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High Holy Days

High Holy Days

High Holy Days Announcements

Guests are welcome during the High Holy Days

Just let us know by calling or emailing Connie Sherman at 901.761.3130 or connies@timemphis.org by Thursday, September 26 for Rosh Hashanah and Friday, October 4 for Yom Kippur.

If you would like reciprocity to another congregation, please let Connie know by Monday, September 16 for Rosh Hashanah and Thursday, September 26 for Yom Kippur.

WANTED: Greeters/Ushers

Welcome our congregants and guests during the holiest days of our year. Learn more: contact Stacy Canales, Executive Director, at stacyc@timemphis.org or 901.937.2765.

High Holy Days Food Drive

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 and MAZON: The Jewish Response to Hunger. An envelope is enclosed in the Voice for your convenience, or you can donate here.

Live Streaming

Attend services “virtually” if you cannot make it to Temple. Visit our Media page or facebook.com/templeisrael to watch High Holy Days services.

Gender Neutral Bathroom

A gender-neutral bathroom is available in the Bridal Room directly to the left of the Main Sanctuary doors.

Nursing Room

The adult lounge will serve as a comfortable, private nursing area. 


We will have approximately 20% more parking spaces for HHD 2019 on the main campus property. Help us conserve space when possible and consider carpooling, walking, arriving early, and using the complimentary shuttle van. Drop off at the Sanctuary entrance is available for those with mobility challenges. Our parking and traffic professionals are helping keep us safe – please be courteous and cooperative. Thank you to MRJ-Brotherhood for sponsoring High Holy Days parking services.


Security and safety of all is everyone’s responsibility. See something, say something. We reserve the right to inspect any and all personal belongings.

Staff and law enforcement personnel and uniformed guards will be circulating in the building and at the close perimeter of the building and beyond. Do not hesitate to contact any of us in the event of any type of emergency. Thank you to MRJ-Brotherhood for sponsoring High Holy Days security.



Friday, September 20

5:15 PM | Preneg

6:00 PM | During the Musical Shabbat, the Torah covers will change to white, signaling that the New Year is beginning.

Saturday, September 21

9:00 PM | Havdalah and Reflective Selichot Service Beginning with a Dessert Reception


Sunday, September 29

7:30 PM | High Holy Days Childcare (18+ months – 1st grade)

7:30 PM | Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, Sermon by Rabbi Jeremy Simons |Why Am I Here?


Monday, September 30

9:00 AM | Tot Family Service

10:00 AM | High Holy Days Childcare (18+ months – 1st grade) 

10:00 AM | TI Chai Service | Rabbi and teen-led for our entire youth and high school community. Students 7th grade and under must be accompanied by a parent.

10:00 AM | Main Sanctuary Service, Sermon by Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein | The Temple Israel Effect 

11:00 AM | High Holy Days Camp (2nd – 5th grades)

11:00 AM | Teen Oneg 


Friday, October 4

5:15 | Preneg

6 PM | Shabbat Service, Sermon by Rabbi Feivel Strauss | How To Build Spiritual Resilience 


Sunday, October 6 | Temple Israel Cemetery

10:30 AM | It is a tradition on our holiest days to remember loved ones. Join us at the Levy-Cooper Chapel for a brief and meaningful memorial service. 


Sunday, October 6 

4:30 – 6 PM | Tashlich at Shelby Farms (Jones Pond Pavillion)


Tuesday, October 8

6 PM & 8:15 PM | Sermon by Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein | Everything Happens for a (Potential) Reason

6 PM | High Holy Days Childcare (18 months – 1st grade) 


Wednesday, October 9

9 AM | Tot Family Service

10 AM | High Holy Days Childcare (18 months – 1st grade)

10 AM | TI Chai Service | Rabbi and teen-led for our entire youth and high school community. Students 7th grade and under must be accompanied by a parent.

10 AM | Main Sanctuary Service, Sermon by Rabbi Bess Wohlner | From Darkness to Light

11 AM | High Holy Days Camp (2nd – 5th grades)

12:15 PM | What Being Jewish Means to Me | Featuring: Betsy Mandel-Carley, LCSW, Žak Ozmo, Music Director and Scholar, and Jami K. Lazarov, Esq.

