This year, we are proud and grateful to offer our High Holy Day services to the entire Jewish community and all seekers.

How to Access Services for Members and Guests

Our High Holy Day services are open to all this year. Here’s how to join us for the High Holy Days!

Click here to access our High Holy Day registration page.

You will receive a confirmation acknowledging your registration, along with a link to access services. Look for an email from highholydays@rodephshalom.org with the link. Please save it and use the link to join together for High Holy Day services.

If you need assistance, click here for help with this process or call 215-627-6747.

2020/5781 Virtual High Holy Day Schedule

Kol Nidre: Sunday, September 27
8:00pm: Classical Service
(Sign language interpretation available. Contact Alyssa Geller for information).

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28
9:00am: Contemporary Service*
Following the Contemporary service, connect at a Virtual Small Group Gathering
11:00am: Classical Service**
(Sign language interpretation available. Contact Alyssa Geller for information).
Following the Classical service, connect at a Virtual Small Group Gathering
1:00pm: Study Session with Rabbi Freedman (real-time)
2:30pm: Meditation Workshop (real-time)
3:30pm: Organ Music
4:00pm: Yizkor (memorial) Service
5:30pm: Neilah (concluding) Service

 

For K through 7th Grade:
During the Contemporary Yom Kippur service on Monday, September 28 at 9:00am, K though 7th graders can participate on Zoom in High Holy Day activities designed to engage together. This Zoom can be accessed through a link in the service or by clicking the link in your High Holy Day Registration confirmation email.
 
For families with young children:
Discover a special High Holy Day video for tots and children of all ages, "Rabbi Freedman's Neighborhood." Click on the link in your High Holy Day Registration confirmation email to access the video. You can stream this service at your convenience starting Friday evening.

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Classical and Contemporary-style services will involve our clergy, choirs, lay-leaders, and congregants--all with great modification and creative interpretation. 

*Contemporary Services: Inspired by the world today, and led by clergy and  instrumentalists, this multigenerational service encourages participation through its modern, accessible music. This service provides a comfortable setting for children of all ages. During the sermon, there are special activities tailored to tots and grade school children.

**Classical Services: Inspired by majestic music and the history of Rodeph Shalom, these services are led by our clergy, organist, and professional choir. Thank you to the Roberta Lee & D. Arthur Magaziner Music Memorial Fund for supporting our High Holy Day professional choir.

Archived Services

Click below to watch our Rosh Hashanah service videos.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 18
Service

Rosh Hashanah: Saturday, September 19
Contemporary Service
Classical Service

Don't miss the High Holy Day experience for children of all ages from Rabbi Freedman and his neighborhood friends -- "Rabbi Freedman's Neighborhood." Stream at your convenience.

ReSpectAbility: Sign Language Interpreting at Services

There will be a sign language interpreter for the following services: 

  • Kol Nidre Classical Service: Sunday, September 27 at 8:00pm
  • Yom Kippur Classical Service: Monday, September 28 at 11:00am

 

Click here to access our High Holy Day registration page.

You will receive a confirmation acknowledging your registration, along with a link to access services. Look for an email from highholydays@rodephshalom.org with the link. Please save it and use the link to join together for High Holy Day services. 

Contact Alyssa Geller to receive the link for the services with sign language interpretation.

For questions about ReSpectAbility, contact Stephanie Strauss

In-Person Sanctuary Visits

To experience the majesty of the sanctuary in-person and a connection to Torah and God, it is our hope to offer members the opportunity to sign up for a 15-minute visit on weekdays between Selichot and Yom Kippur, Monday, September 14 through Friday, September 25. Visits to the sanctuary begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:30 pm. 

Please be aware that you will be required to complete a health screening upon entering the building, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing. There is no access to other areas. 

Assuming the current protocols remain in place, your household can enter the sanctuary, see the ark, and engage in this meaningful experience. 

When you visit the sanctuary, consider bringing a kosher, non-perishable food item to donate to the High Holy Day Food Drive. 

Click here to sign up. You may leave a voicemail message for Alyssa Geller at 267-930-7295 to request a time. Please only reach out if you do not have Internet access and provide time options in case your first choice is not available.

Creating a Mikdash Me-at/Sacred Space

Jewish tradition calls the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, the Beit haMikdash/House of Holiness, and suggests we extend that holiness to our homes, which we call a Mikdash Me-at/a Mini-House of Holiness. For these High Holy Days, we will elevate our homes to a Mikdash Me-at.

Please see the simple suggestions below to transform your space into an elevated, holy space.

  • Display photos of your family, from generation to generation (L'dor V'dor) around your home.
  • To lift the idea of the New Year being a clean slate, consider wearing white while joining us for virtual services.
  • Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers for your home, as they are "life-affirming." 
  • Find meaningful Judaic objects to display in your space.

High Holy Day Prayer Book & Large Print Prayer Book Information

In addition to seeing service leaders and the sanctuary on-screen, you will view a beautifully-rendered digital version of the prayers. If you prefer to have a book in hand, you may purchase a High Holy Day machzor/prayer book here

If you are in need of a large-print machzor, click here.

Help Repair the World -- High Holy Day Food Drive

We are grateful to partner with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia because of their ability to pick up the donations at Rodeph Shalom during the pandemic. For this year, consistent with Federation's practices, we are only collecting Kosher items such as kosher nut butters, kosher canned beans, and kosher canned fish. All food must be unopened and have a future expiration date. No bulk or glass items, pasta, grains, cereal or crackers. Visit jewishphilly.org/fooddrive for a list of Kosher symbols.

Please bring your non-perishable kosher items to the Green Street entrance from September 14 through September 25.

If you aren't able to make it to the store to buy goods, consider donating to the Social Action Fund at Rodeph Shalom. All donations to this fund through the end of the High Holy Days will be used to purchase food items that will be donated to the Food Drive. Please visit this donation page. When you get to the "select fund" component on the donation page, please scroll down and choose "Social Action Fund". Thank you for your contributions! 

Contact Marni Fogelson for information.