High Holy Days

L’Shanah Tovah! Beth Tikvah welcomes its members and guests to attend High Holy Day services and share in the Days of Awe on Zoom.

We look forward to sharing in the Days of Awe with you. Please join us for a very unique High Holy Days Experience during this season of reflection and renewal.


Selichot, a Hebrew word meaning “forgiveness,” refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews during the High Holy Day season. The Selichot liturgy contains some of the finest Jewish religious poetry ever composed. Reform congregations usually observe Selichot on the Saturday night just prior to Rosh HaShanah, a solemn and fitting preparation for ten days of reflection and self-examination.

Visit the URJ Selichot page to learn more and download resources.

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh Hashanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, culminating on the fast day of Yom Kippur. Special customs observed on Rosh Hashanah include; the sounding of the shofar, using round challah, eating apples and honey (and other sweet foods) for a sweet new year.

Visit the URJ’s Rosh HaShanah page to learn more and download resources.


Tashlich, which literally translates to “casting off,” is a ceremony that takes place on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. In this ceremony, the participants symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by throwing bread crumbs into flowing water. During this ritual, people recall certain things they have done wrong within the past year and then “throw them away,” dedicating themselves to improve during the coming year.

Beth Tikvah performs this ceremony by embarking on “Tashlich Around 270.” Call the temple for more information on when and where this will occur!

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement”, is the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance, considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, “the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial.” (Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment.

Visit the URJ’s Yom Kippur page to learn more and download resources.

For questions about service dates and times, please look at our calendar page.