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High Holy Days

The Days of Awe and related observances.

High Holy Days begin with Selichot on Saturday, September 12, 2020, and run through Simchat Torah on Sunday, October 11. Next year, Erev Rosh Hashanah will be on Monday, September 6, Yom Kippur on September 16, and Simchat Torah on September 29, 2021.

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

Links to YouTube for Services

We will not be offering our usual services on campus this year, due to health and safety concerns. Bet Haverim Partners, and those who donate for “tickets,” will receive a mailing (postal or electronic, depending on time available) with the password for our page of Zoom links. You can choose which services to attend from that page.

Non-Partners can go here for tickets, for select events on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Days 1 and 2, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur.


Events are expected to be for one hour, except where noted.

Kol Nidre  Donate to Food Charities

September 27 Gathering 6:30 – 7 PM
September 27 Traditional Evening Service with Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Rebecca Plack, Ken Firestein 7 – 8:30 PM
September 27 Contemporary Evening Service with Rabbi David Aladjem, Dan Tennenbaum 7 – 8:30 PM

Yom Kippur  Donate to Food Charities  Download the Yizkor Book

September 28 HaShachar, P’sukei D’zimra with Rabbi David Aladjem, Virginia Lantry, Hallie Morrow 8 – 8:30 AM
September 28 Yom Kippur teaching, “They made him do what?”: the Evolution of Notions of Purity, from the Second Temple to Today, with Rabbi Cynthia Hoffman 8:30 – 9 AM
September 28 Family Service with Rabbi Seth Castleman and Bob Smith 9 – 9:45 AM
September 28 Shacharit Traditional with Rabbi David, Hallie, Virginia 9 – 10:30 AM
September 28 Shacharit Contemporary Service with Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Dan Tennenbaum 9 – 10:30 AM
September 28 Pre-recorded Torah service 10:30 – 11:15 AM
September 28 Yizkor Service with Rabbi Greg, Rabbi David, Julie Hochman, Rebecca Plack 11:15 – Noon
September 28 Mussaf with Ernie Biberstein and Rebecca Plack 12 Noon
September 28 Chanting Circle with Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard 3 PM
September 28 Afternoon service with B’nai Mitzvah class chanting Haftarah Jonah 4:30 PM
September 28 Young Family Break-the-Fast program 5 – 5:30 PM
September 28 Readings and music of Martyrology service 5:30 – 6 PM
September 28 Ne’ilah service and Havdallah 6 PM


Past Events

A Special Selichot Celebration

September 12 Dan Nichols Concert 5:30 PM
September 12 Insights into Teshuvah from Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow, with Rabbi Nancy Weschler and Rabbi Greg Wolfe 7:30 PM
September 12 Uplifting Selichot Service, with Rabbi Nancy Weschler and Rabbi Greg Wolfe 8:40 – 9:45 PM

Shana Tova preparations

September 13 Religious School Family Service 9:30 AM
September 13 Shana Tova Drive Through at Bet Haverim 10:30 – 3 PM
September 13 “Hi! Holidays” Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur Stories to Start the New Year with Joel Ben Izzy 4 – 4:45 PM
Donate to Food Charities

Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 18 Young Family Rosh Hashanah Service with Rabbi Seth Castleman 5 – 5:30 PM
September 18 Gathering in our Redwood Grove (virtually) 5 – 5:30 PM
September 18 Slide show of Partners illustrating Jewish life 5:30 – 5:45 PM
September 18 Seder with Rabbi Greg Wolfe and Dan Tennenbaum 5:45 – 6:45 PM
September 18 Evening Service with Rabbi David Aladjem, Rebecca Plack, and Ken Firestein 7:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah

September 19 Birchot HaShachar, P’sukei D’zimra with Rabbi David Aladjem, Virginia Lantry, Hallie Morrow 8 – 8:30 AM
September 19 Rosh Hashannah teaching, Makhloket L’Shem Shamayim: A Jewish Paradigm For Disagreement, Student Rabbi Leah Julian 8:30 – 9 AM
September 19 Family Service with Rabbi Seth Castleman, Bob Smith 9 – 9:45 AM
September 19 Shacharit Traditional with Rabbi David, Virginia 9 AM
September 19 Shacharit Contemporary with Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Dan Tennenbaum 9 AM
September 19 Baby Blessings (Traditional) with Rabbi David, Virginia, Hallie 10:15 – 10:30 AM
September 19 Baby Blessings (Contemporary) with Rabbi Greg, Dan 10:15 – 10:30 AM
September 19 Pre-recorded Torah Service 10:30 – 11:15 AM
September 19 Mussaf with Ernie Biberstein, Rebecca Plack 11:15 AM

Rosh Hashana Day 2

September 20 Service to include Torah/Haftarah, Sermon, musaf, shofar, with Rabbi David Aladjem, Hallie Morrow, Virginia Lantry, Ken Firestein, Rebecca Plack, Ernie Biberstein 9 AM – Noon
September 20 Physically-Distanced Tashlich around Northstar Pond 3 PM
September 22 “Fear and Trembling” – A film of a play by Ron Tochterman 2:15 – 3:30 PM
September 23 Renew Your Heart and Spirit for the New Year with Sound Healing and Hebrew Chant 7 PM

Links to participate in these sessions are on the password-protected Partners-only page.

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.


We will be sharing with Rabbi Nancy Wechsler and her Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael, for a special concert to celebrate, and an uplifting service together.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh HaShana “L’Shana Tova Drive Through!” On Sunday, September 13th, begin the day with our Religious School morning service and then plan to drive by Bet Haverim to receive in person (from a safe distance!) greetings from CBH clergy,staff and the Partnership Committee and pick up a special High Holy Day gift box with many surprises. Special thanks to Josh Zeldner for his generous donation of a trio of honeys and an apple! Hear the shofar, too!

This will be your opportunity to pick up a Machzor, if you have checked one out of our stock in advance. We are working on a special family program for that afternoon, too.

We’ll have a variety of services on Erev Rosh Hashanah and the First and Second Days (please see above). Follow this link to download the special haggadah we’ll use for the Erev Rosh Hashanah seder! Advance tickets are required – Partners who pledge in advance will receive them as part of their partnership, and non-Partners can go here.

New Baby blessings for the New Year!

Were you blessed with a new baby (babies!) in your family during the past year?  Did you add a new grandchild or a niece/nephew or two?  We want to share in your simcha! (joy)  We will celebrate the miracle of birth on the Birthday of the World, Rosh HaShanah, on the first day of Rosh HaShanah (10:30 a.m.).  Mazel Tov!

Yom Kippur

Both Traditional and Contemporary Services will be available for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Advance tickets are required.


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 Saturday, October 3, 2020 for Sukkot, during Pesach on Saturday, April 3, 2021, and during Shavuot, on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Download the Yizkor Book

Simchat Torah/Consecration

Our community and family celebration will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020.

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