High Holy Days 5778 (2017)

Join us for the High Holidays!

Shaarei Shamayim invites the entire Madison Jewish community, as well as others from out of town, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with us. We don’t have tickets, and all are welcome – members, long-time friends of the congregation, and guests.

Our services combine traditional prayers with contemporary poetry, readings, and songs. We are participatory and encourage our members and friends to lead elements of the service, sing along, share English readings, chant Torah and Haftarah, and blow shofar. We meet in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright auditorium of the First Unitarian Society.

Our services last several hours; we encourage everyone to take breaks and sit outside on the lawn or chat with a friend in the lobby. Many people come and go throughout these days. See our service schedule below.

We have youth programming for all ages over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: a tot service for children 0-5 years of age, a children’s service for kindergarten through 5th graders, and discussions for 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders. We also offer childcare. Reservations are required - you may find more information below.

During the afternoon of Yom Kippur, our Yizkor service provides space for individuals to remember loved ones who have passed away. Later in the day some gather for meditation or a discussion. Just before Neilah, our closing service, we have a creative Avodah program. This is an opportunity for participants to share poetry, songs, or any other offerings for the community.

We organize two community potlucks over the High Holidays – one on Erev Rosh Hashanah and one for break fast at the end of Yom Kippur. Please find registration information below.

We hope you’ll join us!  

Service Schedule

Registration for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Potlucks

Registration for Childcare

Volunteers Needed

Important Parking Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Selections of High Holiday Music

High Holiday Song

Download a Tashlich Ceremony

Download Supplemental Readings