Boulder High Holiday Guide 2017

Here is a guide to help you navigate the high holiday season in Boulder County. Here is a quick calendar of dates for the 2017/5778 High Holiday season.

Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 20 (evening)
Rosh Hashanah ends Friday, September 22
Yom Kippur Friday, September 29 - Saturday, September 30
Sukkot  Wednesday, October 4 - Wednesday, October 11
Shemini Atzeret Wednesday, October 11 - Friday, October 13
Simchat Torah Thursday, October 12 - Friday, October 13

Services & programs are listed by organization, alphabetically. This is not an exhaustive list. Please check the synagogue website for the most up-to-date information. 

Children's Services

If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with your children, here are a few options around town. 

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 21 - Friday, September 22

  • Bonai Shalom 
    • Mishpachti Family Service for K - 5th grade students and their families will take place in the JCC Early Childhood Center from 9:30 - 10:45am on Thursday and will be led by Dafna Michaelson. Free and open to the community. RSVP requested HERE.
    • Rosh Hashanah Shelanu for families with children under 5 will be held in the JCC Early Childhood Center on both Thursday and Friday at 11am. This fun, 30-minute service has songs, stories, and dancing. Free and open to the community. 
  • Nevei Kodesh
    • Thursday Schedule
      • 9:15am - 3pm • Childcare with Rosh Hashanah activities • ages 0-9 years
        9:30am - 11am • Holiday programming for TEENS with Amy Atkins
        Change: 10am - 10:45am • Rosh Hashanah Experiential Program • ages 3-9 years
  • Har HaShem
    • Childcare is available for children under 9 and includes babysitting for the youngest and holiday-themed activities for four to eight year olds. Reservations are required. Childcare is complimentary for members’ children and $36 for one or all services for non-members and members’ grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Yom Kippur

  • Har HaShem
    • Congregation Har HaShem will be having a Community Early Childhood Service at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 30th (Yom Kippur afternoon) for families with children 7 years of age and younger. The service will take place at Boulder Valley Christian Church at 7100 South Boulder Rd., and will be led by Rabbi Greene and Cantorial Soloist Berman. The service is Free and open to the community. All are welcome.
  • Bonai Shalom
    • Mishpachti Family Service for children in K – 5th grade and their families will be held in the JCC Early Childhood Center on Yom Kippur at 9:15 am – 10:30 am. This service will be led by Dafna Michaelson who leads B’Yachad services throughout the year at Bonai Shalom. FREE and open to the community, but RSVP requested HERE.
    • Yom Kippur Shelanu for families with children under 5 years old will be held at the JCC Early Childhood Center on Yom Kippur at 10:45-11:15am. This service will be led by Ilyse Bloom. This is an upbeat, 30-minute service with songs, stories, dancing, and movement. FREE and open to the community. All are welcome.
  • Nevei Kodesh
    • Saturday, Yom Kippur Schedule
      • 9:15am - 3pm & 5pm - 8pm • Childcare with Yom Kippur activities • ages 0 - 9 years
        9:30am - 10:30am • Project Based Learning with Jonah • ages 7 - 12 years
        9:30am - 11am • Yom Kippur Programming for TEENS with Amy Atkins
        11am - 11:45am • Yom Kippur Children’s Experiential Program • ages 0-9 years

Adventure Rabbi

Rosh Hashanah
Imagine celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the mountains, hiking, meeting new people, with joyful services led by the "Adventure Rabbi.” Separate fun programming for children is available. Leave your fancy clothing at home and join us. 

September 20th-21st (Wednesday evening thru Thursday afternoon | Camp Granite Lake above Golden, CO | Free for members, $149 per adult with optional $42 add-on for catered dinner (work exchange also available upon request) | More Info

Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
Join Rabbi Korngold and Adventure Educator Elaine Barenblat for an unforgettable Yom Kippur experience. While the majority of our service is in the comfort of the auditorium, we do give everyone a chance to get up and mingle by way of a thought-provoking small-group discussion. We also sing Kol Nidre outside under the stars.

September 29th at 7:00pm | Casey Middle School in Boulder | Free for members, $36 per adult | More Info

Yom Kippur Day
The adult retreat is reflective and calming, and incorporates elements of yoga, walking, reflection, and maybe even some crafting to allow your mind and body to be fully present and to embrace Yom Kippur. Each kid’s retreat is age-appropriate and designed to teach about Yom Kippur, practice being reflective, and set intentions for the new year. The final stroll is community-wide and ends with a potluck-style break-the-fast.

