The High Holy Days
University Synagogue observes the High Holy Days with a unique blend of the traditional and our own special, modern touch.
Observance of the High Holiday period at University Synagogue begins with a late night Selichot service. The service typically follows a play or dramatic presentation chosen especially for the coming year to help put us in the right frame of mind for the introspective work necessary at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
A joyous holiday in which we welcome the New Year with all of the potential that it brings. It is also a wake-up call, a time to begin mental preparations for the upcoming Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
At University Synagogue, Rosh Hashanah begins with shofar blasts from around the sanctuary and continues with music, thoughtful readings, and a sermon with traditional liturgy from our Rabbi. Our second day service is a less formal, more intimate setting, with a Torah discussion and lively interaction.
Observance of Yom Kippur begins with another traditional (evening) service which is named after its central and opening prayer, Kol Nidre. The declaration of the Kol Nidre text is charged with emotional undertones, and our Cantor, choir and musicians all provide a beautiful and haunting backdrop that dramatically sets the appropriate mood.
The Day of Atonement continues with a morning service that blends tradition with thoughtful readings. Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, prayer and repentance, concluding with a Ne’ilah, or concluding service, which is capped by a final blowing of the shofar.
At the end of Yom Kippur, we are ready for a fresh new year. Observance of the holiday concludes with a “Break The Fast,” a meal shared by friends and family.