High Holy Days

High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2018/5779 – L’Shanah Tovah!

The Jewish High Holy Days are a reflective time of beginnings and endings. We welcome a new year, ripe with hope and opportunity. We close the gates on the year gone by, going deep into our hearts and souls to examine, atone and recommit to doing better. It is a profound process of self-examination and determination to grow and be better in the year ahead.

At Temple Adat Elohim, the High Holy Days typically bring more than 600 families to the synagogue. Members choose from our traditional services or a family service experience. Each of our services is participatory, with members of the congregation leading some prayers, chanting Torah, and accepting many bima honors.

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High Holy Days Service Information

Service Options

This year we are proud to offer both Traditional and Family services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets are necessary to attend the service of your choice. Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. All requests will be honored provided seating capacity has not been exceeded. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay; please contact the office at office@adatelohim.com to discuss payment arrangements as needed.

Service Schedule

Saturday, September 1 7:30pm S’lichot S’lichot, the Hebrew word meaning ‘forgiveness’ refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews through the High Holy Days.
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9 7:30pm Erev Let’s usher in the New Year with this meaningful service. There will be only ONE service this evening.
September 10
10:00am Adult Service (Traditional) Our traditional service is designed to create a more meaningful prayer experience which includes our inspiring Rabbi and Cantor, music from our TAE Chorale and the Band of Milk and Honey.
2:00pm Family Service This service is specifically for families with younger children (ages 6 and up). This interactive service promises to be fun and enlightening. You do not have to have children to attend.
4:00pm Preschool Tot Service For preschool children with their parents.
5:00pm Tashlich Tashlich, casting away, is the ceremonial tossing of bread crumbs which represents our sins, into a flowing body of water.
Shabbat Shuva
Join us at Zuma Beach (Tower 11) to eat, play, pray and have a second chance to participate in the Tashlich ritual.
Friday, September 14 5:30pm Tots ‘n’ Torah on the beach
6:15pm Shabbat Picnic Bring your picnic dinner, blankets and beach chairs!
7:00pm Adult Service
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
We will have 2 identical traditional services for Kol Nidre.
Tuesday, September 18 5:30pm Kol Nidre First Service
8:15pm Kol Nidre Second Service
Yom Kippur
On Rosh Hashanah, we joyously enter the New Year, and on Yom Kippur we think about the changes we need to make to improve not only ourselves but our relationships with our family, friends and community. Experience Yom Kippur at Temple Adat Elohim as we reflect on forgiveness and change.
Wednesday, September 19 10:00am Adult Service
1:45pm new Family Service
3:30pm Preschool Tot Service
4:30pm afternoon service led by our teens
5:30pm Yiskor and Neilah Service
Sunday, September 23 – Monday, September 30 5:30pm Yizkor
Simchat Torah
Monday, October 1-2

Ticket Information

TAE Members

You will receive tickets for you and your immediate family members in the mail after the Temple staff processes your request. This includes tickets for your children between nine and twenty-one years of age. A fee is charged for children over 21 years of age (unless they are full-time students). Tickets will be color-coded and will be checked at the door. Everyone should carry their own ticket. Tickets will be issued, as is our custom, to those members in good standing, whose payments are current, including prior years’ obligations. If your plans to attend services change after you receive your tickets, please return your tickets to the Temple office, so that others may attend. . If you will be out of town during the High Holy Days, you are eligible to receive reciprocal tickets from other URJ-affiliated Temples. Forms are available at the Temple office.

Tickets for additional family members (including grandparents, parents, adult children in-laws, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc and grandchildren) are available for a minimum donation of $100 per ticket.

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Non-TAE Members and Guests

Tickets for non-temple members and guests are available for a minimum donation of $200 per ticket. Please note that non-members purchasing tickets will receive a credit equal to their ticket price upon joining Temple Adat Elohim by December 31, 2018.

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Ticket Delivery

Tickets ordered prior to Thursday, August 30th will be mailed to the address you provide on your request form. After this date, your prearranged tickets may be picked up at the temple office or before services at the main door of the Sanctuary.

TAE Innovates High Holy Days Services

For more than 50 years, Temple Adat Elohim clergy and lay leadership have worked collaboratively to create meaningful and engaging High Holy Day services. This year we are excited to announce a new significant enhancement for our upcoming 2018 High Holy Days, creating more options for all of our members and guests to connect to the High Holy Days in a meaningful way.

New Family-Friendly Service on High Holy Day Mornings

Currently, we offer two identical “morning” services designed for adults, and an additional special service geared solely for families to attend with their young preschool / kindergarten age children. To create a more meaningful and fulfilling prayer experience for a wider range of families, we are adding a clergy-led, 75-minute service geared for families with elementary school-age children on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. This service will be open to everyone and members do not need to have school-age children to attend.

To incorporate this new family service, we will now have one “morning” service designed for adults rather than two identical services at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. While we are still working out the specific timing, we anticipate that the combined adult service will begin at approximately 10:00 am and the new family service will begin at approximately 1:45 pm and be followed by the preschool service at approximately 3:45 pm. While this change will eliminate the Children’s AWEsome High Holy Days Experience, childcare will be available at temple during the morning adult service for those adults with school age children who would still prefer to attend the traditional adult morning service. The new family service will not impact our Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur afternoon, Yizkor, Ne’ilah, or Preschool High Holy Days services.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for additional information or contact Cantor David at dshukiar@adatelohim.com.


Is this new service appropriate for adults without kids?
This service is appropriate for anyone who would like a shorter service experience, including a condensed liturgy, simpler language, a less formal sermon, and melodies that are more accessible to youth and adults alike.

