Secular High Holiday Observances

Rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice, we have created unique programs of readings, reflection, and singing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge - however you might define your own spirituality - we invite you to join us.

  • Rosh Hashanah Service: SOLD OUT Thurs., Sept. 21st, 10 AM - 12 PM

  • Rosh Hashanah Children's Service: SOLD OUT Thurs., Sept. 21st, 10 AM - 12 PM

  • Yom Kippur Service: SOLD OUT Sat., Sept. 30th, 10 AM - 12 PM

  • Our Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur services are full to capacity and are sold out. 
    Our hope is to turn no one away and yet we only have 500 seats! Click below to register for standing room in the main sanctuary or a seat in our overflow room. 

  • If you have a seat that you will not be using for any reason, please let us know ASAP. 

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. We're on the lookout for a new venue for next year. In the meantime, 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

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.

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 the d'var delivered this year at Rosh Hashanah by Sammy Sass, click here. 

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. Click here for more information.