High Holy Days Information

Jo Booser blowing the shofar
Jo Booser blowing the shofar

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The Meaning of the High Holy Days

Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes everyone to join us for High Holy Days services, children’s activities, adult learning and food-filled celebrations. Click here to make your reservation.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur represent two of the most important days of the year for the Jewish community. The High Holy Days are not just a celebration of the Jewish New Year but also serve as a time of contemplation, reflection and aspiration for the coming year. The theme of this remarkable 10-day period is “Teshuvah,” a beautiful Hebrew word that means “to return” or “to turn around.”

Rabbi Johanna Hershenson will lead our High Holy Days Services accompanied by soloists Sarah Flagg on Rosh Hashanah and Samantha Winter on Yom Kippur and joined by Julie Geveshausen and Jo Booser.

We’ve endeavored to create an experience that is as enriching and memorable as ever while finding new ways to spend time together. We invite you to celebrate in the diverse array of ritual and social opportunities described below.

High Holy Days Schedule 

This year we are providing for in-person services, which are held in the Main Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE Ninth Street, Bend.


Friday, September 15th

7:00 pm:    Erev Rosh Hashanah Service followed by sweet table reception

Saturday, September 16th

10:00 am:  Rosh Hashanah Morning Torah Service

KEVER AVOT:  Visiting gravesites to honor departed loved ones and members of the community

2:00 pm:   Gan Shalom, Deschutes Memorial Garden Cemetery
3:00 pm:   Pilot Butte Cemetery

4:00 pm:    Tashlich Ceremony at Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend
Tashlich means “casting off.” The previous year’s sins are symbolically cast off by throwing pieces of bread, or a similar food item, into a large, natural body of flowing water, such as a river, lake, sea or ocean.


Sunday, September 24th

7:00 pm:    Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Monday, September 25th

10:00 am:  Yom Kippur Morning Torah Service

12:30 pm:  Adult Learning & Discussion (at conclusion of Morning Service)

3:00 pm:    Interactive Family Service

4:30 pm:    Yizkor Memorial Service to remember loved ones that have passed

5:15 pm:    Neilah Concluding Service with the Final sounding of the shofar

6:00 pm:  Break-the-fast

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High Holy Days Reservation Information

We are pleased to have you join Temple Beth Tikvah for our High Holy Days Services this year. Our services are open and welcome to anyone wishing to worship with us. For planning purposes, if you wish to attend any of the services, please click here to complete our registration form. We greatly appreciate receiving your reservation by Friday September 8th.

HHD Charges: There is no charge for Temple Beth Tikvah members or students to attend High Holy Days Services. If you are not a current Temple Beth Tikvah member and wish to attend any, or all, of the High Holy Days Services, we respectfully request a minimum donation of $150 per adult or $250 per family to help defray expenses. Of course, additional donations to mark the High Holy Days are always appreciated!

If the donation request does not fit your circumstances, please contribute what you can by entering that amount at the appropriate place on the form. Your financial information is strictly confidential.

Yizkor Memorial Booklet: Each year we assemble a Yizkor Memorial Booklet to honor departed loved ones. These printed booklets are distributed at the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur afternoon and names of those who died in the previous year are read aloud. If you have names to include, please complete the Yizkor section of the reservation form. A donation amount of $36 entitles you to as many names as you wish. Deadline for our Yizkor Memorial Booklet is now passed.

Payment deadline: Payments are now due.

Non-members who join Temple Beth Tikvah in 2023 will have their High Holy Days donation amount applied toward membership. We warmly welcome your participation.

About reservations: Only one reservation per family is needed. If you have any questions, please call 541-388-8826 and leave a message with your name and phone number, or e-mail shalom@bethtikvahbend.org

and a representative of Temple Beth Tikvah will get back to you promptly.

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High Holy Days Donation Appeal

Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, your donations to the HHD Tzedakah Project for Family Kitchen and to our High Holy Days Fund are being matched up to $5,000 each! While your gifts go to your designated choices, the matching donations from our generous benefactors are going to our General Fund, supporting all of TBT’s other good works.

Please join us and participate in our Tzedakah Donation Appeal during the High Holy Days. We appreciate your contributions during this season of giving and are offering two opportunities for you to give.

Family Kitchen:

Guided by the belief that nobody should go hungry, Family Kitchen has been providing free meals to anyone in need since 1986. Today Family Kitchen continues as an outstanding ecumenical and community effort serving over 14,000 meals each month as part of their mission “to serve anyone who needs nutritious meals in a safe and caring environment.”

Onsite lunches are provided five days a week and hot dinners are served three days per week. In addition to onsite meal service, Family Kitchen delivers fresh to-go meals to: Bend Shelter, Sisters Cold Weather Shelter, Stepping Stone Shelter, COVO Camp Check-ins, Redmond Collective’s Aid Event, Peace Kitchen Outreach, and to low-income housing. In 2022, Family Kitchen provided 133,472 meals!

Temple Beth Tikvah has worked with Family Kitchen since 2015 – cooking and serving dinners from 2015 through mid-2019, when the pandemic halted our participation, and resuming our service on the lunch shift this past January. Our TBT volunteers have helped to make nearly 7,000 meals in that time!

We ask you to please help Temple Beth Tikvah’s outreach effort by donating to our High Holy Days Tzedakah drive in support of Family Kitchen. Click here to donate to our High Holy Days Tzedakah drive.

TBT’s High Holy Days Fund:

The High Holy Days bring the largest numbers of our members together to celebrate services. They also attract the highest number of non-affiliated families into our community and contribute to the size of our growing congregation. During the High Holy Days we incur additional expenses for cantorial soloists and musicians and for multiple events including our Tashlich by the river and Break the Fast. Your donation to the High Holy Days Fund helps us prepare for our current and future needs.

Click here to donate to our High Holy Days Tzedakah drive. Thank you for helping to support our community.