To allow all of our members to worship together as a community, traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held at the Marin County Civic Center auditorium. In addition, to accommodate the spiritual needs of our diverse community, we offer an additional High Holy Days service on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary. These services are lay-led and are rich in song and teaching. Congregation Rodef Sholom also holds age-specific children's services in both the sanctuary and the Hoytt Theater of the Osher Marin JCC that are open to the public.
Rabbi Stacy Friedman: preparing for the High Holy Days - click here to read
High Holy Days 2013/5774
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 4 -- two days after Labor Day. Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur is Friday/Saturday, September 13 & 14th. Click here for the full schedule.
High Holy Day forms:
High Holy Day Ticket Policy- click here
HIGH HOLY DAY HIGHLIGHTS
Elul and S'lichot
This year, Elul begins on August 7. Click here to visit our Elul page where you can listen to the sound of the shofar and read Psalm 27 as part of your preparation for the High Holy Days.
S'lichot: Saturday, August 31, 7:30 pm program, 9:00 pm service – please note new times
We will gather in the social hall for schmoozing and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a viewing of three short scenes from the movies Crimes and Misdemeanors, Defending Your Life, and Bruce Almighty. Cantor David Margules will lead a discussion based on the themes of forgiveness and repentance.
By 9 pm we will move into the sanctuary to make Havdalah, chant a few blessings, change the Torah mantels, and hear the t'kiah g'dolah.
Sunday, September 8, 6 am sharp
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up, looking deep inside our souls, to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Join Rabbi Michael Lezak for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for breakfast afterwards.
RSVP to Molly at 479.3441 or
Tashlich - millet, not bread!
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 5, we celebrate Tashlich by symbolically casting our transgressions upon the water. It is held immediately following morning services, at approximately 12:30 pm, at the pond near the Civic Center. In the past we have asked people to bring bread but this year, thanks to Eric Schilling*, we are going to be supplying millet, which is much better for the ducks, geese and other birds who frequent the duck pond. Both children and adults are encouraged to join us at this time of individual and communal reflection.
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, join us for a hike in Tennessee Valley, on Friday, September 6. We will leave Tennessee Valley parking lot at 3 pm sharp. Bring your friends, your family, and your walking shoes and we’ll bring the millet.
*Todah rabah to Eric Schilling for raising our consciousness. For his bar mitzvah project, Eric is getting signs up around Lagoon Park, at the Civic Center, to educate people on how destructive it is to birds in the wild to feed them bread and other processed foods.
Second day of Rosh Hashanah – Sylvia Boorstein will be speaking at this intimate service.
Children’s Services – please note change of location
Children’s services for those six years of age and under will be held in the Kurland Lounge at the JCC. For those children ages seven through eleven years old, services will be held concurrently in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary with our artist-in-residence, Dan Nichols. Children’s services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will begin at 1 pm. A reception will follow our children’s Rosh Hashanah services in the courtyard.
Kever Avot v’Imahot – Sacred Stories /Sacred Places
Sunday, September 8, 10 am, Sha’arei Shalom Cemetery – please note new time
There is a traditional ritual of visiting the graves of our loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Even if your loved ones are buried far away, join us as we come together to share stories, to shed some tears and to think about how we might help others in our community as they walk through dark valleys in the future. The official part of the morning will conclude with a short memorial service. RSVP to Molly at 479.3441 or
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The teen program (8th through 12th graders) will be led by Midrasha teacher Day Schildkret, rabbinic intern Lara Regev and youth director Brandon Brown, beginning at 3:30 pm. Teens will meet in the Lounge at the Osher Marin JCC and have a choice of indoor or outdoor activities.
Blessing of the high-schoolers – new!
Following the teen program, all high school students are invited to join the Sanctuary services at 5 pm for a blessing, in recognition of the tremendous milestones that take place during the high school years: getting a driver’s license, getting to vote, going to proms, applying to college, etc. We invite parents and grandparents to join as well.
Afternoon services (Mincha), Yizkor and N’eila
We are once again offering concurrent services on Yom Kippur afternoon at both the Civic Center and the Sanctuary. Starting around 3:30 pm, we will offer afternoon service (Mincha) and Yizkor at both locations. At the end of N’eila all children will again be invited up on the Civic Center stage for the final blowing of the shofar.
Break-the-Fast: One community, many paths
Immediately following the final blowing of the shofar everyone is invited to break-the-fast at the Civic Center in the Redwood Foyer and the adjoining outdoor Redwood Terrace and in the courtyard at Rodef Sholom.
We provide the chicken and the dessert, you bring a non-dairy side dish for 8 to share! RSVP by Monday, September 16 to Molly at
Simchat Torah & Blessing of the children
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 pm for adult learning; 6:30 pm for services, blessing and dancing for all
The High Holy Days come to a close with a bang. Come early and enlighten your eyes with a little Torah and then celebrate with a little dancing! After taking out all of the chairs out of our sanctuary to create a huge dance floor, our very own Rodef Sholom musicians will provide raucous and energetic music for dancing with our Torahs! This joyous holiday is one of the highlights of the Jewish calendar--this year we are inviting all families to bring your children to receive a special blessing to start of the school year!
Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor
Thursday, September 26, 10:30 am — Yizkor services
One of four special services throughout the year, Yizkor is a time to remember and honor our loved ones, may their memories be a blessing.
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High Holy Days Admittance Policy 2013 / 5774
Congregation Rodef Sholom’s policy regarding admittance to High Holy Day Services is designed to ensure that families who have committed to supporting our synagogue in all aspects, throughout the entire year, will be seated at services and have the best possible worship experience during this sacred time.
Members who have fulfilled their 2012-2013 membership commitment and who have made a financial commitment for fiscal year 2013-2014 will automatically receive HHD tickets in the mail. Please contact our Executive Director, Michael Kamler, at 415.479.3441 or
, if you have a question about your financial commitment or status.
Your family membership includes all unmarried children through age 26, wherever they live, and all other dependents that live with you, regardless of age. You will receive tickets only for the adult members of your household; no separate children’s or tickets will be issued. Members’ tickets are to be used by members only.
Courtesy tickets are available for your guests
Parents, adult children over 26 years of age, and other relatives who do not live with you but reside in Marin County must have separate memberships to obtain tickets. Courtesy tickets can be purchased for visitors who do not reside in Marin County, members of the Armed Services stationed in this area, and students attending college in this area – please fill out and return the enclosed form with your payment. As seating is limited, ticket requests must reach the office by August 14. Please send your payment along with your request or your ticket request cannot be processed. Any other non-members interested in attending should be directed to speak with Michael Kamler, our executive director. Click here to download a Courtey Ticket Request form.
If you are a member in good standing and would like to attend services at another Reform congregation during the High Holy Days, we can request tickets for you. Clcik here to download a URJ Reciprocity Ticket Request form; please complete and return it to us and we will make the ticket request on your behalf.
Conversely, if you have guests who are members in good standing at another synagogue, once we have received URJ Reciprocity Ticket Request form from their home synagogue , we will issue tickets for them.
All High Holy Day tickets will be mailed on August 19, 2013.
Evening High Holy Day services, either Erev Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) are for synagogue members only. Non-members may attend our morning High Holy Day services (both first day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), at either the synagogue or the Civic Center, on a space available basis, one time only. Non-members must complete a registration form and present photo I.D. at the Guest Table. Second day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoon services are open to the public.
Any non-member who has previously attended any of the morning High Holy Day Services (as a non-member) is expected to join Congregation Rodef Sholom as a member should they wish to attend this year’s High Holy Day Services.
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