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.  

L'Shana Tova!

Please click on the links below to view the following sections:   


Schedule and Description of Services

We offer many ways to enjoy the beauty of the High Holy Days with a wide variety of services and musical styles.
Click here for the High Holy Days 2014 / 5775 Schedule and Description of Services.


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 this year.   

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. 


Passes will be sent for each adult member of the household and for each dependent child between the ages of 10 and 25.  You may click here (COMING SOON) to order additional guest passes for adult children ages 26+ or for visiting out-of-town relatives and guests.  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*


Paramount Theatre 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 may learn 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 so.  

Tickets for Guests and Non-Members  

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

Single Service

Per Family



Per Adult

$250 $100

Per Child (4th -12th grade)

$50 $36

College/Grad student or active military

$0 $0


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 year.   

Contributions for High Holy Day tickets are tax-deductible and non-refundable.   

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 

About 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 [email protected] for more information.  


Children's Family / Mid-Day Services

Rosh HaShana (September 25) and Yom Kippur (October 4) 1:30pm in the Temple Sinai Sanctuary 
These 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) 

We offer 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) 

The 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

Book of Remembrance

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 Thursday, September 18, 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.   

To 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.  

Thank you. 


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.