High Holy Days 2023/5784

High Holy Days 2023/5784

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday 15 September
1st Day Rosh Hashanah – Saturday 16 September
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah – Sunday 17 September

Kol Nidre – Sunday 24 September, Fast begins 18:40
Yom Kippur – Monday 25 September, Fast ends 19:39

Erev Sukkot – Friday 29 September
Sukkot – Saturday 30 September

Erev Simchat Torah – Friday 6 October
Simchat Torah – Saturday 7 October

Please click here to view this year’s High Holy Day Booklet online

Tickets for High Holy Days 2023 at EHRS

EHRS Member Tickets
We are looking forward to a wonderful and meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year. Every member of the Synagogue is entitled, of course, to a ticket and so this year we will mail you your ticket in August together with our High Holy Day Booklet telling you everything that is happening. There is no need to apply for tickets as in past years.

Visitor or Reciprocal Tickets
If you are a member of a Synagogue affiliated to Reform Judaism you can receive a reciprocal ticket(s) at no cost. Once you have applied we will check with your membership with your Synagogue.
If you are not a member of a Synagogue affiliated to Reform Judaism you will need to pay for your ticket(s) as a visitor, adults £70, over 65’s £40, under 21 free.
Please click here for the High Holy Day 2023 Ticket Application Form – Non Member Visitor or Reciprocal.
If you are a non member visitor, the cost of your ticket to join us will be refunded in full if you choose to join EHRS in the coming year. If you would like to know more please contact us at admin@ehrs.uk. We would love to welcome you to our community.

Children’s Service Tickets for Non-Member Families
We welcome your family to join us at EHRS for our wonderful children’s services over the High Holy Days. We kindly ask for a small donation of £20 per family for a ticket that will enable attendance at any of the children’s services over Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot & Simchat Torah. Please click here to fill in the application.

Students & Young Adults
The Movement for Reform Judaism is delighted to launch our High Holy Days (HHD) Ticket Scheme 5784 jointly with Liberal Judaism, which enables students and young adults (18-32yrs) to attend High Holy Days services for free at their nearest Reform or Liberal synagogue rather than their home synagogue.
In the last few years we had over 200 students and young adults applying to be part of the scheme which is a great way to ensure our Reform and Liberal young people feel at home away from home during High Holy Days and to welcome those who are not Reform into our communities. To apply for the scheme, please click here. To ensure you receive your ticket in time for Rosh Hashanah, please complete the form by Friday 8th September, 9:00.

High Holy Day Appeal 2023/5784

During the course of each year the synagogue receives many requests for donations for various causes. We tend to keep these until the High Holy Days and then ask the various charities to make an application to us, preferably with a project. A tzedakah group, made up of people from the community, men and women and of different age groups, then meets and chooses from those applications, charities to support which they believe will speak to all interests in the community.
We had 26 charities to consider. The charities were divided into 3 categories: – Tikkun Atzmi, Tikkun Ami & Tikkun Olam.
The tzedakah group recommends the following charities for the coming appeal:

Tikkun Atzmi – the repair & improvement of ourselves & our local community

Royal Free Charity – The Royal Free Charity is the partner charity for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. This year they are supporting their colleagues and patients in emergency and urgent care by delivering ECG machines, improving waiting rooms, fund new screen technology, and offering support and rest spaces.
Raphael – Jewish Counselling Service – Raphael, now the Talking Therapies Division of Jami, continues to provide a safe, welcoming and confidential haven for clients to discuss their emotional problems. They wish to continue to support those of their clients unable to pay the full cost of their talking therapy sessions.

Tikkun Ami – the support of Jews both in the UK and abroad

Jnetics – Jnetics is dedicated to improving the prevention and diagnosis of Jewish genetic disorders in the UK. Through their clinic, they facilitate Jewish Genetic Disorder (JGD) carrier screening for Jewish couples who are about to embark on parenthood. The disorders they test for are extremely debilitating, life shortening, but most importantly completely preventable through screening.
Camp Simcha – Camp Simcha exists to improve the quality of life for families of UK Jewish children with a serious medical condition. Their Respite Care service is for parents who have a child with a complex medical condition, as it allows parents to benefit from a crucial night’s sleep.
Moishe House – Moishe House in London have established themselves as a unique and effective model of Jewish communal programming for young adults aged 22-32. Moishe House want to continue providing a vital space for young Jewish adults in London and the wider UK .

