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

High Holy Days 2020

חֲזַק וֶאֱמָץ

Chazak ve’ematz  •  Be Strong and Courageous

These words and the coming holy days offer us an opportunity to be strong and courageous. They call on us, amid these uncertain times, to reflect on and to consider the blessings that are in our lives and to welcome in a new season of our lives with joy, reflection, and optimism.

Below is information to help you create a meaningful holy day season for yourself and your family.  You will notice that this year we are using the entire period of the months of Elul and Tishrei as our canvas.  There are numerous opportunities to help move us through the teshuvah process and to have a meaningful and deeply engaging season from the start of Elul through Simchat Torah.

How to Participate in Services

We will be livestreaming all of our services here and on the UH Facebook page. If you miss a service, no problem. Once a service is finished airing, it will be available to watch again from the beginning.

Prayer Books

Our High Holy Day machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, will be used. There are three options to choose from if you wish to use the prayer book.

  1. Purchase books from Unique Treasures for $44 per set.
  2. Members may check out books (as you would from a library) and return them after the High Holy Days.
  3. Use a flipbook of Mishkan HaNefesh that you can view on your computer, iPad, tablet or phone. You can also purchase a digital copy for Kindle on Amazon. Both the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur books of Mishkan HaNefesh available.

You may also contact Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700 to assist you.

HHD Food Drive

Start the New Year off right! Let your first mitzvah be in support of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and UH’s Backpack Buddies. There will be a food drop off on Saturday, September 19 during Rosh Hashanah in the Parking Lot. You may also drop off donations in the vestibule by the school entrance in one of the red bins.

I Am Jewish Daily Blog Posts

“I Am Jewish” statements submitted by staff and congregants will be posted daily on our blog. We will include a recording of the traditional daily shofar blast. Subscribe to the blog to receive the daily emails by visiting the I Am Jewish blog and typing your e-mail into the section on the left where it asks for it or in the dropdown menu if you are visiting the site on some devices. Or view posts on the UH Facebook page.

Elul Programs

August 21-September 18
During the month of Elul it is traditional to begin the process of reflection and repentance in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year we are offering many opportunities for all ages to reflect and study throughout the month.

Click here for a list of all of our classes and programs.

Holy Days

Selichot

Saturday, September 12

Young Family Selichot Service and Parking Lot Program
3:00 p.m.—UH Parking Lot
Join us for a socially distanced afternoon Shabbat sing-a-long for young families outside at United Hebrew.  We’ll celebrate Shabbat and prepare for Selichot by “chalking” the parking lot (assigned spaces) with our transgressions of this past year and our wishes for the upcoming year.  We will use the parking spaces and fill them with our own words of teshuvah and hopes. Space is limited. Please make your reservation here.

Outdoor Selichot Service
8:30 p.m.—UH Parking Lot and Livestream
Join the clergy for an outdoor service in front of the sanctuary entrance.
On the Saturday evening preceding Rosh Hashanah we begin Selichot – penitence. This evening, we set the mood and tone for the coming Days of Awe. We change the covers of our Torah scrolls from beautiful blues and vibrant colors to the symbolic white covers of the season. The Selichot service introduces us to the melodies and prayers of the season and concludes with the sounding of the shofar. Space is limited. Please make your reservation here

Click here for the Selichot service booklet.

*In person programs are subject to the St. Louis County guidelines at the time of the service. If it is raining, the service will be livestream only.

Rosh Hashanah

Following both the evening and morning Rosh Hashanah services, we will release several additional videos including the Torah service and the president’s message. Other videos will be released throughout the day featuring UH favorites—people and things that you love seeing and hearing during the holiday.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 18

Rosh Hashanah Evening Shabbat Service
7:30 p.m.—Livestream and Facebook
Traditional service led by UH clergy

Erev Rosh Hashanah Supplemental Video
9:00 p.m. – Live-stream on our website.

Rosh Hashanah Day
Saturday, September 19

Children’s Service
7:30 a.m.—Livestream
Join UH Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht, for a lively and fun children’s service which will include singing, basic prayers, a story and the sounding of the shofar.

Morning Service
10:00 a.m.—Livestream and Facebook
The UH clergy will be joined by Rick Recht for a service appropriate for all ages.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service Highlights
12:00 p.m. – Live-stream on our website.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Torah Service
12:30 p.m. – Live-stream on our website.

Rosh Hashanah in the Parking Lot
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.—United Hebrew Campus

Join the clergy and staff of United Hebrew Rosh Hashanah for a drive-through holy day experience without having to leave your car
Stations include:
•Enjoy a sweet treat and write a greeting card wishing a fellow congregant a Shanah Tova
•Drop off food for the High Holy Day Food Drive
•Pick up supplies for Tashlich
•Hear Cantor Eichaker blow the shofar every 15 minutes
•Get Out the Vote: get information on voter registration and ballot requests
•Pick up craft projects for Sukkot and Simchat Torah
•Pick up a yahrzeit candle and a copy of our Yizkor Book if you ordered one

Arrive any time between 2-4 p.m. Enter on Conway Road and follow our volunteers. We’re excited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with our congregants!

