High Holy Days 5779/2018


Join Us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

Plug into your inner wisdom embracing the three-fold way of

     Teshuvah תשובה — correcting our course;
     Tefilah תפילה — reclaiming our inner wisdom; and
     Tzedakah צדקה — striving for justice, balance, and equality.

The High Holy Days invite us to be fully present in body, mind, heart and spirit. Come home as we open our hearts, sing, dance, meditate, pray and connect. Explore this important work in the joyful power of community.

Chochmat HaLev is a dynamic spiritual community, rich in diverse approaches to Jewish learning and practice.

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 Lior TsarfatyKiki Lipsett, Eliyahu Sills, Mike Perlmutter, Dave Rosenfeld, Shira Kammen, Aharon Wheels Bolsta, and Michaelle Goerlitz.  In addition, we have Special Guests: James BarazShayk Issa Baba, Laura Goldman, and Jeffrey Kessler.

Come as you are –  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.

Together, may we make our lives right, our hearts true and our society just!

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.