High Holy Days 2023

For those who are joining us virtually, via livestream:

CLICK HERE for the Yom Kippur prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh.

For Virtual Service Tech Help during Rosh Hashanah, please email hhdhelp@ohabei.org or call 617.277.6610.

Welcome! Whether you are a member or are interested in exploring our community for the first time, we hope that you will choose to join us for the High Holy Day season this year. We are excited to offer a variety of services and programs for our diverse and multigenerational community, and hope that you will find meaningful connection here during this season of reflection and renewal, and in the new year to come.

Membership and Ticket Information

Service Schedule and Information

We are planning an inclusive, multi-access model – with holiday worship and educational experiences held both in-person and virtually. For our most updated COVID protocols, please click here. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, September 9, 7:30pm – Selichot (Virtual Only)

Friday September 15, 7:30pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sanctuary & livestreamed)

Saturday September 16 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • 9:15am: Tot Service, ages 0-6 (Chapel)
  • 10:00am: Main service (Sanctuary & livestreamed)
    Childcare offered
  • 11:00am: Kids-Only Service, ages 6-12 (Chapel)
    Offered for those with adults in the Main service
  • Apples and Honey reception (Penn Spero Hall) 
    Immediately following the Main Service

Sunday September 17 – Rosh Hashanah Day 2

  • 9:30am: Muddy River Clean Up / Reverse Tashlich
  • 10:30am: Tashlich at the Muddy River
  • 11:15am: Rosh Hashanah Seder (Chapel)

Friday September 22, 6:00pm – Erev Shabbat service – Shabbat Shuva (Chapel & livestreamed)

Saturday September 23, 10:30am – Shabbat Morning Torah Study (Virtual only)

Sunday, September 24, 7:30pm – Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre (Sanctuary & livestreamed)

Monday, September 25 – Yom Kippur

  • 9:30am: Tot Service, ages 0-6 (Chapel) 
  • 10:30am: Morning Service (Sanctuary & livestreamed) 
    Childcare offered
  • 11:30am: Kids-Only Service, ages 6-12 (Chapel)
    Offered for those with adults in the Main service
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Meditation and Learning Sessions (In-Person & Virtual options)
  • 3:15pm: Mincha (Afternoon service) (Sanctuary  & livestreamed)
  • 4:30pm: Yizkor (Memorial service) (Sanctuary & livestreamed)
  • 5:30pm: Neilah (Concluding service) (Sanctuary & livestreamed)
  • 6:30pm: Community Break Fast (immediately following Yizkor & Neilah)
    Additional registration required

Please click here for a printable schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many different opportunities to volunteer including ushering, greeting, and ticket table helpers for the upcoming High Holy Days. We need your help to make the holidays a success! Please see our list of the volunteer opportunities. Many hands make light work. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please consider donating to one of our giving opportunities, in any amount that is meaningful to you. Your gift will help ensure a strong future for Temple Ohabei Shalom. 

For a full list of sponsorship opportunities, please click here

Tributes and Remembrances

During the High Holy Days, we remember loved ones. One of the most beautiful annual traditions at Temple Ohabei Shalom is the listing of the names of our departed in a scroll book. This year, our Scroll Book will be a video, available digitally on Yom Kippur afternoon, during the Yizkor service. We invite you to honor those who are no longer with us by including their names in our Digital Yizkor Scroll Book this year. 

Please note that submissions for our Digital Scroll Book are now closed.

Yom Kippur Learning Sessions

Our Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning Sessions will run simultaneously on Monday, September 25 from 2:00-3:00pm. To see a detailed description of each session, please click here. Our in-person sessions have limited space so please sign up now to reserve your spot

Prayer Book Pick Ups

For members who will be joining our livestream services from your home, we’d love to lend you a prayer book. If you are interested, please email Executive Clergy Assistant, Daria Cohen at dcohen@ohabei.org.


Children are welcome at all our services. We will also have childcare available during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services, for children up to age 10. RSVP is required and the price for childcare is $18/child/service.

Limited space is available and you must register in advance.

Annual High Holy Day Food Drive

As a community, we address the injustice of food insecurity every year by bringing bags full of groceries with us to synagogue on Yom Kippur. This act of tzedakah, of giving to those in need, is one of the ways that we work to become inscribed in the Book of Life.

With even more people in need due to the pandemic, we seek to maintain our commitment to three local organizations addressing food insecurity in Greater Boston: Family Table, The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center, and The Brookline Food Pantry.

Make a financial donation. All money donated through TOS and designated for the HHD Food Drive will be split between the three organizations. Monetary donations are a great way to give because our partners are able to buy food at a discount, we limit in-person interaction to keep everyone healthy, and if you give through TOS, we can measure our communal impact. For a suggested donation amount, think about how many bags of groceries you would donate in a year and multiply that number by $36. Donations can be made by clicking the link above or mailed to TOS, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Please write “HHD Food Drive” in the memo.

Donate $25 gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, and area grocery stores. These will be donated to the Grow Clinic and will allow people to shop for their own groceries and needs. We are happy to accept them by mail or at any in-person services.

Drop off bags of non-perishable items on Yom Kippur. We’ll have volunteers to help sort and deliver the food. We need non-perishable items, especially tuna and whole grain cereal. 

If you have any questions about our Annual Food Drive, please email Daniel Anderson at danderson@ohabei.org

Accessibility & Inclusion

Guided by the core teaching that each of us is created B’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), Temple Ohabei Shalom strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. We want your High Holy Day experience to be as comfortable as possible.

  • Wheelchair accessibility is available through the parking lot, just off of Marshal Street.
  • Listening devices and large print prayer books are available; simply ask an usher.