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FAQ: High Holy Days Information

L’shana tovah, and welcome to Beth Shalom, where all are welcome! We are so glad that you have chosen to celebrate the High Holy Days with us this year.  Below is information about our registration process and our services. For our High Holy Days service schedule information, please visit our High Holy Days page.

New this year

  • Our Rosh Hashanah Family Service will be held on Saturday, October 5 not on Rosh Hashanah Day Two (October 4) as in previous years.
  • All who are attending High Holy Days services must enter through the upstairs main lobby; the downstairs door and all other doors will remain locked. If necessary, you may drop off at the main entrance.  Limited accessible parking spaces are available in the upper parking lot. Parking attendants will be outside to assist you.
  • We require photo ID for all adult guests.

Do you charge for tickets for guests?

At Beth Shalom, we do not charge for High Holy Days attendance.  We do rely on and appreciate all donations, and we ask that you contribute as you are able. Please contribute by completing our High Holy Days Donation Form.

Members of Beth Shalom:  Do I need to register for in-person or Zoom services?

  • If you are a member, you are already registered! Beth Shalom members who have completed their renewals for the 2024-2025 year are automatically registered and will check in with greeters when arriving.
  • If you are attending via Zoom, you will receive the link via email. Please note that Rosh Hashanah Family Services are in-person only.

Guests of Beth Shalom:  How do I register for in-person or Zoom services?

  • You are welcome to attend any services we offer, in-person or via Zoom. Please complete the High Holy Days Guest Registration Form.
  • If you are attending in-person, please check in at the Welcome table in the lobby. Please note: we require photo ID for all adult guests attending in-person services.
  • If you are attending on Zoom, after you have registered, you will receive an email with information for joining us on Zoom. Please note that Rosh Hashanah Family Services are in-person only.

Do you offer childcare for members and guests?

We offer complimentary childcare services for children in kindergarten through fifth grade during Rosh Hashanah Day One Morning Service on October 2 and Yom Kippur Morning Service on October 12. Children can enjoy crafts and playtime while parents are participating in the services in our upstairs Sanctuary. We do require registration for childcare for both members and guests.

Do you offer services for children?

We will hold Rosh Hashanah Family Service on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the outdoor Sanctuary located off the downstairs parking lot. This service is in person only.  Yom Kippur Family Services will be held indoors in the Sanctuary on Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m. before Break the Fast.  These services are crafted for both adults and children; we'll enjoy music, prayers, Shofar blowing, and a Torah story.

I have not attended a service at Beth Shalom before. What can I expect?

During our services, Hebrew and English are combined and balanced.  Our prayer book contains full transliteration of all prayers and songs so that if you do not read Hebrew, you may comfortably and easily join in.  We are fortunate to have many talented musicians and singers who enhance our services with a combination of traditional and contemporary music.

Traditional services at High Holy Days use special melodies, last longer, and have a more contemplative feel than the typical Shabbat service, reflecting the solemnity of the High Holy Days.  Attire may range from the usual Friday night "office nice" to more formal suits and dresses.  While we encourage children to attend all services as they are able, childcare is provided downstairs in addition to a downstairs quiet room.  Special books are used, incorporating the specific High Holy Days prayers and songs, which are both translated and transliterated (the Hebrew is printed phonetically in English letters).  At times during the service, all who are able are asked to stand.  Head coverings (kippot or yarmulkes) are available as you enter the Sanctuary for those who choose to wear them.

Break the Fast
Open to all, we hope you will join us for Break the Fast when we gather to celebrate the new year and our friendships while enjoying a catered meal. All members and guests who wish to attend Break the Fast must register.

Food Drive
While we fast for one day, others fast from lack of food year round. Help us feed those in need by bringing food donations to Yom Kippur services for Dorcas Ministries. Grocery bags with details of what is most needed will be available at Rosh HaShanah service.

Are there safety measures I should be aware of?
Please leave large purses, bags, and backpacks in your car, as they are not allowed in the building. Please follow the directions of the parking attendants, greeters, and ushers to facilitate arrival.

We require photo ID for all adult guests attending in-person services.

For those who choose, masks will be available.

If you have any questions when you arrive, please ask an usher or greeter.

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