High Holy Days

Shana Tovah U’metukah! We are looking forward to welcoming you back into the Sanctuary for in-person (or virtual) High Holy Days Services.

Full Service Schedule   Service Descriptions


Our Registration for High Holy Days Services is now closed. If you have a question please email hhd@templeharshalom.org.

Tickets for the High Holy Days are available to all Temple Har Shalom members, with the number of tickets determined based on investment level. Tickets for extended family may be purchased by THS members, with categories referenced in our prior emails.

Non-members may purchase High Holy Days tickets with fees being applied towards investment (dues) if the individual/family joins THS by December 31st of that same year.

THS Members, in good standing, planning to worship at another Synagogue, can request the Temple Office send a Reciprocal Seating Request on your behalf. Please note that High Holy Days seating is based on the discretion of the host Congregation. Requests can be made by clicking on this form. If you are a member in good standing at another Synagogue and would like to worship at Temple Har Shalom, your Synagogue must send us a request for Reciprocal Seating. The request can be emailed to Karen Anolick, Executive to the Clergy, at hhd@templeharshalom.org.

Lone college students or members of the military who cannot go home for the High Holy Days are invited to join us. Please email hhd@templeharshalom.org for eligibility and details.

Health, Safety & COVID

While the situation regarding COVID remains fluid, THS will do it’s best to ensure everyone feels comfortable and safe throughout the holidays. We realize that some people may feel content with lessened restrictions while others may remain more comfortable with masks and/or physical distancing. In an effort to keep our community safe, the plans below represent the best guidance at this moment, as conveyed by our medical experts.  All protocols and procedures for in-person participation are subject to changes as we continue to monitor the situation and, any changes, will be conveyed to our community as we move closer to the holidays:

  • Based on current State and Federal guidelines and recommendations, all congregants and visitors to our synagogue will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, throughout our Services and programs.
  • All THS Clergy and staff have been fully vaccinated. As a precaution and for the comfort of our community, our clergy, staff, and ushers will also be wearing masks, other than while participating on the Bimah.
  • We will request that everyone in your family/group/pod sit together in the same area of the Sanctuary. Families/groups should sit side by side in one or two rows with 1-2 seats left between you and any family/group that is not part of yours.
  • It is critical that if anyone in your family/group does not feel well, will have had a fever or other COVID symptoms during the past week, or will have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID in the 14 days preceding services, kindly remain at home and worship with us virtually. Although we will not be conducting on-site temperature checks, we trust that you will not take any unnecessary risks that may endanger the other worshippers.

Arrival, Parking & Security

Please see our previous emails about specifics for arrival, parking, and security information.  Note that Warren Police Officers and Temple Security and staff will patrol inside and outside during our Services. Please remember to bring your registration confirmation email (your tickets) to show to our ushers.

Physical Challenges and Auditory/Visual Assistance

We are equipped at the Temple to meet the needs of those with physical challenges and encourage all those who wish to worship with us to do so. Kindly notify the Temple Office if you need seating accommodations made for walkers or wheelchairs. In addition, Temple Har Shalom has a complete Auditory Assistance System, with a limited number of wireless receivers for Congregants use. We also have large print prayer books available upon request. Please see an usher before Services to request either one.

High Holy Days Food Drive

As is our custom, we will hold our High Holy Days Food again this year to assist clients of the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. This year we will not be providing paper bags during Rosh HaShanah Services.  Instead, we ask that you bring your donations in reusable bags that can be provided to the Food Bank clients. Donations can be brought to the Temple starting on Yom Kippur through Sunday, September 19th. Kindly do not donate any expired foods. If you wish to start preparing for this mitzvot, click here to see what the Food Bank is in need of.

Assistance or Questions

You can always email Karen Anolick at hhd@templeharshalom.org for assistance or with any questions about the High Holy Days.  She can be reached at (732) 356-8777 x100.