High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2020-5781

High Holy Days are a time for reflection, introspection, prayer, and re-connection. We welcome you to join us in celebrating and observing these special holy days.

A copy of the High Holy Days booklet with all relevant information was mailed to the congregation on August 28, 2020.  If you did not receive it, you can download it here.

This year, more than ever, your High Holy Day “pledge” is of paramount importance.  We are committed to welcoming all families and students regardless of financial ability.  Your High Holy Day donation will help us fulfill this promise and our sacred covenant.  We are deeply grateful for your partnership and support.  Click here to make a High Holy Days donation.

Click here to download Rabbi Benj’s Rosh Hashanah sermon.

Schedule of Services

Kever Avot Community Memorial Service
Sunday, September 27 10 am
Rabbi Devorah and other San Diego rabbis will lead a community Kever Avot service.
Zoom Registration Link

Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 27  Livestream Link

Erev Yom Kippur Light Service  6 pm: a brief family service for preschool-grade 2
Erev Yom Kippur—Kol Nidre Service  7 pm

Monday, September 28  Livestream Link
Yom Kippur Boker Tov Service  9 am: a brief family service with puppet show for all ages
Yom Kippur Morning Service  10 am
Yom Kippur Limmud  12:30 pm Choice of:

  1. Criminal Justice Reform Panel  Zoom Registration Link
    Join us as we meet with local community leaders who are working daily to address issues of inequity, inequality, and systemic inherent bias and racism within our criminal justice system.  This forum will be to learn about these issues, and to learn about what is being done to address them by community leaders and activists.  We are happy to welcome our distinguished panel:

Christie Hill, Esquire
Deputy Advocacy Director ACLU San Diego, Imperial Counties

Hill is a San Diego native and has worked in California, Washington, DC and New York advocating for the rights of women, children, and low-income communities. She has focused her work on issues that impact the lives of people of color including education equity, homelessness and economic justice. Hill earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Social Welfare at Berkeley, and a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she served for two years as an adjunct faculty member.  Prior to joining the San Diego ACLU, she served as the program and policy director at the Center on Policy Initiatives and helped to launch a campaign focused on promoting equity and transparency in the City of San Diego’s budget as well as fighting for a higher minimum wage.

Geneviéve Jones-Wright, Esquire
Founding Executive Director, Moral Governance (MoGo)
Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright, Esq. was raised by her single mother in a low-income home in San Diego, California where devotion to family and self-respect was cultivated. In the fourth grade, Geneviéve decided to follow in the steps of Justice Thurgood Marshall and become a “social engineer.” Since that day, she has been determined to “carry the bags” of Justice Marshall as he had done for Mr. Charles Hamilton Houston.
In keeping with the vision, Geneviéve obtained a J.D. from Howard Law after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in mass media communications. She obtained an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy in a one-of-a-kind program specializing in federal criminal defense from California Western School of Law. She has practiced in federal court in both the Southern and Central Districts of California, and proudly served San Diego County as a public defender for 13 years where she represented poor people charged with serious crimes. She now serves the Community as the Founding Executive Director of MoGo.

Dr. Darwin Fishman
San Diego State University
Dr.Darwin Fishman is currently working as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland-College Park, an M.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Science) from the San Francisco State University and a B.A. degree in Sociology from University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for Continuing the Conversation on Race and Activist San Diego.  He is also the Co-Founder of the Racial Justice Coalition.  He has served as a Board Member on the Community Review Board on Police Practices for San Diego city.  Dr. Fishman continues to humbly serve his adopted San Diego community as an activist scholar.

Our panelists will share their stories as they help us understand the challenges people face in our criminal justice system.  They will share, not only the challenges, but the solutions they are working towards and how we can be better partners in making our systems more just, equitable, and accountable.

2.  Enter the Gates: “An exploration of the concepts of the Gates of Prayer and of Righteousness through music and literature and the personal impediments that keep us from making progress.”  Hosted by Rabbi Dean Shapiro of Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
Zoom Link  Meeting ID: 97521617238   Passcode: Shalom

Limmud Breakout Sessions  1:45 pm

Afternoon Service  3:30 pm  Livestream Link
Yizkor Memorial Service  4:45 pm
Neilah & Havdallah  5:15 pm

Friday, October 2  Livestream Link
Erev Sukkot Service 5 pm  Livestreamed from the Sukkah

Saturday, October 3
Torah Study 9 am
Sukkot Festival Service  10:30 am
Drive-through Sukkah Experience  6 pm

Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Friday, October 9
Drive-through Simchat Torah Experience and Consecration of all new Torah School students  5 pm
Zoom Erev Simchat Torah Service 6 pm

Saturday, October 10 
Torah Study  9 am
Atzeret/Simchat Torah Festival Service  10:30 am  Livestream Link
Yizkor Memorial Prayers