Boulder High Holiday Guide 2019

Here is a guide to help you navigate the high holiday season in Boulder County. Here is a quick calendar of dates for the 2019/5780 High Holiday season.

Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 29 - Tuesday, October 1
Yom Kippur Tuesday, October 8 - Wednesday, October 9
Sukkot  Sunday, October 13 - Sunday, October 20
Shemini Atzeret Sunday, October 20 - Tuesday, October 22
Simchat Torah Monday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 22

Rosh Hashanah Field Day

Get in the spirit for the Jewish New Year at the Rosh Hashanah Field Day for kids and families. Make holiday crafts, eat sweet foods, and participate in the shofar blowing. Bring your dinner and stay for a picnic.

Please note: Adults/Parents must register for this event when registering children and accompany children at the event

Thursday, September 26 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | $10 per child, Adults and children under 2 FREE | REGISTER HERE
This program is now on JConnect, the Boulder JCC's registration portal. Click here for more information on JConnect.

Sukkot on the Farm

Bring your family to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot. Spend time in the sukkah, shake the lulav, feed the animals, taste our farm's bounty, and participate in other seasonal farm activities.

Sunday, October 13 | 10 am - 12 pm | $5 per person | REGISTER HERE
This program is now on JConnect, the Boulder JCC's registration portal. Click here for more information on JConnect.

Nosh and Network in the Sukkah

Our business networking group is designed to bring together the business community to connect, network, learn, and support each other. Our mission is to build individual skills that help our community become more cohesive, efficient, and collaborative. For job seekers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, network marketers, and individuals looking to network and grow their businesses.

Tuesday, October 15 | In the Sukkah at Milk and Honey Farm | Topic TBD

Snacks and drinks available from 6 - 6:30 pm | Presenter begins at 6:30 pm | $7 in advance, $15 at the door | REGISTER HERE
This program is now on JConnect, the Boulder JCC's registration portal. Click here for more information on JConnect.

Sushi in the Sukkah

Roll into fall by celebrating Sukkot with a sushi feast in the sukkah! Bring a friend or make new ones at our annual Sushi in the Sukkah party.

Wednesday, October 16 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | $10 in advance, $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE
This program is now on JConnect, the Boulder JCC's registration portal. Click here for more information on JConnect.

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 Judaism

Rosh Hashanah in the Rockies 2019 Details

What: Rosh Hashanah Retreat at Camp Granite Lake. Services with hiking, campfire, kids’ activities, lake-side tashlich, new friends, and more.

When: Sept 29 - 30, 2019 Sunday evening until Monday afternoon (Come for all or part, the price is the same)

Where: Camp Granite Lake, in Coal Canyon 30-minutes from South Boulder or Golden CO.  

Price: Free for members (Includes camping, breakfast, and all program fees. Dinner is extra)

$149/person | Add dinner for $52 | Kids under 3 are Free | More info
$36 Trip Insurance: If you have to cancel for any reason, you receive the full amount of your registration back. (The $36 trip insurance back is non-refundable of course, and does not cover meals and lodging.) Our normal cancellation policy is no refunds for any reason.
Sept 1, 2019 and later:
Late Registration Fee: +$25 per person
September 24, 2019, is the last day to reserve a dinner. 

High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Service:

Rabbi Korngold’s High Holiday services are best described as warm, engaging, and inclusive. They cannot be described as long, boring, droning or preachy.

Comments from past participants include: “Wow, I never even had to resort to counting the ceiling tiles!” and, “This is the first service I have been to in years where I didn’t count pages.”

Weather permitting, the morning service will be held outdoors using a special service written by Rabbi Korngold. For the evening service in the chapel, and the morning if it is indoors, we use a Power Point prayerbook that we made, which is filled with nature writings and photos from our trips to bring the outdoors in.

