• Tashlich Service
  • Tashlich Service
  • 1986 Bima & Ark, High Holy Days

Rosh HaShanah ("Head of the Year") is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, which culminates on Yom Kippur. The customs and symbols of Rosh HaShanah reflect the holiday's emphasis on both happiness and humility. On Rosh HaShanah, we sound the shofar, use round challah, and eat apples and honey for a sweet new year.

S'lichot
("forgiveness") is the candlelight service marking the Jewish week preceding Rosh HaShanah. Held after sundown on Saturday, this service begins our cheshbon nefesh (“accounting of the soul”) as part of t’shuvah (“return”) to our truest selves. We started with dessert, Havdalah and a worship service; then closed the evening in quiet reflection as the parokhet (ark curtain) and Torah covers were prepared for the coming High Holy Days.

Tashlich ("casting off") is a symbolic dispersal of our errors to the winds and the sea, after we have begun the process of t'shuvah. Our Tashlich service was held along the flowing waters of the Snohomish River, at the Everett Public Boat Launch, on West Marine View Drive at 10th Street.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin led our 5778 Rosh HaShanah services, including a brief afternoon service targeted toward young children.  We recommended the following books to help prepare for the High Holy Days:

This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared, bu Rabbi Allen Lew
Talking to God, by Rabbi Naomi Levy
The Book of Forgiving, by Desmond Tutu

Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days, by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Rachel T. Sabath


Rosh HaShanah Lunch
included delicious dairy and vegan dishes, lovingly prepared by congregants. Reservations were required and were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations were accepted until Tuesday, September 12; no late reservations were accepted. 

Please consider helping Temple Beth Or by purchasing bookplates for our new prayer books, in memory of a loved one or in honor of a person or event. Suggested minimum donation per bookplate is $36. Click here to download an order form.

Some of our members have delivered inspiring Divrei Torah during previous Rosh HaShanah services. You can view the text of the D'var Torah delivered by Heidi Piel or Doug Wallis.



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Upcoming Services

24Sep
09.24.2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cemetery Memorial Service
29Sep
09.29.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) Service
30Sep
09.30.2017 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Yom Kippur Morning Service
30Sep
09.30.2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Children's Service
30Sep
09.30.2017 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Afternoon Service, Yizkor, and Conclusion
6Oct
10.06.2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Family Shabbat & Sukkot Service (7:00pm)

High Holy Days 5778 (2017)


S'lichot: September 16

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sept 20

Rosh HaShanah: Sept 21

Kol Nidre: September 29

Yom Kippur: September 30

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High Holy Days 5779 (2018)


S'lichot: August 31

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sept 9

Rosh HaShanah: Sept 10

Kol Nidre: September 18

Yom Kippur: September 19

 Detailed Schedule_