High Holy Days

High Holy Days

The High Holy Days begin with Selichot and continue through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

The full schedule of High Holy Days (HHD) services is below. Please also see the links at the bottom of this page for other important HHD information.

All adults attending HHD services (other than Selichot and the Children's Services) must have a ticket with their name on it. Tickets are non-transferable. Children accompanied by a ticketed adult do not require a ticket. Tickets will be mailed to members in good standing prior to services. For questions about High Holy Days tickets or other information please contact the Temple Office at (908) 273-4921 or click here to send an email.

Schedule of Services (5779 – 2018)

  • Selichot (September 1)
  • Concert: 7:30 pm
  • Service: 8:45 pm
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah (Sunday, September 9)
    • Service: 7:30 pm
  • Rosh HaShanah Day 1 (Monday, September 10)
    • Early Morning services
      • Adult: 9:00 am
      • Youth (Grades K-5): 9:00 am
      • Early Childhood Program - 9:00 am (Pre-registration required)
  • Late service: 11:45 am
  • Children’s Service: 2:30 pm
  • Tashlikh: 3:30 pm (at Shepard Kollock Park in Chatham)
  • Rosh HaShanah Day 2 (Tuesday) - Service 10:00 am
  • Kol Nidrei - Erev Yom Kippur (Tuesday, September 18)
    • Service: 7:30 pm
  • Yom Kippur (Wednesday, September 19)
    • Early Morning services
      • Adult 9:00 am
      • Youth (Grades K-5) 9:00 am
      • Early Childhood Program - 9:00 am (Pre-registration required)
  • Late service: 11:45 am
  • Families with Young Children’s Service: 2:30 pm
  • Torah Study Session: 2:30 pm
  • Afternoon service: 3:30 pm
  • Yizkor Memorial Service: 5:00 pm
  • Ne’ilah (closing service): 5:45 pm
  • Break the fast: 6:15 pm

Add the names of your loved ones that are no longer with you to the Roll of Remembrance by completing the Roll of Remembrance form. Please email Audrey Napchen at Audrey@templesinainj.org.

Important Forms

1. Ticket Request Form

2. Book of Remembrance Form

 Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, "the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial."(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.”