High Holy Days

High Holy Days

Members in good standing receive High Holy Days tickets as a benefit of their membership commitment. There are two services to choose from for both evening and morning Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services. Families with children from grades four to eight are invited to attend the Early Service, while a Family-Friendly service is held concurrently in the Chapel for those in pre-school through third grade. There is also babysitting available for babies and very young children during all early services. We request that you register your children for the babysitting so we are sure we have enough caregivers.

Families with older children, couples without children, and single members are encouraged to attend the Late Service, however can attend whichever service they prefer.

Afternoon, Memorial and Concluding Services are held on Yom Kippur Day with a musical harp interlude for all congregants. Afternoon Study is offered by the clergy and/or lay leaders the day of Yom Kippur. The day of prayer and repentance is conluded with a Congregation Break-the-Fast in our social hall.

Our Selichot and Kol Nidre services are particularly inspiring with the beautiful music and song contributed by our Adult Choir and music director Chuck Woodward. There is usually a guest Cellist during the Kol Nidre service. We also have a Family-Friendly Tashlich at the Hague, the afternoon of Rosh HaShanah, led by Cantor Jen at the Hague waterway in Norfolk and a beautiful and moving cemetery service prior to the High Holy Days to honor the memories of our departed loved ones with prayers, meditations, and hymns. This is a meaningful way to frame your annual pre-High Holy Days visit to your family members’ and friends’ burial places.

During Tashlich at the Hague, a symbolic casting off of sins from the previous year is done by throwing bread crumbs into the water.


Sep. 2: Cemetery Service

Sep. 9: Erev Rosh HaShanah

Sep. 10: Rosh HaShanah

Sep. 10: Tashlich at the Hague

Sep. 18: Kol Nidre

Sep. 19: Yom Kippur 

Sep. 19: Break the Fast



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