High Holy Days

Please join us this year for High Holy Days! Download the informational packet HERE.

All High Holy Day events will take place at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road.

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.

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

Congregation 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. No one can be admitted to High Holy Day services without a seating card. To reserve your seating card, call the synagogue office at (707)578-5519 or download the form HERE.

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


Saturday, September 1

  • 9:00pm:  S’lichot Service

Sunday, September 9

  • 6:00 – 7:00pm:  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service: This is a family-friendly service; children of all ages are welcome.
  • 8:00pm:  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Monday, September 10

  • 10:30am:  Rosh Hashanah Adult Service
  • 10:30am:  Children’s Educational Program Grades K-5th (Registration required, contact the office)
  • 10:30am:  Teen & Pre-teen Service Grades 6th – 12th
  • 4:30pm:  Tashlich Service, Location: Lake Ralphine: This is a beautiful service during which we cast our sins into the lake while singing and praying that we do better in the year to come.

 Tuesday, September 11

  • 10:30am:  2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service: Vegetarian/dairy potluck lunch to follow.

 Friday, September 14

  • 6:15pm:  Solidarity Shabbat: FREE, tisch-style dinner, RSVP required.

 Saturday, September 15

  • 10:30am:  Shabbat Shuvah Morning Service

Sunday, September 16             

  • 10:30am: Cemetery Service: Location: Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa

 Tuesday, September 18

  • 6:00 – 7:oopm:  Kol Nidre Alternative Service*: This will be a provocative & inspiring service. Expect a band and alternative prayers.
  • 8:00pm:  Kol Nidre Traditional Service: *Please attend only one Kol Nidre service.

Wednesday, September 19

  • 10:30am:  Yom Kippur Adult Service
  • 10:30am:  Children’s Educational Program Grades K-5th (Registration required, contact the office)
  • 10:30am: Teen & Pre-teen Service Grades 6th – 12th
  • 1:30pm:  Jewish Journeys (personal stories)
  • 3:00pm:  Torah Reading/Jonah
  • 3:45pm:  Healing Service
  • 4:30pm:  Yizkor Service
  • 5:30pm:  Neilah Service
  • 6:00pm:  Break-the-fast

Please note that afternoon service times are approximate.


Parking at Shomrei Torah is limited. All of our High Holy Day services will be held at Congregation Shomrei Torah: 2600 Bennett Valley Road.  There will be limited parking available, so please plan to carpool if possible.

Handicapped parking will be available in the upper Shomrei Torah parking lot.  The lower parking lot will be available for first-come first-serve parking but will not be sufficient to accommodate all attendees.

Offsite parking will ONLY be located around the corner from Shomrei Torah in the Rite Aid parking lot, 1551 Farmers Lane. Buses will be available to transport attendees from the Rite Aid parking lot to Shomrei Torah.  Please plan to drop your passengers off at the upper traffic circle before proceeding to offsite parking. There will be NO parking at Waterfall Towers.

Overflow cars will be parked as follows:

9/9: Erev Rosh Hashanah Services – Rite Aid parking lot

  • Buses will run from 6:30pm-10:30pm

9/10: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service – Rite Aid parking lot

  • Buses will run from 9:30am-2:00pm

9/18: Kol Nidre Services – Rite Aid parking lot

  • Buses will run from 5:30pm-10:30pm

9/19: Yom Kippur Services – Rite Aid parking lot

  • Buses will run from 9:30am-7:00pm