The Jewish New Year 5780 begins with Rosh HaShanah on Sunday night,
Sept. 29, and continues through Tuesday evening, Oct 1. Yom Kippur begins the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 8, and ends Wednesday, Oct. 9. The following synagogues will hold special programs open to the community:
Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains — A free, family erev Rosh HaShanah service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, 5-6 p.m. The one-hour service will feature songs, stories, prayers, and shofar blowing with Rabbi Howard Tilman and Cantor Matt Axelrod.
Registration is encouraged at cbinj.org/event/erev-rosh-hashanah-family-service.html. For questions or to request accommodations, contact
908-889-1830 or email@example.com.
Bnai Keshet, Montclair — Community members are welcome at all services at no charge.
The following High Holy Day services will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair: Rosh Hashanah eve, Sunday, Sept. 29; first day of Rosh HaShanah, Monday, Sept. 30; Kol Nidrei, Tuesday, Oct. 8; Yom Kippur, Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Second-day Rosh HaShanah services, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, will be held at Bnai Keshet.
Young Family and Junior Congregation services, as well as child care,
will be available.
Non-members who wish to attend are asked to make reservations
online at bnaikeshet.org. For information, contact 973-746-4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Beth Shalom (TBS), Livingston — A free High Holiday program designed to be accessible and sensitive to those with a variety of needs will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.
The program begins with a temple-wide outdoor Tashlich service,
and then continues indoors with an interactive program led by Cantor Sharon Knoller.
TBS, which has been recognized as a MetroWest ABLE-certified synagogue, offers a monthly Shabbat L’Khulam program, a Friday night service for families with members of all abilities.
RSVP to TBSinclusion@gmail.com or 973-992-3600.
Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway — All High Holiday services are open to the community.
A concurrent youth program will also be held, and Chabad will provide a home or hospital visitation service that includes shofar blowing for those unable to attend a synagogue.
Kahal Chaverim: NJ Congregation for Humanistic Judaism — High Holiday services will be free and open to the community.
Rosh HaShanah services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Randolph Community Center and on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Brookside Community Center, Mendham. Yom Kippur services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Randolph Community Center and on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at Brookside Community Center, followed by a break-fast.
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange — The following family-friendly services are open to the community:
A “Come as You Are” outdoor erev Rosh Hashanah service featuring music by the synagogue’s High Holy Day band will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. Bring a picnic blanket.
A Rosh HaShanah family service will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 2:15 p.m., followed by a community Tashlich service at 3:30 at the Duck Pond near Flood’s Hill, 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Bring a picnic blanket and snacks/light dinner.
A Yom Kippur family service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9,
at 2:15 p.m.
For more information, visit tsti.org.
Temple Sinai, Summit — Thirty-minute family services, recommended for families with children up to age 8, will be open to the public during the High Holidays. Call 908-273-4921.