High Holy Days online

Schedule of Services and Special Programs

Saturday September 12

Shabbat Service & Selichot with Lunch and Learn, 10:00 AM

Sunday September 13

Opening Day of Hebrew School — Family Treasures: L'dor V'dor, 11:00 AM⁠–⁠12:00 PM

Tuesday September 15

Building your Mishkan M'at
High Holy Day Art class: Decorate your Home Sanctuary, 4:30 PM, K–3
Preparing your Home to be a Sanctuary, 7:00 PM, all ages

Friday September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah

Evening Service, 6:30 PM

Saturday September 19: Rosh Hashanah, First Day

Meditation/Morning Blessings, 8:30⁠–⁠9:00 AM
Traditional-style Service, 9:00⁠–⁠11:30 AM (Sermon 11:15⁠–⁠11:30)
Essence of Rosh Hashanah Service, 11:15 AM⁠–⁠12:30 PM (Sermon 11:15⁠–⁠11:30)
Family Service, 10:00⁠–⁠11:00 AM

Sunday September 20: Rosh Hashanah, Second Day

Traditional Service, 9:00 AM
Dipping apples in honey — A Rosh Hashanah puppet show, 10:00 AM
DIY Tashlich, afternoon

Wednesday September 23

Rosh Hashanah Storytelling, 7:00 PM

Saturday September 26, Shabbat Shuvah

Morning Service, 10 AM

Sunday September 27, Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre Evening Service, 6:30 PM

Monday September 28: Yom Kippur

Meditation, 8:30 AM
Morning Service, 9:00 AM
Family Service, 10:00⁠–⁠11:00 AM
Minchah Service, 4:15 PM
The Book of Jonah — Story with discussion, 5:00 PM
Neilah Service, 6:00 PM, including Family Havdalah

See the Sukkot through Simchat Torah Schedule

Non-members are welcome to attend any and all of our High Holy Day programs on Zoom.

Advance registration is required for non-members, at least 24 hours before each event. We will respond with details of Zoom access as well as information on how to download a suitable online Machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook).


Be Holy at Home: Our High Holy Days Vision 2020 / 5781

At this time of great uncertainty, fear and anxiety, we will engage in practices that nurture calmness, compassion and resilience, supporting both our members and those who join us.

As is our practice at HCS, we will balance innovation and tradition in response to the limitations, needs and opportunities of this unprecedented time.

  • Through prayer, ritual and creative programs, we will immerse ourselves in the High Holy Day themes and explore their relevance for our times.
  • Together, we will launch our new year with kavanah - directed intention - sharing stories and songs - both personal and ancient, through the ten Days of Awe and beyond.
  • We will provide direction and study opportunities with vitality for the spiritual work of teshuva - returning to our best selves.
  • Even though we are not able to do our usual food drives at HCS right now please consider dropping food off at your local food pantries for those in great need.
  • HCS is strong. Even though physically disconnected, we are very much connected and here for each other- to survive, to thrive and to express our core values and traditions.

Shabbat Service & Selichot

Saturday September 12, 10:00 AM

Our regular Shabbat morning service the week before Rosh Hashanah will incorporate Selichot prayers, to get us in the right frame of mind for the upcoming High Holy Days. The service will be followed by a Lunch and Learn, as usual.

Family Treasures: L'dor V'dor

Sunday September 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bubbe Shulman's dish! Uncle Bernie's kiddush cup from the old country!

Gathering as a Zoom Shul community on the opening day of Hebrew School, we will share stories about our precious family ritual objects. Please choose one special Jewish ritual object to present to the community. Some questions to consider: How did this precious object come to be living with you? What does this mean to you and your family? How do you use this ritual object in your family?

Intergenerational. All ages are welcome. Please limit your presentation to three minutes length.

Mishkan M'at: Preparing your Home to be a Sanctuary!

Tuesday September 15

We will use artwork, ceremonial objects, prayer, and thoughtful planning to prepare ourselves for this unprecedented opportunity to observe High Holy Days at home. Two related programs, for young school-children and for the whole family, will be led by Jill Liflander.

High Holy Day Art class: Decorate your home sanctuary, 4:30 PM, K–3

Preparing your Home to be a Sanctuary, 7:00 PM, all ages.

Please bring crayons/markers/glue/magazines/photographs/paper/photographs.

RH1 Evening Service

Friday September 18, 6:30 PM

Joyful and contemplative Rosh Hashanah evening service. Family-friendly service with High-Holy-Day-themed games provided during quieter sections of the service. Hebrew School students will be invited to sing "Kol Ha-Olam Kulo" near the start of the service.

