Kol Nidre is the name given to the Yom Kippur eve service after the most famous prayer in the evening's liturgy. The haunting melody of this prayer, expressing yearning and longing, leads us into the journey of Yom Kippur. The evening service introduces us to the main themes of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Eve this year is on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The service begins at 8:00 PM and should conclude at approximately 9:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Please make sure you read the Entrance Information before arrival.
Yom Kippur Day
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement in which we engage in a day-long moral inventory of our lives and confess our sins in a public communal confessional, featuring a litany of transgressions for which we seek pardon, forgiveness, and reconciliation. There are also a variety of liturgical prayers that relate to the themes of Yom Kippur. The day-long service and fast commences in the morning and continues throughout the day until early evening. (The fast begins the night before.) The Yom Kippur experience is concluded with the sounding of the Shofar, the ancient ram's horn. Prior to the Arrival of Yom Kippur, one is to seek forgiveness from those whom we have wronged.
This year, Yom Kippur is on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Our Service consists of both traditional and modern music with instrumental accompaniment that deepens the Yom Kippur experience. Our rabbis offer inspiring commentary that explains and draws out the deeper meaning of the day. Men and women sit together. The liturgy highlights the themes and central prayers of the day. We also present speakers, poetry, reflection time, Bible readings, meditation, and contemplative music throughout the day. These services are geared for Jews who come from Reform, Conservative and unaffiliated backgrounds.
Services begin at 10 AM (Doors open at 9:00 AM.) The following is the schedule for the day. Please note that all times are approximate.
10 AM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
The Additional Service features Yom Kippur speakers on Social Action and Personal Themes, Reflective Meditation and Inner Growth time, Contemplative Poetry and Music.
4:15 PM - 4:45 pm
The Afternoon Service consists of prayers and Biblical readings including a dramatic presentation of the Book of Jonah
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM
The Yizkor/Memorial Service includes, in addition to Personal Yizkor, a Martyrology/Holocaust Remembrance segment with poetry and readings in Yiddish and English, reflections, prayers and chant recalling near and dear ones. This section also features a tribute to the 600,000 Covid-19 victims, to 9/11, victims of terrorism, Charlottesville, Pittsburgh/Poway Synagogue shooting, antisemitic attacks in Monsey, Jersey City and elsewhere; disasters in Meron, Israel and Surfside, Florida; Killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others; as well as victims of mass shootings. It concludes with a special Service of Healing, of loss, suffering, and grief experienced in the year.
Concluding Neilah Service
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM (Ending time is approximate)
This Concluding Service ends the day with haunting and evocative music and prayers and climaxes with the dramatic torch-lit Havdalah service, Shofar Sounding, and rousing singing and dancing, as we dance our way into the new year. Make it a point to stay for our joyous conclusion! Kids love it, too! And the kids should arrive a bit before 7:30 PM.