High Holy Days 2019/5780


L’Shanah Tovah U’Metukah - Happy New Year!
From S'lichot on September 21 through Shemini Atzeret on October 21, we welcome those who are searching for their best selves this year. As you do the deep work of reconciling with yourself and those close to you, we are honored to be part of your journey. With music, liturgy, meditation, discussion, sermons, and opportunities for tikkun olam, we'll strive together to re-invigorate the possibilities living within us.

High Holy Days Dates at-a-glance

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 29
Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 30
Kol Nidre Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur Wednesday, October 9
Sukkot Monday, October 14
Sukkot Shabbat Friday, October 18
Simchat Torah Sunday, October 20
Yizkor Services Monday, October 21

High Holy Days Highlights


Elul Sermon Series
The High Holy days are a time of reflection, repentance and redirection for Jews, a time for us to take stock of our choices and personal growth over the past year; a time for T'shuvah, for returning to our path and to God. The holy month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah, offers many opportunities for introspection and spiritual realignment. In the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides describes the sound of the shofar as the call to T'shuvah. We sound the shofar during the month of Elul to remind us that the new year is coming, and to awaken our desire for repentance.
Join us for a special series of sermons during the month of Elul as we clear a spiritual path for the High Holy Days. Each week we will hear another aspect of preparing our souls for reflection, forgiveness, and atonement. Come pray, learn, and meditate with your clergy - let the sabbath permeate your being as you draw closer to the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe.
Dates forthcoming


Saturday, September 21
7:30 pm program | 9:00 pm service
T'shuvah can happen in an instant. Bring on that moment by looking deep inside yourself to repair your relationship with yourself, your partner, your child, your friend, and your God. Through music and guided meditation we begin the annual process of seeking forgiveness and righting our spiritual path. No RSVP required.
Men's Mikvah
Sunday, September 22
6:00 am, meet in sanctuary
Bring your best self to the sanctuary, where we will share our personal stories, hopes, and intentions for the new year. What do we want to leave behind? What do we want to take with us into the new year? How can we add blessing to our lives? Together we will head to the ocean to immerse three times and feel the power and holiness of the sea. Cantor David will treat all participants to a hearty breakfast afterwards. 
Women's Mikvah
Sunday, September 22
6:30 pm, meet in front of the JCC
We look forward to sharing the powerful ritual of mikvah immersion with you as we prepare for the High Holy Days. We will meet in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary at 6:30 pm for pre-mikvah reflection and ritual, after which we will walk together to the JCC, where we will enjoy a meaningful group mikvah immersion. You are welcome to bring a swimsuit if you choose. Additionally, we invite you to come dressed for immersion (bathrobe) so as to minimize changing time. We will have access to dressing rooms but our hope is to facilitate an easy flow form synagogue ritual to water. We recommend bringing a towel and/or robe to wear after the immersion and some warm clothes to change into for our post-immersion ritual and New Year’s toast. Please bring a small vegetarian food item to share for our post-mikvah celebration. 

Programming for Children and Teens

In addition to our family and children's services* at 1:15 pm on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will be offering age-appropriate programming and services for older children and teens.
*Children's services are designed for ages 0-6 and their families, and take place in the JCC Lounge. Family services are designed for ages 7-11 and their families, and take place in the synagogue.
Childcare (for children ages 3 - 6)
October 1 & 9, 9:00 am: We are providing childcare for young children (must be out of diapers) during morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare will take place in Brandeis classrooms. Snack and light lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
Children (grades K - 6th)
October 1 & 9, 9:00 am: On mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are offering programming for children in kindergarten through sixth grade on Swig Field behind Brandeis Marin. 
Teens (grades 8th - 12th)
Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 pm: On Kol Nidre, we are offering an alternative youth service to our teenagers in the Civic Center Green Room! This service will have lots of music, reflection, and age-relatable learning for all who join. The goal is to provide meaning and intention to these Days of Awe. Don't worry, we will return to the main service to hear the rabbi's sermon. If you would like to join us for any of these programs, RSVP to Youth Engagement Director Rachel Altfeld at [email protected].  
Wednesday, October 9, 3:30 pm: On the first day of Yom Kippur, we will have a special teen program in the JCC Lounge.
Tenneesee Valley Tashlich Hike with Dan Nichols
Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 pm
Our Tashlich hike, led by beloved star of the Jewish music world, Dan Nichols, takes place on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Tashlich is the ritual where we symbolically cast our "sins" into the water (we use bird-friendly oats or rice) and talk about how we can better ourselves in the new year. Meet in Tenneesee Valley parking lot in Mill Valley at 4:00 pm.