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High Holidays 5778

The sweetest times are spent with those we love. Celebrate the High Holidays with Rodef Shalom. Join Rabbi Bernard Gerson and Cantor Saul Rosenthal for a warm, dynamic and inspiring observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The High Holidays fill our sanctuary with a special energy and sense of meaning as the community comes together in prayer and song.

We offer evening and daytime Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for adults, with babysitting and special programing for kids.  All kids participating in babysitting need to register. Please visit the High Holiday Babysitting page to register or for more information. 

Prayer Schedule

SELICHOT: Saturday, September 16
8:15 p.m.:  Gather for Havdalah, led by Cantor Saul

8:45 p.m. - Choice of study/discussion modules: 

Forgive Me … For I Have Sinned:  The Power of Confession in the Teshuvah Journey
Rabbi Bernard Gerson, Congregation Rodef Shalom
After examining the Vidui text used between Selichot Eve and Yom Kippur, we will explore and discuss the role of admission in the process of becoming whole in our dealings with God and each other.

Lift the Sparks that Still can be Lifted
Dr. David Sanders, Director, Kabbalah Experience
Kabbalah teachings on teshuva (repentance) ask us to reflect on the past year by investigating that which we feel is broken or shattered and finding the hidden light within the darkness.  Through text and the songs of Leonard Cohen we will gather strength to do the hard and necessary work of transforming darkness into light so we can return whole entering a new year of life.  

A Roadmap for Teshuvah: Preparing Our Heart for the Days of Awe
Eliana Caplan, MA; Licensed and Registered Yoga Teacher
Have you ever yearned to share the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah in a world beset by troubled waters?  Or had the feeling on Yom Kippur that you wished you had done a little more soul-work in  preparation?  Together we’ll learn from some holy days texts and then use guided meditative practices to explore and internalize the lessons of those texts in pursuit of a more meaningful path to teshuvah. 

9:45 p.m. : Refreshments
10:00 p.m.: Selichot Service

EREV ROSH HASHANAH: Wednesday, September 20
6:00 p.m.: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

ROSH HASHANAH: Thursday, September 21
8:30 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 Services
4 p.m.: Family Service at Garland Park
5 p.m.: Mincha & Tashlich Ceremony at Garland Park

ROSH HASHANAH: Friday, September 22
8:30 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 Services
10:30 a.m.: Healing Service
10:30 a.m.: Parallel Study Session led by Rabbi Sandra Cohen in Mizel Building

SHABBAT SHUVAH: Shabbat, September 23
12:30 p.m.: Rabbi’s Tisch / Social Hall

KOL NIDRE: Friday, September 29
6:15 p.m.: Kol Nidre Services

YOM KIPPUR: Shabbat, September 30
8:30 a.m.: Yom Kippur Morning Service
11:00 a.m.: Yizkor/Martyrology Ceremony
4:00 p.m.:  Text Study and discussion with Eva Hutt: Solidifying T'shuva - Moving Toward Sukkot
5:00 p.m.: Mincha Service
6:30 p.m.: Neilah Service

SUKKOT: Thursday, October 5
9:30 a.m.: Sweet Rolls and Study in the Sukkah

SUKKOT: Friday, October 6
9:30 a.m.: Yom Tov Services


High Holiday Tickets

Rodef Shalom provides free tickets for anyone who wants to join us for services for either Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. Due to security concerns, we do need everyone to request a ticket as you will not be allowed into the building without a ticket.

Please fill out the information below to receive your tickets. 

Tickets for High Holiday services at Rodef Shalom are free. If you would like to contribute a donation along with your request for tickets, please enter that amount below. 


Expanded Schedule of High Holy Day & Tishrei Chagim Services 

Selichot Eve Program: Saturday, September 16    

Service co-sponsored with Na’aleh Minyan: 8:15 – 10:45 p.m., Mizel Museum

  • Havdalah
  • Choice of study opportunities with Rabbi Gerson and Dr. David Sanders
  • Selichot Prayers at approximately 10:00 p.m. 

Erev Rosh Hashanah   Wednesday, September 20

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service: 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah Day One    Thursday September 21            

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 Service:  8:30 a.m., Sanctuary

Youth and Young Families Programming
Babysitting (newborn – age 5): 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Preschool Room 1
    Tot Chag: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Library 
Mini Minyan (K-3rd grade)
    Service: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Mizel Museum
    Games: 11:00-11:30 a.m., Library 
    Tasting and Simanim: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Youth Lounge
    Drama and Creative Fun: 12:00-12:30 p.m., Preschool Room 4
Youth (4TH-7TH grade): 
    Socializing and Ice Breakers: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Youth Lounge
    Service: 11:00-11:30 a.m., Mizel Museum
    Youth Drama and Creative Fun: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Preschool Room 4
    Youth Tasting and Simanim: 12:00-12:30 p.m., Youth Lounge     
Young Families Sing-a-long/Mini Kiddush: 12:30-1:00 p.m., Meditation Garden
Family Service at Garland Park: 4:00 p.m., Garland Park

Mincha & Tashlich Ceremony: 5:00 p.m.,  Garland Park

Rosh Hashanah Day Two   Friday, September 22            

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service:  8:30 a.m., Sanctuary

Healing Service: 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary 
led by Rabbi Gerson, Cantor Saul, and the Kolot Teshuva musical ensemble 
Parallel Study Session led by Rabbi Sandra Cohen: 10:45 a.m., Mizel Museum
The Prayer After the Prayer:  With all of the heavy language in the High Holiday liturgy, how do we determine what we really want to say to God during this momentous time period of the year?

