High Holidays

Rodfei Zedek High Holidays Information will be mailed.  Contents will include the 5778 High Holidays Bulletin describing the various services, dates and times, as well as a card for requesting extra tickets for family or guests.  Tickets will be mailed in early September.

New year's greeting in Hebrew
L'shanah tovah u-metukah – to a good and pleasant year.

We rejoice in the many services and programs at CRZ.  Some are traditional; others less so.  Each one has been organized to meet a specific need of our diverse and busy community; and everyone, regardless of age, is welcome.

There are countless ways to participate in our offerings during the High Holidays.  Whichever offerings you choose to experience, please join with the community in the Mandelbaum Atrium for cake and refreshments following both Rosh Hashanah daytime services and Ne’ilah at the close of Yom Kippur.

During the High Holidays, please take a copy of this year’s Guide to Congregation Rodfei Zedek.  This guide highlights the ways you and your family can be involved throughout the year, with program and class descriptions, opportunities for lay leadership, and a calendar of events.  Call the office for more information and to sign up for our weekly electronic newsletter.  Revisit our website at www.rodfei.org, and follow "Congregation Rodfei Zedek" on Facebook.

Selichot | Rosh HaShanah | Tashlich | Yom Kippur
Holy Day Honors | Simon Sanctuary | Our Prayer Book
Minyan Katan (Little Minyan) | Minyan Gadol
Learning & Reflection
Matching Hosts and Guests for Breaking the Fast
Tickets | Childcare | Parking | Accessibility | About electronics
Holy Days Food Drive | Jvillage Network High Holiday Kit
Our 5777 Elul Project


Saturday, September 16
   8:00 p.m. – Nosh and Havdalah followed by a program in the spirit of the High Holiday season
 10:00 p.m. – Selichot services led by Rabbi David Minkus and Cantor Rachel Rosenberg
From USCJ:  Selichot:  Some Reflections

ROSH HASHANAHUSCJ Resources shofar and prayer book

Evening Services
  6:00 p.m. – First Evening, Wednesday, September 20
  6:00 p.m. – Second Evening, Tuesday, September 21

Morning Services
Monday and Tuesday, September 21-22
  8:45 a.m. – Simon Sanctuary

Youth Services
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Katan (children 0-5 and their families (grandparents, too)
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Gadol (children ages 6 and up and their families)


group standing near the water's edge tossing breadcrumbsMonday, September 21, 5:00 p.m.  On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we join together with KAM‑Isaiah Israel Congregation for the Tashlich service.  The term Tashlich is the first word of Micah 7:19, “You (O God) will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.”  Please join us at the 51st Street Beach and bring a small amount of bread to throw into the water to symbolize our desire to cast away our sins as we begin Aseret Y’mei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance.
From USCJ:  Casting Our Sins Away

YOM KIPPURA Yom Kippur Challenge

Friday, September 29
  6:00 p.m. – Kol Nidre

shofar held against blue skySaturday, September 30
  9:15 a.m. – Simon Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. – Sermon, followed by Yizkor Memorial Service
  4:30 p.m. – Mincha Service
  5:30 p.m. – Ne'ilah Service

10:00 a.m. – Minyan Katan (children 0-5 and their families)
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Gadol (children ages 6 and up and their families)
~11:00 a.m. – During the Torah service, Rabbi Minkus will meet with 6th-9th graders in the Library for a discussion and sharing of ideas.
  6:00 p.m. – Kids' Ne'ilah

  time tba p.m. – Shofar Blast for all in the Simon Sanctuary


Tickets will be mailed to all members in good standing.  Tickets provide access to all of our services.  Please note:

  • Family memberships include tickets for two adults and for dependent children. 
  • Individual membership includes a ticket for one adult and tickets for dependent children.
  • Relatives and friends who are not members of the Congregation are welcome to come and worship with us.  Guest tickets are $150 for family of members and $225 for friends.  If your guests subsequently decide to join the Congregation, these amounts will be credited toward their 2017 dues.  To purchase guest tickets, please submit your order form by date tba.
  • Ushers from our community will be at the doors to the building as well as the doors to the Sanctuary; they will be identified by an "Usher" ribbon.  If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to ask an usher.  Please have your tickets ready to show when you enter the building.  In addition, please bring personal identification (such as a driver's license) and be prepared to show your ID should it be necessary for security purposes.
  • Come for the Holidays, Stay for the Year.  For first-time members, we offer an enticing introductory membership package.  For the same amount as High Holiday guest tickets – $225 for individuals, $450 for families – the introductory membership plan includes High Holiday tickets for two seasons (2017 and 2018) plus all the benefits of membership through December 2018.
  • CRZ participates in a reciprocal ticket arrangement with other congregations for members in good standing.  If you are traveling and would like a letter of reciprocity sent to another synagogue, please contact the synagogue office.  This also applies to visitors who belong to reciprocating synagogues.  If you are requesting tickets for guests, please let the office know if this is applicable.
  • Students are always welcome to complimentary tickets, available by contacting the office at info@rodfei.org.


Childcare is available at no charge for the first and second days of Rosh HaShanah (8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.), Kol Nidre (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.), and Yom Kippur (9:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) in Room 101 near the Gift Shop.  You must check in with staff when dropping off your children.  We ask you to register ahead of time so that we can prepare name tags for your children to help them feel welcome and to help us find you if necessary.  Your child is always welcome, however, even if you forget to pre-register.  A challah, apple, and juice snack will be served.


Valet parking will be provided at no charge on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, Kol Nidrei, and Yom Kippur.  Please enter the parking lot from Hyde Park Boulevard.


Our building is fully ADA-compliant.  Access to the building is at ground level through the parking lot entrance.  An elevator to the second floor is in the southwest corner of the building.


Out of respect for the sanctity of the holidays and the prayers of others, please turn off your cell phones while in any of the servies and avoid using electronics in the building during the High Holidays.  If you have an urgent need to use your phone, please find a private corner to do so..