The Days of Awe at Mount Zion Temple – 5780/2019

Below is the information you need to prepare for the High Holy Days. Please be in touch with any questions that you may have (651-698-3881).To see more detailed descriptions of services and programming and what the High Holy Days look like at Mount Zion, you can read our High Holy Day bulletin.

High Holy Day Service Times

  • Selichot
    Saturday, September 21 – Elul 22
  • Havdalah, Program, and Discussion – 8:30 p.m.
    Reception – 9:45 p.m.
    Selichot Service – 10:15 p.m.
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah
    Sunday, September 29 – Tishrei 1
  • Service – 7:30 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashanah – NEW SCHEDULE!
    Monday, September 30 – Tishrei 1
  • Family Service – 8:30 a.m.
    Teen Service (Grades 7-12) – 8:30 a.m.
    Tot Program & Service (Birth-Grade 1) – 9:45 a.m. (Followed by 10:15 am service)
    Shacharit Service – 11:00 a.m.
    Teen Program – 3:30 p.m.*
    Yoga for the New Year – 3:30 p.m.*
    Tashlich – 4:30 p.m.*
    Picnic Dinner – (approx) 5:15 p.m.*
    *at Hidden Falls Park
  • Shabbat Shuvah
    Friday-Saturday, October 4 – 5 – Tishrei 6
  • Shabbat Service – 6:30 p.m.
    Shabbat Morning Service – 10:00 a.m.
    MZ Small Groups Gathering (Followed by Havdalah) – 4:00 p.m.
  • Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre
    Tuesday, October 8 – Tishrei 10
  • Early Service 6:00 p.m.
    Late Service 8:30 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur
    Wednesday, October 9 – Tishrei 10
  • Early Service (Grade 2-6 Program during Sermon) – 8:30 a.m.
    Tot Program & Service (Birth-Grade 1) Followed by 11 am service – 10:30 a.m.
    Late Service – 11:45 a.m.
    Teen Service (Grades 7-12) – 11:45 a.m.
    Poetry Session – 11:45 a.m.
    Chair Yoga – 12:45 p.m.
    Chant Circle – 1:30 p.m.
    Rabbi’s Study Session – 2:30 p.m.
    Healing Service – 2:30 p.m.
    Yizkor – 3:15 p.m.
    Kids’ Program (Grades 2-6; from 3:15 to end of Ne’ilah) – 3:15 p.m.
    Afternoon Service (approx) – 4:15 p.m.
    Teen Program (Grades 7-12) – 4:15 p.m.
    Ne’ilah Service (approx) – 6:15 p.m.
    Break-the-Fast (Following Havdalah)(approx) – 7:15 p.m.

2019 High Holy Days Information

How do I get in the door?

It has become our tradition to use nametags for “tickets”. They help create a more connected community during the holy days. Nametags will be required for entrance to all services. They will be mailed on August 27. When you attend your first service you will be given a plastic holder for the nametag at the Summit Avenue entrance. Please return this holder after the last service you attend. We request that everyone, 7 years and older, keep the nametag on while in the building. Please remember to bring the nametag(s) with you for every service during the High Holy Days.

Additional Nametags
If you need additional nametags for guests or dependents over age 26, there is a suggested donation of $54 per person, but any amount is welcome.

How do I sign up?

  • Order nametags for guest.
  • A few years ago, Mount Zion moved to a new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, which is used for every service. Still need one? Prayer books should be picked up before the High Holy Days. Order your prayer book here >
  • We offer childcare specialized programming.
  • For our Yizkor service, we publish a Memorial Book with prayers that can be used throughout the year for yahrzeits and cemetery visits. You may include your loved ones’ names in the Memorial Book. Submit names for the Memorial Book >
  • It is a great mitzvah to usher at High Holy Day Services. The usher’s role is crucial to creating a warm, welcoming and dignified spirit during the Days of Awe. We hope you will consider volunteering! Volunteer to Usher >
  • Our custom at Mount Zion is to encourage tzedakah for needs outside our walls instead of a traditional Yom Kippur appeal for the congregation. Donate here >