High Holy Days

Join Us For High Holy Days 2018/5779

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The Meaning of High Holy Days

Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes all individuals and families to join us for High Holy Days services, children’s activities, adult learning and food-filled celebrations. Click here for the HHD Reservation Form to make your reservations for the High Holy Days

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 upcoming 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 9th and Monday morning, September 10th; Kol Nidre on Tuesday evening September 18th and Yom Kippur morning & afternoon services on Wednesday, September 19th.

Also, with the Jewish Holidays shortly upon us, we wanted to share with everyone 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, you can attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at no cost. If you 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 2018/5779

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


Sunday, September 9th

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

Monday, September 10th

10:00 am:  Rosh Hashanah Morning Torah Service

4:00 pm:    Tashlich Ceremony, Family Fun & Picnic at Miller Landing Park. Reservations required.
                 (Miller Landing Park is at 80 NW Riverside Blvd)

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, September 16th

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


Tuesday, September 18th

7:00 pm:    Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, September 19th

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 close relatives and 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 oneg reception will be held at the close of the Neilah service.
[NOTE: Several TBT members will be hosting home Break Fasts following services for the community. Those who are interested in attending may indicate that when filling out their reservation form, and will be notified as to which home to attend.]

Click here for the HHD Reservation Form to make your reservations for the High Holy Days.

High Holy Days Social Action

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 support Back Door Cafe, Bethlehem Inn, Family Kitchen, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, and other community projects that help those in need with meals, supplies and other services.

We ask you to please support 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 General Fund:

If you wish to make an additional donation or prefer another option, we are asking for contributions to TBT’s General Fund.

Our General Fund is used to help offset our temple’s budget deficit. Membership pledges are our primary means of income. While many members pledge the suggested amount, not all can. General Fund contributions supplement our income from member pledges, allowing us to welcome individuals and families in need of reduced payments so they too can experience all that our community offers.

We ask you to please support Temple Beth Tikvah’s General Fund so that we may help others to join TBT or remain as cherished members of our temple.

High Holy Days Reservation Information

We are pleased to have you join Temple Beth Tikvah for our High Holy Days Services this year. As is our custom, our services are open 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 additional charge for students or Temple Beth Tikvah members 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!

Equally important, 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. If you have names to include, please complete the reservation form and indicate whether to use names from last year’s booklet or add new names. If you are adding new names and they died since last year’s High Holy Days, then please place an asterisk next to their name and they will be read aloud at the Yizkor service. 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 immediately.

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. Also, non-members who choose to join Temple Beth Tikvah in 2018 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.

Click here for the HHD Reservation Form to make your reservations for the High Holy Days.