High Holidays

Temple Shalom Emeth High Holidays Information for 2020 (5781)

L’Shana Tova!

The Jewish High Holy Days are nearly here and while we truly would like to be able to see everyone and worship together in person, the realities of the current pandemic mean that we will have to welcome 5781 in some new and creative ways.

This year’s services will be held virtually, with links provided ahead of the dates below.

Do I Need Tickets?  Members do not need tickets and will be receiving the link to the services via email.  Extended family members and non-member guests are also welcome to “attend” the services, and we ask that you register in order to receive a link the online services, and respectfully request a suggested donation of $180.00 for adult non-members, and $90.00 for extended family members.   Please visit our online High Holiday Registration and Donation page to provide your information and receive access to the online services.

If you prefer to send your donations directly, please mail checks to Temple Shalom Emeth, PO Box 216, Burlington, MA 01803, Attn: Holy Days.

Schedule of Services

Friday, September 18: Rosh Hashanah Eve

This service will be an abbreviated High Holy Day Service, ending with a virtual Rosh Hashanah seder. Learn which foods are associated with Rosh Hashanah.

Saturday, September 19:  1st Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

There will be an adult service and a separate service for children Pre-K through middle school.

Sunday, September 20:  2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Similar to September 19 but with several key differences (e.g., with brief talks by members of all ages describing what the Temple means to them).

Sunday, September 20:  Tashlich Service (afternoon)

Symbolizing the casting-off of our sins by throwing pebbles into the water, with a lot of musical accompaniment.

Sunday, September 27:  Erev Yom Kippur

Including the chanting of Kol Nidre with a montage of Temple members’ holding the Torah.

Monday, September 28:  Yom Kippur Morning Service

Morning adult and a separate service for children as on Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 28:  Yizkor Memorial Service (following morning service)

Readings of the Temple’s Yizkor list and memorial prayers to remember loved ones as well as those who died in the holocaust and other tragic events.

Monday, September 28:   Neilah afternoon concluding service


Friday, October 2: Sukkot Service


Friday, October 9: Simchat Torah
In addition to a virtual Simchat Torah service, there will be a concert by Nefesh Mountain at 8:00 p.m.