High Holy Days Headquarters
The High Holy Days are a wonderful, moving experience at Beth Or - a time for reflection, repentance and renewal. At Beth Or, we switch our Torah covers to white, and our clergy also dress in traditional white robes to signify our desire to remake ourselves with a clean start.
Our Clergy lead a variety of experiences throughout the High Holy Days, including large, formal traditional services, intimate worship and Torah study, and family, youth or tot services for families with young children.
Babysitting is available for children pre-K and under.
A High Holy Days Information Packet is mailed to your home each July. Tickets are required for all services, and you must pre-register for babysitting. The packet includes important FAQs such as service details, RSVP forms for your family and guests, parking & shuttle information and more. You may also access this year's information and forms below.
Not able to attend services in person? Watch Erev Rosh Hashanah (8pm), Rosh Hashanah (first day, 9am), Kol Nidre (8pm), and Yom Kippur (9am) live by contacting Genevieve Yanity at 215-646-5806 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the password and then clicking the link below. The live stream will begin about 5 minutes before the service start time.
Are you participating in our High Holy Days services? Visit the Audio/Video Resources page to find a variety of prayers and blessings as well as your specific part to help you prepare.
Worship Service Schedule and Descriptions
8:30pm Selichot Worship Service
Jewish tradition teaches that the preceding month of Elul is a time of soul-searching and reflection to prepare oneself for the magnitude of the Days of Awe. It is during this time that we observe Selichot. We celebrate with a communal meal, movie and discussion followed by a music-filled worship service.
Erev Rosh Hashanah Worship
9:30pm Dessert Reception
Join as we worship to mark the new Jewish Year. We begin “Asseret Yami Teshuvah", the ten days of repentance which is marked by intense periods of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This service is geared to adults and children from 5th grade up.
Rosh Hashanah First Day Worship
9am Early Service (Reserve your tickets in advance.)
This worship service is geared to adults and children 5th grade and up and follows the same format at the late service. New for 2019/5780, for families who prefer to worship with all of their children, the early service is open as an option for children of all ages.
9am Youth Service (Drop off begins at 8:15am and pickup is no later than 12:30pm - tickets reqiured)
For each holy day, our younger children (those 4th grade & under) attend a short worship service as well as programs appropriate for each age group.
During each Tashlich service, we gather together for a ceremony by the pond. Children will feel comfortable in our “backyard” for this brief service. Our clergy will bring breadcrumbs to toss into the water, symbolically casting off our sins as a community.
12:00pm Late Service (Reserve your tickets in advance.)
With our different stories to tell, we come together as one community to look within, up to God and to our future with hope and promise. The early and late morning service is geared to adults and children from 5th grade up.
3pm Family Service
This 60-90 minute service is held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and is geared to children K and up and their families. Age appropriate stories, prayers and youthful music led by our wonderful Junior Choir mark this participatory service.
3pm Tot Service
This 30-45 minute music-filled service is held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and is geared to our Pre-K and younger children and their families.
Rosh Hashanah Second Day Worship
Join us for a more Conservative based worship service to mark the second day of Rosh Hashanah. The service is geared to adults and children 5th grade & up.
Kol Nidre Worship
Kol Nidre signals the beginning of our Day of Atonement worship. The haunting music along with the moving readings will lift the Jewish spirit in us all. This service is geared to adults and children 5th grade & up.
Yom Kippur Day Worship
9am Early Service (Reserve your tickets in advance.)
This solemn and introspective service is geared to adults and children 5th grade and up and follows the same format at the late service. New for 2019/5780, for families who prefer to worship with all of their children, the early service is open as an option for children of all ages.
9am Youth Service (Drop off begins at 8:15am and pickup is no later than 12:30pm - tickets required)
11:30am Yom Kippur Study Session #1
To allow those who wish to spend the day at Beth Or, we offer three study sessions. The sessions are geared to adults and children 5th grade & up.
12pm Late Service (Reserve your tickets in advance.)
Yom Kippur is the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year. On this day, the great human drama of reckoning and accountability, making amends for past errors and misdeeds, and – ultimately – forgiveness and reconciliation is played out. Our early and late morning worship services are geared to adults and children 5th grade & up.
1pm Yom Kippur Study Session #2
2:45pm Yom Kippur Study Session #3
2:45pm Family & Tot Service
4pm Afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah Service
On Yom Kippur, Yizkor memorial prayers are recited for our deceased relatives as well as for the martyrs of the Jewish people (in our own day, particularly for those who died in the Holocaust). This service is geared to adults and children from 5th grade & up.
Neilah translates literally to the closing of the gates. This is the final service on Yom Kippur and the Ark is open for about 20 minutes. While it is open we have one last chance to seek repentance and be sealed in the Book of Life. Everyone is invited to stand for a private moment in front of the Ark to find peace and share the beauty of the Torah with your loved ones.
6:15pm Break the Fast