      • Adult retreat: 9:30am-2:30pm
      • Grades K-5 retreat: 9:30am-2:30pm
      • Preschool-1st grade program: 3:30pm-4:15pm
      • Middle School/High School program: 3:30pm-5:15pm
      • Everyone closing stroll: 5:30pm-6:30pm

September 30 | Adults at CUCC Church; Children at Bear Creek Elementary | Free for members, each retreat is priced differently, but can be found on the website

Chabad of Longmont

Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Please join family and friends for our High Holiday Community Dinner following services. Enjoy a sweet start to the new year with apples and honey, round Challot, and a 4-course catered meal.

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30pm | New Atrium of the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center | Adults - $33, Child - $23, Sponsor - $180 | RSVP by September 17th. 

Rosh Hashanah Services
Start the New Year on a High noteJoin Chabad for an uplifting and meaningful High Holiday experience. Our doors are open to all; no membership fees or tickets required . Warm, friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere. No background, affiliation or prior knowledge necessary. Traditional services blended with contemporary messages. Hebrew-English prayer books. Prayer instructions throughout the service. Simultaneous educational children's program meaningful High Holiday experience. 

All services are free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated. 

September 21 and 22 | 10:00am | Longmont Museum & Cultural Center (400 Quail Road) 

Yom Kippur Services

Yom Kippur Schedule of Services

  • Friday, September 29 - Kol Nidrei Evening Services 6:45pm
  • Saturday, September 30th
    • Morning Services 10:00am
    • Children's Service and Program 10:45am
    • Yizkor Memorial Service 12:00pm
    • Mincha & Neilah Closing Service 5:30pm

Followed by Buffet Break Fast

All Yom Kippur Services will take place at The Meeting Place by Marriott 1470 Dry Creek Drive-Longmont | Special rates are available at the SpringHill Suites 

Congregation Beth Ami

Rosh Hashanah
Catered dinner followed by a Humanistic Service. 

Wednesday, September 20 | Doors open at 4:45 pm | Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Rd). | $20 for members, $40 for guests | $10 for children under 12 | Children under 5 are free

Humanistic service with meditative movement 

Thursday, September 21 | 10 am | Viele Lake at Harlow Platts Park | Suggested Donation $10

Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
Humanistic service followed by a “No-host break-the-fast” at Lee Yuan Chinese.

Saturday, September 30 | 4 pm | Meadows Library (4800 Baseline Rd.) | Free for members, $20 for guests

Congregation B’nai Torah

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashanah service followed by annual honey cake contest on Wednesday, September 20 at 7pm. Rosh Hashanah morning service followed by lunch provided by the Board of Trustees on Thursday, September 21 at 9:30am. 

Meet at the synagogue on Sunday, September 24 from 1:30 – 2:30pm for a short Tashlich service

Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre service on Friday, September 29 at 7pm. On Saturday, September 30, Yom Kippur morning service starts at 9:30am. Family service will begin at 4pm with a reading of the story of Jonah. Yizkor will follow at 5pm, concluding with Neilah at 6pm, with a light break-the-fast to follow.

Visitors to all services at B’nai Torah are welcome at no charge. Day care will be provided. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Congregation Bonai Shalom

High Holy days with Congregation Bonai Shalom is a special time.  Our Rabbi, Rabbinic Intern and our Chazzan work together to create a beautiful and meaningful High Holiday experience.  From our joyous Rosh Hashanah services to our yummy community kiddush lunch after services and our special Tashlich right in our own backyard, on the bank of South Boulder Creek. Our Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services are a powerful and meaningful.  During the break we offer wonderful options for relaxation (yoga), learning and social justice.

Childcare and youth programming are available for those who sign up in advance.  This year, Rosh Hashanah is September 20-22 and Yom Kippur is September 29-30.  We will be welcoming the new year at the NEW Boulder JCC located just across the street from the synagogue at 6007, Oreg Ave.  We hope you will join us.  Members are entitled to one ticket per adult member of your household.  Adult children who are under 26 are also entitled to a ticket.

If you are not a member of our community we would be so happy to welcome you as our guest. Tickets are for sale at $180 per person/per holiday. College students away from home this season, please contact us at 303-442-6605 before placing your order.

Note:  You WILL NOT be admitted to services without proper name badge (tickets) identification.  Please order your High Holiday tickets below and sign up for volunteering. Find more information and order tickets HERE. You can also view a schedule of Bonai Shalom services HERE.

Congregation Har HaShem

High Holy Days are a time for reflection, introspection, prayer, and re-connection. We welcome you to join us in celebrating and observing these special holy days. We offer a variety of services to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse community. Please see the Schedule of Services for a list of dates, times, and locations of services. 

Come share the spirit and wisdom of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These holy days are a time of prayer, music, reflection, and learning. Come and join our congregational family for a spiritually deep High Holy Day experience.

