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Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement

Download this year’s Book of Memory here.

Register to attend any of our Yom Kippur events here. You can also stream these services below or at sestl.org/livestream.

Please note: Vaccinations are required for all indoor High Holidays services.



Erev Yom Kippur Service
Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.
Stiffman Sanctuary
(Vaccination Required)

This service, accompanied by our High Holy Day choir, beautiful readings, prayers and a meaningful sermon, is also musically enhanced by the haunting cello and piano arrangement of Kol Nidre by Max Bruch. Using the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor, this worship experience captures the significance of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar by asking us to reflect, repent and renew. Appropriate for all vaccinated adults and children 13 years and older.


Boker Tov Yom Kippur
Thursday, September 16, 9 a.m.
Shaare Emeth Parking Lot Tent

Families with children 5 and under are invited to join Shaare Emeth clergy and Shirlee Green Preschool staff for a Yom Kippur experience designed especially for our youngest friends and their families. We’ll sing, dance, and learn about a magic word: SORRY!


Yom Kippur Morning Service
Thursday, September 16, 10 a.m.
Stiffman Sanctuary
(Vaccination Required)

This service, accompanied by our High Holy Day choir, beautiful readings and prayers and a powerful sermon, offers an opportunity for meaningful reflection and repentance. Using the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor, this worship service is appropriate for all vaccinated adults and children 13 years and older.


Yom Kippur L’Dor VaDor Service
Thursday, September 16, 11 a.m.
Shaare Emeth Parking Lot Tent

For the first time in many years, Shaare Emeth is proud to offer a Yom Kippur Family Service where the entire family can reflect and share together. This one-hour worship experience, led by Shaare Emeth clergy and teen leaders, is filled with music, community blessings, a meaningful story and more, and is most appropriate for families with children ages 6-to-12.


Breakout Sessions

Thursday, September 16, 1 – 3:50 p.m.
Kehillah Center
(Vaccination Required)

Join us for community discussion and learning events, hosted in the Kehillah Center throughout Yom Kippur afternoon:

1 – 1:50 p.m.: The Wisdom of Jonah, with Rabbi Rachel K. Bearman

Join us as we explore the depths of this well-known story, traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon, and discover what wisdom Jonah has to offer as we begin 5782.

2 – 2:50 p.m.: Healing Service, with Amy Camie and Shaare Emeth Clergy

Join Harpist Amy Camie and Shaare Emeth Clergy for music and meditation. We will focus our energy on spiritual, physical and emotional healing. Our time together includes opportunities to reflect, rejuvenate and rejoice.

3 – 3:50 p.m.: Year in Review, with Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey Stiffman

Join Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey Stiffman for a discussion of current events during the past year and their meaning for us and the Jewish community.

A programming note for Year in Review: Rabbi Stiffman will join us via Zoom for this Breakout Session. In-person participants will still be able to interact with Rabbi Stiffman and ask questions.

If you’d like to join us from home, bookmark our Zoom link here, where you can join us once the session begins at 3 p.m.


Yizkor and Neilah Services
Thursday, September 16, 4:30 p.m.
Stiffman Sanctuary
(Vaccination Required)

This moving service of Yizkor Neshamot will explore the power of memory and loss, compassion and blessing. We then conclude our Day of Atonement with the service of Neilah, as the symbolic gates begin to close and we look forward to beginning again with hope.


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