High Holy Days
Temple Habonim does not require tickets for any High Holiday Services. Please join us for worship at any service. Click here for a full listing of service times.
The High Holy Days begin with the observance of Selichot, meaning forgiveness, on the Saturday evening prior to Rosh HaShanah. On alternate years we show a film exploring the themes of repentance and forgiveness or hear a beautiful concert with voices of local women. In addition to the Selichot Service, a meaningful ritual of changing the Torah covers to those specifically designed for the High Holidays takes place during the service. Our special covers are white, representing purity and the wish that through repentance, our sins will be made white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).
Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world.
At Temple Habonim, we begin the celebration with an Erev Rosh HaShanah service at 8:00 p.m. The first day of Rosh HaShanah starts with a Family Service at 9:00 a.m. offering creative liturgy and participation by our families throughout the service. A traditional Rosh HaShanah Morning Service follows at 10:45 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., Rabbi Klein provides a Tot Service for young children. This is followed by a Tashlich service by the water at 3:00 p.m. where we gather for songs and the chance to "cast away" our sins with bread crumbs tossed into the Barrington River. A Second Day Rosh HaShanah service is offered at 10:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves.
Our observances begin with a meaningful Kol Nidre service on the erev of Yom Kippur at 8:00 p.m. The Yom Kippur Family Service at 9:00 a.m. includes family participation and creative liturgy. The Yom Kippur Morning Service follows at 10:45 a.m. A 2:30 p.m. Tot Service is offered for young children. Yom Kippur continues with Afternoon Services and Yizkor starting at 3:15 p.m. At the conclusion of services, our Sisterhood provides a scrumptious Break Fast for all.
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Each year we erect our sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut, behind our building, When weather allows, we celebrate Sukkot in the sukkah with a meal and a service. Our religious school students enjoy decorating this space each fall.
Simchat Torah follows Sukkot and concludes the celebration of the High Holy Days. This service commemorates the completion of the fifth book of the Torah, D’varim (Deuteronomy), and the opening section of Genesis, or B'reishit, both of which are read, reminding us of the cyclical nature of the relationship between the Jewish people and the reading of the Torah. The students in the upcoming B’nai Mitzvah class receive their Torah portions at this service, as they will each be called to Torah during the year ahead.