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High Holy Days 2020 | 5781

5781 High Holy Days are almost here! In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, services are going to be different this year. We are moving to an all virtual High Holy Days experience. Though we are unable to be together in our sanctuary, we have the ability to be together online to share in these special and meaningful days of awe.

All services open to the community at large will be streamed through our YouTube channel; all member-only services and programs will be through Zoom or Private YouTube Link. In addition to unique access to services for members we are providing a take-home High Holy Day Box for each family. Members will be invited to pick up their box filled with items that will add sweetness and meaning to your observance of the High Holy Days with US.

High Holy Day Opportunities

Please note the services in blue are open to members-only. 

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Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sept 18, 2020

6:30pm | Evening Service

7:45pm | Members-Only Dinner Break-out Session

Following a communal kiddush and motzi (we’ll be providing members a challah just for this purpose in the High Holy Day Boxes) those who desire will have the opportunity to join with other UniSyn families at the conclusion of our worship in member only “Zoom rooms” where you can meet, chat, eat dinner and wish each other a Shanah Tovah.


Rosh Hashanah - Sept 19, 2020

9:00am | Young Families Service

A special worship opportunity just for our families with young children (preschool – 2nd grade). Join us on Zoom and wish a Shanah Tovah to all your friends waiting to see you there. We’ll blow the Shofar and have a blast!

10:30am | Main Morning Service

Our New Year celebration continues with the entire community and US clergy. The service will be punctuated by special musical selections, Torah reading, and a very unique sounding of the Shofar.

7:00pm | Havdalah

Members are invited back to join us as we bid farewell to the first day of the New Year.


Sept 21-25, 2020

Intermediary Days | Ark Appointments

In-person reflective appointments in front of the Ark in Kopelson Family Sanctuary.


Kol Nidre - Sept 27, 2020

6:30pm | Main Service

This evening ushers in a day of intense introspection with the haunting sounds of Kol Nidre played on violin at the beginning of our service and later sung by Cantor Shapiro.


Yom Kippur - Sept 28, 2020

9:00am | Young Families Service

A special worship opportunity just for our families with young children (preschool – 2nd grade).  We’ll, once again, greet each other online once again as we participate in special activities, retell the story of Jonah, and offer each other words of love and forgiveness.

10:30am | Main Morning Service

Our day of introspection and refection continues, guided by the beautiful words and music of our prayerbook and the thoughtful words and prayers of our US Clergy.

1:00pm | Haftarah Discussion: Jonah

Continue the day by digging deeper into the day’s Haftarah (Jonah) with the US Clergy.

2:00pm | 15 Steps of T'shuvah

Relive the high priest's 15 step journey to the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur afternoon with Rabbi Barry Lutz.

3:00pm | Marra B. Gad Discussion: The Color of Love

Join in an important and timely discussion about race with US guest Marra B. Gad, author of “The Color of Love: a story of a mixed race Jewish girl.

4:00pm | Music & Meditation with Yuval Ron

Take time to engage in guided meditations on the themes of Yom Kippur and to reflect with the melodic sounds of Yuval Ron on the oud (Middle Eastern lute).

5:15pm | Yizkor Service

Gather photos and memories, submit them online here, of your loved ones around you as you join US in this powerful moment of remembrance.

6:00pm | Ne'ilah Service

As the gates begin to close, so does our powerful day of reflection, repentance, and remembrance comes to a close with a final blast of the Shofar.

6:45pm | Havdalah

We’ll conclude with Havdalah and by breaking bread together. (Members will be provided with a challah in their High Holy Day Box so that we can all say “motzi” together.)

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Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781