High Holiday Schedule


Please note that for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during this time of COVID-19, we are doing a combination of in-person and virtual services.  In-person attendance is limited to 25 people, who must request attendance in advance.  We cannot allow for walk-in attendance this year. 


Please see this letter from Rabbi Nina for a full explanation of our policies.  Please review as well these Obligations for the High Holiday Services, particularly if you are planning to attend in person. 

High Holy Day Calendar (Tentative Schedule)

  • September 18: Erev Rosh Hashana, 8-9 PM (In-person & Livestream)

  • September 19: First Day of Rosh Hashana, 10-11:30 AM (In-person & Livestream)

  • September 20: Second Day of Rosh Hashana: Shofar service and Tashlich only, both will be outdoors. 10-11 AM (In-person & Livestream)

  • September 27: Kol Nidrei, 6:30-7:30 PM (In-person & Livestream)

  • September 28: Yom Kippur morning, immediately followed by Yizkor, 10-11:30 AM (In-person & Livestream)

  • September 28: Yom Kippur afternoon, reading of Book of Jonah and discussion, 5-6 PM  (Livestream only)

  • September 28: Neilah (closing service), 7-7:30 PM (Livestream only)

YouTube Channel


Content for the High Holiday services will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.  Please visit our channel to view many of our typical High Holdiay events: our cantor singing several beloved High Holiday melodies and liturgy; the chanting of the Book of Jonah by one of our congregants; our traditional singing of Hayom; some shofar blowers; and musical performances by congregants.

Additional Texts

In addition to the High Holiday Prayerbook (Machzor), we will have these Supplemental Readings for Rosh Hashana, which contain the poems and prayers we will be reading that are NOT in the prayer book. Please find as well a Personal Tashlich Guide for anyone who would like to explore the ritual of Tashlich but will not be attending services for  the High Holiday.

Past President's High Holiday Address


Please see the Past President's Address by Michael Wolfberg.


Coming Events

Shabbat Service

Friday, 8:00 PM - Shabbat Service (streaming online via Zoom). Please contact Rabbi Nina for information about how to connect to the service. 


Hebrew School

(Classes held via Zoom)

Sunday School for Young Children

Sunday, December 13, 11:30 AM to noon - For children under six years of age.  Please contact Rabbi Nina for specific details and for the Zoom link. 

Purim Celebrations

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM - ZooMegillah ReadingPlease contact Rabbi Nina for information about how to connect to the service. 

Sunday, February 28, 12:00 to 2:00 PM - Purim CARnival: In-car costume parade


















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