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High Holy Days | 5784 • 2023



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 during these Days of Awe.

L'Shanah Tovah U'Metukah - Wishing you a good and sweet New Year!

Services Schedule

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

Prayer and Music Leaders:           Our High Holy Day services will be led by Rabbi Karen Citrin and Cantorial Soloist Julia Sabra, along with pianist Michael McLaughlin. We are glad to partner with Rabbi Micah Citrin (Yeladim services and Yom Kippur study) and Rabbi Emeritus Henry Zoob (2nd Day Rosh HaShanah sermon and Shabbat Shuvah). We welcome guest musicians cellist Dan Ryan (Kol Nidrei) and Joe Kessler on violin (Rosh HaShanah evening, Kol Nidrei, Yizkor & Neilah). Visit our Clergy & Staff page to learn more about them. We hope you will add your voice in meaningful prayer and community. 

High Holy Day Services Schedule

Click on each service to see more information.
Services are in our sanctuary and on livestream unless otherwise noted.

Sunset Selichot & Havdalah Service
Saturday, September 9 | 6:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, September 15 | 7:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Early Morning Service
Saturday, September 16 | 8:45 AM

Rosh Hashanah Late Morning Service
Saturday, September 16 | 11:15 AM

Rosh Hashanah Yeladim Youth Service
Saturday, September 16 | 4:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day Morning Service
Sunday, September 17 | 10:00 AM

Family Tashlich Experience
Sunday, September 17 | 11:30 AM

Tashlich (at Buckmaster Pond)
Sunday, September 17 | 12:00 PM

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei
Sunday, September 24 | 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur Early Morning Service
Monday, September 25 | 8:45 AM

Yom Kippur Late Morning Service
Monday, September 25 | 11:15 AM

Yom Kippur Study
Monday, September 25 | 1:30 PM

Yom Kippur Yeladim Youth Service
Monday, September 25 | 3:00 PM

Afternoon Service of Healing & Comfort
Monday, September 25 | 4:00 PM

Yom Kippur Teen Chat & Havdalah Prep
Monday, September 25 | 5:00 PM

Yizkor (Memorial) & Neilah (Concluding)
Monday, September 25 | 5:15 PM
(Followed by light break fast at approximately 6:30 PM)


Health & Safety:
Masks are optional and welcome. Please join from home if you are not feeling well.

Service Supplements for Online Attendance:

Member Tickets & Non-Member Registration

In-Person Services

No online registration is needed for temple members this year. All members have been sent physical tickets by mail. Please bring these with you to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for security purposes.
To request additional tickets, please reach out to the temple office by September 8.

We welcome prospective members to join us for the High Holy Days. If you are interested in joining us, please inquire by emailing Jesse Cerrotti, Executive Director.


Online Services

Click here to access the livestream for online services.

Technology Assistance
If you need technical assistance during the High Holy Day services and programs, contact the temple office.




In Person
Members are welcome to bring guests to services. We request a donation of $118 per guest. Guest tickets are required for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

We ask that you make a donation for guest links for our online High Holy Day services. 

Click here to make an online donation and select "Gifts from the Heart (High Holidays)" as the type.



Volunteers Are Needed

Perform a mitzvah for the High Holy Days. Please volunteer to serve as an usher, a security greeter, or a parking lot attendee at one of our services. Welcome fellow congregants and assist in maintaining a sacred atmosphere for this important time on our year. Thank you for your help!

Sign up to volunteer as an usher, security greeter, or parking lot attendee.
(login required)




If you have any general questions or need assistance, please contact Jesse Cerrotti, Executive Director.

Please contact Rabbi Karen with any questions about services or which service to attend.



Childcare & Yizkor Memorial Book

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 16 at 8:45 AM) and Yom Kippur (September 25 at 8:45 AM). To register for childcare, complete this form by Friday, September 8. Please contact Ariana 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. To register for the optional break and story, complete this form by Friday, September 8

 If you have questions about which services your family should attend, please contact Rabbi Karen Citrin

Yeladim Youth Services
We welcome ALL families with young children to join us for Temple Beth David's Yeladim Youth services. These services will include a special prayer book, songs, and a story. On Rosh Hashanah, enjoy a craft and sweet treat.

Register for Rosh Hashanah (September 16 at 4:00 PM) and
Yom Kippur (September 25 at 3:00 PM) Yeladim Youth Services


Remember a Loved One

The Temple Beth David Yizkor (In Memory) Book, distributed on Yom Kippur afternoon, 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 memorial book, please complete our Yizkor (In Memory) Book form (login required)The deadline to submit names of loved ones is Friday, September 8.



Additional Resources

Our Partners

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.


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.


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

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



The Fall Holidays Continue - Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Celebrate Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Sukkot & Shabbat Service
Friday, September 29 | 6:30 PM

Sukkot & Shabbat on the Trails
Saturday, September 30 | 10:00 AM
(at Rocky Woods, Medfield)

Sukkot "Lunch & Learn" in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 5 | 12:00 PM

Simchat Torah Celebration & Consecration
Friday, October 6 | 6:15 PM


Chag Sameach!

Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784