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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 worship 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

HIGH HOLYDAY TICKETS

Our High Holydays ticket order forms are available online for your convenience.
Please follow the links to the forms below that pertain to your ticket needs.

1. Click on the link associated with the form you want to fill out. The file should automatically download to your computer. If the file did not automatically download rather it opened in a browser window, simply right-click on the form to save a copy of the form to your desktop.
2. Fill out the form completely with your information and ticket preferences.
3. After you have completed a form, again, save the file, then please attach it to an email and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
4. Make sure you fill out all forms that are necessary to secure your tickets and send them all to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the same process highlighted above.

Contact us with any questions. If you want more detail on how to fill out the forms, please send us an email or call 908-232-6770 x133

Member Ticket Order Form for Sanctuary Services at Temple Emanu-El - please download and fill out our online form here.
Guest Ticket Order Form for Sanctuary Services at Temple Emanu-El - please download and fill out our online form here.
Member Ticket Order Form for Kol Haneshamah Services at First Congregational Church - please download and fill out our online form here.
Guest Ticket Order Form for Kol Haneshamah at First Congregational Church - please download and fill out our online form here
To pay for any tickets, you can access your account and pay here

High Holidays Tickets

Please note the following policies concerning High Holyday tickets:
  • At Temple Emanu-El services, everyone grade 6 through adult will be required to present a ticket. Everyone High school aged through adult needs a photo ID with their ticket.
  • At Kol Haneshamah services, every attendee, including children of any age (infant through college),will need a ticket. Everyone high school aged through adult needs a photo ID with their ticket.
It’s here! Electronic ticketing! Your tickets will be delivered via email this year. You can print out the email to show at the door, or you can show the ticket (i.e. the email you receive from us) on your smartphone. If you do not have an email address you may come into the Temple and pick up your ticket or it will be held for you at the door.
  • Please have your tickets and ID available prior to reaching the door to save time. 
  • Congregants with tickets and photo ID in hand may enter as directed by the ushers.ipad with ticket
  • Congregants without tickets or without a photo ID will be directed to a table where their membership can be confirmed
  • Tickets will be emailed approximately 2 weeks prior to Rosh Hashanah. Do not delete the email that contains your electronic ticket.  
Photo ID required with a 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

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.  Kol Haneshamah aims to provide a worship experience that is participatory, contemplative, and informal. “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, Cantor Michelle Rubel 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 up. 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 (September 21, 2017) and on Yom Kippur (September 30, 2017).  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.


 

High Holidays Activities for Children and Teens

Click on the links below to register:
ROSH HASHANAH MORNING
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:30 AM

YOM KIPPUR MORNING
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 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 15, 2017.
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Youth Programming for K-5th Grade

Each year we provide meaningful High Holyday experiences for K-5th grade students, including an age-appropriate service. In order to participate in the Youth Programming, children must be registered by September 15, 2017.
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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teens in grades 9-12 (as of September 2017) 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 15, 2017.
Students in the 6th grade and older 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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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 5778 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..

Schedule of Services
5778/2017

SELICHOT SERVICE
Saturday evening, September 16
7:30 PM
Havdalah Service

7:45 PM
Program

9:00 PM 
Desserts

9:30 PM
Selichot Service

ROSH HASHANAH
Wednesday, September 20
8:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 21
8:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning
(full service)
Parallel programs for grades K – 5*

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

11:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning
(full service)

3:00 PM
Family Service

Friday, September 22
10:00 AM
Morning service, Second Day
Tashlich at Mindowaskin Park at
the conclusion of this service

YOM KIPPUR
Friday, September 29
8:00 PM
Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 30
8:30 AM
Yom Kippur Morning (full service)
Parallel programs for grades K – 5*

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

11:30 AM
Yom Kippur Morning (full service)

Immediately after early morning service
Parallel Discussions (Part I)

Immediately after late morning service
Parallel Discussions (Part II) 

2:00 PM
Family service

3:15 PM
Afternoon, Yizkor & Neilah Services

Admission by e-Ticket and Photo ID Only
* Grade 6 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.