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Read our latest letter with Important High Holy Day Information.
 In order to access our High Holy Days services, all households must complete our Membership Commitment Form

Prayer Book Lending & Guest Pass Form 

Temple Shalom will be packaging sets of prayer books (one for Rosh Hashanah and one for Yom Kippur) and preparing them for drive through pick up at the Temple on September 14 through 17 between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Complimentary guest access passes are available to Temple members for friends and family who cannot be with them in person. One access pass will be needed per device (not per person).

For those who are interested in purchasing our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer books for those who are out of town:
You can buy the set for $44 total or you can buy on Kindle for $10 each.


Tashlich is a special ritual that many Jews perform each year during the High Holy Days. The word tashlich in Hebrew means, “casting off.” During this ritual, we are instructed to do just that—we cast off our sins or misdeeds and in doing so begin the process of healing. Water is a symbol of creation and life and traditionally it was seen as a place where we could better sense God’s presence. Tashlich offers an opportunity to begin the year with an open heart and a clean slate.

We hope you will consider participating; there is no wrong way to perform Tashlich. We have put together a list of Tashlich suggestions for how to make this practice meaningful for you and your family.

High Holy Days Schedule 2020/5781

Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Friday, September 18

Candle Lighting & Gathering at 7:30 PM

Main Service at 8:00 PM
Live Stream

Rosh Hashanah Services
Saturday, September 19

Tot Service at 9:00 AM
For Young Families

Family Service at 9:30 AM
For Elementary Families

Live Stream

Main Service at 10:45 AM
Live Stream

Kol Nidre
Sunday, September 27

Musical Prelude feat. David Carrier & Julie Reimann at 7:50 PM
Service at 8:00 PM
Live Stream

Yom Kippur Services

Monday, September 28

Tot Service at 9:00 AM
For Young Families

Family Service at 9:30 AM
For Elementary Families

Live Stream

Main Service at 10:45 AM
Live Stream

Adult Learning from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Zooms & Schedule Coming Soon

Yizkor at 4:00 PM

Live Stream

N'ilah at 5:30 PM
Live Stream

Havdalah following N'ilah

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As in years past, we will be collecting food and goods as part of our High Holy Day Food Drive. Food pantries are continuing to serve far more households than in the past and they need our help. This year, we will be collecting four items for the Newton Food Pantry and JF&CS’s Family Table:

Toothpaste (full size only, no sample sizes)
White or Brown Rice (1 and 2 pound bags only)

Cans of Tuna Fish
Boxes of Whole Grain Crackers

Collection boxes are currently accessible at the daytime Temple entrance or you can drop off your donations at Temple Shalom when you pick up or return your prayer books. In addition, front porch drop off is available at the following addresses:

73 Prospect Street, West Newton
24 Brentwood Avenue, Newton Center
97 Hillside Avenue, West Newton
72 Kensington St, Newtonville

Book of Memory
At our Yom Kippur Yizkor service, we remember those who have passed and, as a community, support those who are mourning. This year, we will be creating a digital Book of Memory to honor our loved ones, which will be presented at Yizkor Service and shared online.

We are happy to offer two ways to honor the memory of loved ones in this year's Book of Memory. You may choose to:

  1. Record the name of your loved one(s) (see example)
  2. Record the name of your loved one(s) along with photos and a short message (see example of designed page)

To submit to this year's Book of Memory,
please complete this form by September 24, 2020

A Year in the Life
This year has been like no other. While the last five months have been very hard, 5780 has also brought so much joy and happiness. Over the last year, our community has celebrated births, weddings, graduations, B'nei Mitzvah, new jobs, new homes, and so much more.

We are excited to mark the end of 5780 and celebrate these many milestones in our A Year in the Life digital book that will be presented on Rosh Hashanah and shared with the congregation online. We are inviting member households to submit a short message and photos to commemorate this past year. We will then take your submission and design a page in the digital book (see example).

To submit to our A Year in the Life digital book,
please complete this form by September 16, 2020

Music of the High Holy Days

We will deeply miss the sound of our choir at High Holy Day services this year. If you are missing it too, we invite you to watch these video recordings from last year's services at any point during this High Holy Day season. We hope they will offer some comfort and a sense of familiarity and tradition during this time. 

Reciprocal High Holy Day Tickets 

Please fill out the form below to arrange for reciprocal tickets at a Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) affiliated congregation. Tickets are available for members in good standing of their Home Congregation and is at the discretion of the Destination Congregation. All questions should be directed to Home Congregation where traveling member belongs.

Reciprocal Ticket Form

Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781