High Holidays



Understanding the Rosh Hashanah Service Workshop

Sunday, September 25

From 10:00 am

Rabbi Leslie Gordon

The Rosh Hashanah service can seem like endless pages of randomly gathered prayers that we plow through over the course of several indistinguishable hours.  But, it is possible to find meaning in the flow of the service and to see the beauty in some of the most beloved prayers.

In this workshop we will unpack the structure of the Rosh Hashanah services and see how the prayers connect to and build upon one another.  We will make sense of the service and identify the central themes of Rosh Hashanah as expressed through some of the best-known prayers.


High Holiday Torah Discussion and Personal Reflections 

Rosh Hashanah Mornings and Yom Kippur Afternoon

Jevin Eagle

Gain additional insights into the High Holiday services.  These three workshops are meant to enhance your understanding of the High Holidays with the goal of making the services even more meaningful.  Attend any or all of these workshops and then join the congregational service in the main sanctuary.


  • Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 9:00-10:00 amExploring Some Torah Themes

Given the universal theme of Rosh Hashanah, “birthday of the world,” why is the first Torah reading of the High Holidays about the particular story of Sarah and Isaac versus Hagar and Ishmael? Are Hagar and Ishmael “other” or are they family?  Join this study session and explore these relevant questions.


  • Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 9:30-10:30 am:  Themes from the Akeidah

The Akeidah: Abraham and the sacrifice of his son Isaac. What does obedience to God mean? How do we know what God wants from us?  Come explore these themes from the story of the Akeidah and gain insights into this captivating story.


  • Yom Kippur, 4:30-5:30 pm: Making Sense of the Command to be Holy

The Holiness code from Leviticus:  As the “gates” of Yom Kippur are closing, how do we make sense of God’s command that we be holy? How do we navigate between commands that are ethical and universal versus those that are ritual and particular?  Before coming to the end of these Days of Awe, join the discussion in contemplating these important concepts.


Rosh Hashanah Meditation

Second Day of Rosh Hashanah

From 8:15-9:15 am

Naomi Litrownik

For further information, contact Naomi at [email protected]

One of the challenges of attending the High Holiday services is being fully present in a meaningful and peaceful way.  This alternative service helps you to center yourself and be ever more present during the second day of Rosh Hashanah, perhaps even enabling you to find deeper meaning in this important day.  This class is timed so that participants can join the congregation during the Torah service in reserved seats.