High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Israel

Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel. All are welcomed for the High Holy Days; no one is turned away. We are grateful for donations to cover the additional expenses of High Holy Day services.

2017 / 5778 High Holy Days schedule and details  

This is a quick summary through Yom Kippur. More complete information is here.


Our service times are as follows:
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Slichot
Study session, 7:30 p.m.
Service, 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Erev Rosh HaShanah
Service, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - First Day Rosh HaShanah 
Children's Service, 9:30 a.m.
Morning Service, 10:30 a.m.
Tashlich on Carmel Beach, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - Second Day Rosh HaShanah  
Morning service, 10:30 a.m. with our friends from Temple Beth El
A vegetarian dairy potluck lunch will follow.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Memorial service
Memorial service at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Avenue, Seaside - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2017 - Kol Nidre
Service, 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017- Yom Kippur  
Morning Service, 10:00 a.m. 
Children's Service 1:15 p.m.
Afternoon Service, 3:00 p.m.
Yizkor service, 4:45 p.m.  <time is approximate>
Neilah (Closing Service) followed by a community break the fast, 5:30 p.m. <time is approximate>
Light nosh community break-the-fast.  Bring a dessert to share!  6:30 p.m. <time is approximate>
The additional information here will include details of parking, our Book of Life listings, and our High Holy Days Appeal. 
Questions?  Contact the Temple office at or phone 831.624.2015.
L’shanah Tova!  
Holiday Mitzvah Opportunities   

Ongoing Food Drive - One in five Monterey County residents (90,000) are served annually by the Food Bank. Nearly half of them are children. CBI is joining other local faith communities to stock the Food Bank shelves for the winter and is maintaining food collection barrels in our foyer. Please donate non-perishable food items to the Monterey County Food Bank. If you prefer, an easy alternative is to participate in the "Buy Food for a Hungry Family" virtual food drive by making a monetary donation to

I-HELP - Additional donations of men's socks, undergarments, coats and sweatshirts are greatly needed during the winter season. Donations can be dropped off at CBI and will be distributed at the dinner each month.


Jewish Holidays   

JEWISH YEAR 5778 (starting September 2017 )  details 

Note: Each holiday begins at sundown the previous day.


September 2017 to September 2018


S'LICHOTS'lichot , a Hebrew word meaning "forgiveness," refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews throughout the High Holy Days.) 

  Evening of September 16, 2017   

ROSH HASHANAH (Literally, "Head of the Year" refers to the celebration of the Jewish New Year.)


Evening of September 20, 2017;  then September 21 and 22, 2017


YOM KIPPUR ( Day of Atonement and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance.)

  Evening of September 29, 2017;  then September 30, 2017  

SUKKOT (A Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai.) 

  Evening of October 4, 2017;  then October 5-12, 2017  

ATZERET/SIMCHAT TORAH (Hebrew for "rejoicing in the Law", celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study.) 

  Evening of October 12;  then October 13, 2017  

CHANUKAH (Dedication in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.) 

  Evening of December 12, 2017;  then December 13-20, 2017  

TU B'SHEVAT ("New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day.)

  January 31, 2018  

PURIM (A celebration by the reading of the Scroll of Esther is known in Hebrew as the Megillat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim.) 

  Evening of February 28, 2018;  then March 1, 2018  

PESACH (Known as Passover in English, this is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago.) 

  Evening of March 30, 2018;  then March 31 to April 7, 2018  

YOM HASHOAH (also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, this occurs on the 27th of Nissan. "Shoah" means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, and it refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah.)

  Evening of April 12, 2018;  then April 13, 2018  

YOM HAZIKARON (Israel Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day is an Israeli national holiday. This holiday honors veterans and fallen military personnel of the Israel Defense Forces who died in the modern Arab-Israeli conflict. Yom Hazikaron also commemorates civilians murdered by Palestinian acts of terror.)


Evening of April 17, 2018;  then April 18, 2018


YOM HAATZMA-UT (Yom Ha'atzma-ut, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar.

  Evening of April 19, 2018;  then April 20, 2018  

LAG BAOMER (Lag BaOmer means the thirty-third day in the Count of the Omer. Families celebrate with picnics and outings.)

  Evening of May 2, 2018;  then May 3, 2018  

SHAVUOT(A Hebrew word meaning "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.) 

  Evening of May 19, 2018;  then May 20 and 21, 2018  
TISHAH B'AV (The name means the "Ninth of Av," refers to mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Recently, in Reform Judaism Tishah B'Av has been transformed into a day to remember many Jewish tragedies that have occurred throughout history.)   Evening of July 21, 2018;  then July 22, 2018