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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.

We are thrilled to welcome Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo from Vancouver. She will lead our services with Rabbi Laurie and High Holiday Song.

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 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. Following this service is our creative Avodah program. This is an opportunity for participants to share poetry, songs, or any other offerings for the community. Later in the day we typically host a social justice speaker. 

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!  

Wed, October 16 2019 17 Tishrei 5780