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High Holy Days Tickets & Guest Tickets:
All Temple Emanu-El members will be receiving High Holy Days tickets/name badges in the mail. For security purposes, all High Holy Days attendees 13 years and up must have their name badges visible at all times. You may purchase guest tickets HERE or by calling the Temple office (401) 331-1616. Temple Emanu-El participates in the synagogue reciprocal program. You may arrange for reciprocal tickets online or by calling the office.

Lulav & Etrog:
The Torah instructs us to take four species in hand to celebrate Sukkot – willow, palm, myrtle and citron. The first three are bound together and are collectively called a Lulav. The citron, or Etrog, is a sweet-smelling citrus fruit grown in Israel. The Lulav and Etrog are waved in the synagogue and in the sukkah. Lulav and Etrog sets are available for purchase HERE or by calling the Temple office. 
Order Deadline:  Tuesday, September 19, 2023 
Pickup: Friday, September 29, 2023 12 PM-4 PM

Scroll of Remembrance
Each holiday is a chance to remember the impact loved ones have made on our lives. A Scroll of Remembrance will be printed commemorating the departed members of your family. To inscribe the names of loved ones in the Scroll, visit the High Holy Days page HERE. Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023.

Yom Kippur Congregational Break-the-Fast  - SOLD OUT
Monday, September 25, 2023, Following the Final Shofar Blast
Join us for our break-the-fast meal after our Ne’ilah service! This is a catered meal that will take place indoors, with some seating set up outside under our tent. Registration required by September 14. RSVP now!

Sukkot on the Rhode
Temple Emanu-El is looking for a few sukkot to host 15-20 people for a Sukkot Celebration on October 5.  We will take care of the food and snacks - you just need to provide the sukkah. We are looking for people all over Rhode Island.  Please fill out this form to volunteer to host.

High Holy Days Babysitting
Temple Emanu-El is bringing back babysitting for children 1-4 years old on the High Holy Days. Registration is now closed.

Borrow or Purchase a Mahzor/Prayer Book:
If you plan to participate from home using the Livestream, having your own prayer book will make every aspect of the High Holy Days more accessible and meaningful. Please click HERE or call the Temple Office at: (401) 331-1616.

NEW and Returning this Year!

Reimagined S'lihot Service - NEW!
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM. See the schedule and RSVP HERE.


Babysitting for Ages 1-4 Years Old
Back by popular demand! We will bring back babysitting for 1-4 year old children this year. Babysitting will be held in our school wing in the rooms across from the chapel. We will offer babysitting on both days of Rosh Hashanah, erev Yom Kippur, and Yom Kippur day. All children attending must be registered in advance. Babysitting will cost $18 per child per day. For questions about babysitting email Shosh at or call the Temple office. Register online before September 11, 2023. Register now!


Eat, Meet, and Greet the New Year! - NEW!
Friday, September 15, 2023 at 5:30 PM
Looking to meet new people in the New Year? Join us for a light oneg before Rosh Hashanah services.


Connect, Comfort, and Kever Avot - NEW!
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Lincoln Park Cemetery
On Holy Days, in the Temple in Jerusalem, mourners and others who had experienced difficulty during the year would circle the Temple grounds in one direction while other worshipers would circle in the other. As a result, they would bump into each other and one could offer support to the other. This year, we will combine Connect and Comfort with our Kever Avot service, where we will have a chance to remember and draw inspiration from those who are no longer with us. We invite you to join us on Sunday morning so that we can connect with each other, offer words of comfort, and wish each other a Shanah Tovah.


Congregational Break-the-Fast - SOLD OUT
Monday, September 25, 2023
Following the Final Shofar Blast
Join us for our break-the-fast meal after our Ne’ilah service! This is a catered meal that will take place indoors, with some seating set up outside under our tent. Registration required by September 14. RSVP Now!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

We are proud to offer a variety of different services and styles to match everyone’s spiritual needs and interests.  Feel free to experiment and move around the building throughout the High Holy Days until you find the right spot for you.


Morning Service

Led by Daniel Herzberg Mayer and Rabbi Fel, the early part of the morning service features Birkhot HaShahar (Blessings for a New Day), P’sukei D’Zimra (Verses of Song), and the Shaharit Service, which includes Barkhu, the Sh’ma, and the Amidah.


Meeting House Service

Rabbi Fel and Josh Sauer serving as a Shaliah Tzibbur (prayer leader) fuse traditional liturgy with modern melodies and classic compositions in the Meeting House service.  With seating in the round and an emphasis on communal singing, the service will feature music by Joey Weisenberg, Josh Warshawsky, and Yishai Ribo.  You can get a flavor for the service by watching the videos below.

Elul Nigun
Eitan Katz
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky
Ishai Ribo
Seder Avodah
Ishai Ribo
Hashem Melekh
Gad Elbaz


The Meeting House service features the music of Josh Sauer of six13.  Check Josh out in last year's Hanukkah music video:  Elton Johnukah



Sanctuary Service
Music for the High Holy Days is sponsored by the Bonnie & Donald Dwares High Holy Days Music Fund
Cantor Mayer and the Temple Emanu-El choir bring all the beauty and majesty of the High Holy Days. The newly re-imagined Sanctuary Musaf Service invites you to reflect on the year that was and inspires you in the year to come. Through communal singing, personal prayer, English explanations, and choral music, the service is meant to keep you engaged and focused on the sacred work of t’shuvah
Temple Emanu-El Choir:

The Temple Emanu-El Choir rehearses for Rosh Hashanah



Soulful Service

Led by Rabbi Alan Flam and Judy Kaye, Soulful Services encourage people to spiritually stretch - in prayer and in t’shuvah work (reflection). We slow down the traditional pace of prayer and focus on key prayers and themes of the Holy Days. Soulful prayer is a blend of traditional davening, silence, chant, movement, and poetry so that our whole selves - mind, body, breath, and heart can be engaged in prayer. Drumming and guitar will accompany us in creating a joyous and reflective Soulful community. We will read and discuss the stories of Hagar, Ishmael, Sarah, Avraham, and Isaac. The Prayer for Healing and sermon/discussion will follow the Torah reading. The Soulful Musaf will focus on the U-netaneh Tokef prayer, extending and receiving blessings, shofar and concluding prayers.

Family & Teen Services and Programs

We are proud to offer a variety of services to meet the unique needs of youth and families from birth through teenage years. All are welcome! If you would like to talk through specific accessibility needs for your family, please reach out to Director of Youth Education and Engagement, Rachel Cohn:

0-6 Tot Service:  
Led by Shayna Fel, this service features shofar blowing, highlights from the liturgy, and, of course, an engaging story.

Family Service (Grades K - 3):  
Join Tehilah Eisenstadt, for an engaging, family-friendly service, featuring highlights from the traditional liturgy, thought-provoking questions, and a chance to hear the shofar! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Service (Grades 4 - 7):  
Join Rachel Cohn, for an engaging, family-friendly service, featuring highlights from the traditional liturgy, thought-provoking questions, and a chance to hear the shofar! 

Teen Discussion: 
Join youth advisor Jackie Benjes and Temple Emanu-El teens for a conversation about teshuvah and being our best selves in the new year.

Family Kol Nidre: 
Start your evening in either the Main Sanctuary or Alperin Meeting House service and then head to our family Kol Nidre to continue  with selections from the traditional liturgy and family-friendly reflection time. 


Ne’ilah Games: 
Join Temple Emanu-El youth group advisor Jackie Benjes for games as Yom Kippur nears its close. We will join the Main Sanctuary service at the conclusion of Ne’ilah for Havdalah with glow sticks. For ages 4-12.

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