High Holy Days
Selichot is an evening service held prior to Rosh Hashanah to engage in introspection and forgiveness. Each year, one of the four Reform congregations from the Greater New Haven area hosts the others at the annual Community Selichot service. This year, Mishkan Israel hosts other Reform congregations.
Join Rabbi Immerman, Cantor Giglio, and the rabbis, choirs, cantors, and cantorial soloists from each participating congregation to lead us in prayer and song.
Morning & Evening Services
Our large sanctuary opens to accommodate the entire congregation in one worship space for the main services at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Children are permitted in the main worship space during Morning & Evening Services. Parents who bring their children into these Services are asked to be prudent and respectful of the worshippers around them. Those with very young children may find it more comfortable to sit in the rear so that they can exit quickly and easily. During Evening Services, the Chapel is open and the service is simulcast so you can hear everything that is going on in the main service. During the day, the Lounge or Room 11 (babysitting room) are available to take a break during worship.
Evening Services are held at 8:00 p.m. Morning Services begin at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are required for these services.
Children’s Program and Services – Grade PREK – 7
Children in grades PreK – 7 are welcome to participate in this year’s High Holiday Children’s Programming. Children will join their parents in the main High Holiday services through the family blessing and then join staff for special programming. PreK – 1st grade will meet in the Classroom, 2nd – 7th grade will continue service in the Chapel, followed by a program in room 12. High Holiday programming will run for the length of the service. Please remember to pick up your child in the Classroom immediately following the main service.
The Service is not appropriate for children younger than pre-k (please use babysitting for younger children in the morning and come to the Family Service at 2:00 p.m.).
The Children Service is at 10:40 a.m. on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets are required for these services.
Community Family Services – All Ages
Community Family Services are held on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 2:00 p.m. led by Rabbi Immerman and Cantor Giglio. These Services are appropriate for individuals of all ages and open to the community. We encourage you to bring grandparents, other family members, and friends. Rosh Hashanah Community Services are followed by a Kiddush.
Following Yom Kippur Morning Services, there is a Reflection Service led by congregants at 12:30 p.m. This Service is designed to provide an opportunity for individual reflection on the past, present, and future with the aid of original and thoughtfully selected writings and music. As an alternative to the Family Service, there is a group text study and discussion for adults. Following that, there is an Afternoon Service at 3:00 p.m. and then Yizkor (Memorial) and Concluding Services beginning at 4:45 p.m. During Yizkor, we read the names of our congregants and other loved ones who have passed away since the last High Holy Days and our annual Memorial Book is distributed.
High Holy Day Memorial Service
Each High Holy Day season, a memorial service is held at the CMI Cemetery on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please join Rabbi Immerman and Cantor Giglio in the beautiful CMI Cemetary Chapel to honor and remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. 701 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515 Your loved ones do not need to be buried at our cemetery in order for you to participate.
High Holy Day Tickets
We provide High Holy Days tickets to our current members at no charge. College and graduate students are invited to be our guests. We also provide complimentary tickets for members of congregations in other cities. Adult children (age 25 and older) of members as well as other family members and guests are asked for a contribution for High Holiday tickets. Guests who join the congregation later in the year can have their contribution applied toward their first year’s membership commitment.
Please bring your prayerbook, Gates of Repentance, with you to services. If you joined our congregation for the first time in the last year and did not receive a complimentary copy, please see Merav in the synagogue office. Additional books are available in the Lounge for congregants and their guests to borrow. Books should be returned immediately after each service.
Tallitot & Assisted Listening Devices
Tallitot are available for those who may wish to wear one to services but have none with them. The prayer shawls and sign out will be in the Lounge. Please return tallitot immediately after each service.
Assisted listening devices are available in the Lounge. Please return your device at the end of each service.
The pews in the front left side are reserved for those with health or mobility concerns. You must call by September 4 to assure a spot in the Reserved Section. If you do not call and do not arrive by 7:45 p.m. for evening services and 9:45 a.m. for the morning services, our greeters will make every effort to assist you but cannot guarantee seating in this section. To reserve your seat, call Tamara at (203) 288-3877.
We want everyone to be able to join us! We have a van available to provide transportation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. If you wish to get a ride, please call Sarah Legassey at (203) 288-3877 at least 48 hours in advance of the service you wish to attend and someone will pick you up.
Handicapped parking is available in the upper parking lot in designated spots. Please only use these spots if you have a handicapped license plate or tag on your car. Our greeters can assist those who are dropped off under the canopy as well.
Childcare for children younger than pre-k is available during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning Services, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Please make reservations at least one week in advance by calling Tamara at (203) 288-3877.
Annual Food Drive
Our teen youth group, MITYOR, conducts a food drive during the High Holy Days. Bags are handed out on Rosh Hashanah and worshipers are asked to return one filled with nonperishable food items on Yom Kippur. After the holidays, MITYOR delivers the food to Jewish Family Services’ Food Pantry
We welcome the entire community to join us for the following services:
Rosh Hashanah Community Family Service – 2:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Community Family Service – 2:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Reflection Service – 12:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service – 3:00 p.m.
Yizkor & Concluding Service – 4:45 p.m.
High Holy Day Ambiance
Help us make High Holy Day worship a special and comfortable experience for everyone. Please ensure that your cell phones are turned off before entering the sanctuary. We are a community and the High Holy Days allow us to reconnect with friends. In order to allow everyone to pray, if you want to talk with your friends and neighbors, or you have children who are having difficulty sitting quietly or need to eat, we ask that you please visit the common spaces away from the Sanctuary, such as the Lounge or Rotunda. Please do not stand in the main hallway, as sound does travel freely through the doors and can disturb those praying.