High Holy Days Services


High Holy Days 2019 / 5780
Schedule of services and events:

Saturday, September 21S’LICHOT
7:30 pm – Dessert, Writing-on-the-Wall Program, Havdalah
9:00 pm – S’lichot Service

Sunday, September 29 EREV ROSH HASHANAH
8:00 pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Monday, September 30 ROSH HASHANAH
10:00 am – Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
1:30 pm – Rosh HaShanah Family Service (for 3rd graders and under)
4:00 pm – Tashlich & Picnic (Antelope Park)

Friday, October 4
6:30 pm – Shabbat Shuvah Healing Service

Sunday, October 6
11:30 am – Kever Avot Service at Wyuka Cemetery – Note time change!

Tuesday, October 8 – KOL NIDRE
8:00 pm – Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, October 9 – YOM KIPPUR
10:00 am – Yom Kippur Morning Service
1:30 pm – Yom Kippur Family Service (for 3rd graders and under)
3:00 pm – Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
4:45 pm – Yizkor Service, followed by N’ilah Service

 Please join the congregation after the conclusion of Yom Kippur services for our annual Break-the-Fast Potluck in the Social Hall!


In the days between S’lichot and Yom Kippur, the South Street Temple will again collect food and funds to donate to the Food Bank of Lincoln.  Look for the blue barrels in the Temple vestibule and help us fill them up! We’ll have the Food Bank pick up our donations during Sukkot.

S’lichot are special prayers which ask for forgiveness. It has become customary to gather together on the Saturday night before Rosh HaShanah for an all-night service – in a sense, a warm-up to the High Holy Days. At South Street Temple, we will gather at 7:30 pm on September 21, 2019. Our evening begins with dessert, followed by an interactive study session, Havdalah, and then the Service with its soulful melodies and the changing of our Torah mantles.

We will gather Rosh HaShanah afternoon at 4:00 pm in Antelope Park to cast our short-comings into the creek followed by a POT-LUCK picnic in Picnic Shelter #1. Bring a friend! Details on exact location will be provided.

The Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuvah – the Sabbath of Turning – referring to the fundamental theme of the High Holy Day season: Our turning – or returning. We turn away from transgression; we turn back to G-d, to Torah, to one another, to the best of our true selves. This year, we will be offering a special healing service for Shabbat Evening on Friday, October 4 at 6:30 pm.  Through special rituals, music, and readings, our service is intended to provide you with hope for a return to wholeness.

The words kever avot literally mean the “graves of our fathers.” It is traditional to visit the graves of our loved ones between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur: in the hope that our loved ones will intercede on our behalf with G-d during this time of judgment; and to allow us to honor those who so deeply affected our lives. Rabbi Appleby will be conducting a Kever Avot service at Wyuka Cemetery on Sunday, October 6 at 11:30 am.