High Holy Days at Temple Beth-El

Our High Holy Days are contemporary and traditional! In the evenings, we embrace tradition – accompanied by a pianist and cantorial soloist. In the mornings, our music and liturgy is contemporary – accompanied by our own jammin’ jews. We also have really fun Family Services (see schedule below).  We strive to create a worship experience that is both familiar and fantastic. We hope that the familiarity with the music itself – presented by voices and instruments – will further lift the community’s voices in song and prayer; allowing us all to truly experience the holiness of the High Holy Days.

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Temple Beth-El High Holy Days 2017|5778

Saturday, September 16


7:00 -10:00 pm

Journey Through Mishkan HaNefesh & Service

Wednesday, September 20

Erev Rosh Hashanah

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Thursday, September 21

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

9:30 am – 12:45 pm


9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Family Services

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Contemporary Morning Service

Friday, September 22

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contemporary Morning Service

Friday, September 22

Family Shabbat Shuva & Tashlich

6:30 – 8:00 pm

On the beach (Location TBA)

Sunday, September 24

Memorial Services

9:30 – 10:00 am

Cemetery Service (Chapel Hill)

10:30 – 11:00 am

Cemetery Service (Royal Palm)

Friday, September 29

Erev Yom Kippur

7:30 – 9:45 pm

Kol Nidre Service

Saturday, September 30

Yom Kippur

9:30 am - 4:00 pm


9:45 – 11:15 am

Family Services

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Contemporary Morning Service

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Yizkor Service

1:30 – 4:00 pm

  1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

 Option 1: Social Action Forum, hosted  by the Social Action Committee (APR) 

Guest Speaker Sylvia Acevedo, Director of the Refugee Resettlement Program at Gulf Coast JFCS will talk about "When Staying Put is not an Option: Who are Refugees, How Did They Get Here, and How can We Help?"


 Option 2: Jewish Meditation (Sembler  Library/Ross Chapel)

 Marshall Reissman will lead a guided  meditation.

 Option 3: Quiet Reading &  Contemplation (Office Foyer)


 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 Option 1: Discussion & Study with  Rabbi (Sembler Library/Ross Chapel)

 Option 2: Music & Contemplation  (Main Sanctuary)

 A String Quartet from the Florida  Orchestra will play music for us to    listen to and use the time for  contemplation or meditation. The Ark  will be open throughout this period  for those who would like to have  private moments standing at the Ark.  Those present in the sanctuary will be  able to remain seated despite the Ark  being open. 

 Option 3: Quiet Reading &  Contemplation (Office Foyer)

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Afternoon Service

6:00 – 6:45 pm

Neilah Service

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Community Break-the-Fast

Ticket Information

Tickets are available free of charge. We ask that you let us know to expect you. Call the office, or click here to make a reservation.


Your household’s tickets will be mailed to you in September. If you are bringing a guest, please make reservations through the link here, or call the temple office.

If you plan on visiting another URJ Congregation for High Holy Days this year, then please contact the temple office for a letter of reciprocity.


If you are a guest to our community please make reservations through the link here, or call the temple office. Your tickets will be mailed to you September 26. If you request tickets on September 23 or later, your tickets will be available for pick-up at the Welcome Table before the High Holy Day Services immediately inside the Sanctuary doors.

Book of Remembrance

Each year during the Yizkor Services on Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret, Pesach & Shavuot, we distribute our memorial “Book of Remembrance.” If you would like to honor the memory of your loved ones, please click here to fill out our online form. There is no fee for this listing but donations are greatly appreciated.

Child’s Corner

Childcare will be offered along with an array of activities for those children 12 months through 5th grade free of charge. Please sign up by clicking here or calling the temple office by Friday, September 4. Look below for more information about the activities that your children may participate in.

First Day of Rosh Hashanah child care will be offered 9:30 am – 12:45 pm

Yom Kippur child care will be 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Rosh Hashanah Children's Service

9:45 – 10:15 am: Water Wonder 
Families with children newborns through Kindergarten are invited to join us for an age appropriate holiday experience with Shabbat Wonder! We will sing, dance, enjoy stories and activities.

10:15 – 10:30 am: Sweet as Honey Snack 
Families with infants through 5th graders are welcome to enjoy a sweet Rosh Hashanah snack of apples, honey and Challah!

10:30 – 11:30 am: Reflect and Express: A Creative Youth Service for the High Holy Days.
Our BEEFY Youth will lead Grades 5-8 in a creative journey through prayer, poetry and music.

10:45 – 11:30 am: The Apple and the Bee 
Families with children in grades 1 – 5 are invited to a special Rosh Hashanah Service made just for their enjoyment & understanding.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Hear the Shofar 
Our family service will conclude by joining the community for the Shofar Service in the sanctuary. Families are invited (and encouraged) to join us as we come together for the Shofar Service as a community.


Yom Kippur Children's Service

9:45 – 10:15 am: Give & Forgive: A Fish Story
Families with infants through kindergartners are invited to join us for an age-appropriate holiday experience! We will since, dance, enjoy stories, and activities.

10:30 – 11:15 am: A Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Can you say: "I'm sorry?"
Families with children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to a special Yom Kippur Service made just for their enjoyment & understanding.

10:30 – 11:30 am: Reflect and Express: A Creative Youth Service for the High Holy Days. 
Our BEEFY Youth will lead Grades 5-8 in a creative journey through prayer, poetry and music.

School Absence Information

If your child is missing school to attend services, please click here for a signed notice from Rabbi Torop.

Break-the-Fast Information

Following the conclusion of our 6:00 pm Neilah Service on Yom Kippur, we welcome you to Break-the-Fast in the Rothman Family Social Hall. Please bring a dairy dessert in a disposable container to share with the community. There is no charge for this event.

Food Drive

Help us achieve our goal! Last year we collected 1,760 pounds of food for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service’s food pantry. This year we want to surpass this amount and collect 2,000 pounds of non-perishables! You will receive a bag on Rosh Hashanah to fill with groceries. You may drop it off anytime through Yom Kippur.


Police Officers will be on hand to help direct you to:

  • The Temple parking lot
  • Pasadena Community Church parking
  • Park Circle South & Oleander Way South (the streets on either side of the temple)

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

What should I wear?

Naturally with regard to clothing, good taste should be your guide. Kippot and tallitot are not required. If you would like to wear a kippah or tallit, we have them to borrow at the entrance of the Sanctuary. Tallitot are appropriate every morning and on Kol Nidre. On Yom Kippur, it is a custom to wear white and not leather (including shoes) to symbolize holiness.


What if I need special assistance?

We strive to be as accommodating as possible. If you have concerns about any assistance you may require, please call the temple office so we can assist you.

We are honored to have Sign Language Interpreters for both Erev Rosh Hashanah, October 2 at 7:30 pm & Kol Nidre, October 11 at 7:30 pm. We will also have headphones available.

If you need special seating, please see an usher. Large print prayer books are available.

If you are fasting and need a light snack or refreshment on Yom Kippur, please see an usher.


What is the cost of admission?

Members and & guests to our community alike are not required to pay to attend our High Holy Day services. We are able to welcome everyone into our doors through acts of generosity. If you feel inspired to contribute, you may click here.