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The High Holidays are a time for reflection, introspection, prayer, and re-connection. We welcome you to join us in celebrating these special holy days.

Rosh Hashanah (literally, "head of the year") is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holydays), ends with Yom Kippur, which means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance.

Temple Emanu-El offers a variety of High Holyday services to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse community. We offer traditional High Holyday services, family services for families with young children, as well as Kol Haneshamah - an alternative woship experience that is participatory, thoughtful, and informal. We also provide babysitting and children's programming. 

We invite you to join our Temple family for a spiritually deep High Holiday experience. 

Read more about the history and customs of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Help Usher In The New Year

During High Holyday services, the ushers who assist congregants at each service are volunteers. We are looking for additional volunteer ushers this year.
Start 5777 with a mitzvah! If you are able to assist us, please contact Bob Kendler at 908-232-1893 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High Holidays Activities for Children and Teens

Click on the links below to register:
ROSH HASHANAH MORNING
Monday, October 3, 2016, 8:30 AM

YOM KIPPUR MORNING
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 8:30 AM

Please drop your children off at 8:15 AM; Services begin at 8:30 AM.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in all programs listed below.

Babysitting for 2-4 Year Olds

at Temple Emanu-El only
Babysitting is available for toilet-trained children ages 2-4. There is a charge of $15 per child, per morning. Please note we only accept checks. In order to participate in babysitting, children must be registered by September 19, 2016.
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Youth Programming for K-6th Grade

Each year we provide meaningful High Holyday experiences for K-6th grade students, including an age-appropriate service. In order to participate in the Youth Programming, children must be registered by September 19, 2016.
Youth programming

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teens in grades 9-12 (as of September 2015) can volunteer to assist in our Babysitting and Youth Programming. Volunteers are accepted on a first-received basis with priority given to teens who currently participate in our Madrichim program, are enrolled in our Religious School, and/or participate in our youth groups. In order to volunteer, teens must be registered by September 19, 2016.

7th and 8th graders are encouraged to attend services with their parents. 
Teens and families may worship together in the main sanctuary or at the Kol Haneshamah service.
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High Holidays Tickets


Please note the following policies concerning High Holyday tickets:

  • Every adult attending High Holyday Services will be required to present a ticket and a photo ID.
  • At Temple Emanu-El services, all children (7th grade through high school), college-age students, and dependent children (living at home with their parents) will be required to present a ticket. High school students and older need a photo ID with their tickets.
  • At Kol Haneshamah services, every attendee, including children of any age (infant through college), will need a ticket. High school students and older need a photo ID with their tickets.
  • Married children of congregants, independent single children (not living with their parents), and out-of-town family and friends will be required to present tickets and a photo ID.
  • Please have your tickets available. All tickets and photo IDs will be checked.
  • Congregants with tickets and photo ID in hand may enter as directed by the ushers.
  • Congregants without tickets or without a photo ID will be directed to a table where their membership can be confirmed.

Tickets are color coded:

  • GREEN tickets will be accepted for entry at Temple Emanu-El only.
  • PINK tickets will be accepted for entry at Kol Haneshamah Services at First Congregational Church for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. They will also be accepted for Erev Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre services, Parallel Discussion Group, Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services at Temple Emanu-El.
  • GRAY tickets will be accepted for entry at Kol Haneshamah Rosh Hashanah Service only at First Congregational Church and Erev Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre services, Parallel Discussion Group, Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services at Temple Emanu-El.
  • IVORY tickets will be accepted for entry at Kol Haneshamah Yom Kippur Service only at First Congregational Church and at all Rosh Hashanah servces, Kol Nidre services, Parallel Discussion Group, Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services at Temple Emanu-El.

Photo ID required with ticket.
If you or any family member or guest do not carry items on the Holydays, please call the Temple Emanu-El office and let us know.
For additional information, please call the Temple Office, 908-232-6770.

Kol Haneshamah Service

Kol Haneshamah: A Contemporary Alternative Worship Experience for the High Holydays

For the 10th year in a row, Temple Emanu-El will offer Kol Haneshamah, our alternative High Holyday worship service, held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur at the First Congregational Church on Elmer Street in Westfield. Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal. As in years past, we will supplement the machzor (prayer book) with contemporary readings, songs, and poetry. “Kol Haneshamah” means “every soul,” and it comes from a phrase found in Psalm 150:
Kol han’shamah t’hallel yah, Halleluya!
“Let every soul praise God, Halleluyah!”

Kol Haneshamah will be led by Rabbi Ethan Prosnit and song leader/guitar player Rick Calvert. Rick is one of the premier song leaders of the Reform Movement, and many of you know him as one of the leaders of our popular Simchat Shabbat service.

Kol Haneshamah is adult-oriented but accessible to children approximately five years old and older. During the service we will follow the matbe’a (outline) of the Reform machzor (prayer book) and read from the Torah. Rabbi Prosnit will offer a sermon on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Kol Haneshamah will take place on the mornings of the first day of Rosh Hashanah (October 3, 2016) and on Yom Kippur (October 12, 2016). Services will begin at 9:45 AM and will last approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Temple Office at 908-232-6770.

First Congregational Church
The Perfect Place for Kol Haneshamah

Temple Emanu-El and the First Congregational Church have a long-standing relationship of warmth and cooperation; in fact, when Temple Emanu-El was first founded, we held worship services at this church! The church has once again been very welcoming to us and we are very excited to hold Kol Haneshamah in its beautiful sanctuary.

Kol Haneshamah CDs Available

In an effort to ensure that Kol Haneshamah is as participatory as possible, we will once again provide a CD of the music that we will be using at Kol Haneshamah. To order a copy, please contact Carol Jassin in the Temple office at 908-232-6770, x120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Schedule of Services
5777/2016

SELICHOT SERVICE
Saturday evening, September 24
7:30 PM
Havdalah Service

7:45 PM
Program

9:30 PM 
Desserts

10:00 PM
Selichot Service

ROSH HASHANAH
Sunday, October 2
8:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Monday, October 3
8:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning
(full service)
Parallel programs for grades K – 6*

9:45 AM
Rosh Hashanah Kol Haneshamah 
service at FCC**

11:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning
(full service)

3:00 PM
Family Service

Tuesday, October 4
10:00 AM
Morning service, Second Day
Tashlich at Mindowaskin Park at
the conclusion of this service

YOM KIPPUR
Tuesday, October 11
8:00 PM
Kol Nidre

Wednesday, October 12
8:30 AM
Yom Kippur Morning (full service)
Parallel programs for grades K – 6*

9:45 AM
Yom Kippur Kol Haneshamah
service at FCC**

11:30 AM
Yom Kippur Morning (full service)

11:30 AM
Parallel Discussions (Part I)

2:00 PM
Parallel Discussions (Part II) 

2:00 PM
Family service

3:15 PM
Afternoon, Yizkor & Neilah Services

Admission by Ticket and Photo ID Only
* Grade 7 students and older teens are invited to join their parents in the Sanctuary at either morning service or at the Kol
Haneshamah service at FCC.
** FCC is First Congregational Church, which is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.