Welcome to High Holy Days 2016/5777!
| Click here for our High Holy Days and Fall Holidays schedule.
Looking for a place for the High Holy Days? Call us at 860-233-8215 and learn more about your options!
|We will hold our Erev Rosh Hashanah Service on Sunday, October 2, 5pm, at Elizabeth Park. Read more.
You can access the text of the special prayer book we use for this service by clicking here.
|Every Yom Kippur, at Congregants Hour, three of our congregants tell their Jewish Journey. Read Congregants Hour talks.|
|We offer High Holy Days Services for Young Children
We offer free Child Care for High Holy Days Services.
|Read about our Yom Kippur Teen Service!|
|See our Guide to High Holy Days Services. This guide gives more details of each service.|
|To include the names of your loved ones in our Yizkor Book, click here for a form that you can download and fill out. Mail your form (or drop it off) to the Synagogue office. We must receive your form no later than September 21st!|
|If you have any questions , or feedback about our services, please contact Rabbi Michael Pincus, 860-233-8215 x2280, email@example.com, or Rabbi Andi Fliegel, 860-233-8215 x2260, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|We will be livestreaming our High Holy Day services. We will also continue to have a closed-circuit TV in our Chapel that provides live coverage of our High Holy Days services in the sanctuary for those of you who prefer to just drop-in.|
|Want to know what to expect at synagogue services and what at-home celebrations may look like, or need a glossary of useful terms? InterfaithFamily.com’s booklet is here to help. Read more.|
|Another resource with visual supports to help make blessings simple, accessible, and understandable for students with a variety of disabilities.|
The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game. There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.
A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year.
Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri.
The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.