We look forward to sharing these wonderful holiday celebrations together!

See the most up-to-date High Holiday information on the Har HaShem Website.

Judaism Your Way


Judaism Your Way offers authentic Jewish experiences without judgment. Our clergy teach the“Torah of Inclusion” – our radically-inclusive Open Tent philosophy. We welcome all Jews and loved ones to join us in the beautiful, natural setting of the Gardens. From a spiritual (not religious) conversation about Leonard Cohen lyrics, to Teen programs and Family services, we offer numerous chances to connect, reflect and celebrate. Please join us! Learn More and Register Here.

Congregation Nevei Kodesh

Congregation Nevei Kodesh

High Holy Days 2017 (5778) - "Community is a Radical Value" - More Info & Register Here

All services are at Unity Spiritual Center, 2855 Folsom, unless otherwise noted.

Erev Rosh Hashana: Wednesday, Sept. 20
Children's service: 5:30-6:30pm - Songs, story, Shofar, apples and honey.
Adult services: 7-9:30pm  In addition to liturgy and musical leadership, services include meditation, movement, shofar and kiddush with apples, honey and honey-cake.

First Day of Rosh Hashana: Thursday, Sept. 21
Adult Services: 9:30am-2:30pm In addition to liturgy and musical leadership, services feature movement meditation, drum circles, time for outdoor prayer, a full Torah service, shofar-blowing like you've never experienced before, and kiddush with apples, honey and honey-cake.
9:15am - 3pm • Childcare with Rosh Hashanah activities • ages 0-9 years
9:30am - 11am • Holiday programming for TEENS with Amy Atkins
Change: 10am - 10:45am • Rosh Hashanah Experiential Program • ages 3-9 years

Second Day of Rosh Hashana Retreat at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center in Rollinsville
Friday, Sept. 22, 9:30am-1pm, followed by optional lunch.   THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT!

Kol Nidre: Friday, Sept. 29
Services 7-9:30pm  We offer multiple modalities for prayer and inner connection, including traditional music and liturgy, and contemplative options.

Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30
Children's Service/Teens service: 9:30am-11am
Adult Services: 9:30am-2:30pm5-8pm We offer multiple modalities for prayer and inner connection, including traditional music and liturgy, movement meditation, outdoor worship, Torah service and Yizkor (memorial service). After a two-hour break, we convene for a powerful, potent Neilah (end of YK) service where the entire community gathers on the bimah for an intensified, intimate prayer experience. The conclusion of Yom Kippur is followed by a joyous communal break-fast meal (cost included in ticket price.)
9:15am - 3pm & 5pm - 8pm • Childcare with Yom Kippur activities • ages 0 - 9 years
9:30am - 10:30am • Project Based Learning with Jonah • ages 7 - 12 years
9:30am - 11am • Yom Kippur Programming for TEENS with Amy Atkins
11am - 11:45am • Yom Kippur Children’s Experiential Program • ages 0-9 years

Childcare is available during all services at Unity for no fee, provided you register your child in advance.  

No charge 
Guests:   $350 per person for all the above listed services (except Second Day Rosh Hashana retreat, i.e. Erev RH, RH Day, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur), $175 for two services or $100 for one service.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are financially unable to pay our regular rates, please call the office at (303) 443-4567 to make other arrangements.

Hillel at the University of Colorado in Boulder

High Holiday Services/Fall 2017/5778

CU Hillel is very excited that Rabbi Don Levy is coming to Boulder to lead our High Holiday services this year. Rabbi Levy is a graduate of Hebrew Union College and a retired US Air Force chaplain now living in Israel. Most services will be held in Old Main Chapel on the CU campus; see locations listed below. There is no charge for students. There is a suggested minimum donation of $54 per holiday for community members. For more information, contact or 303-997-7033.  Hillel is located at 2795 Colorado Avenue.

Rosh Hashanah

Wed., Sept. 20: Erev Rosh Hashanah services at Old Main at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21: First Day services at Old Main at 9:30 a.m. 
Thursday, Sept. 21: Rosh Hashanah Seder at Hillel at 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Second Day Hike & Alternative Service. Meet at the Ranger Station at Chautauqua Park at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Shabbat Dinner at Hillel at 7 p.m.

Yom Kippur

Friday, Sept. 29: Shabbat dinner before Kol Nidre at Hillel at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29: Kol Nidre Service at Old Main at 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 30: Yom Kippur morning service at Old Main at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: Yizkor service at Hillel at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: Mincha and Ne'ilah services at Hillel at 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 30: Shofar, Havdallah & Break Fast at Hillel at 7:33 p.m.