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High Holy Days | 5783 • 2022



A sliced apple, a jar of honey, and green leaves sit on a slate blue table. On the left side of the image is the Temple Beth David logo and the text reads, "Connect with Community and Renew Your Spirit, High Holy Days, 5783-2022."

The High Holy Day season is a time for introspection and renewal.
As we celebrate the New Year, we reflect on our lives and rededicate ourselves to living with goodness and purpose. We look forward to joining together and strengthening one another during these Days of Awe.


Services Schedule

We look forward to joining together (online and in person) and supporting one another during these Days of Awe. Shape the High Holy Day experience that will be meaningful for you.

View the schedule on the website OR
view a version with service descriptions


Member & Guest Registration

Join us for the High Holy Days! Registration is required for members and their guests for in-person services only. All Temple Beth David members will receive access to all of our online services.

Register for the High Holy Days


Non-Member Registration

We welcome prospective members to join us for the High Holy Days, with opportunities both in person and online.

Join us for the High Holy Days


Preparing for the High Holy Days

Remember a loved one in our Yizkor (Memorial) Book, sign-up to volunteer as a High Holy Day Usher or Security Greeter, participate in tzedakah and more.

Learn more

Yizkor (In Memory) Book
(click above to access the book)


High Holy Day Resources & Fall Holidays

Check out High Holy Day resources from the Union for Reform Judaism, Gateways, and PJ Library. 

The Holidays continue with Sukkot and our Simchat Torah Celebration & Consecration.

Access High Holy Day resources and
celebrate Sukkot & Simchat Torah


Childcare and Youth - Children are Welcome!

Childcare Registration
Temple Beth David is pleased to offer our families childcare for children ages 2 to 2nd grade during the early morning services on Rosh Hashanah (September 26 at 8:45 AM) and Yom Kippur (October 5 at 8:45 AM). To register for childcare, complete this form by Tuesday, September 20. (The deadline has passed. Please contact the temple office for more information.)

Additionally, an optional break and story will be offered for K-4th graders during the early morning services. The early morning services are family-friendly. 

Yeladim (Children's) Services (outdoors, weather permitting)
We welcome ALL families with young children to join us for Temple Beth David's Yeladim (Children's) services. These services will include a special prayer book, songs, and a story. On Rosh Hashanah, enjoy a craft and sweet treat. Livestream will be available only if indoors. If you have questions about which services your family should attend, please contact Rabbi Karen Citrin

Register for Rosh Hashanah (September 26 at 4:00 PM) and
Yom Kippur (October 5 at 3:00 PM) Yeladim (Children's) Services



Services Schedule

Schedule with Service Descriptions: View and print the schedule, including service descriptions, by clicking here.

Service Leaders and Music Accompaniment: Our High Holy Day services will be led by Rabbi Karen Citrin and Cantorial Soloist Julia Sabra, along with pianist Michael McLaughlin. We are also happy to partner with cellist Dan Ryan (Kol Nidrei), Rabbi Micah Citrin (Yom Kippur study and music), and Rabbi Emeritus Henry Zoob (2nd Day Rosh HaShanah sermon and Shabbat Shuvah). Visit our Clergy & Staff page to learn more about them. Add your voice in meaningful prayer and community. 

Service Supplements for Online Attendance

High Holy Day Services Schedule

Click on each service to see more information.
Services are in person and on livestream unless otherwise noted.
Outdoor services are weather permitting.

Havdalah & Selichot Service
Saturday, September 17 | 7:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Sunday, September 25 | 7:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Early Morning Service
Monday, September 26 | 8:45 AM

Rosh Hashanah Late Morning Service
Monday, September 26 | 11:15 AM

Rosh Hashanah Yeladim (Children's) Service (Outdoors)
Monday, September 26 | 4:00 PM
(Livestream available only if indoors)

Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day Morning Service
Tuesday, September 27 | 10:00 AM

Tashlich (at Buckmaster Pond)
Tuesday, September 27 | 12:00 PM

Family Tashlich Experience (at Hale Education)
Sunday, October 2 | 10:00 AM

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei
Tuesday, October 4 | 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur Early Morning Service
Wednesday, October 5 | 8:45 AM

Yom Kippur Late Morning Service
Wednesday, October 5 | 11:15 AM

Yom Kippur Study (Temple & Zoom)
Wednesday, October | 1:30 PM
(Virtual attendance requires separate registration to receive Zoom link)
(Access the study materials here)

Yom Kippur Yeladim (Children's) Service (Outdoors)
Wednesday, October 5 | 3:00 PM
(Livestream available only if indoors)

Afternoon Service of Healing & Comfort
Wednesday, October 5 | 4:00 PM

Yom Kippur Teen Chat & Havdalah Prep
Wednesday, October 5 | 5:00 PM
(RSVP by emailing Ariana Hershon, Director of Education)

Yizkor (Memorial) & Neilah (Concluding)
Wednesday, October 5 | 5:15 PM
(Followed by light break fast approximately 6:30 PM)


Health & Safety
The health and safety of our entire community remain our top priority. COVID-19 vaccination is required for everyone eligible, except children under the age of 5, to attend services and programs. Masks are optional and always welcome, and strongly encouraged for anyone not eligible for vaccination. 

Other precautions include opening exterior windows to increase fresh air flow, when possible, and recent HVAC filter replacement.

If you, or anyone in your immediate household, are experiencing any symptoms of ill health, please do not attend any in-person service. If you, or anyone in your immediate household, have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past two weeks, we ask that you follow the CDC guidance regarding wearing a mask and the COVID testing regimen. 

