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Live-stream / Zoom High Holy Day Services

Our community near and far, of all ages can celebrate the High Holy Days with us. At service, times click on over to our livestream to join us. All services will be available via zoom. Please check our calendar page, go to the service's day, and register for the zoom link. No membership needed. Shanah Tovah.

About Our High Holy Day Services

Congregants of all ages can celebrate the High Holy Days through our thoughtful array of virtual programming and services available for each age group. Please view our website calendar for times, details of each event or you may refer to our High Holy Day Brochure. 

Please register to let us know you are coming.

Please feel free to contact us at with any additional questions about our High Holy Day services and activities. We welcome you to join us! 

LIVESTREAMED SERVICES - About 15 minutes prior to the service, go to Shir Hadash TV at and wait for the service to begin. No advance registration required. 

Zoom - please register for zoom links. Registration opens two days before the service you would like to view.

NOTE: If you are unable to join us, we will post all of the High Holy Day sermons on our website after the holidays. 

schedule of high holy day services and programs

S’lichot: Saturday, Sept. 17 

4:30 pm Preschool & Kulanu Gatherings
6:15 pm Community Dinner (please register)
7:00 pm Havdalah with changing of the Torah Covers
7:45 pm Adult Study Session
9:00 pm S’lichot Service 

Erev Rosh HaShanah Sunday, Sept. 25 

7:30 pm Rosh HaShanah Evening Service  

Rosh HaShanah Monday, Sept. 26  

9:30 am Rosh HaShanah Morning  Service  (Note new start Time)  
9:30 am  Kulanu Youth Program and Tot Program (Childcare)

Erev Shabbat Shuvah Friday, Sept. 30

6:15pm Shabbat Shuvah Service

Shabbat Shuvah Saturday, Oct. 1 

10:30 am Shabbat Shuvah Morning  Service & Tashlich  Location: Vasona Park Raintree Area

Kever Avot Sunday, Oct. 2

11:00 am at Oak Hill Memorial Park , 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose. Led by Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El, in Home of Peace Cemetery and Rabbi Jaymee Alpert of Congregation Beth David, in Beth David Memorial Garden.

3:00pm at Los Gatos Memorial Park (Shalom Garden Cemetery), 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, Los Gatos. Which will be led by Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy of Congregation Shir Hadash and Rabbi Joshua Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai.

Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, Oct. 4 

7:30 pm Kol Nidre Service 

Yom Kippur Wednesday, Oct. 5 

10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service (Sanctuary)
10:00 am Kulanu Service (Office Building)
11:30 am Tot Service (Office Building)
1:30 pm SALTY Teen Program
2:00 pm Adult Study
3:30 pm Afternoon Mincha Service (Sanctuary)
3:30 pm Mindfulness Mincha alternative service(Chapel) 
4:30 pm Family Yizkor Service (Office Building)
5:00 pm Yizkor Memorial Service (Sanctuary)
5:30 pm Family Mincha Service, Preschool - 2nd Grade (Office Building)
6:00 pm N’ilah Concluding Service / Havdalah (Sanctuary)
6:45 pm Communal Break the Fast (Oneg Room  & Patio) All Starting times are approximate.

Sukkot Oct. 9-16

5:30pm on Sun, Oct. 9 Compost the Mortgage and Erev Sukkot Service 
9:30am on Mon, Oct. 10 Service and Study with breakfast
10:30am on Mon, Oct 10 Sukkot and Experience with younger Children and their adults
Chol Ha’Moed  - Sukkot Weeklong Schedule 

Erev Simchat Torah  - Shemini Atzeret Sunday, Oct. 16 

5:45pm Dinner 
6:30pm Service

Shemini Atzeret  Monday, Oct. 17

5:45pm Yizkor Cafe (Alternative Yizkor Service : Love / Memory / Cake & Tea) and Havdalah  

youth & family high holy day programs

We request that families register on the temple calendar for all Youth & Family programs in advance. Youth and family programs begin with check in at 9:20 am on Rosh Hashanah and 9:50 am on Yom Kippur morning. 

S’lichot Saturday, Sept. 17

4:30pm Preschool and Kulanu Students: Experiential Programs
5:30pm Family Craft Activity
6:15pm Community Dinner
7:00pm Havdalah with Changing of the Torah Covers
7:45pm Movie for Kids & Learning Sessions for Adults
Adult Slichot service following

Rosh Hashanah Monday, Sept. 26

9:20am Tots Track - 2 - 4 years
9:20am Kulanu Track - Grades K-6
Tot parents:  Return to join your child for a special service at 11:15am

Yom Kippur Wednesday, Oct. 5

9:50am Tots Track - 2 - 4 years
9:50am Kulanu Track - Grades K-6
Tot parents:  Return to join your child for a special service at 11:30am

SALTY Teen Programming: Grades 7–12 

1:30pm, Yom Kippur Teens

Students in grades 7–12 are welcome to attend  these special programs led by our SALTY  (Shir Hadash Adolescents Leading Teens  and Youth) board. Connect with friends  and discover new meaning for the  High Holy Day season. Registration is  required on the temple calendar. 

Yom Kippur, Afternoon & Evening

4:30pm Family Yizkor Service (Office Building Lobby)
5:30pm Family Mincha Service (Preschool-2nd Grade)
6:00pm Pasta Dinner for pre-b’nai mitzvah ages. Registration is required on the temple calendar.
6:30pm All children will join the Congregation in the Sanctuary for N’ilah followed by Havdalah
6:45pm Communal Break the Fast 

Sukkot Experiences in the Sukkah, October 9–16 

Visit our full calendar of Sukkot events.

Meditation before yom kippur for one who cannot fast

For anyone for whom it is not safe or recommended to fast (such as pregnant women, children, and many others in our community for various reasons) it is a mitzvah to NOT fast during the fast, in order to guard your health safely. Download the Meditation (PDF) to read for one who cannot fast.

Prayer BookS

You may purchase the physical copies of Mishkan HaNefesh set in advance at the temple office for $46 or use our loaner prayerbooks at services.

Public School and High Holy Days  

Keeping your children out of school on Rosh  HaShanah and Yom Kippur can be an important part of their Jewish identity formation. It can also be a sign of Jewish self-respect and solidarity. Please contact Rabbi Schwartz if you would like to talk about this decision. If any issues come up for your children regarding missing school on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, contact JCRC Director Diane Fisher at (408) 357-7504.

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