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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 & Rabbi David Wolfman officiating with Cantorial 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 5779 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 returning THIS FORM!

High Holy Days 5779

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 9, 2018

7:30pm - Evening Service

7:00-10:30pm - Childcare & Youth Programming

Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 10, 2018

8:30am - Family Service in the Weiner Religious School Auditorium

8:30am - Tot Rosh Hashanah Service in the Katz Family Library and Youth Center

8:00am-1:00pm - Childcare for ages 6 & under in the Strauss ECE

10:00am - Main Service in the Rubin Family Sanctuary

10:00am -1:00pm - Youth Programming for ages 7-11 in the Rebecca Katz Family Library & Youth Center

5:00 pm - Tashlich and Picnic at Reid Park near the Rose Garden

Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

10:00am - Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service at Temple Emanu-El, Schlanger Chapel


Kol Nidrei - Erev Yom Kippur - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

7:30pm - Kol Nidrei Service in the Rubin Family Sanctuary

7:00-10:30pm - Childcare & Youth Programming


Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

8:30am - Family Service in the Weiner School Auditorium

8:30am - Tot Yom Kippur Service in the Katz Family Library and Youth Center

8:00am - 6:00pm - Childcare for ages 6 & under in the Strauss ECE

10:00am - Main Service in the Rubin Family Sanctuary

10:00am - 6:00pm - Youth Programming for ages 7-11 in the Katz Family Library and Youth Center

1:00pm - Study Session in the Schlanger Chapel

3:00pm - Afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah Service in the Rubin Family Sanctuary

6:15pm - Break Fast in the Solot Biblical Garden and Weiner Religious School Auditorium


Kever Avot Graveside Memorial Service - Sunday, September 16, 2018

1:00pm at Sha'arei Shalom Cemetery

2:00pm at Evergreen Cemetery (in the old section, 43)

4:00pm at Nogales Cemetery


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

Sun, August 18 2019 17 Av 5779