High Holy Days 5777

High Holy Days 5777: Reflect, Renew and Rejoice








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Simchat Torah

RENEW: Choose Your High Holy Day Experience Intended to Insire, Grow and Renew

Selichot Observance
Saturday, September 24

Begin a spiritual journey as we “work” to prepare ourselves to enter into the season of awe and renewal. In preparation for the Days of Awe, we gather for Selichot to look inward and focus on personal growth and self-reflection. Learn more about Selichot >

Main Sanctuary Service
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Celebrate with our adult community in the Main Sanctuary (recommended for Bar and Bat Mitzvah age and older). Awaken yourself to the new year with inspiring melodies, introspective teachings and the call of the shofar.

Families with Young Children (Yaldeinu)

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Our evening service, geared toward families with young children, is a lively and engaging service with our entire clergy team. Using familiar and High Holy Day melodies, we will bring in the new year with joy, celebration and community.

Rosh Hashanah Experience: Join us for an interactive family experience. Enjoy meaningful Rosh Hashanah activities with your children, and gather with the Yaldeinu community for songs, storytelling and shofar blowing.

Yom Kippur Service: Participate alongside other families with young children in a thought-provoking service featuring song, prayer and a brief Torah reading. Families are invited to come dressed in white, symbolizing a fresh, clean start to the new year. Led by Rabbis Saphire and Sherman.


Thank God it’s the High Holy Days and deepen your connection to our community with a 75 minute service for the entire family. TGIHH features contemporary music with a full band, Visual T’filah (artistic imagery) and a High Holy Day sermon from the clergy.

Havayah High Holy Day Experience (for teens in grades 8-12)

Renew yourself for the New Year, reconnect with your friends, and build sacred community as we welcome the new year! Join us for either or both of these teen led High Holy Day experiences:

Rosh Hashanah: Deepen your connection with a teen-led t’filah (prayer) experience. Engage in an interactive community project connected to the themes of the High Holy Days.

Yom Kippur: In a safe, interactive setting, explore with your friends what it means to be a creator and a partner in creation. Start in the tent with the Havayah Community, and then join in the the Main Sanctuary with the congregation for the Torah service and a special Aliyah for teens! 




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Elul Zman: Preparing Ourselves for the High Holy Days


Kugels for Break-Fast
Sign up at the bottom of the Member Reservation Form

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Perform a mitzvah for the High Holy Days. Volunteer to serve as a Greeter at one of our services. Welcome fellow congregants and assist in maintaining a sacred atmosphere for this important time in our calendar. Sign up at the bottom of the Member Reservation Form.

Temple Choir

In October we will gather together as we do each year to welcome the New Year of 5777. Temple members are invited to participate in our choir for the High Holy Days, singing the prayers that link us musically to congregations around the world as well as to a tradition that dates back centuries.  The musical motifs of the High Holy Days are both majestic and beautiful. We welcome new members with open arms and would like to invite those who wish to sing in a choir to join this group.  Contact Matthew Wasserman, [email protected] or (781) 235-8419, ext. 207, if interested.

All rehearsals begin at 7:30 in the sanctuary.

Thursday, September 8 Monday, September 26
Tuesday, September 13 Wednesday, October 5
Sunday, September 18  


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Book of Remembrance

Our tradition of giving Tzedakah is a fitting and meaningful way to honor the memory of loved ones. Our Book of Remembrance, distributed on Yom Kippur, provides a traditional and meaningful opportunity to memorialize our family and friends through an act of tzedakah. 

A New Year of Mitzvah Moments

During the High Holy Days, we not only reflect on our behavior but also act on our tradition. There are urgent challenges that face our world, and leaders in our community are responding with organized action. Join us in October as we perform sacred acts of Tikkun Olam (social justice) that connect to our tradition of "loving our neighbors.” Learn more about Mitzvah Moments >

High Holy Day Hunger Drive

Continue the tradition of giving to organizations that address the urgent need for food locally, nationally and internationally. Click on the "Donate Now' button to learn more about the beneficiary agencies and to make a donation.


