Boulder High Holiday Guide 2018

Here is a guide to help you navigate the high holiday season in Boulder County. Here is a quick calendar of dates for the 2018/5779 High Holiday season.

Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 9 - Tuesday, September 11
Yom Kippur Tuesday, September 18 - Wednesday, September 19
Sukkot  Sunday, September 23 - Sunday, September 30
Shemini Atzeret Sunday, September 30 - Tuesday, October 2
Simchat Torah Monday, October 1 - Tuesday, October 2

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. 

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 9 - 11 (Sunday evening thru Tuesday afternoon | Camp Granite Lake above Golden, CO | Free for members, $149 per adult with optional $52 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 18th at 7 pm | 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: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
      • Grades K-6 retreat: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
      • Preschool-1st grade program: 3:30 - 4:15 pm
      • Middle School/High School program: 3:30 - 5:15pm
      • Everyone closing stroll: 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 19th | Chautauqua Community House | Free for members, each retreat is priced differently, but can be found HERE

Chabad of Longmont

Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Please join family and friends for our High Holiday Community Dinner following services on Sunday, September 9. Enjoy a sweet start to the new year with apples and honey, round Challot, and a 4-course catered meal.

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 10 and 11 | 10 am | Chabad Jewish Center, 1053 Neon Forest Circle 

Yom Kippur Services

  • Tuesday, September 18 - Kol Nidrei Evening Services 7 pm
  • Wednesday, September 19
    • Morning Services - 10 am
    • Children's Service and Program - 10:45 am
    • Yizkor Memorial Service - 12 pm
    • Mincha & Neilah Closing Service - 5:30 pm

Followed by Buffet Break-Fast

September 18 and 19 | 10 am | Chabad Jewish Center, 1053 Neon Forest Circle

To register for all events, click HERE.

Congregation Beth Ami

Rosh Hashanah/Tashlich Humanistic Service & Mediterranean Dinner
Sunday, September 9 | 4 - 7 pm | East Boulder Community Center

  • Family friendly, active event 

Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre - Humanistically
Wednesday, September 19 | 5 - 6:30 pm | Boulder JCC

  • Geared to adults with an operatic Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre Break-the-Fast
Wednesday, September 19 | 7 - 9 pm | Gondolier Italian Eatery

Essential for all 3 events: or write to

Congregation B’nai Torah

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashanah service followed by annual honey cake contest on Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm. Rosh Hashanah morning service followed by lunch provided by the Board of Trustees on Monday, September 10 at 9:30 am. 

Meet at the synagogue on Sunday, September 16 from 1:30 – 2:30pm for a short Tashlich service.

Yom Kippur
On Wednesday, September 19, Yom Kippur morning service starts at 9:30 am. Family service will begin at 4 pm with a reading of the story of Jonah. Yizkor will follow at 5 pm, concluding with Neilah at 6 pm, 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. To learn more, click HERE.

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 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 9-11 and Yom Kippur is September 18-19.  We will be welcoming the new year at the 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 HERE

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.

Har HaShem offers a range of opportunities for children to participate in High Holy Day services and activities. We invite you and your children to experience the Holy Days together in ways that are powerful and meaningful for you.

Rosh Hashannah

  • Our clergy and leadership encourage you to bring children 13 and older to our High Holy Day services at Boulder Valley Christian Church (BVCC). If you believe your children, younger than 13, are ready for these services, please bring them. We trust your judgment.
  • On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mornings, we offer services for readers and their families at Har HaShem.
  • During services at BVCC, childcare is available for children 8 and under. This includes holiday-themed activities for four to eight year olds and babysitting for those younger. 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.

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

High Holy Days 2018 (5779) - "Community is a Radical Value" - More Info & Register Here

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

Erev Rosh HaShana: Sunday, Sept. 9

  • Children's service (ages 0 - 9 years): 5:30 - 6:30 pm led by Batya Greenwald
  • Adult services: 7 - 9:30 pm led by Rav Bracha
  • Childcare and children's programs:
    • 5 - 9:30 pm • childcare with Rosh Hashana learning stations • ages 0-9 years
    • 7 - 8 pm • Designing honey pots for preschool - 3rd grade
    • 7:30 - 9 pm • “Infusing Jewish Values into my New Year” for 4th-7th grader

First Day of Rosh HaShana: Monday, Sept.10

  • Adult Services: 9:30 am - 3 pm
  • Childcare and children's programs:
    • 9:15 am - 3 pm • childcare with Rosh Hashana learning stations • ages 0 - 9 years
    • 10 - 10:45 am • Tova Jacober shares Rosh Hashana storytelling, music and
      dancing for children + parents • designed for preschool - 3rd grade
    • 11 am - 12:30 pm • Holiday programming for preteens + teens with Amy Atkins
    • 1 - 1:45 pm • Sweet New Year! Beekeeper visits (all ages)

Second Day of Rosh HaShana Retreat at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center in Rollinsville

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, Sept. 18

  • Adult Services: 7 - 9:30 pm (no children's service)
  • Childcare and children's programs:
    • 6:45 - 9:30 pm • childcare with Yom Kippur learning stations • ages 0 - 9 years
    • 7:30 - 8:30 pm • Tikkun Olam Circle for 3rd-7th graders

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • Adult Services: 9:30am-3:30pm5-8pm followed by Break Fast Meal (included in ticket price)
  • Childcare and children's programs:
    • 9:15 am - 3 pm • childcare with Yom Kippur learning stations • ages 0-9 years
    • 10 - 10:45 am • Yom Kippur Family Service + Program designed for 0-9 years
    • 10 - 11:30 am • Yom Kippur Programming for preteens + teens with Amy Atkins
    • 11:15 am - 12 pm • Kaiut Yoga “A Gentle New Year” designed for ages 0-9 years
    • 12:15 pm • Children’s lunch time
    • 1 - 1:45 pm • Sharing Jewish Values in Our World for preschool - 3rd grade
    • 1 - 1:45 pm • Giving Back to the Community Creative for 4th-7th grade
    • 5 - 8 pm • childcare and Yom Kippur learning stations • ages 0-9 years

Childcare and children's programs are available during all services at Unity for no fee, provided you register your child in advance. Walk-in childcare is available, space permitting, for $15 per child, per service. Click HERE to register for childcare.

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.