High Holy Days

High Holy Days at Temple Kol Ami are a special experience.

In addition to the usual High Holy Day offerings, Temple Kol Ami’s programs include unique observances for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:

The High Holy Day Season begins at earnest with Selichot, a service of reflection and penitential prayer designed to prepare us for the coming Days of Awe. We fill our sanctuary with the pure light of flickering candles to illuminate our contemplation and create a sense of awe for the coming High Holy Days. Selichot also marks the debut of our High Holy Day Choir.

In a more recent tradition, TKA’s Selichot service has been preceded by a chocolate reception accompanied by contemplative chamber music. With or without chocolate, Selichot at Temple Kol Ami is a unique and inspirational service not to be missed.

The Rosh Hashanah Multi-Generational Afternoon Service is a fun and lighthearted service intended to be meaningful for all ages, from the youngest to the eldest members. Younger children will find this service especially engaging and the service always includes Rabbi Gutmann’s much anticipated Rosh Hashanah “surprise.”

Members wishing to stay at TKA through Yom Kippur Afternoon can participate in a variety of unique experiences from lectures to study to prayer. While the schedule of the day may change from year to year, mainstays include the Yom Kippur Symposium, Afternoon Mediation and Reflection, a Multi-Generational Service, a Study Session and a Yom Kippur Walk.

Many of the services, including Selichot, Erev Rosh Hashanah, and Multi-Generational Afternoon Services on Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), are open to non-members. Pre-registration through the TKA office is highly recommended.