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High Holy Days 5775/2014


Passes to High Holy Days services for your household are included with membership and will be mailed to all Temple Isaiah members after September 2, once they have renewed their membership commitment for the 2014-2015 fiscal year (please renew by August 25). If you are a member in good standing and have not received your pass(es) by September 18, 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

September 4, 11, 18 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
High Holy Day Preparation Classes: First Encounters
In this year’s High Holy Day preparation classes with Rabbi Greninger and Rabbi Graetz, we will read through a number of essays from Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas based on the theme of “first encounters.”  The essays reflect on a variety of different kinds of “first encounters”: with God, doubt, death, first love, ritual, a first major disappointment, and more.  In addition to our in-class reflection, participants will receive a copy of Sh’ma to continue the process of pre-High Holy Day reading and introspection at home.

S’lichot Service
Saturday, September 20

8:30 p.m. S’lichot program followed by dessert reception in the Adult Lounge around 10pm
Soul Searching with Joyce Klein
Soul Searching is a workshop featuring Improvisational Midrash, using one of the Biblical stories we read on Rosh Hashana. In groups, participants, will read through the text of the story and look for places to inject their own midrashic additions—and then present their midrashim to each other. The discussion will focus on the story, the improvised midrashim and an examination of some of the traditional midrashim on this powerful story.  We will conclude with reflection in anticipation of the Kol Nidrei communal prayer that opens Yom Kippur. What good intentions or vows did we not live up to over the past year? How do we forgive ourselves for that? What kinds of changes might we be considering for the coming year?

Joyce Klein is a playwright, director, storyteller, translator, teacher and Jewish educator.  She has been working in the combined fields of theater and Jewish education for more than 30 years.  Her plays have been produced in the US, Israel and the Former Soviet Union. She has also written one children’s book (The Shabbat Book).
Joyce has lived in Jerusalem since 1990 and works in many places, performing, creating Living History events and conducting workshops on a wide variety of subjects.
NOTE: From 1974-76, Joyce was the Educational Director at Temple Isaiah!

10:30 p.m. Service in the Sanctuary

Graveside Gathering of Prayer and Remembrance
Sunday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. to 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: Wednesday, September 24

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 25

8:45 a.m. Tot Service, 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, 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.

Friday, September 26
9:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Service, Beit Knesset
8:00 p.m. Shabbat Shuva service in the Sanctuary followed by Oneg

Saturday, September 27
9:15am Study with Marcia Falk in the Beit Knesset
11am Mussar and Meditation followed by vegetarian potluck

Kol Nidre: Friday, October 3

5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Kol Nidre Children’s Program, 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: Saturday, October 4

8:45 a.m. Family Service, Sanctuary
8:45 a.m. Tot Service, CCJDS Makom. led by our Rabbi and Cantor
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, Meditation and Chanting session led by Rabbi Shanks and Jeanette Gross in the Beit Knesset.  In addition to our spiritual focus on Yom Kippur themes, those TI members who have been studying Mussar individually and in groups for the past year are invited to bring their experiences and questions to our gathering. Rabbi Shanks will offer some suggestions of additional avenues of study to explore in your groups.  Those who are brand-new to Mussar are most welcome to use this service 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.

Wednesday, October 8
7:00 p.m.
Sukkot Service in the CCJDS Sukkah (note location)

Sukkot Harvest and Brunch with Urban Farmers
This program has been cancelled.

Friday, October 10
8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 11
9:30 a.m.
Tot Shabbat
10:30 a.m. Morning Service

Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 15
6:15 p.m.
Free pizza dinner
6:45 p.m. Noar Night
6:45 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.

Shemini Atzeret
Thursday, October 16
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 2014-2015 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 $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 will be mailed mid September. If you are a member in good standing and have not received your passes by September 18, please call our office at (925) 283-8575.

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