Tikkun Olam – helping to repair the wider world

Oasis of Peace UK – Oasis of Peace is a UK based charity raising funds & awareness for the unique peace community of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam in Israel. At their School for Peace, their evermore important Facilitator Course produces a group of proficient facilitators who possess the necessary skills to lead challenging tasks in Israel and Palestine.
React – React is dedicated to providing terminally ill children with the quality of life they deserve. Providing urgently needed aid and specialist equipment helps make an immense difference to the quality of life for these children.
Karen Morris Memorial Trust – The Karen Morris Memorial Trust provides facilities for leukaemia patients and their families, currently funding 4 Karen’s Homes from Home. In one of the homes, furnishings and kitchen equipment need replacing to ensure the warmth and comfort is maintained.

To read more about these charities please click here, and to make your donation please click here

Elul 2023

Elul is our month of preparation to get us ready for the spiritual work of the High Holy days. This year there will be a series of preparatory workshops and learning sessions with our Rabbis for you to choose from. Where Zoom is mentioned, please refer to your member’s hard copy of the HHD Brochure or email admin@ehrs.uk for details

Elul Shabbat Shirah Friday Night Service & Dinner
Friday 1 September, 18:30-20:30
Please join our Shirah Band & Rabbi Tanya to celebrate the end of our year! We will kvel (feel happy & proud) on our achievements, reflect on our losses and prepare ourselves for a meaningful and hopeful new beginning. You are welcome to stay after the service for a bring & share dinner, during which we will sing songs and have a short Israeli dancing session. If you will be joining us for dinner please email june.lewis@ehrs.uk

First Shabbat Shiur
Saturday 2 September, 9:15-10:15
Judah HaLevi – His Heart was in the East – Learn about one of the greatest Hebrew poets whose poetry is part of our services, especially on the High Holy Days, and includes some wonderful love poetry. His works of poetry and philosophy had a huge influence on Judaism and were some of the earliest texts inspiring spiritual Zionism. Join Rabbi Mark in person at EHRS or on Zoom for culture and thought.

HaKol B’Seder Service for Elul
Saturday 2 September, 10:30-12:00
Join Rabbi Tanya and Cantor Dmitry Karpenko from Moscow for a special service for Elul, the month which leads up to the High Holy Days, which includes new music from the Reform and Conservative Jewish world helping us to consider the year gone by, an interpretative Torah reading and plenty of participation. In person at EHRS or on Zoom.

Elul Masterclass
Sunday 3 September, 10:00-12:30
Throughout this morning we feature experiences which will make the High Holy Days more meaningful for all ages. You can join Anthony Waterman for a Shofar Blowing masterclass to learn or just to try to blow the Shofar. You can also join us to learn the special movements which are part of the Musaf (Additonal) service on Yom Kippur, their origin and how to do them. Rabbi Debbie will making soul candles with you, which can give additional meaning to the Yizkor service. Andie Lucas will lead a honey cake cookalong, and Rabbi Mark will be looking at the meaning of forgiveness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam with his special guests. Please let us know that you are coming, click here to book.

Reverse Taschlich with EcoJudaism & Repair the Sea
Sunday 3 September, 12:45-14:15
EHRS and West London Synagogue come together this morning to help take the rubbish out of the water (rather than throwing bread into it!) at the Silk Stream in Watling Park, Burnt Oak. Together we are part of the global Jewish waterfront clean up (www.repairthesea.org/rt2023). Our Rabbis and the EHRS Environment Action Team invite all generations to join us to make a difference. Please click here to book and we will send you the full details.

Selichot Choral Service & Film
Saturday 9 September, 20:30-00:10
Selichot is a beautiful way to bring yourself towards the High Holy Days and to enhance their spiritual impact. We come together on a Saturday evening to hear for the first time the sound of the High Holy Days and the poems which search our souls. We will start the evening with the quirky Coen brother’s film ‘A Serious Man’ which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture on its release in 2010. With echoes of the Book of Job, the film centres on a Minnesotan Jewish man, Larry Gopnik, whose life crumbles both professionally & personally, leading him to questions about his faith. Much of it is set in the Conservative Jewish community of the city, the Bar Mitzvah of Larry’s son Danny, and his nightmare Cheder! The film opens in subtitled Yiddish and then quickly moves to America. After a break for refreshments, at 23:00 we will begin our beautiful choral service led by our rabbis, our Cantors and featuring the EHRS Choir and cellist, Ekaterina Solomenik.

Memorial Services 2023

Sunday 10 September, from 10:00

EHRS is arranging short collective Memorial Services in the Prayer Halls at
Southgate (10:00)
Cheshunt Western (11:00)
Edgwarebury Lane (11:15)
Cheshunt Woodlands (12:00)
cemeteries, following which people can visit the graves of family and friends to say a prayer & Kaddish.

