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High Holidays 5785/2024

Shanah Tovah!
Join Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman 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.

Wednesday, October 2 – Saturday, Oct. 12

Wednesday, October 2

5 pm: Family High Holiday Experience  Ages 0-9
6 pm: Congregational Dinner  *Additional Ticket Purchase Required
7:30 pm: Evening Service


Thursday, October 3
10 am: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 
Tashlich at Chrissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area
1:30 pm Lunch, 2:15 pm Tashlich

Join us for a picnic lunch and ritual as we cast our sins into the Bay. Lunch provided. Free. Registration required. 


Friday, October 11
5 pm: Family High Holiday Experience 
 Ages 0-9
7:30 pm: Kol Nidre Service All Ages


Saturday, October 12
10 am: Morning Service  All Ages
1:30 pm: Afternoon offerings
2:30 pm: Contemplative Healing Service
3:30 pm: Text Study
5 pm: Yizkor 
5:45 pm: Ne’ilah 
6:30 pm: Break-the-fast
in Newman Hall


Saturday, September 28

7:30 pm: Havdalah and refreshments 
8 pm: Slichot Program
9 pm: S’lichot service:
Begin the season of repentance in the month of Elul as we look inward and contemplate the year that has elapsed. Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf and Rabbi George Altshuler lead a musical service with cantorial soloist Simon Barrad and music director Jonathan Dimmock including the ceremonial changing of our Torah mantles for the High Holidays.

Friday, Oct 18
6 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30: Sukkot celebration and dinner

Memorial Book 

One of the many rituals associated with the high holidays is the recitation of Yizkor, a service in memory of those who have passed. It is often the most meaningful service for mourners.  There are a variety of ways to commemorate the memory of a loved one, including having their name listed in our annual Memorial Book which is part of the Yizkor service.  

Please note, Perpetual Memorials are already included in the book listing.

If you would like to add your loved one(s) name(s) to the memorial book, please complete this form.

Additions to the Memorial Book must be submitted by August 23rd

Food Drive
Dates TBA

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.

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 for more information.

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 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 or 415.346.1720, x117.

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, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784