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High Holidays

Dear Chevre,

In a short while, we will gather together at Hebrew College to celebrate the beginning of 5780. We have spent much time working with many Minyan members who are making our observance possible. We extend deep appreciation to this community of volunteers for their time and wisdom. The High Holiday services are truly a team effort.

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. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or catch any errors.

As is our custom, we will typically have two services during the three days of the season, one using the Koren machzor and one using the Lev Shalem machzor. A week before the holidays begin, when all the details are finalized, we will email the master schedule of services which includes room assignments and the full list of daveners, leyners, drashers, and shofar blowers. 

We have given careful thought to the locations of the various services. There are two factors to balance: anticipated attendance and aesthetics. There has been a growing trend that, when two services are offered, the Lev Shalem service draws a much larger kahal than the Koren service. At the same time, the cafeteria is generally viewed as a nicer davening space.

At times when two services are held, our guiding principle was the attendance factor. On Rosh Hashanah, Lev Shalem will always be in Berenson and Koren will always be in the cafeteria. At times when there is one service, our guiding principle was the aesthetics. These services will mostly take place in the cafeteria.


Start time (candlelighting time)

Erev Rosh Hashanah 6:00 mincha (6:11 candles), maariv follows

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah day 2

9:00 am

Kol Nidre

5:45 mincha (5:55 candles), Kol Nidre follows

Yom Kippur - morning

9:00 am

Yom Kippur - mincha and neilah

4:00 mincha, Neilah follows


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

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.

Children and babysitting/childcare

We are excited about our wonderful children’s programming offerings. We will send a guide for parents of children under the age of b’nei mitzvah in a separate email. Please read it, and share it with anyone you’re hosting who also has children of that age. Babysitting/childcare is available starting at 9:45 am through daytime High Holiday services, with a break when children’s services are in session.

Food and drink

Due to the lengthy nature of the services, 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.

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. Please note that there are two separate sets of High Holiday job instructions, the regular job instructions and the kids’ job instructions.

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!

Sarah Clark & Stephanie Listokin
High Holiday Coordinators

Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780