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High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening of September 18, 2020
Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday evening of September 27, 2020.

The High Holy Days are a time of introspection, action, and renewal. At Judea Reform Congregation, we embark on this process as a community, beginning with Selichot, the last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, and ending with the concluding shofar blasts of Yom Kippur. Our Selichot services have included many disciplines, from academic lectures to story-telling to reader's theatre.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include a family-oriented service and an adult service. The afternoon of Yom Kippur begins with a meditative healing service. As the Days of Awe conclude, you'll find that you have assessed your year, explored your future, and made amends in a warm and authentic Jewish setting.

Join us for the High Holy Days

(NOTE: The the following information refers to last year's High Holy Days -- Check back for this year's schedule.)


Judea Reform provides name tags, which function as admission passes, to all of our High Holy Days services. Members and guests will be required to present their name tags to the greeters at our main entrance or Easy Access Entrance before each service.

Judea Reform Members

High Holy Day name tags are complimentary as part of membership for adult members of  Judea Reform Congregation and their children under the age of 23, provided the member’s account is in good financial standing as of June 30, 2019, and they have renewed their membership for the 2019-2020 year. Each adult member of the congregation receives one name tag. Name tags are not required for dependent children under age 23. 

Procedures for receiving your name tags will be posted here soon.

Questions about your membership status or outstanding balances? Contact our Business Manager, Liz Gibbons, by email at or by phone at 919-489-7062 ext 225.


You may reserve name tags for yourself or for visiting friends or family who are not members of Judea Reform using the form below. To help make worship possible for all guests, we ask for a 100% tax-deductible contribution, which we suggest, but don't require at the following levels:

  • Local or out-of-town family member (age 23+) of a JRC member: $100 per adult
  • Unaffiliated, non-member: $200 per adult
  • Non-member, but member in good standing at another URJ synagogue: complimentary if reciprocity is confirmed in advance (see below)
  • College students: complimentary

Name tags provide entry for all High Holy Days services; you do not need a separate name tag for each service. Guest name tags may be picked up at our main entrance starting 30 minutes before High Holy Days services begin.

College Students

College students receive complimentary entry; they are required to present a current student ID and sign in at our main entrance at each service.

Reciprocity: Going Away for the High Holy Days or Coming from Another URJ Synagogue?

Out-of-towners who are members in good standing at another URJ-affiliated congregation may request reciprocity in advance. They are given guest passes and may attend at no cost.

In turn, Judea Reform members in good standing may request reciprocity at a URJ-affiliated congregation in another location.

Please contact Office Manager, Loni Hudson, to place your request by email at or by phone at 919-489-7062, ext. 223. Be sure to have the name, location, telephone and fax numbers for the synagogue that you plan to attend.

Why the Suggested Donation?

We are fortunate to welcome more than 1,200 members and guests to Judea Reform for the High Holy Days. There are significant costs associated with security, shuttles, rentals, printing, break-the-fast, etc., and those who attend services share the expense. Members make their contributions directly through their synagogue support; guests are asked to contribute through name tag purchases. Thank you for making High Holy Days worship possible!

As we do all year, we open our doors and encourage non-members to experience High Holy Days worship and the benefits of affiliating with Judea Reform Congregation. No one will be denied admission to High Holy Days services because of a genuine inability to pay the suggested contribution. Please contact us if you need help with the suggested cost of guest tickets.

Lost/Forgotten Name Tags

Members who have forgotten their name tags will be required to register at our main entrance, present a valid photo ID, and fill out a new name tag, before being permitted to enter.

Babysitting & Children's Program

Babysitting For Children ages 1-4 years old

Judea Reform is offering childcare/babysitting for the daytime High Holy Day services for children ages 1-4. While all children are more than welcome in our regular services, if you choose, drop-in care will be available during the following times:

  • Rosh Hashanah Day, September 30, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Yom Kippur Day, October 9, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

High Holy Days Children's Program

Suggested for: Families with Children in Pre-K through 4th grade (ages 4-9)

While you are in services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings, we will be offering High Holy Day activities that are designed for children aged 4-9 years old. This will include stories, music, art projects, and other interactive activities to help your little ones have a meaningful High Holy Days. The Children's Program will take place at the following times:

  • Rosh Hashanah Day, September 30, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Yom Kippur Day, October 9, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm


Babysitting and the Children's Program will both take place in the Education Building, directly next door to the main synagogue building where services take place. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact Rebecca Levine at

Reserve a Guest Pass: High Holy Days Guest Passes for 5779

We are pleased offer guest passes to Judea Reform's High Holy Days Services. See above for more information. Please complete the form below.

This guest pass form is now closed. Please feel free to check in at the door before the start of services.

L'shanah Tovah!


Parking Information

Shuttle Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 29,
6:15pm to 11:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Day
Monday, September 30
8:45am to 3:30pm

Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 8
6:15pm to 11:00pm

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9
8:45am to 3:30pm*

*Shuttle service concludes at 3:30 pm. If you plan to stay through for the later services up to Break-the-Fast, please move your car to a closer lot (Judea Reform, Levin JCC, Lerner School) before 3:30pm.

We offer free, convenient parking with shuttle service at Church of the Good Shepherd.

Church of the Good Shepherd

3741 Garret Rd.

Durham, NC 27707


Please park in the remote parking lot at Church of the Good Shepherd and ride a free, air-conditioned, biodiesel, wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus to Judea Reform. Shuttle buses run continuously to and from Judea Reform during the hours listed to the left.

Additional Parking and Security Information

  • Parking in the Judea Reform parking lot, the Levin JCC parking lot, and the Lerner School parking lot is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible parking spots are available in these lots.
  • We encourage you to stop at Judea Reform to drop off anyone who needs assistance before parking in the remote lot.
  • There will be approximately 50 accessible parking spots available in the Judea Reform lot. We are unable to reserve these spots in advance.
  • Do not park on the roadway from Cornwallis Rd. up to our campus. Doing so creates a safety hazard and seriously impedes the flow of traffic to and from our building.
  • Do not park at Carter Charter Community School, as we do not have a parking agreement with them.
  • Police officers will assist with parking before services and will be monitoring our building— both inside and out—during services.
  • Backpacks and bags are not permitted inside the building; purses and handbags permitted

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