We believe that High Holy Days worship services are best experienced not as a series of individual services but rather as a collective whole. We encourage you to join us for all of our worship services. All contributions that we collect at the High Holy Days help support the wide variety of programming that Temple Beth El offers throughout the year.
On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur we offer a formal worship experience that is enhanced by the voices of the Temple Beth El Adult Choir and the participation of a large number of our members, whom we honor for their spirit of volunteerism that they demonstrate throughout the year. The evening services last about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and the morning services about 2 1/2 hours.
Family Services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur
An shorter and less formal 45-60 minute worship experience is held for children through grade 5 and their families.
Following the Rosh HaShanah Family Service we travel to Averill Park Pond (on the corner of Weymouth and Averill Park Drive). During this ritual, we will ceremonially cast away our sins and transgressions (represented by bread crumbs) into the flowing water. Tashlikh is accompanied by a brief liturgy and explanation.
The Yom Kippur afternoon service will be followed without interruption by Ne’ilah (the closing service) and then by a festive break-the-fast in our courtyard.
If you plan to have out of town visitors and/or adult children 30 years of age or younger with you for the High Holy Days, please make arrangements for them to have a ticket. If your adult children or guests are members in good standing of another synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, they are entitled to courtesy tickets at Temple Beth El. Please initiate such arrangements through their home congregation.
We need your help during the High Holy Days. If you are willing and able to help, please fill out our volunteer form and indicate for which services you are available. We will share the responsibility together.