RH1 Meditation/Morning Blessings

Saturday September 19, 8:30 – 9:00 AM

For the first time, we will start with the Morning Blessings (Birchot Hashachar) integrated into a guided meditation to quiet the mind in preparation for entering the zoom sanctuary for Rosh Hashanah morning.

RH1 Traditional-style Morning Service

Saturday September 19, 9:00 – 11:30 AM

This Rosh Hashanah service will be based on the traditional service, using the traditional nusach (musical style), and concluding with the rabbi's sermon. Led by Cantor Ruth, Rabbi Shosh and our HCS members.

RH1: Essence of Rosh Hashanah Service

Saturday September 19, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Beginning with the Rabbi's sermon, we will enjoy a new creative and contemplative Jewish Renewal style service highlighting the essential prayers of Rosh Hashanah and including Shofar blowing. We are partnering with Bayit to create this service using their Holy at Home presentation. Led by Rabbi Shosh, Cantor Ruth and Rabbi Ben Newman.

RH1 and YK Family Services

Saturday September 19 (RH1) and Monday September 28 (YK), 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Led by Rachel Izes, Jill Liflander and Rabbi Shosh, these age-appropriate, creative and enlivening services highlight the spiritual intentions of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur including the major prayers, an interactive Torah service, and Rosh Hashanah shofar service.

RH2 Traditional Morning Service

Sunday September 20, 9:00 AM

This will be a traditional service with essentially the same liturgy HCS members are used to from past Rosh Hashanah services in the sanctuary. We realize that this is long for Zoom! Offering the full service gives those who love the atmosphere and flow of the traditional service the opportunity to enjoy what they are familiar with despite the pandemic.

Those who do not wish to spend as much time on Zoom are very welcome to take breaks whenever they like, or to pick and choose what they will attend. One advantage of Zoom is that you can enter, take a break or leave whenever you like without disturbing anyone! To make it easier to pick and choose, we are providing a timeline of the service. Times are approximate, but should not be more than a few minutes off.

9:00 Birchot Hashachar and Pesukei D'Zimra
9:20 Hamelech, Shochein Ad, Barchu and Sh'ma
9:35 Amidah, with U'Netaneh Tokef and Kedushah early on
10:15 Women's Meditation, Avinu Malkeinu, Torah Service
11:25 Shofar service, return of Torah, Sermon
11:50 Malchuyot with Great Alienu, Shofrot and Zichronot; all include more shofar blowing
12:15 Conclusion: Hayom, Mourner's Kaddish, etc.

RH2: Dipping apples in honey — A Rosh Hashanah puppet show

Sunday September 20, 10:00 AM

Dip the sock puppets in sticky goopy honey for Rosh Hashanah!
What?!? Ew!!!! Sock puppets in honey?!
We dip APPLES in honey for a sweet new year! They're delicious!!!
Let's sing and dance to holiday songs, listen to colorful Rosh Hashanah stories, and have a blast celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Jill Liflander and the puppets!

For children and the young at heart.

RH2: DIY Tashlich

Sunday September 20, afternoon

When the first day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbat, Tashlich is traditionally observed on the afternoon of the second day. Unfortunately we cannot all gather together for Tashlich this year, so we encourage you to do your own instead. This Tashlich Guide contains some suitable readings.

Rosh Hashanah Storytelling

Wednesday September 23, 7:00 PM

Come gather in our sacred storytelling space to share stories in the theme of High Holy Days: Teshuvah, forgiveness, family rituals, holiday meals, synagogue experiences, etc. Please email Jill Liflander if you would like to share your story. For Teens and Adults

Shabbat Shuvah Service

Saturday September 26, 10:00 AM

Shabbat morning service with the special changes and additions for the Ten Days of Repentance. Followed by a Lunch and Learn.

YK Kol Nidre Service

Sunday September 27, 6:30 PM

Kol Nidre Evening Service.

YK Morning Service

Monday September 28, 9:00 AM

Yom Kippur morning service, following the traditional liturgy and nusach (musical style), including Yizkor.

YK Afternoon Service

Monday September 28, 4:15 PM

This year, for the first time, we will hold a Minchah Service on Yom Kippur, in addition to the discussion of Jonah.

YK: The Book of Jonah — Story with discussion

Monday September 28, 5:00 PM

Jonah, the stubborn and rebellious prophet, will come alive this year in the Zoom shul giving us new insight into discerning our life’s purpose in these unprecedented times. We will start by telling the story in a manner accessible to all ages, then follow with a discussion suitable for older children, teens and adults.

YK Conclusion

Monday September 28, 6:00 PM

Neilah Service, including Family Havdala.