High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah

The High Holy Days are almost here! Please contact Marilyn at the main office with any questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300). Nametags, which will be used as your tickets for each service, will be mailed to members in good standing over the summer; please bring them with you to all High Holy Day services

Temple Emunah seeks to provide its members and guests across the entire age spectrum with meaningful and heimish religious experiences. Our Main Services are held in the Rubinovitz Social Hall, starting at 8:20 AM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and at 9:00 AM on Yom Kippur. For family-friendly services, please click on the links below to learn more about each service we provide. This information is for the 2019 holiday season.

The Family Prayer and Learning Experience, with our Rabbis (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
The Tot Experience, with Sharon Levin (9:30 - 10:15 AM)
The Kindergarten to Grade 2 Service, with Angela Schatz (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

At Temple Emunah we also provide services for Teens all three days of the holiday, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Wolk Family Chapel, as well as youth services for both Kol Nidre and Ne'ilah. For more information on these youth programs, please contact our Director of Congregational Learning, Me'ir Sherer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If any student needs an Excused Absence Letter for the holidays in the 2019-2020 school year, feel free to print THIS LETTER.




Selihot: The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and this mood builds throughout the season. Prayers for forgiveness called selihot  are added to the daily cycle of religious services during this time. As in years past, we are joining forces with Temple Isaiah to observe Selihot on Saturday, September 1, starting with a community dinner at 6:00 PM. This event is at Temple Emunah this year. 


TashlikhTashlikh (casting away) is the ceremony of throwing bread crumbs into a body of water to symbolize the act of throwing away our sins. We perform this act on the first day of Rosh Hashanah with prayers and songs in order to honor the traditions of the Yamim Nora’im (High Holy Days).


Kol Nidrei Food Drive: As is the tradition at Temple Emunah, we will be collecting small boxes of whole wheat crackers as well as 1-2 lb bags or boxes of Brown Rice for Family Table.  Family Table is the only kosher food bank in the greater Boston area; it is sponsored by Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS). Look for the red bins on Kol Nidrei, outside the main entrance to the temple, on Wednesday evening, September 18th and drop off your donations at that time. Thank you! More details HERE.


Yom Kippur Afternoon: On Yom Kippur afternoon we will have meditation with Barbara Neustadt at 2:00 PM, as well as a Text Study with Rabbinic Intern Rebecca Weintraub at 3:30 PM. Her talk is entitled: What the story of Jonah can add to our spiritual journey on Yom Kippur. This will be followed at 4:30 by Yom Kippur Minhah and the Reading of the Book of Jonah. Ne'ilah Services will begin at 6:00 PM. For a full schedule of Yom Kippur, click HERE.


COMMUNITY BREAK-FAST: Come eat, laugh, and spill some lox on your clean slate! All Temple members are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 9, immediately following Ne'ilah Services (the end of Yom Kippur).  To RSVP, contact Marilyn Pappo at the Main Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300.   



Sukkah Market: Do you want to add some new decorations to your Sukkah this year? Would you like to hang a Jewish Blessing Flag from Fair Trade Judaica in your Sukkah? Come to our
Temple Emunah Sukkah Market in the Upper Lobby on Sunday, September 16, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. It is also the last chance to order your own Lulav and Etrog set. Come see what we have in stock!


Lulav Shake: All pre-ordered lulav and etrog sets can be picked up on Sunday, September 23, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Learn about how to shake a lulav and enjoy a milkshake!


Sukkot Simhat Tot: All families with young children are invited to our special Sukkot program with the Solomon Schechter Day School on Sunday, September 23, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. There will be crafts, songs, snacks, and fun! Weather permitting we will have time to shake a lulav in the Sukkah. This program is free of charge.


TOT Sukkot Program: All young families are invited to join Rabbi Fel on Monday, September 24 at 11:00 AM, for a special Tot service celebrating Sukkot! There will be stories, songs, prayers, and fun! This service will meet at 11:00 for an hour, and all families are welcome to participate in the Progressive Sukkot Lunch, beginning at noon in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah.


Sukkot Progressive Lunch: Join all your friends on the first day of Sukkot, Monday, September 24, 2018 for a free community lunch, sponsored by The Ladle Fund! We will start at noon in The Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah for kiddush and snacks, then walk to Rabbi Michael and Shayna Fel's sukkah for a dairy lunch. We will close with dessert at Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin's sukkah. This event is free, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Sukkah Open House for Families with Young ChildrenAll families with young children are invited on Saturday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:30 PM to a special Sukkot celebration at the home of Rabbi David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan! Dinner will be provided, along with games, crafts, shmoozing, and fun for all! This program is FREE and open to both Members and non-Members of Temple Emunah, however space is limited, so please RSVP soon to Sharon Levin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pop-Up Sukkah Sighting: Join Rabbi Lerner, Rabbi Fel, and other Temple Emunah staff for a Pop-Up Sukkah sighting! We will be at the Lexington Depot from noon until 1:00 PM with our pop-up sukkah, a lulav and etrog to shake, and lots of friendly faces. Come by and say hello and perform one of the mitzvot of Sukkot! This event is cancelled if it is raining.


Sisterhood Supper in the Sukkah: The Temple Emunah Sisterhood invites all women to join them for Soup in the Sukkah on Thursday, September 27, starting at 5:30 PM! We will be serving soup, appetizers, dessert, and wine. This event is FREE, but please RSVP to Cindy Bobrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Enjoy an informal evening with food, friends, and fun!



Simhat Torah Evening Celebration: Come join us on Monday, October 1, 2018, as we rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at our Kabbalat Panim. There will be activities for kids of all ages as we head into Ma'ariv and Kabbalat Panim (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! Please note that the dinner is subsidized by The Ladle Fund. Please RSVP for the dinner to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, September 20.


Simhat Torah Morning Celebration: Be sure to come back the next morning, Tuesday, October 2, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereisheet.


Tot Simhat Torah: Share the merriment of our Simhat Torah celebration with other young families! Join the Torah parade, k’vell (feel the pride) as our children are called to the Torah for an aliyah (Torah blessing), sing, dance, listen to a holiday story, have a special snack, and more as Shelley Rossman, our Pre-School Director, leads us in an interactive holiday experience! This service and program is on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 11:00 AM; everyone is invited to stay after services for a community Kiddush lunch and time on our playground! This event is free and open to non-Temple or Pre-School families, but please RSVP in advance to the Pre-School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0708.


We will continue to be vigilant about security this year, so please bring your name tags as we will absolutely be checking them at the door. Please understand that the members who will be checking tickets have volunteered their time - time away from family and friends. Some of our newer member volunteers may not recognize our long-time members. In the spirit of the High Holy Days, please be patient and understanding.

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Shabbat prayer resources