What You Need to Know: High Holy Days Services in Mendota Heights

The Beth Jacob Congregation will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Sunday evening.

The High Holy Days—the annual ten-day stretch from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when Jews gather to reflect on the past year, pray for forgiveness for their transgressions and blow piercing, syncopated musical notes with modified ram's horns—begins Sunday evening.

, Mendota Heights's 400-household synagogue, is preparing to welcome the community to celebrate the High Holy Days at their temple.

All services are free and babysitting and children's programming will be provided.

Here is some information from the Beth Jacob website for those interested in attending services:

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 16
Services: 6 p.m.
Candlelighting: 7:01 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Monday, September 17
Services: 8:30 a.m.
Children’s Program: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Family Service 10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Tashlich and Special Kiddush
Candlelighting: 7:59 p.m. 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Tuesday, September 18
Services: 8:30 a.m.
Children’s Program: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
High School Program: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Family Service: 10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 25 
Mincha (Saide Chapel): 5:45 p.m.
Kol Nidre: 6:00 p.m.
Candlelighting: 6:23 p.m.

Wednesday, Septmber 26
Services: 8:45 a.m. (Yizkor recited during services)
Children’s Program: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Service: 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
High School Program: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Study Session: 4 p.m.
Mincha, Neilah, Ma’ariv: 5 p.m.
Fast Ends: 7:41 p.m.

Also in the next month are two more minor Jewish holidays, the harvest festival Sukkot and Simchat Torah, which marks the annual rewinding of the scrolls of the Torah.


Friday night, October 5, 2012
Services: 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 6: Shabbat Chol Hamoed
Services: 9 a.m.
Allen-Gorin Family Open Sukkah: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Please join Rabbi Morris Allen and Dr. Phyllis Gorin for a Sukkot Open House. This open Sukkah will enable the Beth Jacob community to spend time visiting with one another while celebrating the beauty of Sukkot.)

Sunday, October 7: Hoshanna Rabba
Minyan, with all the Hoshanot (special poems written to honor the themes of the season, in particular the desire for rain) and the waving willows:9 a.m.
Breakfast to follow: 10:15 a.m.

Simchat Torah

Monday, October 8
Candlelighting: 7:19 p.m.
Erev Simchat Torah Celebration: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9
Services: 9:00 a.m.

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