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Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur 5783 


Plans are underway for our celebration of the High Holy Days.  Click here for a complete schedule of High Holy Days Services
  • If you are planning to bring guests, prepare ahead and purchase your guest tickets.
  • Transportation to Temple Sinai from Summit High School will be available at specific times on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For more information and to register, click here.  Tickets for High Holy Days services will be mailed on or about August 29.  Please renew your membership as quickly as possible.
  • Selichot Service - September 17th at 8:00pm preceded by a a New Member Wine and Chocolate reception at 7:30pm
  • High Holy Day Services will take place in the sanctuary and  will be streamed as well.
  • Children's programming for both on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will take place during the 9:00am service 
  • Rabbi Gershon and Rabbi Kasdan will be holding Study Sessions on Yom Kippur via Zoom
  • The Multi-Generational Family Service will take place both on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur at 2:30pm in Briant Park, Springfield

Getting Ready for the High Holy Days


6 Ways to Prepare - As summer winds down and the back-to-school season approaches, so, too, do the High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, which begin the Jewish new year with a 10-day period of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. Our tradition provides us with several reminders of the upcoming Days of Awe (Yamim Nora-im in Hebrew), as well as ways we can prepare during Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes them.

1. Make Time For Spiritual Self-Reflection and Study

Elul customarily is a time to engage in spiritual self-reflection and evaluation. As we face our transgressions and strive to be better people in the coming year, it’s equally important to focus on self-care and our own spiritual nourishment. The Hebrew letters that comprise the word “Elul” – alephlamedvavlamed – are an acronym for “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” a verse from Song of Songs that means “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Most often interpreted as love poetry between two people, the phrase also reflects the love between God and the Jewish people, especially at this season, as we assess our actions and behaviors during the past year and hope for blessings in the coming year....More

Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer and self-reflection. 

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.

Immediately following Sukkot, we observe Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Toraha fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah


Videos for Kids & Families

Bim Bom’s Rosh Hashanah Video for Kids
Jumpin’ Jerusalem’s Rosh Hashanah for Kids
Yom Kippur Tel Aviv: This is how it looks!! 
Bim Bom’s Yom Kippur: “Really, Really Sorry!”


 Books for Adults

This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Alan Lew
Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27: A Spiritual Practice for the Jewish New Year by Rabbi Debra Robbins
The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season by Marcia Falk
Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days by S.Y. Agnon

Yom Kippur Learning with the HUC-JIR Panken Professors

Join four distinguished scholars from HUC-JIR for Yom Kippur learning that works with your schedule. Each of these brilliant professors will offer a meaningful contribution to the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l, Memorial Shiur. 

Please click on the names of the professors below to view their 20 minute video lectures:

Jennifer R. Grayson, Ph.D. - the Unetaneh Tokef prayer

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D. - Who Invented Yom Kippur?

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D.  - Eileh Ezkra (Martyrology) prayers

Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D.  - the story of Jonah

Together, they will give honor to Rabbi Panken’s memory, lift up the themes of the Day of Atonement, and help us all draw near to one another and to the Jewish tradition during an extraordinary time of challenge and change in American Jewish life.

Thu, September 29 2022 4 Tishrei 5783