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The High Holy Days are a period of introspection, reflection, and renewal. During this time, we come together for worship, study, and sacred assembly. Rabbi Batsheva Appel will be officiating with Cantoral Soloist Marjorie Hochberg and our High Holy Day Choir under the direction of Bob Lopez-Hanshaw.

Temple Emanu-El invites you to "Be Our Guest"
for the 5780 Jewish High Holy Days. 
You don't need to "pay to pray."

While we require that everyone attending services at Temple Emanu-El have an admission card, all are welcome to attend. Admission cards are sent out to all synagogue members in the weeks before the High Holy Days. Individuals who are not members are welcome to join us and may receive an admission card by emailing us at with:
Names of those attending
Mailing address
Phone number

University students or members of the military may use their IDs in place of an admission card and may attend free of charge

Childcare and youth programming are available, free of charge, for all Temple Emanu-El members during High Holy Day services, according to the schedule below. Please register by calling the Temple office at (520) 327-4501, or emailing (for children 5-11) or (for children under 5).

High Holy Days 5780

9/21 - 7:30pm - Selichot Reading of "The Gates are Closing," Discussion, and Dessert

9/21 - 10:30pm - Selichot Service

9/29 - 7:30pm - Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

9/30 - 8:30am - Rosh Hashanah Family Service

9/30 - 8:30am - Rosh Hashanah Tot Service

9/30 - 10:00am - Rosh Hashanah Morning Main Service

9/30 - 10:00am - Rosh Hashanah Youth Program

9/30 - 5:00pm - Tashnich and Picnic at Reid Park

10/1 - 10:00am - Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service


10/6 - Kever Avot Memorial Services


10/8 - 7:30pm - Kol Nidrei Service

10/9 - 8:30am - Yom Kippur Family Service

10/9 - 8:30am - Yom Kippur Tot Service

10/9 - 10:00am - Yom Kippur Morning Main Service

10/9 - 10:00am - Yom Kippur Youth Program

10/9 - 1:00pm - Study Session

10/9 - 3:00pm - Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Ne'ilah Services

10/9 - 6:15pm - Havdalah and Break Fast


What is Selichot?

The beginning of the High Holy Days season is marked by the observance of Selichot.  Selichot is held on the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah.  Traditionally, if Rosh Hashanah starts the following Monday or Tuesday, then Selichot is observed the preceding Saturday so that there are at least three days between Selichot and Rosh Hashanah.  This service is designed to help worshippers direct their hearts and minds to the process of teshuvah, meaning "return", as in, turning away from sin. A fundamental part of the Selichot service is the recitation of the "Thirteen Attributes" of God's mercy that were revealed to Moses after the sin of the golden calf (Exodus 34:6-7).  The service is quite moving, as we search introspectively within ourselves and recite pleas for mercy.  The melodies for the Selichot service are evocative, while offering hope for change and a better life. 

Temple Emanu-El traditionally observes Selichot by showing a thought-provoking film followed by a discussion with the rabbi, and ending the evening with the Selichot service, enhanced by music from the High Holy Day Choir. 

Rosh Hashanah

What does Rosh Hashanah mean?

Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for "head of the year" (literally), or "beginning of the year" (figuratively).  In the Torah, we read, "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, there shall be a sacred assembly, a cessation from work, a day of commemoration proclaimed by the sound of the shofar" (Numbers 29:1).  Therefore, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the first and second days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.

Temple Emanu-El holds Erev Rosh Hashanah as well as First and Second Day Rosh Hashanah services, along with providing childcare and youth programming for Erev Rosh Hashanah and First Day Rosh Hashanah.

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah

Mon, July 13 2020 21 Tammuz 5780