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High Holy Days 5776/2015

Were you or a loved one unable to attend Temple for High Holy Days? We recorded our services online.

CLICK HERE to view our High Holy Days services 5776

You can also listen to the recorded sermons online at the links below

Erev Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana

Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur Morning

The following services were recorded:

Sunday, September 13, 2015
8:00 p.m
. Erev Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 14, 2015
8:45 a.m
. Rosh Hashanah Family Service
11:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Tuesday, September 22
5:15 p.m.
Kol Nidre Service
8:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, September 23
8:45 a.m.
Yom Kippur Family Service for K-7th grade
11:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service with Yizkor
4:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
5:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Neilah Service


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 or order from Noah’s Bagels at
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 majestic 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.

Sunday, September 27
5:30 p.m.
Community-wide Erev Sukkot Celebration. Click here for details and to RSVP.

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. Community-wide Simchat Torah Service in the Sanctuary
Come sing and dance with the Torah scroll and Dennon and Doyle, 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. These prices are reduced 50% after Rosh Hashanah.

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. These prices are reduced 50% after Rosh Hashanah. 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.