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High Holy Days

High Holy Days

The High Holy Days, or the Days of Awe, begin each year with Selichot, observed on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashana. For 5778 (2017), that will be September 16th, with a program, Havdalah and service beginning at 8pm.

Rosh Hashana is observed on 1 Tishri each year. For 5778, that falls on September 21st.

  • Our evening service on September 20th begins at 8:00 pm.
  • The morning service on September 21st begins at 10:00 am.
  • There is a Children’s service for those who are in 2nd grade (about 8 years old) and younger; it will begin at 2:00pm.

Yom Kippur begins nine days later.

  • The evening service, when Kol Nidre is chanted, is observed in 5778 on September 29th, beginning at 7:45pm.
  • The morning service, September 30th, begins at 10:00am.
  • There is a Children’s service for those who are in 2nd grade (about 8 years old) and younger; it will begin at 2:00pm.
  • We offer an adult discussion, let by a Jewish educator, at the same time as the Children’s service. It is designed to enhance the spiritual and philosophical motif of the day.
  • The afternoon service begins at 3:00pm and segues to the Memorial service (Yizkor) at 5:00pm and the Concluding service (Neilah) at about 5:30pm.
  • A community Break-Fast is offered following Neilah, and can be attended by reservation.
  • There is no assigned seating; it is on a first-come basis.
  • Children who are in 3rd grade or above are welcome to participate in our services and must sit with their parents or another adult. Children who are younger than that are welcome to join the Children’s service. Those who are attending adult services are expected to behave in accordance with the solemnity of the occasion.

At CRT, we have egalitarian, inclusive worship services. Consequently, all temple members (including children above Bar/Bat Mitzvah age) are offered the opportunity to participate in High Holy Day services. Some participate in Torah services by reading or chanting Torah or Haftarah (both Hebrew and English), or reciting the blessings for these readings, or by dressing or undressing the Torah. Other members are invited to open the Ark at various points in the services, or to read passages (in Hebrew or English).

The prayer book we use is Gates of Repentance, first published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform) in 1978. Members are expected to purchase this book as they are not provided in the sanctuary, as the Shabbat siddurs are. Guests may borrow prayer books from the office for the day.

CRT publishes and distributes a Book of Remembrance for the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur. It features the names of family and friends who are being remembered during Yizkor, with entries requested by temple members.