The transformative meanings of Yom Kippur unfold over a full day of immersion as we observe the "Day of Atonement" with fasting, prayer and repentance.
Two Kol Nidrei services are offered on Erev Yom Kippur. The family service (designed for families with children in grade three and above), followed by a later adult service.
Yom Kippur morning begins with the family service, followed by the late morning service for adults desiring a full experience, then our children’s service for families with young children (up to age eight).
On Yom Kippur afternoon, a special panel of members, selected each year by the rabbi, shares reflections about their Jewish journeys, surprising us with unexpected but meaningful twists and turns.
The late afternoon Mincha service is followed by Yizkor, and then our Neilah service. After an extended period of solemnity, the festive mood of Neilah is most welcome. Our day culminates with our children on the bimah as the final note of the shofar is sounded, sealing us for a year of blessing. A sense of buoyancy and renewed hope flows from the music, the blasting of the shofar, the prayers and the beautiful Havdalah service, followed by a light Break-the-Fast. The experience of having spent many hours with fellow Jews immersed in prayer and Teshuvah reaches its proper conclusion, evoking a sense of hope for the future.
Each summer, a comprehensive High Holy Day mailing is sent to the entire congregation. It contains information for our members about the logistics of our services, childcare options, volunteer opportunities and our High Holy Day Food drive. Non-members interested in attending High Holy Day services at Shir Tikva can contact Toni Spitzer, Office Administrator, regarding ticket information.