High Holy Days at Sinai

We Make These Days of Awe, Together

The High Holy Days are a time for personal reflection and communal connection.

At Sinai Brookline, we prepare for this sacred time between Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (A Day of Atonement) with a month-long schedule of special opportunities beforehand to open our hearts for reflection.

Join us for joyous singing, inspiring words from Rabbis Andy Vogel and Talia Stein, and the incredible sense of belonging you can feel when our community gathers. From the first prayers of Rosh Hashanah (begins Sunday night, September 25) to the final Yom Kippur blast of the shofar (begins Tuesday evening, October 4), we hope you will join us to celebrate, and reflect, on these Days of Awe.

We offer an Outdoor Family Service, open to anyone in the community, in the mornings of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, led by our rabbinic intern in the backyard of the Brookline Church of Christ, 416 Washington Street.

Our 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with an all-ages Congregational Hike and Shofar Blowing in a beautiful spot in nature around the Boston area. (for a full list of events see our calendar)

We ask anyone interested in participating in our High Holy Day programs and services to register in advance. (see registration blocks)

Please join us.  Call the temple office (617) 277-5888 to learn more.

Member High Holy Day Service Registration Link
Non-Member High Holy Day Service Registration Link

Covid Policy: All attendees (over 6 months and otherwise eligible) who wish to join us in person must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19. We recommend that in-person attendees wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask but respect each person’s personal choice about masking. We will identify and clearly mark a section of the sanctuary in which masking is required.

Member High Holy Day Registration Link

There is no charge for tickets or Zoom links but registration is required for both.  Donations are greatly appreciated. 

Members Ticket Registration

For safety and security reasons, we ask all adults to present a ticket for entry to the Erev Rosh Hashanah service, the morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and the Kol Nidre service.  Members of Temple Sinai will receive their tickets in the mail 1-2 weeks before Rosh Hashanah.

Guests who belong to a different Reform congregation should request a form from their home congregation so that they may attend our services without charge.

For Temple Sinai members requesting courtesy seating at a distant Reform congregation, our temple office can provide you with an official URJ request form.

For more information, call us at 617.277.5888 or email our Executive Director, Linda Katz, at executivedirector@sinaibrookline.org

Machzorim (High Holy Day prayer books) will not be shown on screen during services.  Click HERE to learn the many options you have for obtaining a Machzor. 

Non-Member High Holy Day Registration Link

While there is no fixed charge for either tickets or online attendance, we ask people who are planning to join us during these holy days to consider making a generous donation to Sinai Brookline.  Contributions for the High Holy Days are an important part of our fundraising for the year and allow us to continue to be a welcoming and vibrant community.

Anyone wishing to attend services in our sanctuary without a ticket at entry (members or guests) will be directed to the Temple office to register.

Non-member registration form

Machzorim (High Holy Day prayer books) will not be shown on screen during services.  If you wish to obtain your own Machzor, you can purchase a digital edition from Amazon (at about $10/book)  or purchase your own hard-bound set from Kolbo, Israel Book store, or CCAR press. 

College Students Non Member Registration Link

College students  – you are welcome here! Please fill out the non-member registration below. You will need to show your school ID at the synagogue door for entry.

Non member registration

Machzorim (High Holy Day prayer books) will not be shown on screen during services.  If you wish to obtain your own Machzor, you can purchase a digital edition from Amazon (at about $10/book)  or purchase your own hard-bound set from Kolbo, Israel Book store, or CCAR press. 

Prayer Book Information

Temple Sinai’s Rabbis and Music Prayer Ritual Committee aspire to provide our worshippers with meaningful and engaging High Holy Day worship. This year, rather than screen-sharing the High Holy Day machzor (prayer book) on Zoom, we have planned opportunities to use the prayer books in your home.

We encourage those congregants who will participate in High Holy Day services online to obtain their own set or to borrow our prayer books.

  • You can purchase a digital edition of the prayer books from Amazon for $9.99/for each book (2 volumes). The digital edition does not require a Kindle device, only the Kindle app.
  • You can purchase your own printed set (regular or large-print) from:
  • Kolbo (617-731-8743)
  • Israel Book Shop (617) 566-7113)
  • CCAR Press ($46 plus shipping) Order here
  • Amazon ($46 plus shipping).

Sinai Brookline Members will receive other options with your registration.

We look forward to observing the High Holy Days with you this fall.  Shanah Tovah!

Borrow a Machzor Flyer

 

Yom Kippur Food Drive

For over 20 years,  Temple Sinai has participated in the nationwide effort to collect food for people in need during the High Holy Days by holding our Yom Kippur Food Drive. All donations will go to the Grow Clinic food pantry at Boston Medical Center. This unique and successful program serves over 5,000 malnourished people a year. When you come to Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services this year, please bring your donated grocery bags (for a list of items that can be donated visit the Grow Clinic). A greeter will direct you to leave your bag in the small room off the vestibule of the temple. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Download 2022 list here

High Holidays Schedule 2022 | 5783

There is no charge for service attendance or Zoom links, but registration is required for both. Registration links in the boxes above.

Rosh Hashana Services

EREV ROSH HASHANAH | Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022
Service 7:30 pm – Join us in person or Zoom

  • ROSH HASHANAH – First Day | Monday, Sept. 26, 2022
    Morning Services, 9:30 am – 11:15 am:
    Sanctuary Service – In our Sanctuary or Zoom
    Outdoor Family Service – In the backyard of the Brookline Church of Christ, 416 Washington Street.
  • Torah Reading & Sermon Service, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm. Join us in person in our sanctuary or Zoom.
  • Tashlich at Muddy River, Longwood T Stop, 12:45 pm.
    Meet on Temple sanctuary steps.

ROSH HASHANAH – Second Day | Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Picnic & Shofar Blowing – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Meet at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain. Bring a picnic lunch.
Download Picnic Flyer Information

Yom Kippur Services

KOL NIDRE  | Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Service 7:00 pm – Join us in person or Zoom

YOM KIPPUR DAY | Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Morning Services, 9:30 am – 11:15 am:
Sanctuary Service – In our Sanctuary or Zoom
Outdoor Family Service – In the backyard of the Brookline Church of Christ, 416 Washington Street

  • Torah Reading & Sermon Service, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm. Join us in our sanctuary or Zoom
  • Healing Service, 1:00 pm – in person in the Weintraub Community Room or Zoom
  • Yom Kippur Forum Panel, 3:00 pm – In person or Zoom
  • Afternoon Service, 4:30 pm – In person or Zoom
  • Yizkor and Ne’ilah Concluding Services, beginning at 5:30 pm, in person or Zoom

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