Secular High Holiday Observances

Rosh Hashanah observance is on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 from 10am - 12pm 
Rosh Hashanah Children's service
is on Thursday, September 21st, 10am - 12pm
 Yom Kippur observance is on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 from 10am - 12pm.

All high holiday services will take place at Eliot Church, 474 Centre St. Newton 02458

We are a growing, thriving community, and we are outgrowing our high holidays venue. For next year, we are seeking your help to secure a bigger venue. This year, we are making the following changes to ensure our services are accessible and comfortable for everyone: 

1. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Services WILL sell out.
2. We will be seating people starting at 9:15 AM. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. 
3. To guarantee your seat, please arrive by 9:50
4. We have a new format for our Children's High Holiday service - it will now be CONCURRENT with Rosh Hashanah services 10 AM - 12 PM

Rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice, we have created unique programs of readings, reflection, and singing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The High Holidays are the most highly attended gatherings of the year at Boston Workmen's Circle. They inspire, uplift, and remind us of the power of community.

Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge - however you might define your own spirituality - we invite you to join us.

Observances take place on the morning of the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on the morning of Yom Kippur. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. In addition, a family High Holiday service for younger children follows the Rosh Hashanah observance.

To read and download a copy of last year's d'var delivered by Sarah Chapple-Sokol, click here. 

Look through past years ritual liturgy here.

High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Children's Service

We are doing a NEW children's program this year, which will be at the same time as the regular community-wide service from 10 AM - 12 PM in the Eliot Church Parlor. Parents can drop off their children ages 4-7 for a fun, meaningful Rosh Hashanah observance with stories, songs, and hands-on activities.

If you have little ones ages 0-4, we invite you to bring them to an informal fun playgroup related to the Jewish High Holidays, which will also be happening simultaneously with the regular service from 10 AM - 12 PM. One parent is required to stay with their young children for this time, it is not childcare. (Parents can take turns staying with their children, so they can spend some time in the regular service). Click here for more information.