Family Table



Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger



Dedicate a Machzor to Honor or Remember a Loved One

Last year TBE introduced a new set of High Holy Day prayer books (Machzor). The new prayer books come in two volumes, one for Rosh Hashanah and another for Yom Kippur. These beautiful and inspiring editions represent the first new High Holy Days texts to be introduced in the Reform Movement in nearly 40 years! You can make a loving tribute to someone in your life by purchasing a Machzor for our community in their name. Each dedicated book will receive an inscribed bookplate.

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Service Schedule
Selichot - Saturday, September 24

Movie (Little White Lie) & Nosh

8:00 pm

Selichot Service 

10:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, October 2

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Family Service 

6:30 pm

Evening Service, Followed by Joyous Festival Oneg (Tent)  

8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Monday, October 3

Early Morning Service

8:30 am

Late Morning Service

11:45 am

Teen High Holy Day Experience, Grades 8-12 (Tent) 

11:45 am

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Family Experience (Tent)  

3:00 pm

TGIHH (Thank God It’s the High Holy Days)  

3:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Tuesday, October 4

Morning Service, Followed by Congregational Lunch (Tent)

10:00 am

Tashlich Service, (Behind CVS on Washington Street)    

4:30 pm
Shabbat Shuvah, Friday, October 7

Shabbat Services  

6:00 pm
Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 11

First Service  

6:30 pm

Second Service    

9:00 pm
Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12

Early Morning Service

8:30 am

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Family Service (Tent)    

10:15 am

Late Morning Service    

11:15 am

Teen High Holy Day Experience, Grades 8-12    

11:15 am


1:30 pm

TGIHH  (Thank God It's The High Holy Days)

2:00 pm

Spiritual Autobiographies: Hour of Response (Tent)    

2:00 pm

Hour of Learning with Special Guests    

3:15 pm

Yizkor, Minchah, & N’ilah  

4:15 pm

Havdalah—Children are invited to join us on the bimah. Followed by Congregational Break-Fast (Tent)
Donated in Memory of Charlotte Sagansky by her family and friends

6:30 pm
Erev Sukkot, Sunday, October 16

Yaldeinu Family Fun Fest  

4:15 pm

Community Picnic

5:30 pm

Festival Evening Service

6:30 pm
Sukkot, Monday, October 17

Sunrise Yoga (led by Down Under Yoga)  

8:00 am

Breakfast, Shakes & Blessings (Sukkah)  

9:00 am
Erev Simchat Torah, Sunday, October 23  


5:30 pm

Simchat Torah Service

6:00 pm

Adult Learning Kick Off & Celebration  

7:00 pm
Simchat Torah, Monday, October 24

Yizkor and Havdallah

6:00 pm
Online Information and Reservation Policy

Due to space limitations and for security reasons, all attendees are required to request a reservation for all services. You will need to request either the early morning or late morning service for both Holy Days. You may request guest reservations for your adult children, parents and grandchildren. We ask that you make a donation of $118 per guest. Your guests should accompany you to services. 

Reservation requests must be made by Friday, September 9. Name tags signifying your reservation will be mailed the week of September 12.

Our online High Holy Day reservation system also includes sign-ups for: Babysitting, Book of Remembrance, Kugels for Break-Fast, High Holy Day Hunger Drive, Teen Services and Greeting.
If you would like assistance with our online system, please call Susan Karon, (781) 235-8419 x243 and she will be happy to help you.



TBE Traditions

It is customary to wear a tallit during morning services, as well as Kol Nidre (evening Yom Kippur service). It represents the sincerity of our repentance. The temple is unable to provide tallitot to all on the High Holy Days. Please bring your own. Additionally we encourage people attending Yom Kippur services to dress in white, symbolizing a fresh, clean start to the new year. Sneakers and/or comfortable shoes are also encouraged on Yom Kippur.


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What is Tashlich?

Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh HaShanah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.



Rosh Hashanah Sermons





Shabbat Shuvah Sermon 5777
October 7, 2016
Rabbi Rachel Saphire