We will also hold a service at EHRS (10:30) and on the EHRS Classic Channel Livestream for those whose relatives were cremated or who are buried elsewhere or who cannot attend in person.



Where Zoom is mentioned, please refer to your member’s hard copy of the HHD Brochure or email admin@ehrs.uk for details

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, 19:30-20:40 
We open with the service which brings us into the High Holy Days, led by all of our Rabbis. Sermon given by Rabbi Tanya.

Blasting into the New Year, 20:00-20:30
Join Rabbi Mark in the Upper Synagogue or on Zoom. The Shofar sound will propel us forwards into another year of our lives as a community and as individuals. What do you hope that this year will bring? Do you hope for change or stability? A chance to talk with each other as the High Holy days begin.



Shacharit and Musaf (Additional) Service, 10:00-12:40
Beit Tefillah and Upper Synagogue
The full morning service which includes the reading of Torah, the story of Hagar and Ishmael, and Haftarah and with the sermon given by Rabbi Mark, followed by the special service for Rosh Hashanah where we hear the haunting and inspiring sound of the Shofar and recognise the significance of the New Year. Also Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Rosh Hashanah Kiddush, 12:45-13:00
If you are at home come together as a community for Kiddush on Zoom.


Taking place in the Community Centre – Children & Young People
Ages are a guideline only. Please feel welcome to attend the service that works best for your family

Early Years Service, 9:30-10:15   
This service is created for children aged 2-6 and their families, led by Rabbi Debbie. Enjoy apple and honey to taste the sweetness of the New Year and this active service with songs, stories and Shofar especially for you.

Chumash Babies, 10:30-11:00
Taking place in the Nagila Kindergarten this is a special sensory Rosh Hashanah experience for our very youngest members aged 0-2 led by Sarah Koster.

Primary Years Service, 10:30-11:30    
Our interactive family service for anyone aged 6-11 and their families, led by Rabbi Mark, with our up close Torah reading using EHRS’s own TorahCam and great music featuring the EHRS Shirah Band. If you would like to join the band please email rabbi.mark@ehrs.uk

Youth Service, 11:45-12:45
Especially for people aged 11+ and their families, Rabbi Debbie leads our service that give the New Year meaning as you step forward on your journey through life, with the EHRS Shirah Band.

Stay & Schmooze and Youth Tashlich, 10:15-12:00
In the ground floor of the Community Centre, we invite you to hang out following the Early Years Service or before or after the Primary Years Service and Chumash Babies, for a cuppa and conversation for adults and craft for the children with Marian Cohen and Sarah Koster. There will be the opportunity to perform Tashlich (symbolically throwing our sins to the waters) in the especially created Nagila River.

Tashlich in the Park 2023

Saturday 16 September, 17:00-17:30
In Person

Our Rabbis are leading outside events in three local parks on Rosh Hashanah and you are warmly invited to come and join us for a beautiful feeling of community. Tashlich is the ceremony of throwing bread on the waters to represent washing our sins away on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Mark will be in Edgware
Rabbi Debbie will be in Borehamwood
Rabbi Tanya will be in Hendon

Please bring breadcrumbs or preferably duck food.

Please see your member’s hard copy of the HHD Brochure for exact locations or email admin@ehrs.uk



Where Zoom is mentioned, please refer to your member’s hard copy of the HHD Brochure or email admin@ehrs.uk for details

Shacharit and Musaf Service, 10:00-12:15
Beit Tefillah

The morning service includes the reading of Torah, the Akedah, with Abraham and Isaac, and Haftarah with the D’var Torah given by Rabbi Debbie, continuing with the special service for Rosh Hashanah where we again hear the haunting and inspiring sound of the Shofar and build upon the significance of the New Year. Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Create the Universe Youth Activities, 10:00-11:00
Beit Midrash

Join Rabbi Tanya to rebuild the universe from scratch on Rosh Hashanah, it’s traditional birthday. For young people aged 11+.

Create the Universe Family Service, 10:00-11:00
First Floor Community Centre
On Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the creation of the world! Children up to the age of 10 and their families are warmly invited to join Rabbi Debbie and Marian Cohen as we think about big bangs, try out some creating ourselves, and delight in the star dust that made each and every one of us!

