High Holy Days at Temple Sinai
The upcoming High Holy Days are a time for reflection,
introspection, prayer, and reconnection. As we prepare for the High Holy Days, we wish you a time of renewed spirit, good health and peace within yourself and our world.
We look forward to spending this special time with you.
Please click on the links below to view the following sections:
Temple Sinai Members - High Holy Day Passes
Thank you for being a
member of our community!
In an effort to better
serve you, we are introducing a simplified High Holy Day Pass system
We no longer require
members to request High Holy Day tickets in advance or to pre-select which
services you wish to attend. Instead, all Temple Sinai members who have renewed
their 2014-15 membership will automatically receive High Holy Day Passes. We will begin mailing passes at the
end of August. If you have already
renewed your membership, thank you!
Please click here if you still need to renew your membership for 2014-15.
Passes will be sent for
each adult member of the household and for each dependent child between the ages of 10 and 25. Passes will be printed in the name of each attendee.
The High Holy Day Pass
allows you to attend any of the services that require tickets. They are:
Erev Rosh HaShana Paramount Theatre
Rosh HaShana Morning Paramount or Temple Sinai Sanctuary*
Kol Nidre/Erev Yom
Kippur Paramount Theatre
Yom Kippur Morning Paramount or Temple Sinai Sanctuary*
seating is unlimited for all services.
* Temple Sinai Sanctuary morning services have LIMITED seating and is
first-come, first-served. Seats
are not pre-assigned. Please arrive
early. By order of the Fire Marshall,
when the sanctuary reaches maximum capacity, we must redirect members and
guests to the concurrent service at the Paramount Theatre.
Lastly, the High
Holy Days are a great way for others to experience and learn about Temple
Sinai. Please invite friends, neighbors
and co-workers to join us for services. They
about guest / non-member tickets below.
Temple Sinai Members - Additional Guest Passes/Tickets
You may order additional guest passes for adult children ages 26+, for unaffiliated parents, or for visiting out-of-town relatives and guests. Passes will be printed in the name of each attendee.
Please click here to order. On the next screen, click Passes/Tickets and continue to the next pages.
Guests / Non-Members - Welcome!
We are delighted that you are considering joining us for the
upcoming High Holy Days. In addition to celebrating and observing
these special holidays, people often use these services as a way to get
acquainted with our congregation and community. We welcome you to do
Tickets for Guests and
Our members, who support our Temple year round, also absorb the
overwhelming cost of our High Holy Day services (theatre rental, sound techs,
moving trucks, security, etc.). To help defray some costs, we ask
non-members who are able to do so to contribute by purchasing tickets. We
do not want finances to stand in the way of anyone joining us for services or
from participating in our community. Please contact the Temple office
if you have any questions or concerns about ticket costs.
Tickets are required for Erev Rosh HaShana, Rosh HaShana Morning,
Erev Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur Morning. No tickets are required to attend
the other services.
Attend All Services
Per Family $450
Per Adult $250
Per Child (4th -12th grade) $ 50 $ 36
College/Grad student or active military $ 0 $ 0
Please click here to order tickets, sign up for Childcare and/or Children's Program,
and add names to our Yizkor Book of Remembrance
The cost of a High Holy Day ticket can later be applied towards
Temple Sinai membership if you decide to join before the end of the calendar
Contributions for High Holy Day tickets are tax-deductible and
Full time college/grad students and actively military personnel
are invited to attend at no charge.
Reciprocity = If you are a current member at another Reform or Conservative synagogue you may attend our services at no charge. Click here for info on reciprocity tickets.
Temple Sinai: We are a Reform congregation with a long history in the East Bay.
Our beautiful sanctuary is almost 100 years old and is a historic landmark in
the heart of Oakland. We are also a vibrant, progressive congregation that is
committed to the cultivation of meaningful Judaism and a real sense of
community. In addition to worship services, Temple Sinai has many diverse
offerings including a Preschool, Religious School and Adult Education courses.
We are also well known for our community-building programs and for our
dedication to social action. For more information or to learn more about
our community, please contact Lisa Hanauer, our Membership & Communications
Director, at (510) 451-3263, extension 302 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
Children's Family / Mid-Day Services
Rosh HaShana (September 25) and Yom Kippur (October 4) 1:30pm in the Temple Sinai Sanctuary
afternoon kid-friendly services include singing, storytelling and lots of fun
for families with children 5 and under. On Rosh HaShana, the children sing
Happy Birthday to the world and blow shofars. On Yom Kippur, parents and
children are given “boo boo Band-Aids” and apologize to each other for any hurt
feelings over the last year. The children also sit in the aisle of the
Sanctuary and we unroll the Torah across their laps. This is a favorite service
for most parents!
Tickets are not required for
the children’s services.
Childcare / Babysitting (3 months - 4 years)
babysitting/childcare for the morning services held on Rosh HaShana and Yom
Kippur at both the Paramount Service and Temple Sinai Sanctuary Service. Pre-registration is required at
least 5 days before the program so that we may adequately arrange for staffing
and snacks. Click here to sign up for Childcare/Babysitting.
Children's Program (K - 3rd Grade)
High Holy Days Children's Program coincides with morning services held on Rosh
HaShana and Yom Kippur at both the Paramount Service and Temple Sinai Sanctuary
Service. This program provides a special morning of art, music,
storytelling, worship, and other activities.
Pre-registration is required at
least 5 days before the program so that we may adequately arrange for staffing
and snacks. Click here to sign up
for the Children's Program.
It is a custom at Temple
Sinai to honor the memory of family members or other departed loved ones in a
"Book of Remembrance” that is distributed at the Yizkor service on Yom
Kippur at Temple Sinai.
Please click here to
see a sample from the previous year. (COMING SOON)
Please click here to list a Name in this year’s Book of Remembrance.
In order for us to
complete our Book of Remembrance on time, we ask that you please make your
submissions by the new deadline of Friday, September 26, 2014. Thank you.
Reciprocal Tickets (to or from another Synagogue)
Members of other URJ
(Reform) and USCJ (Conservative) synagogues who submit verification of
membership are eligible for High Holiday passes/tickets without charge.
If you are a Temple Sinai member who wishes to
receive reciprocal tickets to attend another synagogue, click here.
If you are a current member of another synagogue and
wish to join us for services at Temple Sinai, click here.
Make a Donation to help others attend our High Holy Days
Our High Holy Day
services are welcoming and inclusive to all and no one is ever turned away due
to financial constraints.
help offset ticket costs for college students, active military personnel,
and guests who cannot afford to purchase full-priced tickets, click here to make a donation via our website.
You may also make a donation at the end of the High Holy Day ordering pages here.
Directions and Parking
Click here for Directions and Parking to all of our High Holy Day services.
Past High Holy Day Sermons and Anthems
For those wishing to listen to or read sermons and anthems from last year's High Holy Day Services, click here.