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High Holidays

The High Holiday Service Schedule 

Erev Sukkot Mincha-Maariv, Friday, October 2, 5:30 p.m. 
*Saturday, October 3, 9:30 a.m.
*Sunday, October 4, 9:30 a.m.
Intermediate Days, Monday-Thursday, October 5-8, 8:00 a.m.
Hoshanah Rabbah, Friday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. 

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Shemini Atzeret, Friday, October 9, 6:00 p.m. 
*Shemini Atzeret, Saturday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. (Yizkor)
Simchat Torah, Saturday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
Simchat Torah, Sunday, October 11, 9:30 a.m.

*(If you are observing a yahrzeit or wish to attend services via lottery, please contact by 4:00 p.m., Thursday before the service)

Don't sweat the tech! Here's information on how to watch EVERY High Holiday services on your TV
You'll be able to participate in High Holiday Services the same way you do on Shabbat via our YouTube livestream. You can watch on your home computer by clicking HERE. Or, if you're on a smartphone or tablet, you can use the YouTube app. Download and install from the Apple or Android store, then search for Hebrew Educational Alliance.

However, your best option would be to watch the services on your television. Here are some some easy methods for getting it done.

Method 1 (no additional cost):
If you have Xfinity Voice Command for your TV, you can say, "play Hebrew Educational Alliance on YouTube." Roku users: open the YouTube app and search Hebrew Educational Alliance. Your smart TV might be able to connect to an Android device wirelessly out of the box. Check your manual or Google to see if that's the case.

Method 2 (low cost):
For iPhones, get an adapter that connects your device to HDMI which are readily available on Amazon (so are HDMI cables). 

Method 3 (low/medium cost):
Use a device like Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire to connect wirelessly. Chromecast and Amazon Fire cost between $30 and $50. Apple TV is more expensive, about $150.

If you need some technical help, call James at (720) 252-3868.

Want to get-together to watch services safely with family and close friends? Consider forming a High Holiday Prayer Pod. Here's a How-To Video starring the HEA clergy and staff.


High Holiday Classes & Youth Programs

Yom Kippur Classes for Adults
We are thrilled to be offering three meaningful learning experiences on Yom Kippur afternoon:
Monday, September 28
1:30-2:30 p.m. Melanie Gruenwald: Ayeka? Hineni! Where you this high holiday season? How will you say Hineni, I am here!, to yourself and those around you in the year to come?
2:30-3:30 p.m. Steve Uslan: Hineini-Its use, abuse, and message in the Tanach 
3:30-4:30 p.m. Rabbi Marlene Richter: Yom Kippur and the Story of Jonah
Use this 
Zoom Link for all Yom Kippur classes
Meeting ID: 861 9354 9785
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High Holiday Offerings for Families of Children 5 and Under
All HEA Mini Mensches (families with children 0-5, HEA members and currently enrolled preschool familes) will receive a High Holiday Bundle Kit free of charge! These kits include activites for your childen to celebrate each holiday at home! Pick up during HEA office hours until Tuesday, September 15. Please email Dani at with any questions. If you are in need of additional boxes, we have a limited number available for purchase for $36. 

Rosh Hashanah Family Experience for Mini Menches 

(Ages 5 and under)
Friday, September 18, 5:00 p.m.

Service led by Cantor Green.
HERE for Zoom information. Here is the packet for families to use.

Kol Nidre Yom Kippur Yoga and Family Musical Experience for Mini Menches (Ages 5 and under)
Sunday, September 27, 4:45 p.m.

Service led by Hilary Marcus and Dani Tavbin
HERE for Zoom information.


Religious School High Holiday Schedule
Click HERE for the High Holiday Zoom schedule for HEA Families of students in Grades Kindergarten to 12.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Rabbi Dollin's sermon begins at 1:03:04

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Rabbi Gruenwald's sermon begins at 1:06:04

Yom Kippur  (morning)
Rabbi Dollin's sermon begins at 1:31:48

Yom Kippur Services (evening)
Rabbi Gruenwald's sermon begins at 50:25

High Holiday FAQ

How come there is just one service scheduled for the Holy Days observances? 
Nothing can truly replace the experience of being in synagogue for the High Holy Days. Video can neither capture the grandeur of our Traditional Service nor the participatory energy of Shir Hadash. High Holy Day 5781 services are being crafted by our clergy team specifically for this year’s experience. They will be musical, engaging and tailored for online viewing.   

Who will be in the sanctuary for the worship services? 
All High Holy Day services will be led by our clergy and worship leadership team from the HEA sanctuary. To best comply with public health guidance and regulations, the worship leaders, HEA staff, and the video production crew will be the only people in the building.  HEA members are invited to participate in services remotely. We will not be holding a lottery and there will be no walk-ins admitted. We are all hopeful that next year will be different.  

How can I prepare for High Holy Days this year? 
HEA is offering a menu of connections during the month of Elul this year. We have Elul in the Shul, Drive-In Elul in the Shul, or Stop on by Elul in the Shul. When you participate in Elul in the Shul, you will receive Machzors (prayerbooks), and other resources to enhance your experience at home.   

We will provide you with information about how to log in to our online services, tips for setting up a computer or television, and suggestions for organizing a Prayer Pod.  

How will I visit with my HEA friends this year? 
Being at home for the Holy Days doesn’t mean you have to be alone. We expect our members to visit during Elul in the Shul to pick prayerbooks and meet the clergy and staff. This is an exclusive benefit for our members. We also encourage you to form your own Prayer Pod—a small gathering in a safe environment where you can view worship services with family and friends. Alternatively, you can hold a virtual Prayer Pod using a video conferencing platform like Zoom or FaceTime. There’s no substitute for being at synagogue in person for the holidays, but we hope you will embrace the benefits of being at home: you don’t have to step into the lobby to chat and you won’t have to whisper your comment on the beauty of the Cantor’s voice or the thoughtfulness of the Rabbis’ sermons! 

How will I follow along with the online services without a Machzor?  
The great news is, as a member of HEA, you don’t have to. You will receive a Machzor when you come to any Elul in the Shul event. If you aren’t able to make it to one of the Elul in the Shul events, just give us a call or send us an email and stop on by our office. We’ll get a Machzor in your hands.  

I’m not very tech savvy, how will I figure out how to log on for services? 
We are here to help you. We are adopting a streaming service known for its ease of use and our Communications Director, James McKeon, will be available to help you connect. The best way to make sure you are able to join us for our online experiences is to practice on Shabbat mornings during the summer. Check out our website for instructions or reach out to James at if you have any concerns about logging on to join us.  

What if I have questions about Elul or the actual services? 
The HEA staff is here. Henini. We are able to help you navigate these unprecedented times as they relate to Elul and High Holy Days. This Chailights contains a staff roster along with contact information for you to keep for any questions your have. 

Tue, October 27 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781