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High Holy Days 2023/5784

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“All Things High Holy Days 5784.”

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As we enter our peak season of togetherness, inspiration, and renewal, here are some things you need to know about High Holy Days in 2023.

  • You must renew your membership to attend High Holy Services.

  • 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 LIVE STREAMED. 

  • Our Family Services will be IN-PERSON; Family services will be recorded and can be viewed at a later time.

  • 1-2-3 Services will be IN-PERSON ONLY 

Our online services are live streamed on our website or on Facebook.

Live Streaming made possible by the Daniel Weiss Fund

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: Masks will be optional for all High Holy Day services. We ask that you make the best decision for yourself AND for our community. If you are feeling unwell, please play it safe and participate with us from home. 

Service Schedule

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

(*) Denotes Hybrid Service          (+) Denotes Recorded Service


Sunday, Aug. 27    

              Kever Avot               


       JRC Cemetery



Saturday, Sept. 9

Community Selichot





Friday, Sept. 15

Rosh Hashanah 1-2-3


Outside, JRC 

Friday, Sept. 15

Erev Rosh Hashanah


Levin Social Hall* 

Saturday, Sept. 16

Rosh Hashanah


Levin Social Hall* 

Saturday, Sept, 16

Rosh Hashanah Family



Saturday, Sept. 16

Apples & Honey Oneg

After Services

Community Court 

Saturday, Sept. 16



Al Buehler Trail 



Sunday, Sept. 24

Yom Kippur 1-2-3


Outside, JRC

Sunday, Sept. 24

Kol Nidre Family



Sunday, Sept. 24

Kol Nidre


Levin Social Hall*

Monday, Sept. 25

Yom Kippur


Levin Social Hall*

Monday, Sept. 25

Yom Kippur Family



Monday, Sept. 25




Monday, Sept. 25

Yom Kippur Afternoon



Monday, Sept. 25




Monday, Sept. 25




Monday, Sept. 25

Community Break Fast

After Services

Community Court



Friday, Sept. 29

Sukkot Under the Stars


Camp New Hope



Friday, Oct. 6

Simchat Torah




Register for Services

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.)

Name Tags/Passes and Guests

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 and/or Easy Access Entrance before each service. 

You will pick up your name tag at the first service you attend. Name tags will be available 30 minutes before the start of services. Upon entering the building you will head to the Monsein Community Court where you will find tables with alphabetized name tags for members and a separate table with name tags for guests and college students. A staff member will be present to find your nametag and welcome you.

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 renewed and in good financial standing.  Each adult member of the congregation receives one name tag. Name tags are not required for dependent children under 23. 

Lost/Forgotten Name Tags

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

Questions about your membership status or outstanding balances? Contact Executive Director, Emily Young at or Business Manager, Liz Gibbons at

Guest Name Tags

Please note: Pre registration for Yom Kippur guest passes will close by 3pm Friday, September 22. However, guests are still welcome; please come to the guest table and sign in to get a handwritten nametag.

Click here to register and purchase name tags for visiting friends or family who are not members of Judea Reform by 3pm Friday, September 22.

Name tag contributions are 100% tax deductible. Suggested donations are 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, see website for details

Guest name tags can be picked up in the Monsein Community Court at the guest check-in table starting 30 minutes before services. 

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.) 

Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Students receive complimentary entry; they are required to present a current student ID and sign in at the main entrance before services. Register here for a complimentary student name tag.

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.

In turn, Judea Reform members in good standing may request reciprocity at a URJ affiliated congregation in another location. Please contact Jodi Lampley, to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Why the Suggested Donation?

JRC welcomes more than 1,000 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 membership support; guests are asked to contribute through name tag donations. Thank you for making High Holy Days worship possible!

No one will be denied admission to High Holy Days services because of an inability to pay the suggested contribution. 

Logistics for the Days of Awe (In-Person)


Parking and Buses

We offer free, convenient parking with shuttle service at Church of the Good Shepherd (3741 Garrett Rd., Durham 27707)

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

Parking in the Judea Reform lot, the Jewish for Good lot, and the Lerner School lot is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible parking spots are available in these lots.

Additional Parking and Security Information

  • 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 Community Charter 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 are permitted.

Shuttle Schedule

9/15 Erev Rosh Hashanah 6:15pm – 10:00pm

9/16 Rosh Hashanah 8:45am – 2:30pm

9/24 Kol Nidre 6:15pm – 10:00pm

9/25 Yom Kippur 8:45am – 3:00pm



Inclusion and Accessibility

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





Please Note: Registration for Yom Kippur babysitting will close by 3pm Friday, September 22.

We are thrilled to return to supporting our families with a babysitting service this year. This program is complimentary; contributions to help offset the cost are greatly appreciated and can be made to the General Fund.

Babysitting will be available for children 5 and under in the JRC Education Building:

  • Rosh Hashanah morning, Saturday, September 16th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Yom Kippur morning - Monday, September 25th from 9:30am to 12:30pm

There are 20 slots available each day. Babysitters will not feed children or change diapers (babysitters will text/call parent if the child needs attention).

Registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. Register here

Eisman Gift Shop Sale

Visit the Eisman Gift Shop for your High Holy Day essentials. 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

Tuesday thru Friday hours: 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday August 27, 2023, 4:00pm-6:30pm

Sunday September 10, 2023, 9:00am-1:00pm

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 must have renewed your membership to complete the loan rental form.

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.

Lulav & Etrog

Order your lulav and etrogim sets for Sukkot through Judea Reform. Each set consists of an Israeli Etrog, Lulov (palm branch) with its palm holder and Hadassim (myrtle branches) and Arovoth (willow branches).  Sets are sold in 3 sizes based on the size of etrog. Orders must be placed by September 1.

Contact Julie Fishkin at with questions.

Lulavim and etrogim may be purchased through Judea Reform at the following prices:

  • Regular $39
  • Prime $43
  • Deluxe $47

Please order, using the form below, by Friday September 1, 2023.
We can not accept orders after this deadline due to the vendor's anticipated shipping schedule.

Orders can be picked up at Judea Reform on Thursday September 28, 2023, between 10am-6pm.

Click here to order your Lulav & Etrogim


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