High Holy Days 2023 | 5784

High Holy Day Schedule 

Aleinu: It’s On Us to Pray

Services with our Clergy Team

The WJC Clergy Team is honored to lead High Holy Day services this year and the team is working with community members to plan an inspirational High Holy Day experience. Cantor Raechel Rosen will be a primary davenning voice in our services, accompanied by our choir and musicians. Kavanot (intentions and introductions) will be offered by Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser, Karen Levine and Julie Makowsky throughout services. The Torah services will be led by Rabbi Ellen and Karen. Yizkor and tashlich will be led by Julie. English readings will be given by our community.

In person services on our holy ground
Everyone is welcome to attend services under our tent at the WJC. We ask that everyone in attendance pre-register.

Online services under our virtual tent
We are delighted to welcome our members and extended community to join our tent via Zoom. Please indicate that you will attend on Zoom using the registration form to receive the Zoom access link. This will also help us ensure that our Zoom account has capacity for everyone and that whatever holy ground you are on, you feel connected. We will not be sharing prayer slides for High Holy Day services on Zoom. We will have resources available for you to follow along.

Everyone who registers, whether to attend primarily in person or online, will receive Zoom access links in their confirmation email.




Yom Kippur Day – Monday, September 25, 10am ET (IN PERSON AND ONLINE)
This service will feature classical prayers and melodies as we engage in the work of communal and individual t’shuva (repentance) and will include the Yizkor (memorial) service.

Yom Kippur Afternoon 1st Program – Monday, September 25, 2:30pm (IN PERSON ONLY). Meet in the back of the tent.

Join Cantor Raechel and Rahel Gruenberg for a moment of vulnerability, introspection, and listening as we all take a moment to share where we are at in our respective Teshuvah journeys. We will meet in the back of the tent at 2:30.

Yom Kippur Afternoon 2nd Program: Becoming the High Priest, 3:30pm (IN PERSON ONLY). Meet in the building, in the sanctuary.

When the Temple stood in Jerusalem, the people came there to worship and witness the High Priest offer sacrifices of atonement for the ways in which they missed the mark.

Join Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser for chanting and reflection as we imagine ourselves in the role of the High Priest, reflecting on our lives, seeing where we might want to change, and receiving support as we move forward.

Yom Kippur Afternoon 3rd Program: Exploring the Book of Jonah, 4:30pm (IN PERSON ONLY). Meet in the building, in the sanctuary.

Join Halle Kananack on Yom Kippur afternoon for an interactive session, in which we will dive into the book of Jonah. Halle will tell the story, and then together, we will explore the themes, ask questions, and find meaning, both in small groups and all together. Let’s plumb the depths of this well known and complex tale of Jonah and the whale.

Halle Kananack is a long time WJC enthusiast and a lifelong student, teacher and questioner of Judaism. A lively and engaging storyteller, Halle has been telling stories on the stage, around the fire, and at holiday gatherings for several decades. She loves how storytelling is authentic to the human experience, and how grounding, connecting and inspiring it is for people of all ages. Halle is also an enthusiastic educator and math teacher, working in schools to support teachers as a K-12 Math Coach.

Ne’ilah – Monday, September 25, 6pm ET (IN PERSON AND ONLINE)
The High Holy Days conclude with the uplifting service of Ne’ilah. During this service, when the gates of prayer are said to be “closing,” we move from the solemn spirit of Yom Kippur to the promise of renewal for the year ahead.


Sukkot Celebrations

September 29 – October 6

*Everyone is welcome to bring a meal to enjoy in our sukkah throughout the holiday


Festival and Shabbat service with potluck lunch in the Sukkah
Saturday, September 30, 10am ET (In person and online)

First Friday: potluck Shabbat dinner and singing in the Sukkah
Friday, October 6, 6pm ET (In person only)

Festival and Shabbat service with Yizkor
Saturday, October 7, 10am ET (In person and online)

Simchat Torah with Klezmer Berl’s Hotsie Totsie Orkestra
Saturday, October 7, 7pm ET (In person and online)