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 20

Morning Service
10:00 a.m.—UH Parking Lot and Livestream
This beautiful morning service has a slightly more traditional feel without the accompaniment of instruments. Led by UH clergy. Space is limited. Please make your reservation here or by calling Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700.

Tashlich
12:00-1:30 p.m.—Lake on Ladue Rd.
Join us on the second day of Rosh Hashanah to observe Tashlich. Come to the lake on Ladue starting at noon. Sign up for your distanced time here or by calling Angie Klenke at 314-434-3404.

Memorial Services at United Hebrew Cemetery

United Hebrew Cemetery
7855 Canton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63130

Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 am.

Due to the restriction on the number of people who can gather, we are hosting four different opportunities for you to attend a memorial service at the cemetery. The numbers will be limited to the current cemetery guidelines.

Please reserve your spot here.

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei
Sunday, September 27

Kol Nidrei with Cello
7:30 p.m.—Livestream and Facebook
A recording of the beautifully haunting melody of Kol Nidrei played on the cello with Cantor Eichaker singing will be released prior to the service.

Kol Nidrei Service
8:00 p.m.—Livestream and Facebook
Join us for this inspiring service, which begins with Cantor Eichaker singing Kol Nidrei. The lights are dimmed as we reflect on the melody of this powerful prayer.
This traditional service is led by UH clergy.

Yom Kippur Morning
Monday, September 28

Children’s Service
7:30 a.m.—Livestream
Join UH Artist-in-Residence, Rick Recht, for a lively and fun children’s service which will include singing, basic prayers, a story and the sounding of the shofar.

Morning Service
10:00 a.m.—Livestream and Facebook
The UH clergy will be joined by Rick Recht for a service appropriate for all ages. This service will be a hybrid between our usual multi generational service and the traditional service.

Afternoon Service
3:30 p.m.—Livestream and Facebook

Yizkor Service
4:30 p.m.—Livestream and Facebook

Click here to view a digital version of our Memorial Book.

If you would like a print copy of our Yizkor Book, please contact Esther Olson.

Neilah
6:00 p.m.—UH Parking Lot and Livestream
Join our clergy for an outdoor service in front of the sanctuary entrance for the concluding service and the sounding of the shofar. Space is limited. Please make your reservation here or by calling Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700. In person programs are subject to the St. Louis County guidelines at the time of the service. If it is raining, the service will be livestream only.

Yom Kippur Learning Sessions
Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom
A series of offerings will be available to assist in reflection including sessions with the UH clergy, Alden Solovy and more. A complete list of offerings coming soon.

A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings with Alden Solovy
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Join our ongoing Liturgist-in-Residence for a reading of uplifting and meaningful poetry and prayers. In this intimate session, Alden will tell stories behind this liturgy and will be open to your questions and thoughts.
Register here.

Angels and Demons of Jewish Mythology with Rabbi Adam Bellows
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Believe it or not, there is Jewish mythology including angels and demons. Did you know there are Jewish demons who pray in demon synagogues? Rabbi Bellows will introduce you to some holy and unholy characters within Jewish tradition.
Register here.

Clergy Open Forum
2:00-2:30 p.m.
Register here.

Session with Susie Berg
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Register here.

If you would like a print copy of our Yizkor Book, please contact Esther Olson.

Sukkot

Friday, October 2

Shabbat Service
6:30 p.m.—UH parking lot and Livestream
Space is limited. Please make your reservation here or by calling Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700. *In person programs are subject to the St. Louis County guidelines at the time of the service. If it is raining, the service will be livestream only.

Saturday, October 3

Sukkot Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 a.m. – Livestream

Simchat Torah

Friday, October 9

Shabbat Service
6:30 p.m.—UH parking lot and Livestream
Space is limited. Please make your reservation here or by calling Jackie Carper at 314-469-0700.
In addition to the Simchat Torah Shabbat Service, we will also do a car parade for the hakafah as we “follow” a vehicle with the Torah around the parking lot as we listen to Cantor Eichaker sing over the radio. *In person programs are subject to the St. Louis County guidelines at the time of the service. If it is raining, the service will be livestream only.

Saturday, October 10

Simchat Torah Shabbat Morning Service and Yizkor
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – Livestream

Additional Resources

United Hebrew’s High Holy Day Brochure

Rosh Hashanah Home Ritual

Yom Kippur Home Ritual

ReformJudaism.org’s Holy Day Pages