High Holidays

The High Holy Days, specifically Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are marked by a ten-day period of time during which we engage in prayer, introspection, repentance and fasting. Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. Services are held on both the days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.

Schedule of Services for the High Holy Days 5779

Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah: A beautifully moving service to start the season of reflection.

Two Seatings On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Monday, Sept. 10 – Rosh Hashanah, Day One: 

9:30amWe welcome families that have children through high school. We request that infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers either join us for babysitting during the service or find alternate arrangements in order to retain a quiet space appropriate for worship and reflection.

Noon: Adult service.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10:30am – Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Service 

TashlichJoin us at the Old North Bridge in Concord for this beautiful service and ritual as we symbolically cast our sins into the water. We will be having dinner at The Great Wall in Bedford following this service.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:30pm – Kol Nidre: We begin the holy day of Yom Kippur with a beautiful, moving service featuring the chanting of the Kol Nidre prayer. Due to the solemnity of this service, all adults and families with children Grade 1 and older are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Yom Kippur Services 

9:30am- Family Service: For all those with children thru high school. Baby sitting available for those with children in Kindergarten and younger.

Noon – Adult Service 

4:30pm – Neilah Service:  Followiing the Service, a brief ‘break the fast’ snack of apples, challah, honey, and wine at temple.

Do I Need Tickets? No! Rather than issuing tickets, we are offering an invitation to come worship with us.

Extended family members and non-members are also welcome, and we respectfully request a donation in place of tickets. We recommend $300.00 for adult non-members, $72.00 for children non-members Grade 1 and older, and $90.00 for extended family members. Please contact Ali Almog at the temple, 781-272-2351 or email us

Please mail donations to Temple Shalom Emeth, PO Box 216, Burlington, MA 01803, Attn: Holy Days.

Say Yes: Our tradition is that we celebrate and worship with your participation. Someone may be contacting you asking if you would help with a part in the service so please say yes.

Sukkot: Save the date, Sunday, Sept. 23, 9am, to help build the Sukkah; ladders, hammers and drills are most definitely welcome. Join us for lunch and a decorating party held at 11:30am immediately after Religious School sponsored by the Religious School committee.

Sukkot, Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30pm: Please join us to welcome in the high holy day of Sukkot as we consecrate our newest religious school students. Sukkot is the festival when we give thanks for our many blessings. This holy day recalls the time when our ancestors lived in booths and made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to offer up the first fruits of their crops in thanksgiving. Following the service, we will recite the blessings in our Sukkah.

Simchat Torah, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5:45pm:  Join us for Simchat Torah, the holiday that celebrates the continuous reading of the Torah with singing, music, and dancing. The fun begins with a pizza dinner. Service begins at 6:30pm, featuring the temple band.