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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 2018 Service Schedule
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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
Babysitting service (18 mo.-2nd grade)
Supervision of Children
Food Drive
Using Electronic Devices
Volunteer to be a greeter
Learn more about High Holidays




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.

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 1
8:15 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 10 and 11
Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, September 18
Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19

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 7:00 pm. 

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

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Monday, September 10
5:30 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 5:15 pm. Bring your own crumbs.

Flyer (PDF)


Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Break

Wednesday, September 19

Join Rabbi Berkenwald on Yom Kippur afternoon from 4:00 to 4:45 pm for a stimulating learning experience.  Topic TBD.


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

Wednesday, September 19

At the end of Ne’ilah on Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 19, 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 6:30 on Tuesday, September 18. 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

Wednesday, September 19

Continuing Sinai’s tradition, a Break-the-Fast will be held immediately following Yom Kippur Havdallah on Wednesday, September 19. Cost: $12 per person; free for children 5 years and younger.

RSVP by Friday, September 14, at 12:00 pm. Advance reservations are required.



This year, Congregation Sinai is pleased to offer free child care, with pre-registration, for children ages 18 months through 2nd grade while parents enjoy High Holiday services.

Children must be registered by Monday, September 3.

Sign up online

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.

Food Drive

Sinai will be hosting a High Holiday Food Drive. Get your year off to a great start with the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by participating in our annual High Holidays Food Drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. Specially marked bags will be available on Rosh Hashanah to take home, fill with non-perishables food items, and bring back to the synagogue before the Kol Nidrei Service. Donation bins will be located in the synagogue foyer. Thank you in advance for your caring and generosity.

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.