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High Holy Days

High Holy Days

Temple Israel is proud to produce a creative hybrid of virtual and in-person, outdoor soulful offerings for this year’s High Holy Days season. We look forward to connecting with every Temple household through a uniquely memorable and meaningful experience, no matter the distance.

Past Services


Selichot Havdalah | Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days   

Saturday, September 12 | 7:30 PM CST

*Temple Israel Atrium + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


Erev Rosh Hashanah Service | “What Comes Next?” by Rabbi Bess Wohlner

Friday, September 18 | 7 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


Rosh Hashanah Morning Service | “Build Your Spiritual Endurance” by Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein

Saturday, September 19 | 9 AM CST

*Temple Israel Meadow + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Family Service | co-led by Rick Recht

Saturday, September 19 |  11:30 AM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org)


Sunday, September 20, 2020

In lieu of a service, the cemetery will be open on Kever Avot between 10:30 am – 4 pm.


Sunday, September 20 | 4:30 PM

Shelby Farms Park Jones Pond Pavilion – weather permitting


Shabbat Shuvah Service | Led by TI CHAI (Temple Israel High School)

Friday, September 25 | 6 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


Kol Nidre Service | “History, Memory, & Our Own Lives Right Now” by Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein

Sunday, September 27 | 7 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


Yom Kippur Morning Service  | “It Gets Better” by Rabbi Jeremy Simons

Monday, September 28 | 9 AM CST

*Temple Israel Meadow + Livestream available (timemphis.org & Facebook)

This is a rain or shine event.

Family Service | co-led by Rick Recht

Monday, September 28 | 11:30 AM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org)

Ruach Music Service | Honoring the Confirmation Class of 2020 & Graduation Class of 2021

Monday, September 28 | 2-3 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Learning with Dr. Joe Levy | “The Choosing People”

Monday, September 28 | 2-3 PM CST

via Zoom

A Spiritual Practice with Three Jewish Yogis | Jenna Kaufman, Marcy Stagner, & Ruthie Lichterman

Monday, September 28 | 3-4 PM CST

via Zoom + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Yizkor | “The Certainty of Death, The Uncertainty of Life” by Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein

Monday, September 28 | 4 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Ne’ilah Closing Service

Monday, September 28 | 5:30 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Final Shofar Blast

Monday, September 28 | 6:30 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)


Erev Sukkot Shabbat Service

Friday, October 2 | 6 PM CST

Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Erev Simchat Torah Service

Friday, October 9 | 6 PM CST

*Temple Israel Atrium + Livestream (timemphis.org & Facebook)

Registration is required. Click here to register for this all-ages service!


Help us convert every dollar into seven pounds of food for those in need in the Mid-south. As we fast on Yom Kippur, we feast on making food possible for Memphians who are hungry every day. Please donate to Temple Israel’s High Holy Days Food drive by sending checks to Temple, payable to Rabbi Greenstein’s discretionary fund (write Food Drive in the memo section). All funds will be given to the Mid-South Food Bank, MIFA, and MAZON: The Jewish Response to Hunger. An envelope will also be enclosed in the Voice for your convenience, or you can donate here.

Thank you to Temple Israel Brotherhood and Temple Israel Sisterhood for their support of the High Holy Days programming and services.

Thank you to the Ringel Family for their support of High Holy Days Music.

Thank you to the Kopald Floral Fund for the Sanctuary and Chapel flowers.

Thank you to David Bearman for the use of his photographs in Temple’s High Holy Days Images.

Temple Israel families and their children in 8th grade and higher may attend outdoor services. Our congregants in COVID-19 vulnerable categories as well as the greater Memphis and Jewish community are invited to tune in virtually via timemphis.org or Facebook, neither of which require formal registration. See the FAQs page for more information about this year’s High Holy Days services at Temple Israel.

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