Join us for the High Holidays!
Shaarei Shamayim invites the 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. This year, due to construction in the Landmark, we will meet in the Atrium auditorium of the First Unitarian Society.
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 for childcare are required - more information is 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 Rudy Bankston will speak on teshuvah, the school-to-prison pipeline, and restorative justice. 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!