High Holy Days

Beth Shalom planned High Holy Day celebrations for 5780/2019. Click to see larger.

The High Holy Day Season begins with the month of Elul as we make preparations within the shul and within ourselves for the upcoming Yamim Noraim / Days of Awe, and the process of Teshuvah (repentance and return) and Cheshbon HaNefesh (soul searching.)

As the days of Elul recede and we await the New Year with anticipation, we gather together for Selichot, the Saturday night before Rosh Hashana, as we pray and sing songs of forgiveness. 

High Holy Day Services

Beth Shalom welcomes a guest cantor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur worship. Children’s High Holiday services are conducted by our Baton Rouge Temple Youth Group, in coordination with the rabbi & cantor.

Two days of worship are observed for Rosh Hashanah. Sisterhood hosts an Oneg following the first Rosh Hashanah evening service. Tashlich service is held at a natural body of water on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

There is a congregational Festival Meal prior to the second evening of Rosh Hashanah service, and a congregational Kiddush Luncheon hosted by the Brotherhood following the second morning Rosh Hashanah service.

Yizkor service is held on Yom Kippur afternoon, just prior to the Neilah service. Sisterhood hosts a Break Fast reception at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services.