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.

Listen to the Shofar

 

High Holy Day 2020 Guidebook

High Holy Day Announcement

Quick Links

Attention College Students

High Holy Day services will be virtual this year.
We can send you ebooks for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur. Let us know, order here.

 

Memorial Opportunities

Memorial Service
& Mourner’s Kaddish

Our Memorial service will be held on September 28th at 5pm. A copy of the Mourner’s Kadish and other readings can be found on our Yom Kippur Memorial Service page.

Mourner's Kaddish

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 no later than September 1st. View the Memorial Book.

Yahrzeit Plaque Order Form

Kol Ami Virtual Cemetery

It is a long standing Jewish tradition to visit the grave sites of loved ones in the period surrounding the High Holidays. While a personal visit to the cemetery is the preferred way to fulfill this mitzvah, current circumstances may prevent such a trip. Thanks to the internet and a website called FindaGrave, those buried in Congregation Kol Ami plots, family members interred at other cemeteries anywhere in the world and those whose only memorial is in our minds and hearts, may be visited virtually.

One feature of FindaGrave is the ability to create a virtual cemetery. A virtual cemetery gathers memorials of people who are interred in various physical cemeteries into one, online location. The Congregation Kol Ami Virtual Cemetery lists all interments in Kol Ami plots at Mount Hope and Mount Pleasant cemeteries. In addition, memorials for people who are buried around the globe, or whose ashes may have been scattered in the winds and waters of the planet, may be included in our virtual Kol Ami cemetery.

By clicking the name of an individual, you will be taken to his or her memorial page. There, you will find a photograph of the gravestone or other memorial (e.g. a plaque on a bench), as well as information taken from the stone, such as dates of birth and death. A few of the listings include biographical information entered by the creator of the memorial page.

For questions about the virtual cemetery or to have a name added, please contact our congregant and genealogist, Alan S.

Visit The Virtual Cemetery

High Holy Day Service Times 2020

Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 18th
7:30pm-9:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Day One
September 19th
Community Service
10:00am-Noon
Family Service
2:00pm-3:00pm
Grades K-6 Youth Activities
3:00 – 3:45pm

Rosh Hashanah Day Two
September 20th
Community Service
10:00am-Noon
Community-wide Shofar Blast
3:00pm

Erev Yom Kippur
September 27th
7:30-9:00pm

Yom Kippur
September 28th
Community Service
10:00am-Noon
Family Service
2:00-3:00pm
Afternoon Service
3:00-4:30pm
Grades K-6 Youth Activities
3:00 – 3:45pm

College Youth Discussion
3:00-4:00pm
Memorial and Neilah
5:00-7:00pm

Holiday Resources –  Rosh Hashanah

For all of you who choose to celebrate the eve of Rosh Hashanah at home with family and friends, we are happy to send you resources to enrich your celebration.

  • 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.”
  • An audio recording of the
    • blessings for candles  
    • wine & shehecheyanu  
    • for the ones we love  
  • 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
  • Watch “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.”

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.

Holiday Prayers

Holiday Resources -Yom Kippur Prayers

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

Meditation before Yom Kippur for those who can not fast.

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.

Readings

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.”

Videos

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 on Erev Yom Kippur.

Meditation before Yom Kippur for those who can not fast.