12:15 – 1:15 PM | 5 Ways to Guarantee a Better and Sweeter New Year (That Really Work!) with Rabbi Feivel Strauss

1:15 – 2:15 PM | Clouds in the Sky: Mindfulness & Meditation in the Context of Yom Kippur | Co-led by Jenna Kaufman and Caroline Kaufman for our 20s and 30s group 

1:15 – 2:15 PM PM | Let’s Talk About Anti-Semitism featuring Professor Jonathan Judaken, Rhodes College in conversation with Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein

1:15 – 2:15 PM PM | Making Room for the New You: A Practical and Mystical Journey Into Your Inner Self with Rabbi Feivel Strauss

2:30 – 3:30 PM | Raise Your Voice: A TI Music Hour | The Class of 2020 will be honored | All ages welcome!

2:30 – 3:30 PM | Do Jews Believe in Angels? | Learning with Joe Levy

3:30 PM | High Holy Days Childcare (18 months – 1st grade)

3:30 – 4:15 PM | A Short Story Discussion led by Leo Bearman

3:30 – 4:15 PM | MICAH Panel Discussion featuring Rev. Ayanna Johnson Watkins, Lead Organizer/Executive Director of Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) and Dr. Stacy Spencer of New Direction Christian Church and MICAH President

3:30 – 4:15 PM | Tour the Temple Israel Museum and the Beloved exhibit made possible by the Elvis G. & Robert T. Goldsmith Fund.* 

4:30 PM | Afternoon Torah Service beginning with Yizkor and concluding with Tekiah Gedolah | Bring your shofar! 

6:30 PM | Break the fast with a nosh in the Ettelson-Wax Hall | Hosted by WRJ-Sisterhood


Sunday, October 13

9:15 AM | Help build Temple’s Sukkah!** 

5:30 PM | Outdoor Sukkot Service with food trucks 

Monday, October 14

12 PM | Lunch & Learn in the Sukkah with Rabbi Bess Wohlner, sponsored by WRJ-Sisterhood 

Tuesday, October 15

6 PM | Tot Families Rhythm’N’Ruach in the Sukkah 

Wednesday, October 16

12 PM | Lunch & Learn in the Sukkah with Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein

5:30 PM | Sip-in-the-Sukkah with Rabbi Feivel Strauss for our 40s and 50s learning group

Thursday, October 17

10 AM | Coffee & Conversation with Rabbi Feivel Strauss

12 PM | Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Feivel Strauss

6:30 PM | Rock the Sukkah with Eleanor Tallie and the band | All ages welcome!

Friday, October 18

5:15 PM | Shake it Up Shabbat | Festive preneg in the Sukkah

Saturday, October 19

6:30 PM | Tacos, Tequila & Torah | Hosted by MRJ-Brotherhood

Free to MRJ-Brotherhood Members; $18 for spouses+significant others


Sunday, October 20

5 PM | Simchat Torah celebration and festive preneg | All ages welcome!


Monday, October 21

9 AM | We will change back the Torah covers and read the names and remember loved ones who have passed away since the last Simchat Torah

*Thank you to the Museum Committee for your leadership on the Beloved exhibit.

**Note Temple’s Sukkah is now located in the Courtyard 


The Temple Israel Cemetery will be closed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 30), on Yom Kippur (Oct. 9), and on the first and last day of Sukkot (Oct. 14 and 21).


We are incredibly grateful to the generous sponsors who contribute each year to the High Holy Days at Temple Israel, including:

WRJ-Sisterhood for facilitating the High Holy Days babysitting, the delicious Yom Kippur Break the Fast, and for the Lunch & Learn in the Sukkah 

MRJ-Brotherhood for coordinating the High Holy Days Security and Ushering

The Ringel Family for the High Holy Days Music 

The Grusin Family for the Sanctuary Sound System

The Kopald Floral Fund for the Sanctuary & Chapel Flowers

The Elvis G. & Robert T. Goldsmith Fund for the High Holy Days museum exhibit.

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