High Holy Days

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Join Us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

Join us for inspiring, transforming, joyful and heart-opening High Holy Day 5778/2017 services!

Our theme this year is Sanctuary: Dwell in the Presence.  Our services include Jewish renewal-style prayer as well as traditional liturgy, meditation, joyful music, and inspiring words (drashot and kavannah) from our service leaders.  Pray, meditate, sing, and dance with Maggid Jhos Singer, Shlichat Tzibur Julie Batz, Jewlia Eisenberg, Jason Ditzian, Lior Tsarfaty, Laura Goldman, Jeffrey Kessler, Daniella Salzman, and special guests and musicians.

Sanctuary: Dwell in the Presence

Our services this year will be a time for finding that place within that is safe and secure, a refuge from all the turmoil of the outer world.  It will also be a time for connecting with others in community to create a safe and welcoming space for all.  With all that is going on in the world around us, it feels vital —now, more than ever — that we attend to our individual, communal, and collective practices of connecting deeply with our hearts and the values that shape how we will move through our lives with courage and clarity.  Please join us.

All are welcome. Whatever your background, you will find meaningful and powerful ways to connect to yourself and each other. Chochmat HaLev membership includes free High Holy Day tickets. Become a member now.

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Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah | Wednesday, September 20, 7:30pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

1st Day Rosh Hashanah | Thursday, September 21, 10am

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah | Friday, September 22, 10am

LocationChochmat HaLev | 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre | Friday, September 29, 5:45 pm

Yom Kippur Day | Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00 am

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Detailed information about the format for Yom Kippur Day Services Here. 

10:00 AM – Contemplative Morning Service in the main Sanctuary
10:30 AM – Children’s Service
12:30 PM – Musical Torah and Musaf Service
3:00 PM – Afternoon Classes
4:30 PM – Yizkor
6:30 PM – Neilah

Additional programs and rituals
Tzedakah and generosity

The High Holy Days are a traditional time to make financial donations to support and strengthen your community. Make a Holy Days donation or purchase leaves for our Yizkor tree to publicly remember your loved ones and donate in their memory. Each leaf on our handmade tree bears the name of someone being remembered, and stays on the tree through the coming year. We invite you to purchase leaves this year so our tree is once again full of our loved ones. Each leaf is $18.

Dedicate a High Holy Day prayer book/machzor – We have newly printed machzorim! It is a time-honored tradition to support the publication of a holiday prayer book through the purchase of dedications. Even if you have done it in the past, you may dedicate machzorim in honor of a living friend or relative, cause, or the memory of a loved one. A single dedication is $18.