5778/2017 High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are a glorious time at Temple Beth Elohim. We gather as a full community for services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning (day one and day two), Kol Nidre and all day on Yom Kippur. We look deeply into our souls and our faith through prayer, we learn from our rabbis, and we are ennobled by the music of our cantors and congregational choir and musicians.

Our services are generally traditional but feature some special TBE moments. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, it is our tradition to conclude the holy day with a lively Tashlich service on the banks of the Charles River in Newton Lower Falls. On Yom Kippur, we provide prayer and meditation opportunities throughout the day, even when formal services are not taking place. One such opportunity is our highly cherished Hour of Response, when three congregants speak on an aspect of their Jewish journeys. To conclude the 10-day period, we invite all children in our community to ascend the bimah to hear (or blow) the final blast of the shofar. We then gather for a congregational break-the-fast. 

Click on links below to learn more & sign up*:
Member Reservations Non-Member Reservations
Donate to the High Holy Day Hunger Drive  Honor a Loved One in the Book of Remembrance
Sign up for Babysitting Honor a Loved One with a Name Plate (Machzor)
Join the TBE Choir Sign up for Rosh Hashanah & Empathy Program 

*If you would like assistance with our online system, contact Susan Karon, (781) 235-8419 and she will be happy to assist you.

Click on the links below to learn more about TBE's celebrations:
Selichot Kol Nidre Sukkot
Rosh Hashanah Day One Yom Kippur Erev Simchat Torah
Rosh Hashanah Day Two Erev Sukkot Simchat Torah
Click here to view (or read) our Clergy's High Holy Day Sermons 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah and Empathy with Marsha Mirkin: Thursdays, September 7 & 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Prepare for Rosh Hashanah by exploring relationships and empathy in the Torah story of Sarah, Hagar and Abraham. Rosh Hashanah gives us the opportunity to relate this story to our own lives, challenge old patterns that don’t work and open up to growth and change. Register with Lynn Burke

TBE Choir:
We invite congregants to join our volunteer choir for the High Holy Days, singing the prayers that link our congregation to others around the world, also connecting us to a majestic and beautiful tradition, much of which dates back centuries. Rehearsals begin immediately after Labor Day. We are excited to welcome Cantor Shanna Zell and Noah Aronson, who will be joining us. If interested, contact Kristine Potter, 781.235.8419.

Rehearsal Schedule (all rehearsals begin at 7:30 pm)
September 5, 12, 18, 24 & 27

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20

Young Children’s Family Service (for families with children age 0-8)

A lively and engaging service using familiar and High Holy Day melodies, we will bring in the new year with joy, celebration and community.

6:30 pm

Evening Service, followed by joyous festival oneg in the tent

8:00 pm


Rosh Hashanah Day One: Thursday, September 21

Early Morning Service

8:30 am

Late Morning Service

11:45 am

Teen High Holy Day Experience
Grades 8-12 in the tent

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.

11:45 am

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Family Experience in the tent
For families with children age 0-5

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.

3:00 pm

Thank God It’s the High Holy Days

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.

3:00 pm


Rosh Hashanah Day Two: Friday, September 22

Morning Service, followed by a festival congregational lunch in the tent

10:00 am

Tashlich Service
(Behind CVS on Washington Street, Wellesley)

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.

4:30 pm

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Picnic

5:00 pm

Shabbat Service

6:00 pm

Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29

Early Service

6:30 pm

Late Service

9:00 pm


Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30

Early Morning Service

8:30 am

Late Morning Service

11:30 am

Teen High Holy Day Experience
Grades 8-12 in the tent

In a safe, interactive setting, explore with your friends what it means to be a repairer and a partner in Tikkun Olam. Begin in the tent with the Havayah Community and then join in the Main Sanctuary with the congregation for the Torah service and a special Aliyah for teens!

11:30 am

TGIHH at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice St, Wellesley Hills, 02481

12:00 pm


1:30 pm

Cantors Sufrin & Zell and Noah Aronson in Song

2:15 pm

Spiritual Autobiographies:
Hour of Response in the tent

3:15 pm

Young Children’s (Yaldeinu) Family Service
For families with children age 0-5

Participate alongside other families with young children in a thought-provoking service in the sanctuary, featuring song, prayer and a brief Torah reading. Everyone are invited to come dressed in white, symbolizing a fresh, clean start to the new year.

3:15 pm

Yizkor (memorial service repeated four times during Jewish holiday services), Minchah, & N’ilah

4:30 pm

Havdalah—Children are invited to join us on the bimah. Followed by a congregational break-fast in the tent

6:45 pm

​TBE Traditions: It is customary to wear a tallit on Kol Nidre, as it represents the sincerity of our repentance. Please bring your personal tallit, if you have one, as we have a limited number. 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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    5778 High Holy Day Sermons 

    Read Rabbi Philip Sherman's Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778 Sermon

    Watch Rabbi Rachel Saphire's Kol Nidre 5778 Sermon

    Read Rabbi Rachel Saphire's Kol Nidre 5778 Sermon

    Click here to learn more about our 5777/2016 High Holy Day Services.

    Click here to learn more about our 5776/2015 High Holy Day Services.

    Click here to learn more about our 5775/2014 High Holy Day Services.

    View excerpts from our 5774/2013 High Holy Day Services.

    View excerpts from our 5773/2012 High Holy Day services.