High Holy Day Services

New this year (2018), we will not be assigning seats in the sanctuary. Please be flexible when selecting a seat in the sanctuary.

Please see the complete High Holy Day Services Schedule and Information below.  Please pay your dues in full by August 31st or arrange a payment plan  before the high holy days.

All are Welcome

All adult members and their children who are under the age of 18 or full-time college students are welcome to participate at our high holy day services as part of their membership.

Out of town guests and relatives who are members of other synagogues may attend services at Temple Beth Israel as our guest. We would appreciate a donation of at least $50 per adult.  We request a donation of $100 each from out-of-town relatives and guests who are not members of other synagogues.

Non-members who reside in the area and wish to attend services on the High Holy Days are welcome to do so at no charge.  A contribution is requested (we suggest $200 per person attending on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but any amount is welcome).  If you join Temple Beth Israel before December 31, you may apply this amount toward your first year of Temple membership.

Courtesy and Consideration

  • If offered an honor during the service, please take your place on the bimah at the appropriate time so services flow smoothly.
  • Upon entering the sanctuary, if the sanctuary doors are closed, please wait s until the ushers welcome you to take your seats.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong colognes, perfumes, or other scents to be considerate of those with fragrance sensitivities.
  • Children are welcome at our services.  Please bring quiet toys for them to play with!  Our newly renovated family room at the rear of the social hall is a great place for parents and their young children to gather during services.


High Holy Day Services and Schedule 5779 

Selichot   Sat., Sept. 1  8:30pm      Evening Program   

10:00pm    Selichot with Rabbi Finkelstein  

Erev Rosh HaShanah   Sun., Sept. 9 7:30pm      Evening Service  
Rosh HaShanah Day 1   Mon., Sept. 10  8:30am      Morning Service   

10:30am    Children’s Service (until 11:30 am)  

5:00pm      Tashlich at Charles River Moody St. 

Rosh HaShanah Day 2   Tues., Sept. 11  8:30am      Morning Service   

10:30am    Children’s Service (until 11:30 am)  

Shabbat Shuva   Sat., Sept. 15  9:00am      Shabbat morning service  
Cemetery Memorial Service   Sun., Sept. 16  10:00am    Service at Beth Israel Memorial Park,  

190 South Street, Waltham, MA

Erev Yom Kippur   Tues., Sept. 18  6:30pm      Kol Nidre Service  
Yom Kippur   Wed., Sept. 19  8:30 am      Morning Service   

10:45am     Children’s Service (until 11:45 am) 

11:30am     Yizkor (approximate time)  


3:30pm       Discussion led by Susan Holbert 

4:30pm       Mincha, Neila, Ma’ariv, Havdalah  

7:30pm       Shofar and Break-the Fast 

Build the Sukkah   Sun., Sept. 23 10:00am     Put up Sukkah (Rain or Shine) 
Erev Sukkot   Sun., Sept. 23  5:30pm      Family Event: Decorate the Sukkah
6:30pm      Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah   
Sukkot Yom Tov Day 1   Mon., Sept. 24  7:00am      Morning Service/Kiddush in Sukkah  
Sukkot Yom Tov Day 2   Tues., Sept. 25  7:00am      Morning Service/Kiddush in Sukkah  
Hol HaMoed Sukkot  

Shabbat Evening  

Fri., Sept. 28  6:00pm      Shabbat Evening Service and Dinner in the              Sukkah 

7:00pm      Dinner in the Sukkah  

Hol HaMoed Sukkot  

Shabbat Morning  

Sat., Sept. 29 9:00am      Shabbat morning service/Kohelet  

Lunch in the Sukkah  

Hoshanah Rabbah   Sun., Sept. 30 9:00am      Morning Service  
Shemini Atzeret   Mon., Oct 1  7:00am      Morning Service (with Yizkor)  
Simchat Torah Evening   Mon., Oct 1  6:00pm      FamilyEvent: Snack and Torah Tour  

6:20pm      Evening Service/Dancing with Torah 

Simchat Torah Morning   Tues., Oct 2  7:00am      Morning Service: Complete Torah  

Cycle and Begin Bereishit/Genesis  

Shabbat Bereshit   Sat., Oct. 6  9:00am      Shabbat Morning Services  


Times and Events are subject to change. Please see our website calendar for details.  

May 15 - Talmud Study 7:00pm
May 17 - Friday night Service and Dinner
May 18 - Hadasah Mutono sponsored Kiddush Lunch
June 8 - Celebrate Lillian Etkind's 100th Birthday