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High Holy Days 2022/5783

Welcome to
“All Things High Holy Days 5783.”

As we enter our peak season of togetherness, inspiration, and renewal, here are some things you need to know about High Holy Days in 2022.

  • We ARE planning to be IN-PERSON for the High Holy Days.
  • We ARE ALSO planning to have our 4 main Congregational services HYBRID. They will be LIVESTREAMED.  
  • Our Family Services will be IN-PERSON; Family Rosh Hashanah will be recorded for later viewing and Family Yom Kippur will be livestreamed.

You must renew your membership to attend High Holy Services. For those that choose to worship online in your “home sanctuary,” we will be loaning prayer books.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: We recognize that there are still high levels of virus transmission as we enter year 3 of the COVID pandemic; but we also recognize and trust you to make the safest and best decision for you and your family as to whether you choose to be in-person or online. To mitigate risk in-person, MASKS will be required in the building and for all services (preferably KN95 or equivalent).

Please let us know which of our main services you are planning to attend IN-PERSON. (This is not binding; we simply want to get a general head count for planning purposes.)

Let us know if you're coming in-person; sign up for services here!

Our online services are livestreamed on our website or on Facebook.
Live Streaming made possible by the Daniel Weiss Fund

Service Schedule

For more detailed information please click here to see our
Service Schedule with full descriptions.


September 17 at 7:30pm: Community Selichot: Stories of Redemption at Beth El Synagogue. Attendees must pre-register HERE. (In-person only)


September 25 at 4:00pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Children's "1-2-3: Happy Birthday World!" Service (In-Person)
September 25 at 7:30pm:
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (Hybrid)
September 26 at 10:00am: Rosh Hashanah Congregational Morning Service (Hybrid)
September 26 at 11:00am: Family Service (In-person/Recorded)
September 26 at 12:45pm: Tashlich at Cornwallis Rd. Park (In-person only)

Apples & Honey Oneg to follow morning services


September 30 at 6:00pm: Shabbat Shuvah (Hybrid)


October 4 at 5:30pm: Family Kol Nidre Service (Hybrid)
October 4 at 8:00pm: Kol Nidre Service (Hybrid)
October 5 at 10:00am: Yom Kippur Congregational Morning Service (Hybrid)

Yom Kippur Afternoon Meditation & Conversation (All In-Person Only)

  • 12:30pm: Yom Kippur Meditation
  • 12:30pm: Teen Yom Kippur Activities
  • 12:30pm: Discussion with Rabbi Soffer

October 5 at 2:00pm: Healing Service of Music (Hybrid)

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service 

  • 3:00pm: 15 Step Avodah/Torah/Jonah reading (Hybrid)
  • 4:00pm: Yizkor Service (Hybrid)
  • 4:45pm: N'ilah Service (Hybrid)

Community Break Fast to follow N'ilah services


October 9 at 6:00pm: Sukkot Under the Stars Service at Camp New Hope (In-person only). Family picnic starting at 6:00pm. Additional information here.


October 16 at 5:00pm: Erev Simchat Torah Service (In-person only)

Let us know you're coming, sign up for services here!

Guest Passes

In the spirit of our welcoming and inviting community, our High Holy Day services are open to all. Guest passes for IN-PERSON guests are required this year and may be purchased for visiting friends, family, or community members who are not members of Judea Reform Congregation. Name tags are your passes and will be required for entry. Passes/name tags will be available 30 minutes before the start of services (and will not be mailed in advance).

PLEASE NOTE: All guest pass contributions are tax deductible and are suggested, but not required. Questions? Contact Jodi Lampley at

  • 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: no charge if reciprocity is confirmed in advance (please contact your synagogue)

Click here to reserve your Guest Passes


Online Access

Livestreaming of Services 
Our hybrid services are livestreamed on our website or on Facebook.

ONLINE access is available to all and guests are welcome. We ask those guests attending virtually to consider making a contribution to our synagogue community with a donation ($54, $72, $126) to our General Fund (in note section indicate High Holy Days.) 

Eisman Gift Shop Sale

Sunday, September 18 from 9:00am-2:00pm

We are having a pre-High Holy Day sale in the Eisman Gift Shop on Sunday, September 18. Come shop for a variety of creative and beautiful apple & honey bowls, local honey & beeswax candles from King Cobra Apiary, special Shabbat Candlesticks, and more. Questions? Contact Julie Fishkin at

Open Ark Day

Sunday, September 18 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

On the Sunday preceding the start of the High Holy Days, we will be having an Open Ark Day and invite you to stop by come sanctify the start of your High Holy Day journey with a few moments in front of the Torah. Our portable Ark will be outside (weather permitting) for one-at-a time visits.

If you are borrowing prayer books (Click here to reserve), you can pick them up; if you are in need of Yizkor candles, we will have plenty.

Prayer Book Loan

We will be loaning out sets of our High Holy Day prayer books to enhance your experience with
online services. It is a simple process—fill out the form below to reserve your set of books. You do need to be renewed member to complete the loan rental form. Prayer books will be available for pick-up on:

  • Sunday, September 18th during Open Ark Day 
  • Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00-4:00

Questions? Contact Julie Fishkin at

Click here to reserve your Machzorim


Purchasing Mishkan Hanefesh

We will have prayer books available for in-person services. However, if you are interested in purchasing your own set of High Holy Prayer books you can purchase them here at the CCAR Press.

High Holy Days Food Drive

Instead of our usual High Holiday Food Drive, this year we will be making donations through Judea Reform’s Virtual Tzedakah Box.

