Beth Jacob welcomes all to daven with us on the High Holidays

We have never used tickets, instead, believing that everyone should have a place to daven on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. Join us!

If you have any questions, please contact the Beth Jacob office at (651) 452-2226 or via email at

Beth Jacob’s High Holy Days Home Observance Guide 5781
Beth Jacob’s complete High Holy Days Program Guide (w/schedule) 5781

We continue our tradition of welcoming all; this year online as we have in person in the past.

Online Forms:

Borrow or buy a Mahzor (High Holiday prayer book)

Sign up to hear the Shofar at an outdoor site or at your home

Order your Lulav and Etrog by September 22, 2020

Reserve Break-Fast Kits for Yom Kippur

Service Links for Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur

Click here for the main Beth Jacob High Holiday Service on the following days and times:

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah: 6 pm September 18
  • Rosh HaShanah Day 1 & Day 2 (including Morning service, Torah service, Sermon, and Musaf): 8:30 am September 19, 20
  • Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur): 6 pm September 27
  • Yom Kippur (including Morning service, Torah service, Sermon, Yizkor, and Musaf): 8:45 am September 28
  • Yom Kippur Mincha, Neilah, & Maariv: 5 pm September 28

Click below for the following Beth Jacob Youth & Family High Holiday Services and Programs on the following days and times:

  • Minyan Katan: 9 am on Rosh HaShanah Day 1, Day 2, and Yom Kippur; September 19, 20, & 28
  • Family Service: 11 am on Rosh HaShanah Day 1, Day 2, and Yom Kippur; September 19, 20, & 28
  • Teen Sicha: 1 pm on Rosh HaShanah Day 1, Day 2, and Yom Kippur; September 19, 20, & 28

Kever Avot/Visiting the Cemetery

Our Cemetery will be open on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:00 am. At this time, Rabbi Rubin will be present to lead a brief service at Sons of Jacob Cemetery, reciting of the El Moleh Rahamim Prayer for your dear loved ones (the memorial prayer for the blessed departed).

Special Classes During the High Holy Days

All of these classes will be on Zoom at

Take advantage of these opportunities to enhance your High Holiday experience:

  • Yoga, Led by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, during Musaf on the first day of Rosh Hashanah
  • Meditation, led by Barb Neren, during Shacharit on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and during Shacharit on Yom Kippur
  • A Contemplative Outdoor Experience, led by Bruce Kessler during Musaf on Yom Kippur
  • Study Session with Louis Newman: The Paradoxical Path of Repentance:  Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (z’l) on Teshuvah – 4-5 pm on Yom Kippur

Celebrating Sukkot & Simchat Torah

In accordance with the policies adopted by our reopening committee, we intend to gather for tefillot in person outside the synagogue on the second morning of Sukkot, during Hol Ha-Moed for morning minyan, and on the morning of Simchat Torah. There will be no alternate plans in case of inclement weather.

Physical distancing will be observed and masks will be worn, and all tefillot will also be ‘simulcast’ via Zoom to those unable to be there in person.

Sacred Space

The Sanctuary is and has always been the spiritual center of Beth Jacob Congregation. Many of us feel sadness because we cannot be there for Shabbat or for High Holy Days. As a small comfort, we are providing you with the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary during the days of repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Your time there is yours and yours alone. It’s OK to open the ark if you want to (but please do not remove the Sifrei Torah). You can stand, sit, meditate, pray, sing, rejoice, cry, recite Ashamnu, or just let your emotions wash over you in our Sacred Space.

We are offering 15-minute appointments for you to come to the shul and go into the Sanctuary, one family unit at a time. We are able to do this in a COVID-19-safe manner. Please wear masks and keep a minimum 6 foot distance from anyone you might encounter on the way in or the way out. We are adding Tzedakah to the Tefilla and Teshuva components of this by asking you to bring food for the annual food drive at the same time. We can’t be physically together, but we can perform tzedakah together.

Please sign up for a time slot here.

May you find comfort from a visit to our Sacred Space.

L’Chaim and a Rosh Hashanah Walk

Start the New Year off right and in person! Have a L’Chaim with friends and then get your exercise resolution off to a good start with a walk around the neighborhood. Meet at Beth Jacob on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, after services; we’ll supply the Scotch, you bring your own mask, chair (for the socially distant schmooze), and walking shoes.

This is an event for adults only.

Full Schedule

Rosh Hashanah 5781

Erev Rosh HaShanah – Friday, September 18

Rosh HaShanah Day 1 – Saturday, September 19

Rosh HaShanah Day 2 – Sunday, September 20

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur – Sunday, September 27

  • 11 am: Kever Avot (visiting the graves of loved ones)
  • 6:15 pm: Kol Nidre
  • 6:40 pm: Candle Lighting

Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28


Erev Sukkot – Friday, October 2

  • 6:31 pm: Candle Lighting

Sukkot Day 1 – Saturday, October 3

Sukkot Day 2 – Sunday, October 4

Bench* Lulav and Etrog during Hol HaMoed Sukkot at the shul in our Sukkah!

Join with fellow congregants on the days of Hol HaMoed to celebrate this joy-filled holiday by blessing lulav and etrog and having a nosh in our Sukkah. There will be breakfast, served each morning during Hol Hamoed Sukkot thanks to the Neal & Sandy Gale Hol Hamoed Breakfast Fund in memory of their parents, Norm & Annetta Abrams (z”l), Harvey & Florence Gale (z”l), and Neal’s brother, Edward Gale (z”l).

Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Monday-Thursday, October 5-8

  • 7:00 am Minyan/Breakfast at BJC (with lulav/etrog)

Or stop by anytime during the day and Bench, or on your way home from work!

*To “bench” is a term derived from Yiddish which means to “bless”.

Hoshanah Rabbah

Friday, October 9

  • 7:00 am: Minyan – with all the Hoshanot* and the waving willows! (with lulav/etrog)
  • 6:31 pm: Candle Lighting

* Hoshanot are special piyutim (poems) written to honor the themes of the season, in particular, the desire for rain.

Shemini Atzeret

Saturday, October 10

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 11