High Holy Days – Selichot September 22nd, Rosh Hashanah September 19th – 20th, Yom Kippur September 28th, 2020

In the fall, Jewish communities the world over observe what is known in Hebrew as Hayamim Hanoraim(the Days of Awe). This 10-day period opens with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) celebrated for two days, and concludes with the one-day observance of Yom Kippur(Day of Atonement). The 10 days are a time for reflecting on the past year, making amends and celebrating hope for the future. Selichot, a Hebrew word meaning “forgiveness” begins on the Saturday before Rosh HaShanah. It helps to establish the mindset of inner awareness and repentance in readiness for the High Holy Days.

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Holiday Resources

For all of you who choose to celebrate the eve of Rosh Hashanah at home with family and friends, we hope these resources will add depth and meaning – and support you in your celebration of Rosh Hashanah at home. You may want to preview the materials to decide what is appropriate for your gathering.


Blessings and prayers to say around the table (for candles, wine, for apples and honey, for the ones we love – friends and family.

A story to read around the table – “The Princess Who Wanted to See God.”


Dip Your Apple – Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah
A wonderful video about key concepts for Rosh Hashanah.

    • Look for these phrases:
    • Every wrong can be made right
    • Dip your apple in the honey
    • Shana tova umetukah (a good and sweet year)
    • The Sephardic custom of having a fish head on the table (we should be the head (“Rosh”), not the tail) .
    • Avinu malkeinu – O Lord deliver us

 No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
Read by Tia & Tamera Mowry” on YouTube. This beautiful story and song are an inspiring complement to the story, “The Princess who Never Cried.”

Holiday Prayers

Yom Kippur Prayers

Guide to prayers for the holiday and candle lighting you can say before leaving home on Erev Yom Kippur.

Meditation before Yom Kippur for those who can not fast.

Service And Other Information 5780-2019

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Service Times

Rosh Hashanah Eve
Sunday Evening, September 29th

Celebrate as One Community
Potluck dessert Oneg to follow

Rosh Hashanah Day 
Monday, September 30th

Early Service & 
Grades K-6 Early Service

Late Service & 
Grades K-6 Late Service

Family Service

Family Reception

Community Tashlich


Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, October, 1

Reception to follow

Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) 
Tuesday Evening, October, 8th

Early Service 

Late Service 

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

Yom Kippur Day 
Wednesday, October, 9th

Early Service & 
Grades K-6 Early Service

Late Service & 
Grades K-6 Late Service

Afternoon Service (Chapel)

Family Service

Memorial & Neilah Service


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.

Praying Together as One Community

Once again, we will pray together as a community on Erev Rosh Hashanah. We will worship together at our only Erev Rosh Hashanah service starting at 7:30 PM. Following services, we will have a Community Potluck Oneg, in which members are encouraged to share their favorite dessert. We invite you to linger and visit with other members of our Temple family at this time, and hope that this enhances your sense of Temple community.  Use our holiday resources above in the blue box for at-home use in response to our members who choose to worship at home on this evening.

Children & Services

At Kol Ami, we would like your family to be able to worship together and enjoy age- appropriate prayer. Accordingly, we offer many different formats for prayer on the High Holy Days. All children are welcome to accompany you to adult Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services but they will require tickets. Please use the information below to help you make the best choices for your children’s participation. Services will be shown on closed circuit television in the Gallery if your child is not able to participate in our main sanctuary services.

Family Service

Our Family Service (3:30pm to 4:00pm) offers parents and children of all ages an opportunity to participate in High Holy Days worship together. We keep the service short enough so that it is appropriate for young children. At the same time, we include enough of the traditional liturgy and observance to provide a meaningful Jewish spiritual experience for adults and their children. This service does not require tickets.

Youth Service

High Holy Days Youth Services will be available for two different groups of students: students in grades K-3 and students in grades 4- 6. These services will coincide with our Adult Early and Late Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Youth Services create dynamic, meaningful and age-appropriate holiday experiences for our students. Services will be led by our most creative Director of Youth Engagement with participation by our Rabbis. Please note that students not attending one of the special services for their age groups are encouraged to worship with their families.


