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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Sinai

Join the Sinai community for a spiritual, joyful and life-affirming New Year. All members and guests will need to present a High Holiday ticket for admittance. FREE TICKETS for non-affiliated Bay Area residents who have not previously attended High Holiday services at Congregation Sinai. Please contact Executive Director Joelle Pluemer for more information. We welcome you to join us for a meaningful High Holiday experience regardless of background or affiliation.

High Holiday 5780 (2019) Service Schedule
Order High Holiday tickets



Click the links below to learn more about High Holidays at Sinai:


Youth Services
Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Break
Yom Kippur Mass Blast and Glow-in-the-Dark Havdallah
Community Break the Fast
High Holiday Childcare
Supervision of Children
Leggings for Hope Drive
Using Electronic Devices
Volunteer to be a greeter




Each adult member of the synagogue receives High Holidays tickets. Please note that the tickets are non-transferable. School age children do not need tickets. Please keep your tickets in a safe place, and remember to bring them to all services. You will be asked to show your ticket as you enter the Synagogue through the outside gate. We do this for the safety of all participants.

We ask that all guests submit an order form to the office. Click to open the PDF document.High Holiday Ticket Fees for non-members

Adult Resident of Santa Clara County: $250 per adult

Out-of-town guest: $55 per adult

Senior citizen guest (65 years of age and older): $55 per adult

College students and active military personnel: call for complimentary tickets

For those who attend High Holidays and subsequently join Sinai by the first quarter of the fiscal year, the price of High Holiday seats is applied toward the first year’s membership dues.

Download the form below and return to the office.

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Selichot Service

SelichotSaturday, September 21
8:00 pm

The month of Elul is a time of introspection for us as we prepare for the High Holidays. The Selichot service includes prayers to inspire self-examination, confession, pardon and renewal. 




Youth Services

Youth ProgramsRosh Hashanah, Monday and Tuesday, September 30 and October 1
Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9

All children-only programs will start on both days of Rosh Hashanah at 11:00 am with the Shofar Service in the Main Sanctuary.

On Kol Nidrei, there will be a special kids' program beginning at 6:30 pm. 

On Yom Kippur, Children’s Services will start at 10:30 am.

More Info




Monday, September 30
(1st Day of Rosh Hashanah)
Meet at Sinai at 5:00 pm

Our Tashlikh ceremony takes place on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to observe the Jewish tradition of throwing breadcrumbs into the water to symbolically cast away our sins for the New Year. This Tashlikh service is also an opportunity for our community to come together for singing, storytelling, and a leisurely walk to Los Gatos Creek. Meet in the Sinai parking lot at 5:00 pm. Bring your own crumbs.

Flyer (PDF)


Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Break

Wednesday, October 9

Join Rabbi Berkenwald on Yom Kippur afternoon from 3:30 to 4:15 pm for a stimulating learning experience.  Topic TBD.


Yom Kippur Mass Blast and Glow-in-the-Dark Havdallah

Revel in the end of Yom Kippur with Sinai's Mass Blast and Glow-in-the-Dark Havdallah. Click to open full PDF flyer.Wednesday, October 9
7:28 pm

At the end of Ne’ilah on Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 9, anyone with a shofar is invited to join in the Mass Blast. Please drop your shofar off at the synagogue during office hours during the week before Yom Kippur, or bring it with you before Kol Nidrei begins at 6:00 on Tuesday, October 8.

Following the Mass Blast, children will be given glow sticks and invited to participate in the Havdallah service that concludes the holiday.

Flyer (PDF)


Community Break-the-Fast

Break the fast to mark the end of Yom Kippur! Click to open the full PDF flyer

Wednesday, October 9

Continuing Sinai’s tradition, a Break-the-Fast will be held immediately following Yom Kippur Havdallah on Wednesday, September 9.


$12 per person; free for children 5 years and younger.

Last call to RSVP:

Thursday, October 3.

Reservations are required. Early RSVP is suggested to guarantee a seat.


Babysitting & Child Care

Parent & Child Playroom

There will be a parent and child playroom in the Religious School classroom for children 4 and under open during all services. Children need to be supervised by one parent while playing in the playroom.

Kol Nidrei Babysitting

Babysitting services offered only on Kol Nidrei for children 4 and under from 6 to 8 pm while parents are in the Sanctuary.

Free. No advance reservations. First come, first served and limited to 10 kids.

Children must be picked up in the Religious School classroom by the same parent who is dropping off.


Supervision of Children

We are committed to maintaining an atmosphere of safety and security for all children during the High Holidays. With the synagogue packed with members and guests and buzzing with excitement, please understand that children cannot have the same degree of independence that they are accustomed to at Sinai during the rest of the year.

Children below B’nei Mitzvah age must be appropriately supervised at all times.  They can be with their parents or participate in their age groups’ organized services/programs. Children many not be left unattended on synagogue grounds. Greeters will direct unsupervised children back to the main service to sit with their parents. 

During youth programs, children must either attend the program or sit with their parents in the sanctuary, as it is distracting to have children playing outside a room in which a program is taking place. At other times, children may play in the playground, playroom, courtyard, and patio with adult supervision. We rely on your cooperation to create a safe, meaningful, and engaging holiday experience for participants of all ages. Thank you for helping to make this happen.

Leggings for Hope Drive

Please help victims of sexual violence by donating new leggings, sweat pants, sweatshirts, socks, and slippers of all sizes.

When assault victims seek medical attention, those women, men and children are asked to surrender their clothing for DNA evidence and have nothing to wear home but a hospital gown. Leggings in all sizes are the most requested articles of clothing.

Sinai will have collection boxes in the foyer during the High Holidays to help provide new clothing for hospitals through The Grateful Garment Project.

Jewish Family Services Rosh Ha'Shanah Food Drive

Support Jewish families who are suffering from hunger by partnering with Congregation Sinai and Jewish Family Services. Take home a bag with a High Holidays-specific shopping list so that these families can enjoy a fulfilling High Holidays with full bellies. 

Electronic Devices

In honor of our traditions, please refrain from using cell phones, cameras, electronic devices and writing implements on synagogue grounds during High Holidays. 


Please give the congregation the gift of your time by joining our team of “sadranim” (ushers). Ushering is a great way to meet fellow congregants and help us facilitate a friendly experience for all guests. For more information and to sign up for a shift, email [email protected] or call the office at 408-264-8542.