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High Holidays

Dear Chevre, 

In a short while, we will gather together at Hebrew College to celebrate the beginning of 5779. To start the year off right, we extend deep thanks to the many minyan members who make our observance possible. The High Holiday services are truly a team effort, so thank you all. 

Below is key information about the services. Not too much has changed since last year, but please read this note carefully to refresh your memory. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or catch any errors. 

As is our custom, we will have two services during the three days of the season, one using the Koren machzor and one using the Lev Shalem machzor. This year, here is the configuration


Lev Shalem



Rosh Hashanah 1

cafeteria Berenson  

Rosh Hashanah 2 

cafeteria double classroom
(combined with the family-friendly service)

Yom Kippur –
Kol Nidre

Berenson cafeteria double classroom
(Harlow machzor)

Yom Kippur – daytime services & Neilah 

Berenson cafeteria double classroom
(Harlow machzor)


And here are the start times for the various services: 

Erev Rosh Hashanah

mincha at 6:30 pm, candle lighting at 6:46 followed by maariv

All morning services

9 am

All kids services

11 am

Kol nidre

mincha at 6 pm, candle lighting at 6:29, kol nidre at 6:45 pm 

Yom Kippur mincha



6:15 pm


As the Lev Shalem machzor contains a selection of piyyutim rather than all of the traditional piyyutim, that service will likely end earlier. The Lev Shalem service may also include a few kavanot (meditations). 

At times when attendance tends to be lighter, the entire community will meet in one service. All morning services will start together and split at the torah service, and mincha on Yom Kippur will be Koren in the cafeteria. 

We may not have enough copies of the Lev Shalem for all who participate in that service during peak attendance. Please share machzorim as needed with fellow Minyan members. If you own a copy, please bring it to services. Please make sure to label it with your name. The booklet of readings, assembled by several Minyan members, will be available at both services. 

Food and drink 

There is no kiddush on Rosh Hashanah. We will provide children with snacks on all the yamim nora’im, but the Minyan is not serving snacks for adults on Rosh Hashanah. If you expect to need nourishment during the morning, please bring your own. Please remember that no food or drink is allowed in the classrooms or upstairs at Hebrew College. You may eat in the hallway by the classrooms or outside the building. The Minyan provides a very light, grab and go break-fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. 

Children and babysitting/childcare 

We will send a guide for parents of children under the age of bnei mitzvah in a separate email and posted on the Minyan website. Please read it, and please share it with anyone you’re hosting who also has children of that age. Babysitting/childcare is available starting at 10 am through daytime High Holiday services, with a break when children’s services are in session. 

Job instructions 

Job instructions differ on High Holidays from the rest of the year. Even if you frequently do a particular job on Shabbat, please read the High Holiday version of the instructions. Instructions will be available in hard copy at Hebrew College, and they are posted on the Minyan website. 

High Holiday services are a powerful way to start the year, resonant with history, meaning, and deep connection. All of us together make that happen. On a personal note, your coordinators deeply appreciate being part of this community and relish the skills and presence that all of you bring to the moment. We wish you a year of joy, satisfaction, and progress in all of your endeavors. 

Shanah Tovah! 

Hillel Bromberg & Stephanie Listokin
High Holiday Coordinators 

Wed, February 20 2019 15 Adar I 5779