If I have children in elementary school, do I have to participate in this service?
You are welcome to participate in any service you find most meaningful. If you and your children would like to attend our traditional adult service, you are welcome to do so.

Will childcare be offered during the High Holy Days?
For parents who would like to attend the traditional service without their children, childcare will be available during the traditional service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning. However, this childcare will not provide an educational program for children.

Can the entire family, including parents, grandparents, etc. attend the family service?
Yes. This service will be shorter, with more accessible music and liturgy. It will be a condensed service experience. We will include the major elements of our traditional High Holy Day service, including the sounding of the shofar, singing of Avinu Malkeynu, chanting of Al Cheit, etc.

Will there be any changes to the traditional service?
Our traditional services will continue to include music from our TAE Chorale and the Band of Milk and Honey. With an end to the Children’s AWEsome High Holy Day experience, there will no longer be children leaving and returning to the sanctuary en masse.

Does the new family service impact Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidrei evening services?
No, this change only consolidates our two morning adult services into one and adds the new family service. All other services remain unchanged.

A Guide to the High Holy Days

What are the “Days of Awe / High Holy Days?”

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the “High Holy Days,” and begins the most spiritually intense part of the Jewish year, the “yamin nora’im,” the “Days of Awe.” The Days of Awe begin on Rosh Hashanah and conclude on Yom Kippur, a total of 10 days. According to tradition, on Rosh Hashanah the wholly righteous are inscribed in the Book of Life. For the rest of us, judgment is suspended until Yom Kippur, when our good works and acts of repentance during those 10 days can tilt the balance in our favor so that we may live. These 10 days are devoted to a careful examination of who we are in an attempt to become cognizant of the ways we have fallen short by failing others, ourselves and God. This is also the time given to ask forgiveness to those we might have hurt or offended during the past year. During this period, emphasis is placed on the sincerity of one’s repentance.

 What do the words “Rosh Hashanah” mean?

Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for “head of the year” (literally) or “beginning of the year” (figuratively).

Why do we say that this is the year 5779? Isn’t the earth over 4 billion years old?

The traditional Jewish understanding is that the world is 5779 years old this year (some say 5779 years since the time of Adam and Eve). As modern Jews, we mark this as a theological date, not a scientific date.

What is Tashlich?

The word tashlich means to “cast/throw” and is symbolic of self-purification. On Rosh Hashanah it is a tradition to throw pocket lint or bread crumbs into a river or a stream to symbolically cast away our sins.

What does Yom Kippur mean?

Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement.” It is a day set aside to atone for the sins of the past year. This day is essentially our last appeal, our last chance to change God’s judgment, to demonstrate our repentance and make amends so that we may be written in the Book of Life.

Why is Yom Kippur considered the most serious of Jewish Holidays?

Yom Kippur emphasizes human failings and the need to do teshuvah (repentance). As we focus on teshuvah, we disengage from the life affirming activities of our daily routines, such as eating, and we undergo a process of intense self-reflection. We ask ourselves how we can do better in the eyes of God and other human beings; and we search for wisdom, willpower, and compassion. The process of teshuvah helps to set right some of our wrongdoings, and in so doing, helps us to be partners with God in the creation of a better world.

What is the Jewish definition of sin?

In Judaism, the word “sin” has different connotations than it does in our wider culture. “Sin” in Judaism is generally not something for which a person will be punished in the afterlife, but is rather an improper act for which one can ask forgiveness — not just of God, but (importantly) of other human beings as well.

How do we atone for our sins?

Yom Kippur atones only for sins between humanity and God, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, we must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs we committed against them if possible. This must all be done before the conclusion of Yom Kippur.

How do we greet people during the High Holy Days?

Prior to and during Rosh Hashanah we wish each other “L’Shanah Tovah Tikatayvu” — “May you be inscribed for a good year.” Sometimes we shorten it to “Shanah Tovah” and even the Yiddish, “Gut Yontiff.” Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we often say “G’mar Hatimah Tovah” – “May you be sealed for a good year.”

S’lichot and Tashlich Programs

Havdallah & S’lichot Healing Service: A Sacred Time for All

Saturday September 1st, 7:00 PM – Social Hall

The observation of S’lichot, the traditional prayers recited in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, will be held at Temple Adat Elohim.

One of the most inspirational services of the High Holy Days season is the S’lichot service which will take place on Saturday night, September 1st. Join us at 7:00 PM for refreshments where you will have the opportunity to schmooze with friends and family. At 7:45 PM we will gather under the stars in our courtyard to bid farewell to Shabbat with our Havdallah service; at 8:00 PM we will move into our sanctuary for our traditional S’lichot Healing Service.

To comprehend the profound idea of forgiveness – we must seek ways to change, to reflect and to renew ourselves with others and with God during this time of the year. It is through liturgy, rituals and communal worship that can help us in this process.

During our service, we will witness the ritual of changing the Torah covers to the white ones, congregants will be invited to lead readings, our clergy will offer private blessings on the bimah to anyone who wishes to receive them. In addition, this is a unique opportunity to gather together during this sacred time of healing and meditation as we prepare ourselves to enter the upcoming High Holy Days season of 5779.

“Tashlich” service is the symbolic casting of sins into the water and is to be held on Monday, September 10, at 5:00 PM.

The TAE community invites you to join us, along with Jewish communities around the globe, in this generations old ritual where we gather as a community on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah at bodies of water and recite the Tashlich Prayer, which consists of selected chapters of Tehillim (Psalms) and the verses shown above, to symbolize our wish to get rid of our sins, and to be forgiven by God.