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High Holy Days Music Participation

For Adults and Teens (7th grade and older):

Singers and Instrumentalists Participate Throughout the High Holy Days

Musical participation by congregants adds so much to the spirit and beauty of our High Holy Days services. Those adults and teens age 12 and older who have contacted us, thank you for joining with your voice and/or other instruments for the High Holy Days this year.

Please save the dates below, all Thursdays, for High Holy Days Kol Hakavod Ensemble rehearsals.


Each rehearsal should run from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (with a break for snacks an schmoozing in the middle), although there may be some times (especially towards the last rehearsals) when we need to run a little longer.

Rehearsal dates: Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22; Sept. 5, 12, 19*, 26* (*final for Rosh Hashanah); Oct. 10* (*final for Yom Kippur). All dates are Thursdays, and each rehearsal runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. Rehearsals with asterisks are mandatory for final sound balancing/tech notes.

Services when we will sing (note: for many of these, the choir must arrive one hour early to sound check and do final rehearsing):

  • Selichot Evening Service, Sept. 28, 2024, time TBD
  • Rosh Hashanah, Oct. 2-3, 2024, times TBD
  • Yom Kippur, Oct. 11-12, 2024, times TBD
Please contact us if you are willing to coordinate folks bringing snacks for rehearsals.


Just for Teens:

Early-Service Music Leadership for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Mornings and Kol Nidre

Sign up now to help lead music with other teens for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur early morning services, as well as a couple of songs for Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) for Temple Beth Shalom! 

Sing and/or play your instrument. You can help lead one prayer or many, whatever is your comfort level.

Please sign up at this link if you will participate. (Note: you can see who else is signing up on this form.)

We will have musical rehearsals all on Sundays at Temple Beth Shalom in the sanctuary on
•    Sept. 15, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
•    Sept. 22, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
•    Sept. 29, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
•    Oct. 6, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur days are on Thursday, October 3 and Saturday, October 12. The early services will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You will need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Eve is Friday, Oct. 11 (sound check TBD, but could be as early as 6:00 p.m.).

Make sure these dates are on your calendar now!
If there are any extenuating circumstances please contact Cantor Gostein. 

Learn to Sound the Shofaror Practice Your Skills!

Rabbi Denise Eger, our wonderful ba'alat t'kiah, will teach techniques for sounding the shofar and engage in Jewish study about shofar sounding! Our Shofar Corps members also lead the congregation in sounding the Shofar calls at High Holy Day services. No experience necessary.

Rehearsal and Learning Dates

Shofar Learning Session #1 - Sunday, September 8, 2024, from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Shofar Learning Session #2 - Sunday, September 15, 2024, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Shofar Rehearsal - Sunday, September 22, 2024, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sign up to participate (by attending learning sessions and rehearsals) here.

For those who intend to sound the shofar during services and who can attend the rehearsals, please see and sign up for the shofar sounding opportunities here. Please only sign up for those slots you are confidently able to attend. Ticketing details will be shared soon, at which point, please ensure you have tickets for your chosen services.

Whether you're a veteran of the Shofar Corps or a first-timer, please join in.

We look forward to seeing you at the first learning session on Sunday, September 8, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary!

Learn more about the shofar here.



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