Bite of Apple & Honey Torah Study, 11:15-12:00
Upper Synagogue

Rosh Hashanah is framed by the stories of Ishmael and Isaac. This year, join Rabbi Tanya at EHRS or on Zoom as we go deeper into the text of the Hagar and Akedah narratives and the tough issues these Torah portions raise.

The Ten Days

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are opportunities for us to prepare ourselves for the extraordinary experience that is Yom Kippur. You can prepare cognitively, spiritually and physically through these three sessions. Our Machzor, Days of Awe, includes daily readings to help keep you on a journey of repentance (pp248-258).

Baking the Machzor Pudding – the final ingredients
Thursday 21 September, 20:00-21:30
Since the inception of the project in 2012, a group of Reform Rabbis and Cantors have been working on creating our new Machzor for the High Holy Days which will replace the 1985 edition of Days of Awe. The Chair of the Machzor Editorial Group is EHRS’s Rabbi Mark Goldsmith. We expect to publish it in late 2023 and it will become our Machzor from 2024 onwards. What is special about it and how will it help to make the High Holy Days even more meaningful in years to come?

Erev Shabbat Shuvah
Friday 22 September, 18:30-19:30
Our intimate Friday night service helps you to rest from the week and to continue your High Holy Days journey. In person and Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Ten Days of Growth
Saturday 23 September, 09:15-10:15
Join Rabbi Mark for a calm and meditative hour of poetry and inspiration towards being ready for Yom Kippur. In person in the Beit Midrash or on Zoom.

Shabbat Shuvah Service
Saturday 23 September, 10:30
Our Classic service in the Beit Tefillah brings you together with the EHRS community in person or on the livestream, with special readings and a sermon to build your High Holy Days experience.

Shabbat Shuvah Shabbat Club
Saturday 23 September, 11:15-12:15
For Primary School aged children and their younger siblings. This time our activities, stories and songs will be on the theme of the High Holy Days in our regular relaxed atmosphere. Finishing in time to join the community for Kiddush around 12:15. We are delighted to invite all children who have a birthday in August or September to join us for a birthday blessing from the Rabbis in the Classic service.



Kol Nidre Service, 19:30-21:40
Beit Tefillah

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, opens with the plaintive song Kol Nidre in this service that sets the pattern for the day. Three Torah Scrolls represent our spiritual Beit Din at the opening of the service. Sermon given by Rabbi Debbie. Our service will have no instrumental music. Also Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Kol Nidre Service from the New Machzor, 19:30-21:40
Upper Synagogue

Our service will be led from the new Movement for Reform Judaism Machzor draft of Days of Awe and will include two pieces played by Samuel Weinstein, Cello Scholar at the Royal College of Music. Sermon will be given by Rabbi Debbie.

Believing, Belonging, Behaving? What Makes me a Jew?, 21:00-21:40
Beit Midrash

An opportunity to work with Rabbi Mark as we explore the meaning of Judaism on Yom Kippur, whether or not you think that God exists. A safe space to discuss belief, doubt and commitment and the spiritual journey that we make in life across our generations.



Where Zoom is mentioned, please refer to your member’s hard copy of the HHD Brochure or email admin@ehrs.uk for details


Shacharit, 10:30-13:30
Beit Tefillah

The morning service to take us on a journey of Teshuvah, Atonement, which includes the reading of Torah and Haftarah, and with the Sermon given by Rabbi Tanya. This service takes place in person and Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Shacharit from the New Machzor, 10:30-13:30
Upper Synagogue

Our service will be led from the new Movement for Reform Judaism Machzor draft of Days of Awe giving a renewed journey of Teshuvah and including the reading of Torah and Haftarah. Sermon given by Rabbi Tanya.

Musaf, 13:45-15:35
Beit Tefillah

Our Musaf service, in person or on the Classic Channel, is the dramatic service in which we remember the Temple service for Yom Kippur and as part of recognising the loss and development from this ritual, we remember those who lost or dedicated their lives for Kiddush HaShem (the sanctification of God’s name). We will include new remembrances from the upcoming Reform Judaism Machzor.

Minchah, 15:45-17:40
Beit Tefillah

The Yom Kippur Afternoon service, in person or on the Classic Channel, focuses around the reading of the Book of Jonah. Led by Rabbi Tanya.

Yizkor, 17:45-18:30
Beit Tefillah &Upper Synagogue

Our memorial service to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us including the reading of the names of those we have lost this year. Led by Rabbi Mark & Rabbi Tanya in person and on Classic Channel with sermon given by Rabbi Mark. Also led by EHRS Emeritus Rabbi Steven Katz in the Upper Synagogue, sermon given by Rabbi Steven.

