Free High Holiday Services

My friends, please don’t make the High Holiday services the ones you use to introduce your non-Jewish loved one to a Jewish service. The liturgy of the High Holidays has developed for hundreds of years to be intense. It is not a light hearted experience. There is lots of Hebrew and many dark messages. The goal is to review your soul. If your spouse, partner, loved one is familiar with Jewish teachings and some less formidable services, then fine, take them.

There are free services around the bay.

Sephardic Kol Nidre Services
Offered by the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union
Friday, Sept. 17
Denniston Commons, Le Conte Ave., Berkeley
With Rabbi Tsipi Gabai with musical accompanist, Katja Cooper
Free & Open to the public
Space is limited
RSVP is required:

Free High Holy Days Tix in Alameda at Temple Israel
Temple Israel in Alameda is offering free High Holiday tickets. Get the details by calling or e-mailing them at 510-522-9355 or

Jewish Gateways High Holiday Services
No experience necessary, free and open to the public. Services are primarily in English. We look forward to welcoming you, your family, and your friends.

Date: Rosh Hashanah/New Year Services are on the evening of Wed., Sept. 8, and morning of Th., Sept. 9. Family Services on Sept. 9.
Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement Services are on the evening of Fri., Sept. 17, and day of Sat., Sept. 18. Family Services on Sept. 18.
Place: Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Services are free and RSVP is requested. Donations are welcome.
For information and to RSVP, or contact Rabbi Bridget at 510-559-8140 or for more info.

High Holidays Services in Los Altos
Rabbi Marder says, “Our High Holy Day services are open to the community.”

There is no cost for the Young Family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (1:30 p.m.) – these are for parents with young children; and no cost for the Yizkor and Concluding services on Yom Kippur (5:00 p.m.).

There is a cost for our tickets for other services, but if there is financial need we are happy to provide tickets for whatever people can afford (or for free, if they cannot afford to pay). People can be in touch with the Executive Director, Debbie Coutant, or with Rabbi Janet Marder.

High Holidays with Canfei Nefesh – Soul Wings
Joyous, Spiritual, Musical, Mystical and Deeply Felt
Rabbi Sara Shendelman and Rabbi Steven Fisdel
South Berkeley Community Church 1802 Fairview Berkeley 94702

Rosh Hashana Sept 8th at 7 pm
Sept 9th at 10 am

Yom Kippur Sept 17th at 7 pm
Sept 18th at 10 am

Pot luck lunch after RH Morning Services. Break Fast after Yom Kippur
Tashlich following Rosh Hashana Morning Services.
Services are free of charge.
Donations to cover expenses, very much appreciated.
email: please rsvp
mail checks to: 1743 Oregon Berkeley, CA 94703 made out to JACS
please visit our website
Childcare will be provided–please reserve
Volunteers needed
Wheelchair accessible

Free Family Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Services
We encourage you to take your children to the excellent family services led by Rabbis Aron and Levenberg, Cantor Felder-Levy, and Early Childhood Center Director, Robin Adelman, on Rosh HaShanah.
Both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur family services will be held at 3:30 pm and will be at Congregation Shir Hadash.
These services, geared to children ages 2-6 and their families, are free and open to the public, so please feel welcome to bring your friends.

Rosh Hashanah
Date: Thursday, September 9

Yom Kippur
Date: Sat. Sept. 18

Time: 3:30pm for both services
Place: Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Ln., Los Gatos

Not going to make it for HH services? Check this out:
Greatest Hits of the High Holy Days
If you simply won’t be able to make it to a service, but you wish you could, Beth Jacob in Oakland will again offer the Greatest Hits of the High Holy Days! On Rosh Hashanah at 6:45pm Rabbi Dardik will give a one hour talk on the top five elements of Rosh Hashanah; he’ll blow the shofar and give you apples & honey. You’re out of there by 7:45pm.

On Yom Kippur at 8am Rabbi Dardik will do the Big Five of Yom Kippur from 8am to 9am. He said, “Come as you are.” Jewish or not. Doesn’t matter if you’re fasting or just dropping in before you go out for breakfast, the idea is to get a quick hit of the holiday.
Beth Jacob is at 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. If you need more details call Kathy at 510-482-2374.