The Days of Awe at Mount Zion Temple – 5778/2017

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 read our High Holy Day bulletin.

High Holy Day Service Times

  • Selichot
    Saturday, September 16 – Elul 26
  • Havdalah and Program – 8:30 p.m.
    Reception – 9:45 p.m.
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah
    Wednesday, September 20 – Tishrei 1
  • Service – 7:30 p.m.
    Teen Service (Grades 7-12) NEW!
  • Rosh Hashanah
    Thursday, September 21 – Tishrei 1
  • Early Service 8:30 a.m.
    Tot Program New! (Birth-Grade 1) 10:30 a.m. (Followed by 11 am service)
    Late Service 11:45 a.m.
    Poetry Session 11:45 a.m.
    Teen Program (Hidden Falls Park) 3:30 p.m.
    Yoga for the New Year 3:30 p.m.
    Tashlich (Hidden Falls Park) 4:30 p.m.
  • Shabbat Shuvah
    Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 – Tishrei 3
  • Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m.
    Shabbat Morning Service 10:00 a.m.
    Healing Service* 4:00 p.m.
    *(Intimate service by Margolis Hall window. No live streaming available.)
    Sunday, September 24 – Tishrei 4
    Memorial Service at Cemetery (rain or shine) 11:00 a.m.
  • Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre
  • Early Service 6:00 p.m.
    Late Service 8:30 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur
  • Early Service (includes Kids’ Program Grade 2-6) 8:30 a.m.
    Tot Program New! (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.
    Discussion Program – Perspective: Why Bother? 1:00 p.m.
    Yoga 1:30 p.m.
    Musical Meditation Chant Circle 2:30 p.m.
    Rabbi’s Study Session 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.

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 September 5. 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 tickets/nametags for guest.
  • Last year, 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 >