High Holy Days Schedule


We hope you will share the High Holy Days with the B’nai Emunah community.

Overview of B’nai Emunah High Holy Days  |  High Holy Days Tickets/Fundraiser Form

Saturday, September 12 – The penitential season begins this night

8:00 pmHavdalah followed by Music Program
8:45 pmSelichot Service
Co-sponsored by Congregations B’nai Emunah, Beth Israel Judea and Ner Tamid
Open to everyone; no ticket required.

Rosh Hashanah Evening and Day 1

8:00 pmErev Shabbat, Friday Evening, September 18

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 / Shabbat, Saturday, September 19

9:00 amEarly Morning Psalms with Rabbi Sami
10:00 amMorning Service – Torah/Haftarah
11:15 amBreak (Poetry and Music)
11:30 am‘State of the Shul’ speech, Healing/Community Prayers, D’rash, Musaf

Family Program with BIJ

9:30 amTots thru Age 5
10:30 amGrades 2 thru 5
11:15 amGrade 6 thru Teens
3:00 pmActivities for All

Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Sunday, September 20 – Options

Rosh Hashanah Tefilah / Services

9:00 amEarly Morning Psalms with Rabbi Sami
10:00 amMorning Service – Poetic, with Torah/Haftarah readings
11:00 amService of Healing and Shofar Service
11:30 amCreative Musaf, Drash, Jewish Journey

High Holy Day Hike with Prayer, Readings and Music

10:00 amLed by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
The hike will begin at Pacifica Pier. We will maintain social distancing and all music will be recorded (no singing).
Masks required.

Tashlich Service at Lake Merced

1:00 pmLed by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb
Where we symbolically cast away our sins (casting bits of stale bread into the water) and welcome a year of goodness and blessing.
We will maintain social distancing and all music will be recorded (no singing).
Masks required.

“Parking Lot” Shofar Service at BIJ

2:00 pmLed by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb
Come in your cars, roll down your windows, and hear the sounds of the Shofar. Don’t forget to bring your masks so you can talk with friends while keeping your cars 6 feet apart.

Tashlich at Ocean Beach

4:00 pmLed by Rabbi Elisheva Salamo
We will maintain social distancing and all music will be recorded (no singing). Masks required. With friends from BIJ and Ner Tamid. Meet between 3:45 and 3:55 at the pathway across Great Highway at end of Taraval St. Will be livestreamed.

Yom Kippur at B'nai Emunah

Kol Nidrei, Sunday, September 27

6:30 pmPreliminary Reflections, Music
6:45 pmKol Nidrei, Ma’ariv, Jewish Journey and Synagogue Support speeches
7:30 pmD’rash and Viddui (Confession)

Yom Kippur Day – Monday, September 28

9:00 amEarly Morning Psalms with Rabbi Sami
9:45 amMorning Service, Torah/Haftarah
11:00 amD'rash and Musaf
12:15 pm,
option 1
Martyrology (Eileh Ezkerah), Avodah (High Priest Service)
12:15 pm,
option 2
Yom Kippur Study with Rabbi Gottlieb: A study session on the Avodah liturgy
1:30 pmYom Kippur Study (TBD)
2:45 pm“Profits and Prophets” study on “values” with Rabbi Sami
3:00 pmOpen Ark available at BIJ Courtyard for Personal Prayer
(social distancing observed; masks required)
4:00 pmMusic and Meditation (with BIJ)
5:15 pmMincha Service with Torah and Haftarah
6:15 pmYizkor Service (with BIJ)
6:45 pmNe’ilah Service (with BIJ)
7:45 pmShofar – Tekiah Gedolah! followed by Zoom Havdalah
8:30 pm“Parking Lot” Havdalah and “Drive-Thru” Break-the-Fast
Led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Cantorial Soloists Ariela Morgenstern and Ricki Weintraub
Get in your car and drive to BIJ for a conclusion to our High Holy Days. Roll down your windows and we will make Havdalah together, followed by a “drive-thru” around the BIJ building where you can pick up a “Break-the-Fast To-Go Box”.