All guidelines are subject to change if local conditions change. Temple Beth David will follow the recommendations of the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the advice of our medical professionals.

Registration is required to keep our community safe and support our security and capacity efforts.


Member & Guest Registration

In-Person Services

Please complete our required High Holy Days registration form by Wednesday, September 21 to let us know which services you will attend in person. Registration keeps our community safe and supports our security and capacity efforts. Thanks for your understanding!

You will be asked to log in to your ShulCloud member portal in order to access the member registration form and the Yizkor Book.

Members Registration Form:
Members Registration Form
(login required)

LOGIN NOTE: Your username is your email address. If you have forgotten your password or you have not previously set up your account, please click "forgot password" and you will be able to set up your account. Your account is linked to the email address we have for you in our database. If you are not able to log in to the portal and you have recently changed your email, please try your previous email address.


Online Services

All Temple Beth David members will automatically receive the livestream links to all online services. In the week leading up to Rosh Hashanah and to Yom Kippur, we will email you all the information you need for that holiday. 

All in-person services will be livestreamed, except where noted.

Service Supplements for Online Attendance

Technology Assistance
If you need technical assistance during the High Holy Day services and programs, email



In Person
Members are welcome to bring guests to services and programs. We request a donation of $118 per guest. Guest registration is required for in-person services. Guest registration can be submitted when members register for in-person services using the same form (login required). A guest is a friend or extended family member who is not a TBD member. If you're a TBD family with adult children up to age 26, you're welcome to include them as TBD member adults, not guests.

If a guest is joining you online only, indicate this on your member registration form. Guest registration is required for livestream services. We ask that you consider making a donation for guest links for our online High Holy Day services. If the suggested donation amount is a barrier to participation, please make a gift you are comfortable with.



If you have questions or need assistance completing your registration, please contact Brett Hausler, Director of Operations.



Preparing for the High Holy Days

Remember a Loved One

The Temple Beth David Yizkor (In Memory) Book, distributed on Yom Kippur, offers a meaningful way to honor the memory of loved ones while supporting our community. If you would like the names of your loved ones included in our online memorial book, please complete our Yizkor (In Memory) Book form (login required). The deadline to submit names of loved ones was Tuesday, September 20.

Yizkor (In Memory) Book
(click above to access the book)


High Holy Day Food Drive

The mitzvah of tzedakah, righteous giving, is a core value of our tradition and culture at Temple Beth David. The prophet Isaiah, read on Yom Kippur, spoke of fasting as a reminder to do good and share our bread with the hungry. Please visit Temple Beth David's Social Action web page to learn more about organizations you can support.


Volunteer Sign-Up

Perform a mitzvah for the High Holy Days. Volunteer to serve as an usher or a security greeter at one of our services. Welcome fellow congregants and assist in maintaining a sacred atmosphere for this important time on our calendar.

Sign up to volunteer as an usher or security greeter.
(login required)


Prayer Books

Mishkan HaNefesh, the Reform Movement's machzor (prayer book), offers inspiring poetry and readings that enhance the High Holy Day experience. We recommend that online participants borrow, download, or purchase a machzor to aid in their participation during services, as the prayers will not be projected on the live stream. 

For those joining us online, we have a limited number of prayer books available to borrow.

Pick-Up Times:
Sun., 9/18 - 9:30am-11:30am
Tues., 9/20 - 9:00am-5:30pm
Wed., 9/21 - 3:00pm-7:30pm
Thurs., 9/22 - 9:00am-5:00pm
Drop-off hours can be found on the temple calendar.

You may purchase Mishkan HaNefesh by 1) purchasing 
Mishkan HaNefesh from the CCAR Press, or 2) purchasing Kindle editions of both the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur volumes.



Non-Member Registration

High Holy Day Interest

We're thrilled that you are considering joining Temple Beth David during the High Holy Days. We welcome prospective members to join us in person and online during this special time of year. For more information about general High Holy Day registration, please contact Brett Hausler, Director of Operations by Wednesday, September 21.

We welcome ALL families with young children to join us for Temple Beth David's Yeladim (Children's) services. Register for Rosh Hashanah (September 26 at 4:00 PM) and Yom Kippur (October 5 at 3:00 PM) Yeladim (Children's) Services.



Resources & Fall Holidays


The Union for Reform Judaism's website has wonderful resources with information about the history, customs, prayers, activities and recipes for each holiday. Check out them out here, organized by holiday: Rosh Hashanah resourcesYom Kippur resourcesSukkot resources and Simchat Torah resources.

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education offers resources to make your Jewish holiday experience accessible and meaningful for everyone in your family. Browse and download free Jewish Holiday resources for kids with diverse learning needs, prepared by Gateways’ experienced special education teachers.

PJ Library offers a wonderful family guide to the High Holidays, A Time to Grow, as well as other resources.


The Holidays Continue:
Celebrate Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Building the Sukkah
Sunday, October 9 | 9:30 AM

Sukkot "Lunch & Learn" in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 13 | 12:00 PM

Sukkot & Shabbat Service
Friday, October 14 | 6:00 PM
(Followed by a dinner in the Sukkah.
Please register by 10/13 at 12 PM.)

Sukkot Tot Shabbat
Saturday, October 15 | 9:00 AM

Simchat Torah Celebration & Consecration
Sunday, October 16 | 11:00 AM




Chag Sameach!


Fri, April 12 2024 4 Nisan 5784