Full Group Contemplative Hike to Service Site:

The Jewish worship service traditionally begins with songs and Psalms, intended to help us “warm-up” before we pray. On this Adventure Rabbi retreat, instead of reciting prayers, we go for a hike to warm ourselves up. We will walk together as a community, stopping often to slow ourselves down and be inspired by the majesty surrounding us. Weather permitting, our service will be held in the outdoor amphitheater.

We stop for teachings and discussions and when we reach the spot overlooking the Continental Divide, we take some time for personal introspection to get ready for the year ahead. It’s not too crunchy, just the right amount.

Our catered dinner will once again be prepared by Steve Grindley of Chef Steve Colorado. His food is delicious and the service is friendly and upbeat. The meal is healthy and festive and includes homemade matzah ball soup.

Prices are set by the caterer and go directly to him. They are based on the cost of food and of preparing an elegant meal in a remote location.

Although pork and shellfish will not be served, meals are not kosher. We mix milk and meat but shellfish and pork are not served. Available choices on the buffet line will accommodate: vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free (preference but not allergy) nut-free (but not allergy), high-protein and kosher style. We CANNOT accommodate: Celiac Disease, severe nut allergy, or strict kosher.
Cancellation Insurance: We encourage you to buy our $36 cancellation insurance so that if for any reason you are not able to attend, you can receive a refund for your Adventure Rabbi program fee.

Please note, if you have not purchased cancellation insurance, we will not be able to offer refunds, no matter what the reason. We pay our vendors based on incoming registrations and they do not offer us a refund.


When: Tues Oct 8, 2019 7 pm – Wed Oct 9, 2019, 6:30  pm | More info

Where: Tuesday
Casey Middle School 1301 High St. Boulder, CO Boulder, CO 80304

Wednesday--Chautauqua Community House 900 Baseline Rd Boulder Co 80302
Program Options:

  • Kol Nidre Evening Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • Day Retreat with Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Catherine Greener
  • Youth Program K-6th
  • Pre-School- 1st Grade Family Service with  Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • Middle & High School Program
  • Closing Neila Service, Stroll, Light Breaking of the Fast

Chabad of Longmont

Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Please join family and friends for our High Holiday Community Dinner following services on Sunday, September 29. 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 30 and October 1 | 10 am | Chabad Jewish Center, 1053 Neon Forest Circle 

Yom Kippur Services

  • Tuesday, October 8 - Kol Nidrei Evening Services 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 9
    • 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

All services will be taking place at the 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 29 | 4 pm | East Boulder Community Center

Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre - Humanistically
Wednesday, October 9 | 5 pm | Martin Park Shelter

Geared to adults with an operatic Kol Nidre

RSVP: or write to

Congregation B’nai Torah

Rosh Hashanah
Erev Rosh Hashanah service followed by annual honey cake contest on Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm. Rosh Hashanah morning service followed by lunch provided by the Board of Trustees on Monday, September 30 at 9:30 am. 

Yom Kippur
On Wednesday, October 9, 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 29 - October 1 and Yom Kippur is October 8 - 9.  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

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 requiredChildcare 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 2019 (5780) - "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, September 29

  • Children's service (ages 0 - 9 years): 5:30 - 6:30 pm led by Batya, Eyal, and Danya
  • 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, September 30

  • 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 - 10:15 am • Birthday of the World Storywalk • ages 0 - 9 years
    • 10:30 am - 12 pm • Holiday programming for preteens and teens with Maggid Charna
    • 1 - 1:45 pm • Tikkun Olam Workshop (all ages)

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

Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 8

  • 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 • Value of Learning from Mistakes

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 9

  • 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
    • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm • Yoga and Meditation for Families
    • 12:30 pm • Children’s lunch time
    • 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:We are happy to welcome guests to the High Holy Days, and doing so means we must rent a larger facility to accommodate everyone. We ask that all who are able to contribute at least $350 per person for all the above listed services (i.e. Erev RH, RH Day, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Please register separately for Second Day Rosh HaShana retreat), $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.