PRAY WITH US AT SINAI
High Holy Day services at Congregation Sinai are made special by the fact that we are able to pray with our congregational family in one service, in one cohesive space with the bimah clearly visible from every seat. Our beautiful High Holy Day Choir joins our clergy in lifting our prayers.
Also Available during Morning Services:
Babysitting for 1-3 year olds
Youth Programming for K4-5th Grade
Special Programming for Middle Schoolers
TRANSLATION: Head of the Year
HEBREW DATE: 1 Tishrei
The Jewish New Year, begins the ten-day period known as the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah is also known as the "birthday of the world", the "day of remembrance" and the "day of the shofar." Rosh Hashanah celebrates the ability of people to change and grow, as it is a time for deep thought, self-examination and prayer.
We provide age appropriate activities for children up through fifth grade, concurrent with the service. The family service on Rosh HaShanah afternoon concludes with Tashlich, the ceremony during which we symbolically cast our sins (in this case, bread crumbs) upon the water (in our case, the creek behind the synagogue). A most popular aspect of the High Holy Days is the Shofar Blowing contest, held immediately after the afternoon Tashlich service, on Rosh HaShanah. Over the past years, literally hundreds of youngsters have participated in this fun and educational happening!
TRANSLATION: Day of Atonement
HEBREW DATE: 10 Tishrei
The Day of Atonement, is the holiday in which the Jewish people ask for forgiveness and forgive others. Yom Kippur, the most solemn and holy day of the Jewish year, is the last day of the ten days of awe and marks the end of the ten-day period of the High Holy Days.
We convene a special discussion group between the morning and afternoon services for those who would like to spend that part of the day focusing on the themes of the holy day. Our afternoon service is a "Healing Service" which includes ample time for individuals and small groups to approach the open ark and the Torahs for a moment of personal prayer. This service is accompanied by two of our congregants who are professional musicians, who play classical compositions from Eastern Europe. The Yizkor service of remembrance follows and the day ends with the well attended and dynamic Neilah service. Traditionally a day of fasting, Yom Kippur concludes at sundown with a communal break-the-fast.