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High Holy Days

The Days of Awe and related observances.

High Holy Days begin with Selichot on Saturday, August 28, 2021, and run through Simchat Torah on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

If would like to investigate High Holiday Courtesy “Seating” at another Reform Jewish temple, please follow this link.

We have revised our plans and will have much less of a (partial) return to campus this year than was previously announced. The situation with the pandemic has suggested changes.

All services will be available on Zoom. Only outdoor, off-campus events will be held in person. Links to events are on a password protected High Holidays page which will be available in advance of Rosh Hashanah.

Family events are in blue on the schedule below.



While we’ve made every effort to keep our schedule up-to-date and accurate, we cannot be responsible for changes resulting from human involvement, or those caused by trends in the Pandemic.

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Kol Nidre

September 15 Community Evening Service, Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Rebecca Plack, Ken Firestein, and Julie Hochman, cello. Sermon: Rabbi Greg 7 – 9 PM

Yom Kippur  Donate to Food Charities Download the 5782 Yizkor booklet

September 16 Brichot HaShachar, P’sukei, D’zimra, with Rabbi Cyn Hoffman 8 – 8:30 AM
September 16 Traditional Shacharit, with Hallie Morrow and Virginia Lantry. 8:30 – 9:30 AM
  Torah/Haftarah Service 9:30 – 10:30 AM
  Sermon, Rabbi Cyn Hoffman 10:45 – 11:15 AM
September 16 Family Yom Kippur Day Service on Zoom, with Rabbi Seth Castleman and Bob Smith 9 – 9:45 AM
September 16 Shacharit Contemporary Service, including Torah, Haftarah, with Rabbi Greg Wolfe and Dan Tennenbaum. Sermon: Rabbi Seth Castleman 9 – 11 AM
September 16 Yizkor Service Download the 5782 Yizkor booklet 11:30 – 12:15 PM
September 16 Mussaf, with Ernie Biberstein and Rebecca Plack 12:15 PM
September 16 Chanting Circle with Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard 2 – 3 PM
September 16 Kol HaNefesh – registration requested! 3 – 4:30 PM
September 16 Afternoon service with B’nai Mitzvah class chanting Haftarah Jonah 4:30 – 5:30 PM
September 16 Family Break-the-Fast program 4:30 – 7 PM
September 16 Readings and music of Martyrology service 5:30 – 6 PM
September 16 Ne’ilah service and Havdallah, with the whole Davenning Team 6 – 7:30 PM

Links to participate in these sessions are on the password-protected High Holidays Links page.

Rabbi Greg notes:
This year, for the first time in a very long time, Rabbi David Aladjem will not be leading High Holiday services. Rabbi David has some long-term medical issues (not life-threatening) and he’s not feeling up to leading services. He will be attending services as he feels able and, of course, his heart and spirit will be with us. Rabbi David asks that our community keep him in our thoughts and prayers but not contact him until he feels better. We will, of course, honor that request and send him our wishes for a speedy r’fuah shleimah, a full and complete recovery.

We are excited to welcome back to our Davenning Leadership team this year these wonderfully dedicated and gifted individuals:

Ernie Biberstein, Ken Firestein, Virginia Lantry, Hallie Morrow, Rebecca Plack, and Dan Tennenbaum.

We are thrilled that we will also benefit from the inspiration of these additional, but familiar, leaders:

Rabbi Seth Castleman, Rabbi Cyn Hoffman, and Student Rabbi Leah Julian (who, we are so proud to say, grew up at Bet Haverim!).

Shofar BaBoker! (Shofar in the Morning!)

Each morning during the month of Elul we are supposed to wake ourselves up spiritually in preparation for the New Year by listening to the sound of the shofar blasts. Click here for your daily opportunity to hear the shofar and read a different meditation for each day of the month to awaken us to the season of new beginnings and fresh starts.


August 28, program starts at 7:30, service at 9 p.m., in the Sanctuary and on Zoom.


We are hoping to have a physically-distant opportunity for families and friends to use the Sukkah here on campus. However, health and safety considerations mean that we cannot yet say whether this can happen.

Yizkor Service

Observed during Shabbat Service on Sukkot, during Pesach, and during Shavuot.

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Simchat Torah/Consecration

Details will be announced.

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