High Holy Days 5778


New This Year: All High Holy Day Services at Congregation Shomrei Torah

For the first time, all of this year’s High Holy Days events will take place at Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, with a new, alternative service added to offer a significant choice to congregants who are open to a new style of worship.

In addition to the regular 8 PM Kol Nidre service, there will be a special 6 PM alternative service, featuring a more contemporary liturgy, more music, and an alternative siddur, or prayer book, specially created for Reform congregations interested in a service that more directly ties ancient tradition to current sensibilities. (As in past years, there will be an Erev Rosh Hashanah family service at 6 PM.)

High Holy Day services will be led by Rabbi George Gittleman, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, and Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner, with special musical accompaniment by the Congregational Choir.

Shomrei Torah welcomes the entire Jewish community to join in our observance of the Days of Awe. You need not be a member to participate, although you will need to obtain a seating card in advance by calling the synagogue office at 578-5519. No one can be admitted to High Holy Day services without a seating card. Childcare is available; please call the office for reservations and pricing information.

Please note that special security procedures are in effect for all High Holy Days services. All handbags and backpacks are subject to inspection.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION: Parking at Shomrei Torah is limited. Please click here for important parking and shuttle bus information.


Saturday, September 16
S’lichot Service, 9 PM, Shomrei Torah

Wednesday, September 20
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Family service, 6 PM at Shomrei Torah
Traditional service, 8 PM, at Shomrei Torah

Thursday, September 21
Rosh Hashanah
All services at Congregation Shomrei Torah
Adult Service, 10:30 AM
Pre-teen Service (6th and 7th grade), 10: 30 AM
Teen Service, 10:30 AM
Tashlich Service, 4:30 PM, Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park

Friday, September 22
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service, 10:30 AM, Shomrei Torah
Rosh Hashanah Seder, 6:15 PM, Shomrei Torah

Saturday, September 23
Shabbat Shavuah Service, 10:30 AM, Shomrei Torah

Saturday, October 8
Shabbat Shavuah Morning Service, 10:30 AM, Shomrei Torah

Sunday, September 24
Cemetery Service, 10:30 AM, Santa Rosa Memorial Park

Friday, September 29
Kol Nidre
Alternative Service, 6 PM, Shomrei Torah*
Traditional Service, 8 PM, Shomrei Torah

Saturday, September 30
Yom Kippur
Children’s Service, 9 AM, Congregation Shomrei Torah
Adult Service, 10:30 AM, Congregation Shomrei Torah
Pre-teen Service and Teen Service, 10:30 AM, led by Rick Concoff

Jewish Journeys (personal stories), 1:30 PM*, Shomrei Torah
Torah Reading/Jonah, 3 PM**, Shomrei Torah
Healing Service, 3:45 PM**, Shomrei Torah
Yizkor Service, 4:30 PM**, Shomrei Torah
Neilah Service, 5:30 PM**, Shomrei Torah

* This is not the family service as in past years; it is an alternative, music-oriented service developed for Reform congregations using an alternative prayer book.

** Afternoon times are approximate

Please note: Only those holding seating cards will be admitted. Seating cards are available by calling the synagogue office at (707) 578-5519.


Here are links to the “Jewish Journeys” presented by congregants on Yom Kippur afternoon.

Jewish Journey – Adele Pickar 2015

Jewish Journey – Jennifer Levine-Smith 2015