High Holy Days

Shana Tova! This year Temple Beth Hillel’s High Holy Days will be entirely online. They may not be in person, and they will not be virtual. They will be real! Our volunteer leadership is working with Cantor Shayndel and Rabbi Dean to create a rich experience. Our services will be different, but they will be profound and meaningful. We will be worshipping together online, as a community, but our services will be shorter.

In addition to these “synchronous” services, we will be providing a series of asynchronous events, study sessions, recordings of songs, videos of drashot and the Torah service, memories and reflections by congregants and clergy, to ensure that the coming Days of Awe are a profound and special time. We look forward to worshipping together and being in community with you.

More information will be forthcoming soon on how you can join us.

High Holy Days in a Box

To build a sense of connection and community, we will be providing every member household with a “High Holy Days in a Box.” The box will contain many of the necessities for the Days of Awe: holiday candles, a yizkor candle, kosher grape juice for kiddush, and some honey (you provide the apples). We will use many of these items together during the service as a way we can all be together, while we are physically distanced. We will also be including copies of the High Holy Day Machzorim, but they will have to be returned to the synagogue after the High Holy Days.

High Holy Day Participants Needed

Send us videos or photos of you or your family participating in one of the rituals below and be featured during our High Holy Days.
  • Lighting holiday candles
  • Blowing the Shofar
  • Sharing your hopes for the New Year 5781
  • Sharing a High Holy Day memory
  • Sharing what the High Holy Days mean to you

Share A Special Moment

Have you had a special moment since last Rosh HaShanah (October 1, 2019)? A new member of your family (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc)? Or perhaps an important milestone, retirement, special birthday, high school or college graduation? Send us a photo sharing the important details.

Yizkor Book

The Temple Beth Hillel Yizkor Memorial Book honors the memories of loved ones throughout our community. This year, we will create a virtual Yizkor Book that will be shared in advance of Yom Kippur.  We will also have a printed copy sent out to every congregant before the High Holy Days begin. Click here to submit a name for the Yizkor book, no later than August 30th.

Get familiar with the melodies of the High Holy Days

Listen to the music of the High Holy Days

High Holy Days Schedule 2020

Havdalah/Service Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 pm

Evening Services Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 pm
Morning Services Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 am
Drash Discussion with Rabbi Dean Saturday, Sept. 19, 12 pm
Congregational Shmooze Saturday, Sept. 19, 4 pm

Kol Nidre  Sunday, Sept. 27,  7 pm
Morning Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 10 am
Stump the Rabbi  Monday, Sept. 28, 12 pm
Afternoon Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 4:30 pm
Yizkor (memorial) Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 5:45 pm
Neilah (closing) Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 6:15 pm
Havdalah and Virtual Break-fast  Monday, Sept. 28, 6:45 pm

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