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High Holidays 5784/2023

Shanah Tovah!
Join Rabbi Jessica Graf, Rabbi George Altshuler, Cantorial Soloist, Simon Barrad, Music Director, Jonathan Dimmock, and our High Holiday Choir of professional and enthusiastic congregational singers for our awe-inspiring services. We look forward to seeing you in person, under the dome, in our historic sanctuary. 

All events will take place in person. Livestream option available for services and select programs.

Purchase High Holiday Service Tickets Here

Sunday, Sept. 15 – Thursday, Sept. 25


Friday, Sept. 15

6 pm: Congregational Dinner in Newman Hall.  Registration required by Sept.12. Dinner fee not included with high holiday tickets. 
7:30 pm: Evening Service Watch Full Service Watch Rabbi Graf's Sermon


Saturday, Sept. 16

9 am: Family High Holiday Experience For ages 3-12 and families
10 am: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service Watch Full ServiceWatch Rabbi Altshuler's Drash.


Sunday, Sept. 24

5 pm: Family High Holiday Experience For ages 3-12 and families
7:30 pm: Kol Nidre Service All Ages


Monday, Sept. 25
10 am: Morning Service  All Ages

1 pm: Social Action Committee Yom Kippur Program - Registration required for Zoom participation

2:30 pm: Contemplative Prayer - Body & Soul Watch Video

3:30 pm: Text Study with Rabbis Graf and Altshuler

5 pm: Yizkor and Ne’ilah Watch Video

6:30 pm: Break-the-fast in Newman Hall



Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 pm 

7:30 pm Havdalah and refreshments
8 pm: “Why Jews Don’t Cancel.”
Presentation with Rabbi Jeff Salkin: Cancel culture – the silencing of unpopular opinions, and the shunning of those who voice them – is now a part of American life. It need not be. Rabbi Salkin will show you a Jewish model for disagreement, and extending diversity into different areas of life.

9 pm: Slichot service: Begin the season of repentance in the month of Elul as we look inward and contemplate the year that has elapsed. Rabbi Jessica Graf and Rabbi George Altshuler lead a service with traditional music and the ceremonial changing of our Torah mantles.

Saturday, Sept. 16, Crissy Field, West Bluff
1:30 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Tashlich

Join us for a picnic lunch immediately following services and tashlich on the shore as we symbolically cast away our sins into the San Francisco Bay. In person only. Meet up location to be determined. Food provided.

Food Drive
September 15–October 8

During the High Holiday season, Sherith Israel partners with JFCS to collect canned foods for the hungry. Nonperishable food items may be donated in person at CSI. Contact:

High Holiday FAQ

Can nonmembers purchase tickets?
Nonmembers are welcome to purchase a OnePass for all High Holiday services or individual tickets for each evening or day of services here.

Do I need a mask? Proof of vaccination?
We will work to ensure as safe an experience as possible for all. We encourage you to wear a mask if you so desire. We will revise our policies if mandated by a government agency.

How do I get additional tickets?
Congregants may purchase additional OnePasses or individual tickets for family members. Please call 415.346.1720, x117 or click here (make sure you're logged in to your account to see member prices).

What accessibility accommodations are in place?
Congregation Sherith Israel wants everyone to be able to participate fully and comfortably in all that we offer. Our synagogue has an accessible entrance (through the Newman building), an elevator, and accessible restrooms. In the main sanctuary, we have an assistive listening system, large print prayer books, and designated space for wheelchair users and their companions. During busy times, we offer a “quiet room” for people of all ages who need time away from the group. We welcome service animals.

If you need any other accommodation, please contact Talia Banarie at or 415.346.1720, x117.

Can I join Congregation Sherith Israel now?
Yes, membership at Sherith Israel includes High Holiday OnePasses,  member rates at events and invitations to member-only events.  Under 30? Check out our YAP Membership.

Please contact Gordon Gladstone, executive director, at 415.346.1720, x 125 or consult our website for more information.

My friend is visiting and belongs to a URJ synagogue elsewhere. Can they get tickets?
Congregation Sherith Israel welcomes all members of URJ congregations at no cost. You can request a URJ reciprocity form be sent to Sherith Israel from your friend's home congregation or have their office call ours.

Is there childcare?
We are not offering childcare this year. We encourage children of all ages to join us for services. We are offering shorter, family oriented services on the morning of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Where should I park?
While there is street parking in the area, the best bet are the CPMC and Pacific Professional garages. Located at the corner of Clay and Webster, the two garages offer paid parking all week. Click here for more information, public transit and directions.

Wed, October 4 2023 19 Tishrei 5784