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High Holy Days 5779

The High Holy Days are the most sacred days of the Jewish calendar. Here at Congregation B’nai Shalom, we begin with the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish month of Elul), with opportunities to spiritually prepare for the New Year, with classes and Selichot (usually the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah).

Over Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Congregation B’nai Shalom provides opportunities for meaningful worship for all ages. Our full schedule of offerings is available on our High Holy Day Information pages (see below) as the season approaches.

The festivals continue with the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah, ending out an intensive month of spiritual renewal with joyful gatherings, festive meals, and many opportunities to participate and celebrate. One of the special experiences we offer to end the season is the unrolling of the entire Torah around our sanctuary, with many of our teenagers and adults chanting short excerpts as we review the five books of the Torah.


5779 / 2018 High Holy Days Information

A complete calendar of High Holy Day Services and events (including signups for community meals during the High Holy Day season) is available at You can also download a copy of our print High Holy Days Bulletin. 

We have also created a list of Frequently Asked Questions to answer your inquiries about which service to attend and other specifics about our celebration of the High Holy Days.

Seating cards will be mailed in mid-August to members in good standing with Congregation B'nai Shalom. 

Information on seating cards for those wishing to join us for the High Holy Days is available at

There are also opportunities to help us in our mission to provide a vibrant hub of Jewish life in Central MA, through a donation to our High Holy Days Appeal, or by honoring the memory of a loved one by remembering them in our High Holy Days Memorial Book, which is distributed at our Yom Kippur afternoon Yizkor service.

Child care is available during our 8:30 am services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. We ask you to RSVP at so we can adequately plan.

We cherish the volunteers whose assistance during the High Holy Day season helps create a welcoming and spiritual experience for all who join with us in prayer. To participate in one of our worship services, go to To help us welcome our congregation as an usher, go to, or to assist our Brotherhood as a parking lot greeter, go to

Thu, October 18 2018 9 Cheshvan 5779