The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year 5778, starting at sundown on September 20. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur on September 29, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.
Here is a roundup of local High Holidays services:
Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield
Temple Ner Tamid observes two days of Rosh Hashanah. Because of space limitations, attendance to the High Holy Day services on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning require a ticket. All other services—Erev Rosh Hashanah, second morning Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur afternoon services [Yizkor, Minchah and Ne’ilah]—are open to the public. This year they will be offering the customary holiday midday meal immediately following services on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, Friday, September 22. The dairy luncheon is hosted by Rabbi Steven Kushner. Please RSVP for the luncheon on the Ticket Request Form. See full schedule and download forms online here.
Chabad of Montclair
The community is invited to a Rosh Hashanah service and community dinner on Wednesday, September 20 beginning at 7:15 pm at The Suite Spot on 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Services will also be held on September 21 and 22. No membership or affiliation necessary. No ticket required. Yom Kippur services will be held on September 29 at 6:45 pm and September 30 at 10 am at The Suite Spot.
Bnai Keshet in Montclair
Bnai Keshet welcomes members and non-members alike to attend and participate in all of its services. To comfortably accommodate members, their families and non-members who would like to worship with Bnai Keshet during the High Holy Days; most services will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, at Claremont Ave., in Montclair. This includes Erev Rosh Hashanah on September 20; the first day of Rosh Hashanah on September 21; the second day of Rosh Hashanah on September 22; Erev Yom Kippur on September 29; and Yom Kippur on September 30.
Temple Sholom of West Essex
Inspirational High Holiday Services are conducted by Rabbi Groffman and Cantor Epstein. They include a full choir and cellist along with musical accompaniment. The services offer worshippers the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the year ahead. The second day of Rosh Hashanah is a community service. Following the concluding service of Yom Kippur, the temple family joins together for a traditional break-the-fast. High Holy Day tickets will only be distributed to those members in good standing. There are a limited number of non-member tickets available for purchase. Please call the office at 973-239-1321 for further information. Check the schedule for service details.
Shomrei Emunah in Montclair
Congregation Shomrei Emunah welcomes everyone to join the no charge/ all are welcome worship on the Jewish High Holidays this year. Throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur they offer a variety of options through which to enter into the rich world of Jewish living. The traditional service incorporates age-old chants as well as contemporary music, poetry and readings in an interactive format. The Family and Children’s services offer age-appropriate ways for everyone, of whatever background, to learn more about the heritage and celebrate it. The Teen groups explore important issues in a space dedicated especially to them. And the meditation and study groups open doors to the inner spirit and to intellectual growth. View a full schedule online here.
Congregation Agudath Israel in West Caldwell
Congregation Agudath Israel invites the community to worship on two days for Rosh Hashanah (September 21 and 22) and Yom Kippur on September 30. Non-members may purchase tickets for services here.
Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston
Temple B’Nai observes Erev Rosh Hashanah on September 20 and two days of Rosh Hashanah on September 21 and 22. Yom Kippur services throughout the day on September 30. Tickets are required to all services. Guest tickets available for family members.
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