United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

High Holy Days

We gather in our spiritual home on the High Holy Days to seek God’s presence, to share our lives as Jews and to be part of the community of Israel. Our services offer a diversity of style, blending the traditional with the contemporary in prayer and song.

Selichot

Evening: Saturday, September 16

8:30 p.m. Havdalah & Selichot Service followed by dessert in the Spielberg Chapel

Rosh Hashanah

Evening: Wednesday, September 20

7:30 p.m. Traditional High Holy Day service led by our rabbis and cantor.

First Day: Thursday, September 21

9:00 a.m. Multi-generational Service appropriate for children and adults of all ages, led by the UH clergy and Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht, with the participation of teens and adults from our congregation.

11:45 a.m. Traditional High Holy Day service led by our rabbis and cantor with the participation of various members.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rosh Hashanah at the Orchard. Bring a picnic lunch and join us at Eckert’s Farm for an afternoon of apple picking and other activities, including a short service with Rabbi Shapiro and UH Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht.

3:30 p.m. Children’s Service is a 45-minute service which includes singing, basic prayers, a story and the blowing of the shofar. Children who bring their own shofar will be invited up to the bimah to sound them. This service is led by the UH clergy and Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht. All are welcome.

Second Day: Friday, September 22

9:00 a.m. Breakfast Nosh

9:30 a.m. This beautiful morning service has a slightly more traditional feel without the accompaniment of instruments. The service is led by our rabbis and cantor.

11:30 a.m. Tashlich at the lake on Ladue Road. This is a ritual in which we “cast off our sins” by tossing bread crumbs into the water, which will be swept away by the current (or eaten by geese). Following the ritual and blessings, we gather together at the top of the hill for a quick Kiddush and nosh.

Memorial Service at United Hebrew Cemetery

Sunday, September 24 – 10:00 a.m.
United Hebrew Cemetery
7855 Canton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63130

Yom Kippur

Evening,  Friday, September 29

6:00 p.m. Kol Nidrei Service

8:30 p.m. Kol Nidrei Service

Join us for either of these moving, inspiring services, which begin with the beautifully haunting melody of Kol Nidrei, played on the cello. The lights are dimmed as we reflect on the melody of this powerful prayer. Both the early and the late services are traditional High Holy Day services led our rabbis and cantor.

Daytime, Saturday, September 30

9:00 a.m. Multi-generational Service appropriate for children and adults of all ages, led by the UH clergy and Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht, with the participation of teens and adults from our congregation.

11:45 a.m. Traditional High Holy Day service led by our rabbis and cantor with the participation of various members.

Early Memorial Service immediately following Late Morning Service

3:30 p.m. Children’s Service is a 45-minute service which includes singing, basic prayers, a story and the blowing of the shofar. Children who bring their own shofar will be invited up to the bimah to sound them. This service is led by the UH clergy and Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht. All are welcome.

4:30 p.m. Afternoon, Memorial and Concluding (Neilah) Services

Yom Kippur and our day of fasting will end with the blowing of the shofar and a quick cup of coffee and nosh following the service.

 

Nametags/”Tickets”

In the spirit of encouraging our members to form greater connections with one another, we are once again issuing nametags that will serve as your “ticket.”

When you arrive for High Holy Day services, please present your nametag (just like a “ticket”) to an usher. Children in grades 12 and under are not required to have a “ticket.” College students need only to show their student I.D. card for admission.

We know the holidays are a time where families and friends wish to be together and all are invited to worship with us. To allow us to prepare for larger than usual attendance and for security purposes, all adults must have a “ticket,” members and guests alike. Therefore, we ask that you obtain guest “tickets” in advance of the High Holy Days for any non-members attending services with you. Please call the main office at 314-469-0700 to arrange for “tickets” for your guests, including names and contact information.

Prayer Books

For the children’s and multi-generational services, there will be a special prayer booklet provided. For all other services, our High Holy Day machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, will be used. UH will have copies for you to use. If you wish to purchase your own copy, you may do so in the UH gift shop, Unique Treasures.  If you would like to dedicate a set of new machzors in honor, memory or appreciation of someone, please click here.

Live-Streaming

Can’t make it to High Holy Days services? No problem! We live-stream all of our services.

Assistance for the Hearing Impaired

An American Sign Language interpreter is on site at the 9:00 a.m. multi-generational service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Assistive Listening Devices for the hearing impaired are available prior to each service in the main office. Devices are available on a first- come, first-served basis and must be returned after each service.

Parking

  • Enter the sanctuary parking lot only via the Old Woods Mill entrance
  • Exit the sanctuary parking lot via Conway Rd. only
  • If our lot is full, you will be directed where to park. Shuttle service is available from off-site lots.
  • If you attend the Later Evening Service on Erev Yom Kippur, please do not arrive prior to 8 p.m.
  • If you attend the Later Morning Services, please do not arrive prior to 11:15 a.m.
  • Valet parking for those with a handicapped parking permit will once again be available, thanks to the Betty and Eugene Wolff Transportation Fund. Drop- off will be at the sanctuary entrance and pick-up will be at the religious school entrance.

Transportation

Do you need a ride to UH for a service or program? United Hebrew provides transportation for those who are unable to drive, compliments of the Betty and Eugene Wolff Transportation Fund. Contact Jackie to arrange your ride at 314-469-0700.

Children’s Programs

During the High Holy Days, United Hebrew is happy to offer complimentary programs and care for the younger members of our congregation, ages 6 months to 3rd grade. Click here to reserve a space for your child(ren). Registration ends September 15. If you wish to make a reservation after that date, please contact the school office at 314-434-3404.

Joseph Bags

There are activity bags that may be checked out in the main office for young children who are attending services with their parents.

High Holy Day Food Drive

Start the New Year off right! Let your first mitzvah be in support of the Jewish Food Pantry and UH’s Backpack Buddies. Look for a bag on your car after Rosh Hashanah morning services. Return the filled bag on Yom Kippur.

 

Download a copy of United Hebrew’s High Holy Day brochure.

 

 

For more on the history and traditions of Rosh Hashanah, click here.

For more on the history and traditions of Yom Kippur, click here.