Neilah, 18:30-19:38
Beit Tefillah

Our concluding service for Yom Kippur as the Gates of Repentance draw to a close. Also Livestreamed on the Classic Channel.

Havdallah, 19:39-19:45
At the end of the Yom Kippur fast we all join together for the short concluding ceremony for Yom Kippur and the very first act of building our Sukkah.



Early Years Service, 09:30-10:15
Community Centre

Our active service with songs and Shofar is created for children aged 0-6 and their families, led by Rabbi Mark.

Stay and Schmooze, 10:15-12:00
Ground floor Community Centre

We invite you to hang out following the Early Years Service or before or after the Primary Years Service, for conversation for adults and craft for the children with Sarah Koster and Jack Murphy.

Primary Years Service, 10:30-11:30
Community Centre

Our family service for all aged 6-11 and their families, led by Rabbi Debbie.

Youth Service, 11:45-12:45
Community Centre

Especially for people aged 11+ and their families, Rabbi Tanya and Laurence Stein will lead this musical Yom Kippur service with real life stories on the theme of forgiveness.

Yom Kippur Chill Zone, 12:30-17:45
Yom Kippur Tent & Community Centre

Jack Murphy and Marian Cohen invite you to drop into the Yom Kippur Tent at any time in the afternoon for activities, craft and just being together on Yom Kippur. Some activities will take place in the Senitt Sensory Room in the Community Centre. All ages welcome.

Yizkor Space for Young People, 17:45-18:30
Community Centre
While the Yizkor services take place, Marian Cohen and Jack Murphy have created a space for children and young people to be together on Yom Kippur. At this session we will explore what it means to remember someone special and how in our lives we can deal with loss and change when it happens.

Neilah for Young People, 18:30-19:38
Community Centre

Jack Murphy and Marian Cohen bring Yom Kippur to a close in the Senitt Sensory Room of talk, prayer & meditation to help young people of all ages to end Yom Kippur with meaning. You will also help to hold the Havdallah candles for the whole community at 19:39.

Yom Kippur Bedtime Story 18:45-19:05
On Zoom

Sarah Koster shares a story to complete the day of Yom Kippur for those who are heading to bed at this time. Join Sarah on Zoom at home.



Yom Kippur B’Bayit, 12:00-13:00
Zoom or Facebook
Join EHRS member Kevin Darvill live for Yom Kippur BaBayit (at home), an engaging Yom Kippur experience with conversation, stories, & reflections. If you are in the shul you are welcome to join Kevin in the Rabbis’ offices.

Neshamah Avodah, 14:00-14:45
Upper Synagogue

Experience a meditative journey through the Yom Kippur Temple service using Yoga and Jewish meditation with Lisa Morris and Rabbi Tanya.

No Beer Still a Shiur, 15:00-15:40
Upper Synagogue or Zoom

Our regular Young Adults study is transformed for Yom Kippur – the learning remains but the drinks are gone! We will reflect on our morning Torah Reading and a Theology of Humility that emerges from it! Join Rabbi Debbie on an exploration of Jewish texts and ideas in person or on Zoom.

Talmud study session, 15:45-16:35
Upper Synagogue or Zoom

Rabbi Mark will take you into the discussions of our Rabbis two thousand years ago into what they made of Yom Kippur. In the style of EHRS’s fortnightly popular Talmud Class. In person or on Zoom.

Yom Kippur Discussion 16:40-17:25
Upper Synagogue or Zoom

We are about to enjoy the new edition of Days of Awe for next year’s High Holy Days. Rabbi Debbie will be leading a discussion and exploration inspired by some of the new writing in our 2024 onwards High Holy Days prayer book. In person or on Zoom.

This Year I am remembering, 17:45-18:30
Beit Midrash or Zoom

A special Yizkor service, led by Rabbi Debbie, in which we will pray and take time in small groups to remember those we have lost. For those who attended our Soul Candles session in Elul this will be an opportunity to light your candle. In person or on Zoom.

Meditative Neilah, 18:30-19:38
Upper Synagogue

Join our Rabbis for an opportunity to experience the closing of the gates in a quiet space with prayer, poetry, Kabbalistic mystical text and Jewish meditation, enabling us to take the closing hour into our souls.

*NEW FOR 2023*
Breaking the Fast Together, 19:45-20:30
Community Centre

Would you like to break your Yom Kippur fast with some of your fellow members of the EHRS Community & Rabbi Tanya? Come to the Community Centre Lobby after Havdallah and enjoy a drink and a snack to break the fast together.