High Holy Days at The Emanuel
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Rosh Hashana / ראש השנה
begins at sundown:
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019

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
begins at sundown
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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”).

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.

Additionally, we also offer a more intimate Chapel Service (right) during Musaf. Childcare is available, by reservation, for all High Holiday services.

We welcome lay participation in our services! Please contact Moshe Pinchover  (Email /(860) 236-1275) or Hazzan Cohn  (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; all attendees must show tickets 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 (dates and times TBA) 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.

If you are unable to pick up tickets at the synagogue by September 27, please complete and return a High Holy Day 2019 Ticket Request Form. Non-member guests should be prepared to show ID to ushers prior to entering the synagogue.

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

Family & Teen Services

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