High Holy Days 5779/2018


Join Us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

Come and join the Chochmat HaLev community for a deep and celebratory experience of the High Holy Days! 

Led by a diverse team of spiritual leaders, meditation teachers, poets, and award-winning musicians, Chochmat HaLev weaves traditional liturgy and ritual with innovative, creative, and heart-centered spiritual technology. You’re invited to journey with us through profound meditation, soul-stirring music inspiring teachings, multi-faith voices, embodied ritual, and connected community.

Our High Holy Day Team
We have an incredible team of service leaders, teachers, and musicians who will be guiding our High Holy Day journey: our spiritual leaders, Maggid Jhos Singer and 
Shlichat Tzibur Julie Batz; our music director, Lior Tsarfaty; special guest teacher and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, James Baraz; our dynamic musical prayer leaders: Kiki Lipsett, Eliyahu Sills, Mike Perlmutter, Michaelle Goerlitz, Shira Kammen and guest musical prayer leaders Sheik Issa Nissim Baba, Bouchaib Abdelhadi, and Aharon Wheels-Bolsta. (Learn more our musicians here.) Our partner in family education is the dynamic Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, a gifted mentor, teacher, artist, storyteller and community builder.

In these times of intensity and uncertainty, we invite you to Come Home to the light of your soul…to pray, dance, meditate, sing, and reconnect to your essence.

We look forward to sharing the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe with you!


Get Tickets
Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah | Sunday, September 9, 7:30pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

1st Day Rosh Hashanah | Monday, September 10, 10am

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah | Tuesday, September 11, 10am

LocationChochmat HaLev | 2215 Prince Street, Berkeley

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre | Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 pm

Yom Kippur Day | Wednesday, September 19, 2017, 10:00 am

Location: First Presbyterian Church | 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

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

  • Contemplative Service: 10:00am— featuring James Baraz, with Lior Tsarfaty, Shayk Issa Baba, Laura Goldman and Jeffrey Kessler
  • Musaf: 12:30pm
  • Study Groups: 3:00-4:00pm
  • Yizkor/Memorial Service:  4:45pm
  • Neilah/Closing Service: 6:30pm
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.