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High Holy Days 5774 / 2013

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Passes to High Holy Days services for your household are included with membership and will be mailed to all Temple Isaiah members once they have renewed their membership commitment for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. If you are a member in good standing and did not received your pass(es) by August 30, please call our office at (925) 283-8575. Click here to renew your membership now.

Members with special seating requests or those who need to purchase childcare and additional passes for adult children and guests should click the link below for the online order form.

Non-members who would like to purchase passes to High Holy Days services click the link below for our non-member order form.



High Holy Days Preparation

August 15 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Rabbi Nicki Greninger
The High Holy Days are full of powerful and meaningful symbols, from the symbolism of ‘birth’ inherent in Rosh Hashanah through the motifs of ‘death’ and mortality on Yom Kippur.  In this class we will examine the rich symbolism of the holidays, helping us approach the Days of Awe with a deeper understanding of the liturgy, rituals, and objects we will encounter.

August 22 & 29 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz

Getting ourselves ready for the High Holy Days is like getting oneself ready for a new day. How can the words of the prayers and the poets open up new ways of approaching life? During these two class sessions we will look at texts, ancient and contemporary, that may aid us in a journey of personal transformation.

S’lichot Service
Saturday, August 31

8:30 p.m. S’lichot study featuring the film The Power of Forgiveness followed by discussion and dessert reception.
10:30 p.m. Service

Graveside Gathering of Prayer and Remembrance
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

We will join together at Isaiah Garden at Oakmont Memorial Park for a ceremony of remembrance led by our clergy, which will be followed by private time to visit the graves of our loved ones.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 4

8:00 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary
A service of inspirational readings and contemporary instrumental and vocal sacred music designed to awaken our souls to the solemn, transformational and uplifting themes of the Holy Days. We will be using a Machzor created by our clergy, which will include creative and contemplative poetry.

Rosh Hashanah Morning, Thursday, September 5

9:00 a.m. Tot Service, CCJDS Makom (2nd floor)
For children 0 - 5 years with stories, songs, the shofar, snacks and activities.
9:00 a.m. Family Service, Sanctuary
A participatory and informal service for families with children in grades K - 7 and all those who prefer earlier morning worship.  A Tashlich Ritual and the Kulanu Family Picnic will take place at the Lafayette Reservoir at the conclusion of the service.
11:30 a.m. Morning Service, Sanctuary
Adults and older children will worship using the majestic traditional liturgy that features the beautiful music of the Temple choir, the sounding of the shofar and the Rabbis’ messages for the New Year.  At the conclusion of the service we will participate in a Tashlich ritual at the Lafayette Reservoir.
11:30 a.m. Teen Service & Program, Adult Lounge
For 8th- 12th graders, led by Rabbi Alissa Miller and     Youth Director Ira Rosenberg, and including a service and informal programming on the themes of Rosh Hashanah.

Friday, September 6
9:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Service, Beit Knesset
6:00 p.m. Oneg, Beit Knesset
6:30 p.m. Shabbat Shuva service, Amphitheater

Kol Nidre: Friday, September 13

5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Children’s Program, TTC
8:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
On Kol Nidre we will, as in years past, have both an Early and Late Service in our Sanctuary. While parents and older children attend the early Kol Nidre service in the Sanctuary, we invite young children through 3rd grade to attend a Kol Nidre Children’s Program in the Talmud Torah Center.  The children will eat dinner and participate in an interactive and educational Yom Kippur program. Registration is required. To register your child, email Nathan Bellet at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 14

9:00 a.m. Family Service, Sanctuary
9:00 a.m. Tot Service, CCJDS Makom
11:30 a.m. Morning Service with Yizkor, Sanctuary
11:30 a.m. Teen Service & Program, Adult Lounge
2:00-4:00 p.m. Sacred Chanting, Beit Knesset
A continuous session of sacred chanting in a healing circle, led by Jeanette Gross, will be held between services. This meditative session heals the body, soul and spirit. Drop-in at any point and stay as long as you like, or just come for the closing ritual at 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Afternoon Service, Sanctuary
The afternoon service will incorporate a contemporary liturgy and an opportunity for personal prayer in front of the open ark.
5:30 p.m. Neilah Service, Sanctuary (note time change)
Neilah, the beautiful concluding service for Yom Kippur, follows directly after the Afternoon Service and will include a children’s procession, bringing light into our Sanctuary.

Sukkot, Simchat Torah & Shemini Atzeret

Our month of Holy Days continues with the celebration of the harvest in our Sukkah and dancing with the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah.

Sukkot Service
Thursday, September 19
9:00 a.m.
Sukkot Service in the Sukkah

Sukkot Shabbat Service
Friday, September 20
6:00 p.m.
Oneg in the Sukkah.
6:30 p.m. Shabbat-Sukkot Service with Mizmor band in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, September 22
12:30 p.m.
Sukkot Family Celebration and Kulanu Kick-off BBQ at Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek

Simchat Torah
Wednesday, September 25
5:45 p.m.
Religious School Consecration
6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Service in the Sanctuary
Come sing and dance with the Torah scrolls, as we celebrate restarting our cycle of Torah readings. We will also consecrate our Kindergarten and new Religious School students as they begin their lifelong study of Torah.

Shemini Atzeret
Thursday, September 26
9:00 a.m.
Shemini Atzeret Service with Yizkor in the Beit Knesset


High Holy Days passes are issued at no charge to Temple Isaiah members (adults and children ages 13-26 living at home) whose 2013-2014 membership commitment balance is current. Passes for adult children not living at home or age 27+ are $75. Passes for adult guests of members are $250.

Members of other URJ (Reform) and USCJ (Conservative) synagogues who submit verification of membership are eligible for passes without charge. Click here to apply for reciprocal seating at Temple Isaiah.

Passes will be available to non-members at $300 each for all services. Click here or call our office at (925) 283-8575 for more information.

Members and paying guests will be issued a pass that will allow them entry to any service rather than passes to specific (i.e. early or late) services. Attendees will be permitted to mix and match early and late services. Passes should not be used by anyone other than the pass holder.

Passes are not required for Tot services, and there is no charge to attend these services. However, attendees will need to obtain a security pass to get on the property. Non-members click here for tot services. Members in good standing will automatically receive the parking pass by mail.

Seats are not pre-assigned. If you have special seating needs you may indicate this on the online form. It is highly recommended that those with special seating needs arrive early. Special seating will only be held for those who reserve it until 15 minutes prior to the start of service.

Passes were mailed mid August. If you are a member in good standing and did not receive your passes by August 30, please call our office.


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