Jewish High Holy Days are Coming Soon

September 7, 2023
Staff photo by Wayne Braverman

Temple Shalom Emeth

16 Lexington St., Burlington
Website –, Phone – 781-272-2351; Email[email protected]

This is a welcoming Reform Jewish community in Burlington.We are a vibrant and welcoming Reform Jewish congregation. We provide a rich spectrum of opportunities for our members to express their Judaism through worship, education, music, community service, and social events.”

Temple Shalom Emeth High Holidays Information for 2023 (5784) L’Shana Tova!

Do I Need Tickets?  Members do not need tickets. Extended family members and non-member guests are also welcome to attend the services, and we respectfully request a suggested donation of $180 for adult non-members, and $90 for extended family members.

Further RSVP and ticketing information can be found in the weekly announcements.

Please mail checks to Temple Shalom Emeth, PO Box 216, Burlington, MA 01803, Attn: Holy Days.

Schedule of Services:

  • Friday, Sept. 15: Rosh Hashanah Eve
    This service will be an abbreviated High Holy Day Service, ending with a virtual Rosh Hashanah seder. Learn which foods are associated with Rosh Hashanah.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
    There will be an adult service and a separate service for children Pre-K through middle school.
  • Sunday, Sept. 17: 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
    Similar to Sept. 16.
  • Sunday, Sept. 17: Tashlich Service at the North Bridge in Concord
    Symbolizing the casting-off of our sins by throwing pebbles into the water, with a lot of musical accompaniment.
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: Erev Yom Kippur
    Including the chanting of Kol Nidre with a montage of Temple members’ holding the Torah.
  • Monday, Sept. 25: Yom Kippur Morning Service
    Morning adult and a separate service for children as on Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday, Sept. 25: Yizkor Memorial Service 
    Readings of the Temple’s Yizkor list and memorial prayers to remember loved ones as well as those who died in the holocaust and other tragic events.
  • Monday, Sept. 25: Neilah afternoon concluding service

Shabbat Services: 

Temple Shalom Emeth’s worship services enable us to reconnect with our family, friends and faith as we worship together. Our services bring our members together to worship God, and to learn from the texts of our traditions. Services enable members of Temple Shalom Emeth to come together in affirmation, renewal, and celebration. Services are a traditional and contemporary blend of Hebrew and English, in word and song.

As our congregation is diverse and multigenerational, so are our worship opportunities. Congregants are encouraged to participate in responsive reading, song, and prayer. Music plays an important role in our worship services. In addition to the cantor, Temple Shalom Emeth has monthly music-filled services, led by our Temple Band.

You may view archived services on the Spiritually Speaking YouTube Channel.

Regular Shabbat services are held Friday evenings. These joyous services usher in Shabbat with characteristic warmth. The Oneg Shabbat that follows each service allows our members to socialize and renew friendships.  Check the Temple Services schedule on the home page for the service schedule.

Temple Shalom Emeth strives to provide the community with a variety of ways to worship. For example, in addition to the music services, early services are held several times during the year, with a follow-on community dinner. And, as part of their education, each religious school class leads a Shabbat service.

Several times during the year our Shabbat Services are preceded by a community wide Shabbat dinner. 

Temple Isaiah

55 Lincoln St., Lexington
Website –, Phone – 781-862-7160, Email[email protected]

Temple Isaiah is a diverse and welcoming community, committed to building connection, lifelong learning, personal growth, and action inspired by Judaism.

Upcoming event: 
Sunday, Sept. 10 – Breakfast in Social Hall at 9:15 a.m. followed by speaker in-person and remote at 10 a.m.
Please join us for breakfast and get to know our new Senior Rabbi, Karen Thomashow, as she is interviewed by Brotherhood’s Murry Awrach. 

The full breakfast includes bagels, smoked salmon, pickled herring, whitefish salad, tabbouleh, desserts and more. On-site attendance is free for Brotherhood members; $15 for guests. There will be no charge for attendance on Zoom. 

This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear about her journey to the rabbinate and various topics of interest to our Temple community.  

Rabbi Thomashow will share her thoughts on temple programs of the past, present and upcoming. Learn how she relates to these programs and how do her own personal experiences play into her expectations at Temple Isaiah. Learn what types of religious programs she would like to bring to Temple Isaiah.

She will share her views on the current political situation in Israel, on antisemitism, on American and world Jewry, and the Reform Movement and Temple Isaiah.  

The presentation will feature a question-and-answer period for attendees in the audience as well as those attending online via Zoom.

Temple Isaiah welcomed Rabbi Karen Thomashow as Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2023. Rabbi Thomashow is a spiritual leader who can inspire, motivate, and innovate, not only because of her great intellect and integrity, but because of her deep and genuine caring and compassion. She sees her role as a rabbi as being “a partner, a catalyst for growth, a companion, and a maker of meaning.”

Prior to joining Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Thomashow spent her 15-year rabbinic career at two of North America’s most renowned congregations. She comes to Isaiah from Wise Temple in Cincinnati, where she served as Associate Rabbi for nine-and-a-half years. Prior to that she was Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.  

High Holidays: 

For information about any aspect of the High Holidays, please contact the Temple Isaiah office at [email protected] or 781-862-7160.

Temple Emunah

9 Piper Rd., Lexington
Website, Phone – 781-861-0300

Temple Emunah is a dynamic, engaged, and welcoming congregational family that builds Jewish identity through learning together, praying together, caring for each other, and working to create an enduring Jewish community in the United States and Israel, in the spirit of Conservative Judaism.

Temple Emunah is located in Lexington off of Waltham Street. Click here for directions.

Temple Emunah serves more than 550 families, the majority of whom live in Lexington and the remainder live in 25 surrounding suburban communities.

Temple Emunah is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.

Temple Emunah gratefully receives funding for several programs from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Temple Emunah is a non-profit religious organization. Our charitable registration number is 04-2210961.

All of our services are now in-person and streamed via Zoom and Livestream on Shabbat and holidays. Click here for more information.

Daily Minyanim
Sundays – 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Weekdays – 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fridays – 7 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 9:30 a.m.
Ma’ariv/Havdalah – Varies

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