High Holy Days at The Emanuel

Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teru’ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

Yom Kippur / יום כפור

Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”).

Kol  Nidre  Food Drive

 Non-perishable food items are collected for donation prior to the Kol Nidre service.

About Our Services

Our large sanctuary opens to accommodate the entire congregation for the High Holy Days. Parents are encouraged to bring their children into the main sanctuary to hear shofar, and also to pray together as a family if they choose. Family Service options are also available.

The Emanuel Synagogue choir (left) accompanies much of the main sanctuary service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.

In addition to the main sanctuary service, a more intimate Chapel Service  during Musaf is provided.

We welcome lay participation in our services! Please contact Hazzan Moshe Pinchover (Email /(860) 236-1275)  if you would like an aliya, to read Torah or Haftarah, blow Shofar or have any other honor.

High Holy Day Tickets

Tickets are required to attend High Holiday services, and presented to ushers before entering the synagogue.

Emanuel Members in good standing will receive tickets by mail. Please contact us  if you have any questions.

Tickets for family members, and un-affiliated non-member guests, are available for pick up in the Emanuel Synagogue front lobby at designated days and times in exchange for a donation in the amount of one’s choosing.  All non-member guests will be asked to show ID in exchange for a ticket.

For those unable to pick up tickets at the synagogue please complete and return a High Holy Day Ticket Request Form. Non-member guests should be prepared to show ID to ushers prior to entering the synagogue.

As is our High Holy day tradition, The Emanuel always offers complimentary tickets to children, college students, and those currently in the Armed Services.

Family & Teen Services

Families & Teen services: 10 am on both days of Rosh Hashana and 11:00 am on Yom Kippur. The significance of each holiday is celebrated joyously with prayers, stories, and holiday-themed activities. For Questions: Gail Mackey, Religious School Admin, EMAIL (860) 233-2774 #120


As a courtesy service to our members and guests, The Emanuel Synagogue offers babysitting for children ages 1-5 years old by reservation for all High Holy day services.