All donations to Judea Reform’s Virtual Tzedakah Box, between September and October, will be designated for hunger relief in our local community and beyond, via the Interfaith Food Council (IFC) of Chapel Hill and Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD). Our partners are serving an expanding need in these difficult times, at the same time they are
experiencing shortages in both space and volunteers. They have asked for monetary donations this year.

Lulav & Etrog

Order by September 8

Lulav and etrogim may be purchased for Sukkot through Judea Reform. Each set consists of an Israeli Etrog, Lulav (palm branch) with its palm holder, Hadassim (myrtle branches), and Arovoth (willow branches). Sets come in 3 sizes based on size of etrog. Orders must be placed by September 8. Questions? Contact Julie Fishkin at

Click here to order your Lulav & Etrogim


Guide to High Holy Days (In-Person)


For those attending the October 4th Family Service at 5:30pm, please park in the Judea Reform/Lerner/Jewish for Good parking lots.

For those attending Kol Nidre and/or Yom Kippur morning services we will be utilizing remote parking at the Church of the Good Shepherd.  For these services, limited parking is available in the Judea Reform parking lot, the Jewish for Good parking lot, and the Lerner School on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 50 accessible parking spots in the Judea Reform lot, but we are unable to reserve them in advance.
Parking will also be available  in the remote parking lot at Church of the Good Shepherd with Shuttle bus service provided between the remote lot and Judea Reform. Our shuttle buses are air-conditioned, 100% biodiesel, and wheelchair-accessible and will run continuously to and from Judea Reform from the Church of the Good Shepherd. 

Church of the Good Shepherd. 
3741 Garrett Rd., Durham 27707


We encourage you to stop at Judea Reform to drop off anyone who needs assistance before parking in the remote lot. 

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 allowed.


Shuttle Bus Schedule 5783

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 25
6:15pm - 10:30pm

Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 26
     8:45am - 3:30pm 

Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 4
    6:15pm - 11:00pm

Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 5
    8:45am - 1:30pm


Accessible parking is available in the Judea Reform parking lot. If parking in a remote parking lot, we encourage you to stop at Judea Reform to drop off anyone who needs assistance at the door so that our volunteers can assist them. 
The free shuttle buses to and from the remote lots are wheelchair-accessible. The shuttle buses run 100% biodiesel, reducing our carbon footprint. 

Congregants who need extra time to get seated or would like to be seated closer to the speakers can use the Easy Access Entrance directly into the Levin Social Hall for services. The Easy Access Entrance opens 45 minutes prior to each service. A seating section will be reserved for these members and their families/guests. Ushers will be available to pick-up nametags, help carry prayer books, and park walkers and crutches as needed. 

Personal assistive listening devices will be available to provide additional amplification.
Large-print prayer books are available. 

ADA-compliant restrooms are available in the Levin Social Hall hallway as well as an all gender restroom provided near the sanctuary.

Our Family Room is located at the entrance to the Levin Social Hall. This space serves multiple purposes including a quiet place for parents and their children to take a break, and a comfortable couch from which to watch livestreamed services. 

We will not be offering on-site babysitting for services this year. We apologize for this inconvenience.

If you would like a more private space than the Family Room for nursing, the Kohn Conference Room will be available.

Our hybrid services are livestreamed on our website or on Facebook to provide accessibility for all.


Judea Reform provides name tags, which function as admission passes to all of our in-person High Holy Days services. Members and guests will be required to present their name tags to the greeters at our main entrance and/or Easy Access Entrance before each service. Passes/name tags will be available 30 minutes before the start of services (and will not be mailed in advance).  

Judea Reform Members
High Holy Day name tags are free 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, and they have renewed their membership for the 2022-2023 year. Each adult member of the congregation receives one name tag. Name tags are not required for dependent children under age 23.

Questions about your membership status or outstanding balances? Contact Liz Gibbons, Business Manager, at 919-489-7062 x 225 or

Guests (In-person & Online)
You may purchase name tags for in-person visiting friends or family who are not members of Judea Reform. Name tag contributions are 100% tax-deductible. Suggested—but not required— donations as follows:

  • 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: no charge if reciprocity is confirmed in advance.

Guest name tags will be held at the synagogue and may be retrieved at our main entrance starting 30 minutes before services begin.

Why the Suggested Donation? 
JRC welcomes many members and guests 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 donations. Thank you for making High Holy Days worship possible! 

ONLINE access is available to all and guests are welcome. We ask those guests attending virtually to consider making a contribution to our synagogue community with a donation ($54, $72, $126) to our General Fund (in note section indicate High Holy Days.) 

All donations are tax deductible and are suggested, but not required. No one will be denied admission to High Holy Days services because of a genuine inability to pay the suggested contribution. 

Thank you for making High Holy Days worship possible! 

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.

Going Away for the High Holy Days?
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.

Reciprocity: In turn, Judea Reform members in good standing may request reciprocity at a URJ-affiliated congregation in another location. Please contact Jodi Lampley to place your request ( Be sure to have the name, location, telephone, and fax numbers for the synagogue that you plan to attend. 

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, fill out a new name tag, and will then be permitted to enter.

High Holy Days at Judea Reform

 High Holy Days for 2022/5783 will begin at sundown on Sunday, September 25, 2022 

Although the High Holidays — the two days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) — occupy three days only, they lie within a web of liturgy and customs that extend from the beginning of the preceding Hebrew month of Elul through Yom Kippur . The focus of this entire period is the process of teshuvah, or repentance, whereby a Jew admits to sins, asks for forgiveness, and resolves not to repeat the sins. Recognizing the psychological difficulty of self-examination and personal change, the rabbis instituted a 40-day period whose intensity spirals toward its culmination on Yom Kippur, a day devoted entirely to fasting and repentance.

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783