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About Our virtual High Holy Day Services

Community members and 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, and to register, or you may register directly below.

For a quick glance of all services and programs, including Gather Round Your Table, special opportunities to talk with your Temple neighbors, Shabbat Shuvah, Tashlich, Yom Kippur afternoon programs, and more, you may refer to our High Holy Day Brochure

Since our offices are closed, 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! 

STREAMED 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. 

We hope that you will join us for our 8:00 pm streamed services on the evenings of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur and on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mornings at 11:00 am. We will stream the core parts of the service, with our rabbis, cantor, and members of the choir participating throughout.

ZOOM SERVICES - All other services and programs will be held on Zoom. You must register for all Zoom events. Quick links are below or you can register on the temple calendar by clicking through to the service or event you are interested in and register at the bottom of that page. Once registered a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom meeting link. Click on that link at the scheduled time. Please save your emails with the zoom links for easy access. 

Prior to our streamed services on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mornings, there will be a Torah Service, including the chanting of the Torah and Haftarah portions, the related honors, as well as an introduction to their content and an opportunity for discussion.

Yom Kippur afternoon services, including the afternoon service with the reading of the Holiness Code and Jonah, Yizkor, and Neilah (Concluding Service), will also be conducted via Zoom so that we can be together. Teen programs and Family Services for both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are also via Zoom. 

GOOGLE CLASSROOM SERVICES - You need to have a Google account to access Google Classroom. Open a browser and log into your Google account. Click on meeting link or paste it into your browser. Then click Join now.

Parallel Youth Programming for Grades K-6 will be conducted on Google Classroom on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. 

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


Should you encounter any difficulties during services, please text (408) 712-7428 with Zoom questions or (408) 218-9033 with questions about Shir Hadash TV.  We will provide technical support to the best of our ability. 

Quick links to register for High Holy Day Services


Erev Rosh HaShanah Friday, September 18

Rosh HaShanah Saturday, September 19

Erev Shabbat Shuvah Friday, September 25

Shabbat Shuvah Saturday, September 26

Erev Yom Kippur Sunday, September 27

Yom Kippur Monday, September 28

* Starting times are approximate. 

youth & family VIRTUAL high holy day programs

  • Parallel Youth Program, Grades K-6: Students are invited to participate in a dynamic virtual High Holy Day program with prayer, art, drama, and other activities during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning services. There is no charge for this program, but children must be registered to attend.
  • Teens Program, Grades 7-12: All teens are encouraged to attend this special High Holy Day experience, on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, led by our youth group (SALTY) board members. Registration for the program is strongly recommended. 
  • Family Services, Grades 3 and Below: Held virtually, these energetic, interactive services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur will be an at-home service experience, particularly geared for families. No one will mind if your kids make some noise and have the wiggles, so feel free to join us! Open to everyone in the community - there is no cost, and advance registration is required. Sign up here for Rosh HaShanah and here for Yom Kippur

FLIP BOOK Prayer BookS

If you do not have a copy of the prayer book Mishkan HaNefesh, the Reform movement has offered a free online copy. However, please note that it includes only the highlights of the service.


Memorial books 

For those that included a name in the booklet, we will be mailing a copy directly to your home before Yom Kippur. You can also view the 5781 Memorial Book here as well as on the temple calendar listing for Yizkor.


Something new for this very special year. All you will have to do is order, pick up your box curbside and contact-less at Shir Hadash, and enjoy with your family. Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves and will bring the food to your car. We ask that you also wear a mask when picking up. 

BREAK THE FAST IN-A-BOX (pick up at CSH 9/28, 1-4pm)

Serves 2 - $32 / Serves 4 - $60



House of Bagels has created a delicious box for you and your family to enjoy after services. Complete with all of the things you are used to having - bagels, cream cheese, lox and all the fixings, salads, and dessert.

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 Aron or 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 Rabbi Aron or JCRC Director Diane Fisher at (408) 357-7504.

Prayer/Meditation before Yom Kippur for One who Cannot Fast 

Ribbono shel Olam/Master of the Universe; Creator of All, Source of All Life, Who Knows What is Deep in Human Hearts, Who Nurtures Every Living Being: 

As You know, dear God, Yom Kippur is fast approaching, and because of my condition, I am not able to keep the traditional fast - I cannot abstain totally from eating. 

On this Day of Atonement, this Sabbath of Sabbaths, this year and every year, it is so central to join the people of Israel in denying ourselves food and drink for one day so that we focus on correcting our misdeeds, on knowing our mortality; on reaching for a life of Torah, mitzvot, and loving-kindness; on You. 

You know, dear God, that it is not my intent to be apart from our people and our tradition. My current state of health makes it unsuitable for me to fast. 

So, dear God, I turn to You now in sincerity and openness: 

Help me in the coming year to do my best in guarding my health. 

Help us, Your children, learn how to protect our bodies from harm. 

Help us support others in caring for their tzelem Elokim, their Image of God. 

Teach us to help one another grow and thrive in Body, Mind, and Spirit. 

Guide caring family and health care professionals in their partnering with You by doing something they need or by being attentive company Grant me the ability to do this mitzvah with love and devotion. 

Rofeh khol basar/Healer of all living creatures: I thank You for the breath that is in me for the community of Israel that lives for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. 

May my eating be as a fast; May it be dedicated to You, to T'shuvah - to the Renewal and Restoration of my Relationship to You, to Others, and to Myself.

Sat, November 26 2022 2 Kislev 5783