High Holy Days

At Temple B’rith Sholom, the High Holy Day period is inaugurated with a Selichot service on the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah. Please check our calendar section for exact times.

Temple B’rith Sholom uses the Reform prayer book, Gates of Prayer, during the High Holy Day services Erev Rosh Hashanah worship begins at 8:00 pm and is followed by a special oneg to celebrate the beginning of the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The morning service begins at 10:30 am and is preceded by a Children’s service at 9:00 am. The Torah reading is the Akedah, better known as the Binding of Isaac, and the Haftarah reading is the story of Hannah. When the shofar sounds during both services, we are reminded of the call of God. Tashlich occurs later that afternoon at Washington Park where families (including our pets) gather to cast our “sins” into the water at the duck pond.  This past year marked our first joint Temple B’rith Sholom/Temple Israel Tashlich service, with a newly revised liturgy that drew from both congregations’ previous liturgies.

A Cemetery Memorial Service at Oak Ridge Cemetery is held on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Kol Nidre begins at 8:00 pm the evening of Yom Kippur when the Kol Nidre prayer is intoned one time. Morning services begin at 10:30 am, again preceded by a children’s service at 9:00 
am. Following the morning service, there is a “break” of about an hour, followed by a shiur (a lesson or discussion led by the rabbi), then the Afternoon service (which includes a beautiful and introspective cello recital of the Max Bruch Kol Nidre), followed by Yizkor and, finally, Neilah. The Temple board then hosts a most elegant congregational “break the fast.” The morning Torah reading is from Deuteronomy (from Netzavim — you are standing this day…) and the Haftarah is Leviticus 16 The afternoon Torah reading is from Leviticus 19 (the Holiness Code) and the Haftorah is the Book of Jonah.

Finishing out the fall holy days, the Temple boasts a beautiful sukkah, a gift of Dr. David Goldman, in our rear garden. Sukkot is also marked by a Consecration celebration for our young children just entering religious school and a special Sisterhood dinner.