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The High Holidays

The High Holidays
On Erev Rosh Hashanah we have a service welcoming everybody with the traditional tunes and a sermon. We observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with services and programs that are directed to people of all ages.  They are accessible to people who come from strong Jewish backgrounds and to those who are just learning to formulate questions or have little or no exposure to Jewish tradition.

Rosh Hashanah

  • On the first day of Rosh Hashanah at 9:00 a.m., we host a long, traditional morning service using the Reconstructionist High Holiday Prayerbook (Machzor) with a sermon from the rabbi. The service is interspersed with modern and contemporary poems and readings.
  • On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi offers yoga and meditation before services begin, with themes from the Days of Awe. 
  • After the morning service, at around 12:45 p.m., we head to the Delaware River for Tashlikh.
  • We offer a family-oriented service at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, complete with shofar blowing (except on Shabbat), highlighting the main prayers.  The service is punctuated by teachings and questions families can talk through with each other.
  • We meet again for services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah at 9:45 a.m.  This service features traditional prayers and text study in place of a sermon. 

Yom Kippur

  • On Kol Nidre we have services and a sermon. 
  • As on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we host a morning service at 9:00 a.m. in our sanctuary, ending with Yikzor, prayers of remembrance.
  • At 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. our family-oriented service is held in the sanctuary. 
  • We return in the afternoon for a program, followed by concluding services of Yom Kippur, including the chanting of the Book of Jonah, and Ne’ilah services. 
  • Every year, after the shofar sounds to end Yom Kippur, we break the fast together as a community.  Registration and a small fee are required. Details are in your High Holiday mailings sent out a month before Rosh Hashanah and are posted on the website.