High Holy Days

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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 — Rosh Hashanah services on Sunday evening, September 29th and Monday morning, September 30th; Kol Nidre on Tuesday evening October 8th and Yom Kippur morning and afternoon services on Wednesday, October 9th.

We want to share a great program that gives young Jewish adults, 18 to 26, FREE access to over 1000 synagogues in the U.S and in 31 other countries. Whether out of state, out of the country, or simply not belonging to a synagogue, they can attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at no cost. If you have children or grandchildren away at school or know of a young person who would like to make use of this program please visit www.synagogueconnect.org for more information.

High Holy Days Schedule 2019/5780

High Holy Days services are held in the Main Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE Ninth Street, Bend.


Sunday, September 29th

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

Monday, September 30th

10:00 am:  Rosh Hashanah Morning Torah Service

4:30 pm:    Tashlich Ceremony, Family Fun & Picnic at Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. Reservations required.
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.

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

Sunday, October 6th

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


Tuesday, October 8th

7:00 pm:    Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, October 9th

10:00 am:  Yom Kippur Morning Torah Service

~12:45 pm: Adult Learning & Discussion (at conclusion of Morning Service)
Topic: TBD

3:00 pm:    Yom Kippur Multi-generational Afternoon Service
Families, children, and individuals of ALL ages

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:  A simple Break-the-Fast reception will be held at the close of the Neilah service.

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High Holy Days Donation Appeal

Please join us in supporting our 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.

TBT’s Social Action Fund:

The need for assistance is increasing in Central Oregon and it falls to those of us who are community-minded to help. This year we are asking members and others to donate to Temple Beth Tikvah in support of the Tzedakah Social Action Fund.

Our Tzedakah Social Action Fund is used to assist Back Door Cafe, Bethlehem Inn and other community projects that help those in need with meals, supplies and other services.

We ask you to please help Temple Beth Tikvah’s outreach effort by donating to our High Holy Days Tzedakah drive.

Click here for more information on TBT’s Social Action programs.

TBT’s Music Fund:

The beauty of our music gives texture and dimension that enriches our worship experience. Our talented musicians, Julie and Jo, add depth through layers of violin, piano, harp, flute, accordion, and even the saw! Eileen’s voice leads ours in singing the prayers.
Temple Beth Tikvah’s Music Fund allows us to enjoy the talent of our musicians at every Erev Shabbat service. And your donation to the Music Fund allows us to maintain and build upon the joyful expression that we have come to love and delight in, and helps to support its cost.

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.

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 or student 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!

More importantly, we never want finances to be a barrier to your participation in our community. 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 are read aloud of those who died in the previous year. 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.

Payment deadline: Payments are due from non-members and/or for names in our Yizkor Memorial Booklet by Sunday, September 22nd. 

URJ Reciprocity: As a congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), we offer reciprocity to those who are members of other URJ congregations and wish to attend our High Holy Days Services. Please contact your synagogue and request the appropriate letter be sent to us.

Non-members who join Temple Beth Tikvah in 2019 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 templebethtikvah@gmail.com and a representative of Temple Beth Tikvah will promptly get back to you.

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