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High Holy Day Services

This is the season of return. We are grateful to have the opportunity to gather both onsite and online to celebrate the new year together. We nourish our souls following a year in which we learned of our own resilience, and to expect the unexpected. On these High Holy Days our beloved community gathers to return and renew, reunite and reimagine, to restore and rededicate ourselves to our higher purpose and our highest selves.

View the schedule of all High Holy Day Services
Community-wide Sanctuary Service: One Service Offered Twice

We return this year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in mixed presence (onsite and online), where at last we can sing, rejoice, and pray as one. Both evening and morning sanctuary worship services are a joyous combination of our majestic and contemporary styles. We are no longer orange or purple or sage; we are one. We are a vibrant tapestry of sweeping poetry and beautiful music, instruments and voices; we are transcendent and immanent; we are Temple Israel, we are one. One service, offered twice.


Riverway Project Services

For those in their 20s or 30s looking for a dynamic, inclusive, uplifting way to begin the year, join The Riverway Project on Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre as we welcome 5782 both  onsite and online.  As a community of young adults, we will pray and sing, making connections with our tradition and with each other as we move into a fresh new year together. Spread the word to any young adults in your life who might want to join us.


Family Holiday Experience

Kids ages 5-13 and their families are invited to join TI clergy and musicians for a fun, interactive service and celebration of the New Year. We will gather online in the evening, and in the morning we will be onsite outdoors and online for our holiday morning services.


The Village for Families with Young Children

Calling all children under 5 and their grownups! Get ready to sing, dance and play as we celebrate together. This year, your family can celebrate online on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur evenings with Temple Israel clergy and special guests. In the mornings we gather onsite outdoors and online with Wayne Potash for lots of fun for the whole family.


All are welcome to participate in our live-streamed services

Attending High Holy Day Services at Temple Israel

How to Participate Onsite

Tickets are required for all onsite High Holy Day services except for S’lichot.

  • Tickets based on preference for onsite and online will be mailed to members in good standing on a rolling basis this summer.
  • Additional tickets for visiting family members are available for purchase.
  • We are pleased to offer complimentary tickets to military personnel and full-time undergraduate students.
  • Last minute ticket orders can be picked up on site at the front desk, or at the will-call table.
  • If you are interested in attending services onsite, but are not currently a Temple Israel Member, tickets can be purchased here.
  • If you are unable to attend services at Temple Israel, and would like to secure reciprocal tickets to a fellow URJ congregation, please send your request to tickets@tisrael.org, or call Emma Savitz, Development Associate at 617-566-3960.
How to Participate Online

Livestream: Links to the live-streamed services are found below in the information for each service.

Zoom: Temple Israel members who choose to participate online are invited to have a front row and interactive seat on Zoom, where you can see the faces of other members and engage with each other through the chat function. Zoom links will be emailed to Temple Israel members one week prior to the holidays. If you can’t find the link, please contact us at 617-566-3960.

Schedule of High Holy Day Services — Onsite and Online

S'lichot

S’lichot – Saturday, August 28, 2021 (Tickets Not Required for S'lichot)

Candlelit Outdoor Service

8:00pm, onsite, TI Garden

We prepare ourselves and our Torah for our season of holiness. With candles, music, and repentant meditation, we dress our Torah in white.


S’lichot Zoom Candlelit Service

10:00pm, click here to join us online

We gather in virtual space to sing and pray our beautiful S’lichot liturgy.

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 6

Village Service for Young Children

5:30pm,  click here to join online


Family Service

6:30pm,  click here to join online


Community-wide Services (Two services)

6:00pm, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online

8:30pm, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online


Riverway Project Service (20s and 30s)

7:00pm, Levi, onsite or click here to join online


Rosh Hashanah – Tuesday, September 7

Village Service for Young Children

9:00am, Onsite* or click here to join online


Family Service

10:30am,  Onsite* or click here to join online


Community-wide Services (Two services)

8:30am, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online

11:15am, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online


Tashlich:  Community-wide (Two services)

12:00pm, outdoor location, Muddy River

1:00pm, outdoor location, Muddy River


Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Wednesday, September 8

Community-wide – Lay led Service

10:00am, Levi, onsite or click here to join online


Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre - Wednesday, September 15

Village Service for Young Children

5:30pm, click here to join online


Family Service

6:30pm, click here to join online


Community-wide Services

5:00pm, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online

7:30pm,  Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online


Riverway Project Service (20s and 30s)

7:00pm, Levi, onsite or click here to join online


Creative Kol Nidre Experience

10:00pm, onsite


Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16

Village Service for Young Children

9:00am, onsite outdoors or click here to join online


Family Service

10:30am,  onsite outdoors or click here to join online


Community-Wide Services with Yizkor

8:30am, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online

11:15am, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online


Afternoon Spiritual Practice Lab

1:30pm, Riverway Learning Session with Rabbi Andrew Oberstein, onsite or click here to join online

1:30pm, Reflect and Renew: Singing and Chanting with Rabbis Elaine Zecher, Suzie Jacobson, and Cantor Alicia Stillman, onsite or click here to join online

2:30pm, Ask the Clergy: Delve into themes of the holidays together, onsite or click here to join online

2:30pm, Poetry as Prayer, Prayer as Poetry with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, onsite or click here to join online


Torah Service

4:00pm, onsite or click here to join online


Afternoon and Neliah Service with Yizkor

4:30pm, Sanctuary, onsite or click here to join online


Yizkor

This year, Yizkor, our memorial service, will be included in both the early and late sanctuary services on Yom Kippur morning.  A Yizkor service will begin our 4:30pm Afternoon/Neilah service.