High Holy Days

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Welcome Members and Guests to High Holy Days 5781. This year, all services will be held using our online platforms. Though the circumstances are different, we hope you will find spiritual meaning and joy in our worship services.

Member/Non-Member Information

We are delighted to share the High Holy Days (HHD) with you. This year we will be conducting all our services and programming virtually. Please note that once we receive your registration information, and as it gets closer to the High Holy Days, we will send you Zoom links to all the services. For security reasons, some of these are going to be specific to you. We ask that you do not share links with anyone else. There will be no charge for services this year although a donation would be greatly appreciated. Please make sure you include an email address in your registration materials. We require most registration information by August 25, 2020.


Last minute Yom Kippur registrations can be accommodated before 3pm on Friday September 25. Please email or call the office – 425-259-7125 x1 or office@templebethor.org with any questions.

General Information

Schedule of Services and supplementary programming: As we move towards the High Holy Days, we are looking forward to joining together to be inspired to be the individuals and community we hope to be in the year ahead. Rabbi Rachel Kort will again be leading in partnership with Cantor Ellen Dreskin. We hope you will join us for our first opportunity to mark this reflective season at our S’lichot service on Saturday, September 12, 2020, beginning at 7:30 pm. The complete schedule of services and supplementary programming is available. Registration is required.

Prayer books: There are multiple ways to obtain the Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur HHD prayer books during the HHD season. All of these options can be accessed from the CCAR at https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/hhd/

  • Books for purchase:
  • FlipBooks: The two prayer books are available as flipbooks free of charge online. This method of using the prayer books works best if you have two devices, as the flipbooks obscure part of the screen when trying to use them and viewing the service at the same time. Information on using flipbooks is at https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/how-to-use-flip-books/

Yizkor Service of Remembrance: Please call the TBO office at 425-259-7125 if you would like to add a name or make a correction to your family’s Yizkor list. A copy of your family’s Yizkor list for review may be obtained by calling or emailing Sarah in the office. All names on your family’s list will be printed in the brochure. Names of immediate family members will be read aloud during the Yizkor Service. Deadline for adding/changing the printed list is August 25, 2020.

High Holy Days Singers: The HHD singers have been working hard to prepare music for you to enjoy during the HHD services.  Listen for their singing during the Holy Days observances.

Tashlich: Unfortunately, we cannot safely have a communal Tashlich service this year. You will be receiving information to help you create your own Tashlich observance if you wish to do so.

HHD Food Bank Drive: This year, as we are unable to be together in person, a monetary donation either as a check made out to Volunteers of America Western Washington (VAWW), or food store gift cards sent directly to VAWW would be greatly appreciated, as they allow the Food Bank to purchase items most needed.  For more information go to www.voaww.org.

Donations: As the HHD are a traditional time to make donations, we kindly suggest donations in support of the Temple Beth Or General Fund, the Wexler High Holy Days Music Fund, the Torah Repair Fund, and/or the Tzedakah Fund to help organizations and individuals in need. We have also included information for purchasing HHD bookplates in the booklet.