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High Holy Days


The High Holy Days are a time for repentance, prayer and charity (teshuvah, t’filah, and tzedakah).

At Temple Sinai of Bergen County, our Temple family joins together during this special time to celebrate a joyful beginning to the New Year in a warm and welcoming setting. Blending traditional and progressive approaches, our worship services are enriched by music, our choir and thought-provoking sermons.


Each year during the High Holidays, our community holds a food drive in conjunction with the Center for Food Action. It is our aim to help those who are hungry and in need.

At this time, we also look inward and reflect upon the past year, striving to grow as individuals with the support of our Temple family.


Temple Sinai hosts services on erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah day, and second day Rosh HaShanah, as well as Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur day. Check back here as we get closer for detailed service listings.


Tickets are available to members who are in good financial standing, as well as guests.


Parking is available at Temple Sinai on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood (on-street parking) and at SMA Fathers on Bliss Avenue.


Join us at the Demarest Duck Pond for this symbolic "casting off sins" into a body of water. We will join together immediately following the second day of Rosh HaShanah services. Apples, honey and light refreshments precede the brief ceremony. If it rains, refreshments will be at the Temple after services.

I want to pray for someone who is ill or recovering from an illness or injury.

During the Mi Shebeirach prayer at our High Holy Day morning services, the Rabbi reads names that congregants submit of family and friends who are ill or recovering from an illness or injury. Before services, please put the names you want read on one of the small slips of paper available for that purpose and give them to an usher. Ushers will also distribute these slips during the hakafah--processional--with the Torah.  Please be mindful of their right to privacy/confidentiality and only give us names of those who have consented (or whose family has consented) to being included in this important prayer.

My family has a new baby!

If you had a baby since last Rosh HaShanah or had a new grandchild since then, please contact Sally Collins at (201) 568-3035 or

For your baby to be blessed on the bimah, join us for the Tot Rosh HaShanah service. Be sure to tell the Rabbi prior to the start of the service that you would like your baby to receive such a blessing.

I need babysitting--can you help?

Babysitting is available for children ages two to five during the first service on the mornings of Rosh HaShanah and Yom KippurAdvanced registration is required. To register, please contact Jaki at

What are the options for my children in grades K – 6?

Our Rosh HaShanah Family Service has been a huge success, so much so that we have added a Yom Kippur Family Service as well. We strongly encourage you to bring your child or grandchild, nieces and nephews. The purpose of this service is to enable children and adults to worship together. The service on Rosh HaShanah day, and lasts approximately an hour and a quarter.

On the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur morning, we have Junior Congregation for children only. Contact Joan at to register.

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