232-6770 x133. Accessible parking permits are issued for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services held at the Temple and are good for the specific service(s) requested. Spots will only be held until 10 minutes after the start of the service so please be on time.
A few assisted listening devices are available in the Sanctuary, and large-print prayer books are available in the Sanctuary and at Kol Haneshamah services. Our ushers will be happy to assist you.
What modifications and adjustments are available for those who use a wheelchair or with low mobility?
To reserve a wheelchair space for any of our services, please contact Jackie Master at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 908-232-6770×133. We have accessible stalls in several of our bathrooms and at Wilson School. Any driver with a passenger who uses a wheelchair or has low mobility is welcome to pull to the accessible parking entrance at the back of the Temple building to drop them off before going to park their car.
Tickets are included for all members in good standing, children through age 26, older financially dependent children living at home, and parents who share your home. Please complete the Ticket Order Form on our website or included with the packet you received in the mail.
You may purchase guest tickets for out-of-town family and guests.
Guest tickets are $180 per person and include access to all of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Special rates are available for guests from other congregations and adult children attending one holyday only – contact the Temple office for more info. Please complete the Member and Guest Ticket Order Form on our website or included with your packet. If you have additional guests the Guest Ticket Order Form can be found on our website or contact the Temple office.
Ticket order forms are due by August 16.
Tickets will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks prior to Rosh Hashanah. If you do not have access to email, you can pick them up at the Temple at your request.Tickets are not transferable.
Tickets can be shown on your phone or printed beforehand. Photo ID is required for all adults and high school students. Please have your photo ID and ticket(s) ready when entering the Temple.
Yes! ECE families are welcome to order member tickets as well as purchase guest tickets.
Yes! They are eligible for tickets within the first year of moving to our community. Please contact Brian Chartock, our Executive Director, at email@example.com or by phone at 908-232-6770 x114.
Yes! All are welcome to join us for Selichot, our Second Day Rosh Hashanah services, all Tiny Tot Services, and our Yizkor (memorial) service on Yom Kippur afternoon. See our website for details, including times and locations.
There will be no separate order form for Kol Haneshamah this year. Simply fill out a Member and Guest ticket order form and select Kol Haneshamah as your service option. Seating is limited. Tickets must be issued for attendees of all ages. One parking permit per family per Holyday will be issued as well.
Simply fill out the Member and Guest ticket order form and select Kulanu as your service option. Seating is limited; we can only accommodate the first 250 people who sign up. Tickets must be issued for attendees of all ages.
How do we register our K-5 children for Children’s Parallel Programming and services? How do we register our teen to volunteer for Babysitting or Children’s Parallel Programming?
Registration for Children’s Parallel Programming and teen volunteers can be found in the High Holyday section of our website. Registration is due by September 20. For more information please contact Samantha Eichert at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 908-232-6770 x123.