Apples and Honey

Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, culminating on the fast day of Yom Kippur. These ten days are referred to as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.

While there are elements of joy and celebration, Rosh HaShanah is a deeply religious occasion. The customs and symbols of Rosh HaShanah reflect the holiday's dual emphasis, happiness and humility. Special customs observed on Rosh HaShanah include; the sounding of the shofar, using round challah, eating apples and honey (and other sweet foods) for a sweet new year.

There is also a customary service observed before Rosh HaShanah. S'lichot, meaning forgiveness, refers to the solemn penitential prayers recited by Jews prior to the onset of the High Holy Days.

Schedule of Services

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are times of spiritual renewal for many of our Kol Ami community. We offer early and late seating for our morning services and one seating for our evening service. Youth services (grades 1-6) are offered concurrently with each morning service, while youth in grades 7 and above are welcome and encouraged to attend services in the Sanctuary.

On both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoons, a service for families of young children is open to the community.

Members of the White Plains Synagogues join us for a community Tashlich service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The Yom Kippur services end with Yizkor (a service in remembrance of our loved ones) and Neilah (the dramatic closing service of Yom Kippur) and a beautiful Havdalah ceremony with our children.

Professional childcare is available during most of our services and must be registered for in advance. Specific service times are always printed on your tickets.                


Service Times

Rosh Hashanah Eve
Sunday Evening, October 2
Celebrate as One Community
7:30pm -  9:00pm
Potluck dessert Oneg to follow

Rosh Hashanah Day
Monday, October 3

First Service 9:00am - 11:15am
Grades 1-6 First Service 9:00am - 11:15am
Second Service 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Grades 1-6 Second Service 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Family Service 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Family Reception 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Community Tashlich 5:30pm

Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, October 4

Service 10:00am -12:00pm
Reception 12:00 Noon

Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre)
Tuesday Evening, October 11

First Service 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Second Service 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Please Note: For the Kol Nidre Services, the sanctuary doors will be closed promptly at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm and will not re-open until the cello solo is completed.

Yom Kippur Day
Wednesday, October 12

First Service 9:00am - 11:15am
Grades 1-6 First Service 9:00am - 11:15am
Second Service 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Grades 1-6 Second Service 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Afternoon Service (Chapel) 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Family Service 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Memorial & Neilah Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Community Break Fast - 7:00pm

Learn more about the history and rituals of Rosh HaShanah from: