Temple Emanu-El High Holydays 5779

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High Holydays at Temple Emanu-El

Important Kulanu Update!

Due to overwhelming responses, Kulanu for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is now full. In order for us to gauge interest for future years, please click here and let us know you are interested so we can find appropriate space. 

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 holy days 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, especially our families.

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 offer traditional High Holyday services, family services for families with young children, as well as Kol Haneshamah – an alternative worship experience that is participatory, thoughtful, and informal. We also provide babysitting and children’s programming. We hope this guide will help you select the best worship opportunities for your family this High Holy Day season.

Services and Programs Everyone

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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 Nicholas Tino, and our volunteer and professional choir.

Location: Main Sanctuary
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 9 @ 6:00 PM ***Note New Time***
Rosh Hashanah Morning – Monday, September 10 @ 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day – Tuesday, September 11 @ 10:00 AM
Kol Nidre – Tuesday, September 18 @ 8:00 PM
Yom Kippur Morning – Wednesday, September 19 @ 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah – Wednesday, September 19 @ 3:15 PM

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Kol Haneshamah

Our alternative High Holyday worship service, 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 Rabbi Prosnit, Cantor Rubel, and guitarist/songwriter Rick Calvert, this is an adult-oriented service but very accessible to children and teens. Tickets are required.

Location: First Congregational Church – 125 Elmer St., Westfield
Monday, September 10th @ 9:45 AM
Wednesday, September 19th @ 9:45 AM

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Yom Kippur Discussion Groups

We offer learning sessions throughout our building for those looking to enrich their Yom Kippur experience. They 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, September 19th @ approximately 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Services and Programs for Families

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High Holyday Tiny Tot Service

Formally known as “Family Service”, 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 Holy Days to young ones and their families. They are led by Cantor Rubel and Rabbi Sagal or Rabbi Prosnit and are about 45 minutes in length. Tickets are not required.

Location: Main Sanctuary
Monday, September 10th @ 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 19th @ 2:00pm

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

Rosh Hashanah morning, Thursday, September 10, 2018
Yom Kippur morning, Saturday, September 19, 2018
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.
If your teen is interested in volunteering, please click here.

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 (Abra Lee, Shari Rothstein, and Emily Halpern), along with teachers and teen volunteers (grades 8-12). It includes age-appropriate prayer services led by our new Student Rabbi Hilly Haber and songleader Melo Taylor along with classroom activities and snack. This parallel program gives parents an option to attend the Sanctuary Service while their child has an alternative worship opportunity. Open to families with High Holyday tickets, pre-registration is required. Teen volunteers must sign up in advance. 

Location: Religious School Wing/Brody Chapel
Monday, September 10th @ 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 19th @ 8:30 AM

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High Holyday Teen Volunteers

8th – 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. 

Kulanu Sold Out

Kulanu – Filled to Capacity

Due to an overwhelming response, this service is now full. You may still sign up for any of our other services! 

This year, we’ll be piloting a new prayer service we’re calling 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 Hilly Haber and songleader Melo Taylor, along with appearances from our own TEE Clergy.This interactive and intergenerational service will include a new, 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, pre-registration is required.

Location: Brody Chapel
Monday, September 10th @ 11:30 AM
Wednesday, September 19th @ 11:30 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 Rabbi Prosnit and members of TEWTY – our high school youth group.

Location: Mindowaskin Park, Westfield (weather permitting)
Tuesday, September 11th @ approximately 12:30 PM

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



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