As the sanctuary is a place of prayer and meditation during the High Holy Days, we ask that families respect the mood of spirituality and dignity at all times. Kindly refrain from conversation during the course of worship. Families are asked to be responsible for their children’s behavior throughout the services. Unless you are a First Responder, please turn off your cell phone before entering the sanctuary.

Live Streaming of our Services

We will be live streaming our services so that members who are not able to attend services in person are nonetheless able to participate.. We will be streaming the following High Holy Days services: Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day Early Service, Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Early Service, Yom Kippur Day Early Service, and Yom Kippur Day Memorial & Neilah Service. Details and passwords will be provided in advance of the services.

Watch Our Services Live


Infrared Listening Devices are available at the door prior to the service.


Guest Tickets

We welcome guests of your family to worship with us. To order your guest tickets please fill out the form below and return it to the Temple Office no later than August 21, 2018. Checks payable to Congregation Kol Ami must accompany your request for guest tickets.

Kol Ami honors the URJ reciprocal guest policy, but please be sure to submit your forms no later than September 16th to allow time for processing. Please list the names of relatives who will be sending us reciprocal forms on your ticket request.

Guest Ticket Order Form

Member Tickets

Your High Holy Days tickets include entry to either the early or late services on both holidays. The choice is yours! There will be sufficient seating at every service.

Your membership includes High Holy Day tickets for you and your children who have not yet reached the age of 26. Such tickets will be mailed to all members who have renewed their membership and have brought their account into good standing. Children 26 and older, and other family members are welcome to join us in worship; however, they must have a guest ticket to attend services. These tickets must be ordered separately by filling out the Guest Ticket Request Form. Please return your completed form no later than September 16th, 2019.

Payment of at least half of current dues and fees, the Building Fund, if applicable, full Religious School fees and full payment of any outstanding balances from prior years (or an up-to-date arrangement on file) are required to obtain High Holy Day tickets. For questions about your account, contact Madiha Tubman at 914-949-4717 ext. 102 or via email at madihatubman@nykolami.org.

Memorial Opportunities

High Holy Day Prayer Books

We have received tremendous feedback on our use of the Reform Movement’s High Holy Day Prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, for our worship services during these High Holy Days. The acquisition of these prayer books began with a gift from Lisa Borowitz in honor and memory of her father, Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz z”l and continued with generous donations of our community.

We will once again provide everyone with the opportunity to contribute to making these prayer books available to us and to future generations. You can commemorate prayer books in honor of a loved one, to celebrate an event or to memorialize a loved one’s blessed memory.

Download Dedication Link

Memorial Book & Yahrzeit, Memorial Plaques

If you would like to list your loved ones in our Memorial Book or on our Yahrzeit wall, please fill out the Memorial Book & Plaque form included in your HHD packet and return to the Temple Office no later than September 16th. See a sample of our Memorial Book.

Memorial Book & Yahrzeit Plaque Order Form

Your Safety & Security

Security Procedures

We continue to enjoy a strong partnership with the White Plains Police Department. We will be working with them to implement our plan for security and traffic arrangements for all High Holy Day services. The Temple facility is carefully screened and surveyed before the building is opened to the congregation and guests, and will be under constant police surveillance during this time. Police officers continually observe the buildings and grounds and monitor the various spaces where we gather and worship. We ask that you report any suspicious activity or individuals to any of the Police officers, ushers, Temple staff, or members of our Board of Trustees.  In order to enhance our security measures, you must have your tickets out and visible upon entering Kol Ami.  We appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

Emergency Medical Support

An emergency medical support area will be set up in the Gallery. Congregants who are medical professionals will be “on call” to provide immediate, on-site support and to help determine if a call to 911 is appropriate.

If you know anyone who is not a member, who is interested in attending High Holy Day services at Kol Ami, please ask them to contact Jess Lorden (914-949-4717, ext. 101) for guest ticket information.

The Kol Ami community and our congregation have so much of which to be proud. As a result of our continuing ability to embrace members who seek to make this their Jewish home, we have welcomed many new families during the past year, wonderful additions to our congregation in so many ways. We know that you will make an effort to reach out to anyone who is new to you and welcome them to our Temple during the High Holy Days.

On these High Holy Days, we will especially reflect upon our 95-year history and all those before us who helped make Kol Ami the sacred and special place it is through their commitment to their faith and to their Temple community.