About Our High Holy Day Services

  A list of upcoming services can be found below.

  Registration for Services

If you have not officially registered for Services, you can still do so here. After registering, you will receive an email with a password and other information.

  Prayer Book (Machzor) and Supplement

View and/or download the complete Machzor and Supplement (237 pages).

  Yom Kippur Liturgy Supplement

FView and/or download the Yom Kippur Liturgy Supplement (18 pages).

  Zoom Meeting Information

The link to the next upcoming Zoom Service or program will be posted on this page an hour before the Service or program. Once you sign-in to the Zoom room, you will be immediately let into the Service. If you have forgotten or misplaced the password to access the Zoom Service, please email Shalom@bethelberkeley.org for the password. (Please note: the Shalom@ account will only be monitored for the first 30 minutes of any Service.)

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At Beth El we seek to provide multiple doorways into Jewish tradition, practice and community. This year, all of our Services will be live-streamed; details on how to log in will be provided after you register. Advance signup is required this year for all Services , including those that did not require passes in prior years; please complete your online registration. This year we are especially attentive to creating community and connection while we cannot be physically together; during our Services and through our companion programs, there will be invitations to participate and connect meaningfully with others.

Even though we cannot be together in person, your participation is as important this year as ever. We welcome your presence, your voice and your intentions as part of our community at Beth El’s High Holy Days. A schedule of our Services will be published soon; please keep checking back as we add more program details and links to our varied High Holy Day celebrations and activities.

All Beth El Services include English and Hebrew, combining honored traditional prayers with inspirational modern texts. A print copy of the High Holy Day machzor (prayer book) will be provided to every Beth El household that registers for High Holy Day Services. Our machzor includes English transliteration of all Hebrew prayers along with translations and alternative readings. Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Rabbi Rebekah Stern, and Cantor Elaya Jenkins-Adelberg officiate at all Services, assisted by congregational volunteers.

Upcoming Services

Yom Kippur Evening Services (Kol Nidre)
Sunday, September 27.  Cello prelude: 7:15 pm; Kol Nidre Service: 7:30 pm

  Sign-In / View on Zoom
Sign-In is required for this Zoom Service. Once you sign-in, you will be immediately let into the Service. When prompted, please use the password that Beth El sent to your email.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.

This year we will hold a single service on Kol Nidre evening. On Yom Kippur, the haunting melody of Kol Nidre marks the beginning of the most important moment of the Jewish calendar.

Yom Kippur Morning Services (EARLY)
Monday, September 28, 9:00 am

Yom Kippur Morning Services (LATE)
Monday, September 28, 11:00 am

  Sign-In / View on Zoom (Both Early and Late Services)
Sign-In is required for this Zoom Service. Once you sign-in, you will be immediately let into the Service. When prompted, please use the password that Beth El sent to your email.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.

Early Services feature familiar and participatory music, congregant reflections on Rosh Hashanah morning, and a short d’rash (sermon) or text study on Yom Kippur morning. The shorter duration and more familiar and participatory melodies in this Service make it especially accessible for younger children, teens and their families. Everyone is welcome to attend the Early Services, which are of shorter duration than the Late Service. This year, the shofar will be heard at a special Shofar Service on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah. On Yom Kippur, the Torah reading will take place during the Late Service only.

Late Services feature the special melodies and nusach (musical mode) of the High Holy Days, participatory and majestic music, congregant reflections (on Rosh Hashanah morning) and rabbinic drashot (sermons). Everyone is welcome to attend the Late Services. This year, the shofar will be heard at a special Shofar Service on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Gatherings
Monday, September 28, 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Learn More Here

Yizkor Circle
Monday, September 28, 3:45 pm
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE

  Register In Advance
Registration (in advance) is required for this Zoom program. You will be provided the Zoom room link on the next page, and via an email from the synagogue. Please save that email. The room access link will NOT be available here after 2:00 pm on September 28.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.

Mincha (Afternoon) Service
Monday, September 28, 3:45 pm

  Sign-In / View on Zoom
Sign-In is required for this Zoom Service. Once you sign-in, you will be immediately let into the Service. When prompted, please use the password that Beth El sent to your email.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.

Yizkor
Monday, September 28, 5:30 pm

  Sign-In / View on Zoom
Sign-In is required for this Zoom Service. Once you sign-in, you will be immediately let into the Service. When prompted, please use the password that Beth El sent to your email.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.

At our Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, we remember all of our loved ones who have died. This year, we invite you to submit a picture and short remembrance of loved ones who have died as part of your High Holy Day registration for our High Holy Day Gallery of Remembrance. Preceding the Yizkor Service, congregants are invited to a facilitated conversation to share stories of loss, love, memory and grief at the Yizkor Circle.

Yizkor, Judaism’s communal Service of remembrance and mourning, is observed four times a year: on Yom Kippur afternoon and at the conclusion of the three biblical pilgrimage festivals: Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot. The congregation will hold its Sukkot Yizkor Service at the conclusion of the festival.

Ne’ilah
Monday, September 28, 6:15 pm (approximately)

  Sign-In / View on Zoom
Sign-In is required for this Zoom Service. Once you sign-in, you will be immediately let into the Service. When prompted, please use the password that Beth El sent to your email.
 If you are having trouble accessing the Service, please write Shalom@bethelberkeley.org or call 510.848.3988 for help. The Shalom@ account will be monitored for the first 30 minutes of each Service.
The ten Days of Awe draw to a close at the Ne’ilah Service at the end of Yom Kippur. As the light begins to fade, the melodies and texts take on renewed urgency as the hour of Ne’ilah — the closing of the gates — approaches. We joyfully conclude Yom Kippur with the final sounding of the Shofar for this New Year’s season.

Simchat Torah: A Celebration for Everyone!
Saturday, October 10
6:15pm Simchat Torah Celebration
7:15pm Adult Torah Learning with Rabbi Kahn

Our High Holy Day season goes out with a bang, as we celebrate reading the last few verses of the Torah in Deuteronomy and start right back up again with the first few verses of Genesis. Join us on Zoom for a Torah-themed song session and dance party full of ruach, followed by havdalah (the special blessings sung to mark the end of Shabbat) and Torah reading! This joyful conclusion of our High Holy Day season is especially accessible for younger children, teens and their families and will conclude with a Torah learning session for adults and teens led by Rabbi Kahn. Sign up details pending.