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High Holy Days 5776/2015

Passes to High Holy Days services for your household are included with membership and will be mailed to all Temple Isaiah members in September, once membership commitment is made for the 2015-2016 fiscal year (please renew by August 28). Need to renew? Please visit

Members with special seating requests, or need 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.



Prepare your Mind, Body, and Spirit for the High Holy Days

This year we invite you to join us at Temple Isaiah in the Hebrew month of Elul to prepare our minds, our bodies, and our spirits for the coming Days of Awe.  Come to one or as many of these opportunities as you can!

Thursday, August 20 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge: Embodied Judaism with Kendra Fried
Join Kendra Fried (of Neshamah Yoga and Wellness) for an engaging and nourishing session that will help you connect head and heart through gentle movement, guided meditation, journaling, and self-reflection.  Discover how an embodied Jewish practice can deepen your experience of renewal, self-evaluation, teshuvah, and returning to your soul, as you listen to the still small voice within.  No experience necessary! 

Thursdays August 27 and Thursday September 3 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge: Text Study with the Rabbis
Prepare for the High Holy Days with your intellect by engaging in text study related to the themes of teshuvah (repentance) and cheshbon ha’nefesh (self-reflection), led by Rabbi Greninger and Rabbi Graetz.

Fridays August 21 and 28, September 4 and 11: Learn High Holy Day Melodies
The High Holy Days are a time when the melodies and liturgy change from what we are accustomed to on Shabbat.  We are eager for everyone to feel comfortable fully participating in the worship on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  In order to feel ready, at Friday night services during the Hebrew month of Elul, we will be devoting part of our service to singing and learning congregational melodies that we will be singing and praying on the High Holy Days. 

S’lichot Program and Service
Saturday, September 5

8:30 p.m. S’lichot program in the Social Hall with Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner followed by dessert reception around 10pm
10:30 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary

From Ferguson to Charleston and Beyond: Creating a Jewish reflection and response to racial injustice in our own time.  Led by Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner, Northern California Organizer for Just Congregations and Reform CA. The shofar blasts of Elul remind us that in Jewish time, the season of reflection and repentance is upon us.  In our secular world, there have been many calls this year to recognize the deep pain systemic racism continues to cause in America.  Together we will examine what this means for each of us as individual Jews, for our Jewish community, and how we might become better allies to people and communities of color in the coming year.  The program will be followed by a dessert reception in the Adult Lounge around 10:00 p.m. and a 10:30 p.m. S’lichot Service in the Sanctuary.

Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner, Northern California Organizer for Just Congregations and Reform CA
Rabbi Kirschner works to strengthen the local community organizing efforts of Reform congregations in the Bay Area and anchor their participation in Reform CA. Jessica was ordained as a rabbi in 2007 from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC until 2014, where she led the congregation’s efforts to join and participate in community organizing as a member institution of Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). During rabbinical school she worked for many Reform Movement and social justice institutions including URJ Camp Newman and the Religious Action Center. She is also an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Committee on Peace, Justice, and Civil Liberties. A native of Oakland, Jessica earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley and recently married and returned to home to live in the Bay Area.

Saturdays Sept 5 and 12 at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset: Mussar & Meditation- Preparing your Heart for the High Holy Days
Through meditation, prayer, and song, we will reflect on middot to help prepare our souls and spirits for the coming Days of Awe.

Graveside Gathering of Prayer and Remembrance
Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.

We will join together at Isaiah Garden at Oakmont Memorial Park and Gan Shalom 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: Sunday, September 13

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, Monday, September 14

8:45 a.m. Tot Service for ages 0-5, CCJDS Makom (2nd floor)
For children 0 - 5 years with stories, songs, the shofar, snacks and activities led by our Rabbi and Cantor.
8:45 a.m. Family Service for K-7th grade, 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 will take place at the Lafayette Reservoir at the conclusion of the service around 11am. Bring your own picnic lunch!
11:00 a.m. Teen Service & Program for 8-12 grade, Adult Lounge
For 8th- 12th graders, led by Rabbi Alissa Miller and Youth Director Jory Gwasdoff, and including a service and informal programming on the themes of Rosh Hashanah.
11:00 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.

Tuesday, September 15
9:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Service, Beit Knesset

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 22

5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Children’s Program for up to 3rd grade, TTC   Click here to register.
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 click here. The Kol Nidre children’s program is funded by the Charles Emold Memorial Fund.

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 23

8:45 a.m. Tot Service for ages 0-5, CCJDS Makom. led by our Rabbi and Cantor
8:45 a.m. Family Service for K-7th grade, Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Teen Service & Program for 8-12 grade, Adult Lounge
11:00 a.m. Morning Service with Yizkor, Sanctuary
After Service: Study, Chant and Reflection in the Beit Knesset
At the completion of the morning service in the Sanctuary, those who wish to remain on the Temple campus through the end of the day may join in a Mussar and Meditation session led by Rabbi Shanks in the Beit Knesset.  We will focus our silent and guided meditations on Yom Kippur themes and have the opportunity to share with one another Mussar responses to these High Holy Days. Those who have been studying Mussar and those who are brand-new to Mussar are most welcome to use this service as a deepening of your experience or as an introduction and an opportunity to add Mussar study into your New Year calendar. All are welcome!
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
Neilah, the beautiful concluding service for Yom Kippur, follows directly after the Afternoon Service and will include a special role for the children of our community.

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.

Get ready for Sukkot by ordering a Lulav & Etrog Set!
Have you ever thought about owning your own lulav/etrog set for Sukkot? Shaking the lulav is a fun Jewish home ritual, especially for families with kids! The cost is $35 per lulav/etrog set, and they will arrive in time for Sukkot. Now is a great time to place your order as the deadline to order is Tuesday, September 1st. Email Rabbi Greninger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let her know how many sets you’d like and whether you’d like to pay by check or credit card.

Sunday, September 27
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Community-wide Erev Sukkot Celebration

Monday, September 28
9:00 a.m.
Sukkot Service

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 4
4:30 p.m. JQuest classes
5:30 p.m.
Free pizza dinner for JQuest families
6:15 p.m. Simchat Torah Service in the Sanctuary
Come sing and dance with the Torah scroll, as we celebrate restarting our cycle of Torah readings.

Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret
Monday, October 5
9:00 a.m.
Simchat Torah/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 2015-2016 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. Contact our Temple Office at (925) 283-8575 to apply for reciprocal seating at Temple Isaiah.

Passes will be available to non-members at $350 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 will be mailed in September. If you are a member in good standing and have not received your passes by September 9, please call our office at (925) 283-8575.




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