During High Holy Days services, as in our Shabbat services, our members participate and engage in many ways, including Torah and Haftorah readings, leading Shacharit, and even facilitating discussions between services. We have a full traditional main service in our expanded sanctuary. Two small congregational choirs, one made up of 5-6 adults and the other of teens, enhance the service at selected opportunities. We offer two parallel services, one for families with young children and a junior congregation for school age children. We offer engaging children’s programming during all High Holy Day services coordinated by our Director of Youth Education and Programming.
On Rosh Hashanah, the congregation gathers at one of the many local waterways to do Mincha and Tashlich together, followed by a family picnic in the park, a highlight of the two-day festival.
Our Ne’ilah service at the conclusion of Yom Kippur is one of our most beautiful and spiritual. As the Gates are metaphorically closing, each family takes its turn walking up to the open Ark for their personal moment in front of the Torah. Even families with young children who are usually reluctant to keep kids out late, return for this, at once, personal and communal experience. As we prepare for Havdalah, the lights go out, the glow sticks come out and the entire congregation is arm in arm. We then stay together for the community break-fast. It is a beautiful way to begin the New Year.