Youth Programming

Babysitting (newborn – age 5):  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,     Preschool Room 1
    Tot Chag: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Library
Mini Minyan (K-3rd grade)
    Service: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Youth Lounge 
    Programs: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Youth Lounge
Youth (4TH-7TH grade)
    Ice Breakers and Socializing: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Preschool Room 4
    Service: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Library

Shabbat Shuvah  Saturday, September 23
Rabbi’s Tisch: 12:30 p.m., Social Hall
And Let us Say “Amen”:  Mindful and Heartfelt Responses to Blessings

Kol Nidre     Friday, September 29

Kol Nidre Services: 6:15 p.m., Sanctuary

Babysitting (newborn – age 5): 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Preschool Room 1

Yom Kippur     Saturday, September 30
Yom Kippur Morning Service: 8:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Yizkor/Martyrology Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Youth Programming

Babysitting (newborn – age 5): 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Preschool Room 1
    Tot Chag:10:30-11:00 a.m. Library
Mini Minyan (K-3rd grade)
    Service: 10:30-11:00, Mizel Museum
    Games: 11:00-11:30 a.m., Youth Lounge 
    Snacks and Activities: 11:30-12:00 p.m., Preschool Room 4 
    Drama and Creative Fun: 12:00-12:30    p.m., Library 
Youth (4TH-7TH grade)
    Ice Breakers and Socializing: 10:30-11:00 a.m., Youth Lounge 
    Service: 11:00-11:30 a.m., Mizel Museum
    Drama and Creative Fun: 11:30-12:00 p.m., Library 
    Snacks and Activities: 12:00-12:30 p.m., Preschool Room 4    

Yom Kippur Evening    Saturday, September 30

Solidifying T'shuva - Moving Toward Sukkot -  :  text study and discussion led by Rodef member Eva Hutt: 4:00-5:00 p.m.,  Sanctuary
Mincha Service: 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Neilah Service: 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Babysitting: (newborn – age 5): 4:30 p.m. – end of services, Preschool Room 1

Sukkot    October 4-11
Sunday, October 1
Building the Sukkah with J.R.:  9:30 a.m., Meditation Garden
Kadima Kick-off Event: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Youth Lounge/Sukkah

Thursday, October 5
Sweet Rolls and Study in the Sukkah: 9:30 a.m., Sukkah
Babysitting: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Preschool Room 1

Friday, October 6
Yom Tov Services
: 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Babysitting: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Preschool Room 1

Friday, October 8
Sisterhood Sip and Paint
: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sukkah 

Monday, October 9
Young Families Pizza in the Sukkah
: 5:30 p.m., Sukkah

Shemini Azteret   October 11-12

Thursday, October 12
Yom Tov Services with Yizkor
: 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Babysitting: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Preschool Room 1

Simchat Torah    October 13-14

Friday, October 13
Simchat Torah Happy Hour and Hakkafot
: 4:00 p.m., Lobby/Sanctuary

Explanation of Programs

Selichot: The official kickoff of the penitential season, which takes place, traditionally, on the Saturday night prior to Rosh Hashanah, includes some of the highlights of the High Holy Day liturgy and melodies, and is preceded by some educational programming.
Tot Chag: Holiday service for children newborn-5.  Singing, stories, and holiday ruach/spirit! Babysitters will bring children who are in the babysitting program. 

Tasting and Simanim: This program will teach children about the different simanim (symbols) of the holiday by tasting them. It will include honey tasting (different honeys), apple tasting, “fish heads”, 
pomegranates, and all the various symbols of this time of year.     
Tashlich: An outing and activity to nearby Lollipop Lake, where we recite prayers and symbolically “cast” our transgressions into the moving body of water.  Rabbi Gerson offers the facilitation and Cantor Saul 
accompanies the 30-minute service (which includes the Mincha prayers) with his guitar.

Healing Service: The newest of our High Holy Day traditions at Rodef, we pause for a 45-minute block of time to invite God’s strength upon those in our community and among our loved ones who are beset with health challenges. This service includes song, music, and several creative readings.  For those who prefer not to participate, a parallel study session will be offered in the Mizel Chapel.

Sun, June 24 2018 11 Tammuz 5778