High Holy Day Schedule 2017

High Holy Day Schedule


We invite you to become a member or prospective member and receive an invitation to our High Holy Day services. Please contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x246, [email protected].

Selichot Weekend
Friday, September 15
Kabbalat Shabbat: "Prayer Drash: You, Me and God"
Liturgist-in-Residence Alden Solovy will open our exploration of High Holy Day themes with a "Prayer Drash", teaching this week's Torah portion with prayer and poetry to inspire us into the season.
Saturday, September 16
Study Session: "The Art and the Act of Prayer"
Study Session with Liturgist-in-Residence Alden Solovy. We will discuss and deepen our understanding of prayer - with an emphasis on the modern meanings of repentance - using Alden Solovy's innovative "Conceptual Map of Prayer."
9:30pm Service
Following Services, "Returning Together" Oneg
Sunday, September 17
Adult Education: "T'shuva as an Act of Courage"
Join us as we explore repentance focused on personal growth as an act of courage and bravery, looking to Torah texts for insight and understanding.

This weekend is made possible by the Lulu S. and Joseph J. Rosenbluth Memorial Fund

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20

8:00pm Service in Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21
8:30am Contemporary Morning Service in Sanctuary
11:00am Classical Morning Service in Sanctuary
1:30pm Tashlich Ceremony at the Fairmount Water Works Gazebo (please bring your own bread to throw in the river)
3:00pm Family Service in Sanctuary

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29
6:00pm Contemporary Service in Sanctuary
8:15pm Classical Service in Sanctuary (Signing provided for people who are hard of hearing) 

Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
8:30am Contemporary Morning Service in Sanctuary
11:00am Classical Morning Service in Sanctuary
1:30pm Family Service in Sanctuary
1:30pm Study Session with Rabbi Freedman
1:30pm Meditation Study: The Sanctity of Silence
3:00pm Afternoon Service in Sanctuary
4:00pm Yizkor/ Neilah Service in Sanctuary

What are the Contemporary Services on Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur Morning? Inspired by updated interpretations of prayer and music, and led by clergy, instrumentalists and Makheilah: The RS Choir, this multgenerational service encourages participation through its accessible music. The Contemporary Services held on both Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning provide a compfortable setting for children of all ages. The music and prayers lend themselves to family participation. During the sermon, special activities tailored to tots and grade school children are available.

What are the Classical Services? Inspired by majestic music and the history of Rodeph Shalom, these services are led by our clergy, organist and professional choir.

What is the Family Service? The Afternoon Family Services are designed for non-readers through grade school age, and are open to members and non-members.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Session
Saturday, September 30 from 1:30 - 2:30pm for an afternoon study session.

Food Drive on Yom Kippur Morning
PHILABUNDANCE will be accepting contributions. Please bring non-perishable food items on Yom Kippur morning only. The PHILABUNDANCE truck will be located at Broad Street & Green Street. Thank you for continuing the tradition of tikkun olam at Rodeph Shalom.

High Holy Day Guest Pass Information:
Procedures for RS Congregants to Obtain Guest Passes
Requests for guest passes should be make in writing to the Congregation’s office and should include the name and address of your guests.
A minimum contribution of $180 for each guest pass is requested. More information available here: https://rodephshalom.org/guest_passes
Guest Pass Reciprocity
If you would like to bring guests for High Holy Day services who are members of another synagogue, please have them contact their home synagogue about providing reciprocity information. Reciprocity forms should be faxed to Shelley Saunders at 215-627-1313 or emailed to [email protected].
Please advise your guests to bring photo-identification.