High Holydays 5777 / 2016 at B'nai Emunah

Welcome to the High Holydays

We find ourselves on this earth, again traveling away from our summer and towards our winter. As the days shorten and the nights cool, we grasp the warm hand of our tradition. It leads us to a place of soul searching and spiritual focus.

We invite you to join Rabbi Mark Melamut and Cantor Linda Semi and the rest of our B'nai Emunah community for our engaging and inspiring High Holy Day services.

For further information, to order tickets, or to make a donation, please send e-mail to info@bnaiemunahsf.org or call 415-664-7373.

Please invite friends and family members to join us as well. May your high holidays be spiritual and fulfilling as you gather with our B'nai Emunah family.

L'Shanah Tovah to you and your families.

High Holyday Tickets

Non-members may purchase High Holyday Tickets by e-mailing info@bnaiemunahsf.org or calling 415-664-7373. We have limited space, so we urge you to make your reservations and make your payment as soon as possible.  No tickets will be sold at the door, and no one will be admitted without a ticket.  Please send in payment by September 23, 2016.

Our regular ticket prices are:

  • $180 each for Adults for all services
  • $90 for a single service
  • $18 each for Children under 6

No one will be turned away from B'nai Emunah due to lack of funds.

Note that full and young adult B'nai Emunah members in good standing receive tickets for all adults and children under 25 in the family unit.  Members may purchase additional tickets at a discount.

Complimentary Tickets for Students and First-timers

We want to encourage you to consider becoming part of the B'nai Emunah family.  This year we are offering complimentary tickets to students and to anyone who has never spent the High Holydays with us.  This offer includes tickets for all High Holyday services.  Please contact Rabbi Mark at rabbimarkm@gmail.com with a subject line of "Tickets" if you are interested.

Our Services

All services, except Selichot and Tashlich, will be held at the synagogue, 3595 Taraval St., San Francisco 94116.  The services in the main sanctuary will be led by Rabbi Mark Melamut and Cantor Linda Semi.  Cantor Linda will be accompanied by our volunteer choir.

Our High Holyday Services blend modernity and tradition.  The music reflects the congregation's German heritage and prominently features the music of Louis Lewandowski and Salomon Sulzer.

In parallel with the main service in the sanctuary, Rabbi Mark will lead Family Services.  These services will be less formal and more participatory.  They are geared for the entire family.

We ask all men to wear a yarmulke or another head covering. Jewish men are encouraged to wear a tallit.  Head covering and tallit are optional for women.

We encourage congregational participation in our services.  If you would like to be honored with an aliyah, lifting or dressing the Sefer Torah, an English reading, or an ark opening, please contact the office at office@bnaiemunahsf.org or 415-664-7373.

Tickets are required for Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah Morning, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur Morning Services. 

Childcare is available at peak times during services. Children’s services are conducted on the mornings of the first day of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. All children are invited to the bimah at the end of Yom Kippur to hold a candle for Havdalah.

Schedule of Services

Selichot - Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM 

All are welcome to attend.  No tickets are needed.  The service will be held at Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco CA 94132

Rosh HaShanah - Sunday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

  • Sunday, October 2, 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Erev Rosh HaShanah Service
  • Monday, October 3, 8:45 am - 1:30 pm - Rosh HaShanah Day 1 Morning Service w/ Kiddush - Shofar Sounding at around 11 AM
  • Monday, October 3, 10:00 - 10:45 am - Family Service
  • Monday, October 3, 2:00 - 2:30 pm - Tashlich Service at Ocean Beach

Tuesday, October 4, 8:45 am - 1:30 pm - Day 2 Morning Service w/ Kiddush - Shofar Sounding at around 11 AM

Second Day Alternatives

  • Symposium on the Meaning of Life - 10 AM at Ner Tamid
  • Shofar Beach Service, Lunch and Tashlich hosted by Or Shalom - 11 AM at Ocean Beach
  • Beach Walk with Reflections and Singing hosted by Beth Israel Judea - 10:30 AM at Pacifica Pier

Yom Kippur - Tuesday,  October 11 - Wednesday,  October 12, 2016

  • Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 - 9:30 pm - Kol Nidre Service - Ticket Required - *** Please arrive on time
  • Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Yom Kippur Morning Service - Ticket Required
  • Wednesday, October 12, 11:00 am - 11:45 am - Family Service, led by Rabbi Mark - Ticket Required
  • Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 - 4:45 pm - Study Sessions
  • Wednesday, October 12, 4:45 pm - 7:15 pm - Afternoon Service, Yizkor, and Concluding Services - Yizkor at around 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 - 8:30 pm - Community Break the Fast - Everyone is invited.

High Holyday Food Drive - BE part of the solution

Congregation B’nai Emunah will be holding its annual High Holy Days Food Drive, in connection with the San Francisco Food Bank, on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Please remember those who are less fortunate and hungry, and bring a can or box of nonperishable food when you come to services. Glass items are not acceptable due to chance of breakage.

High Holyday Giving Opportunities

In Jewish tradition, the Days of Awe are a time for Teshuva (repentence), Tefilah (prayer), and Tzedaka (righteous giving).  We offer you several excellent opportunities for "righteous giving", all of which benefit our synagogue community and allow us to provide excellent services and programming throughout the year.

  • Add a greeting to the High Holyday Program.  Suggested donation is $36 for two lines or $72 for a business card.  The deadline is September 23, 2016.
  • Honor the memory of your loved ones in the Yizkor Memorial Book - Minimum requested donation is $36 and $9 per name for each name after the first four. - The deadline is September 23, 2016
  • We will send Honey Jars of locally produced kosher honey to congregants or to friends and family - Send your greetings to the entire congregation for $180.  Send greetings to individual congregants for $10 each for the first two congregants and $8 for each subsequent congregant. For $18 you can send a jar and a personalized card to someone outside the congregation. - The deadline is September 23, 2016.
  • Accept an Aliyah (going up to the Torah) for a Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur morning service - Lifting or dressing the Torah scroll are also options - Receive a special blessing (MiSheBeirach) for yourself and your loved ones - This is an important honor which is deserving of a meaningful donation.  Deadline is September 23,2016.
  • Make a Kol Nidre Pledge - Pledge cards will be distributed at Kol Nidre services on October 11, 2016.  You may also donate online.

For further information e-mail the office at office@bnaiemunahsf.org or call 415-664-7373.