High Holidays 2016 (5777)

Looking for a place to celebrate the High Holidays? Join the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation for services that honor tradition while exploring new, meaningful Jewish paths.

High Holidays ShofarOur High Holidays services are open, ticketless, and accessible to all. Services will be led by Rabbi Nathan Martin–the Director of Student Life at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College and Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, in Media, Pennsylvania. (Click here for more about Rabbi Nathan.) Services are musical and participatory. Unless otherwise noted, services are held at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, the red brick building on the southeast corner of Ellsworth. Questions?  Contact us here, or by calling 734.445.1910. We look forward to celebrating the High Holy Days with you!

When?  See Details, below for all times and places
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
  • Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Cost and Tickets

Tickets are not required, and there is no cost for current members. If you’ve been meaning to join, now is a great time!  If you are not a member, we ask that you simply donate what you can.  No one will be turned away from prayer.  We suggest $180 per household to help cover the costs of these services.  For details and forms for sending your contributions, reserving childcare (by 9/26), or registering for the break-fast (by 10/5) click here.

Children’s Programming

Melanie Rivkin will lead a kids service (parents welcome, too) from 10:30 to 11:30 am on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is geared towards elementary-age children, but all are welcome! And Aaron Jackson will lead some activities for the tweens and teens, if they get tired of the adult services, from 11:30 to 1 on Rosh Hashanah and 11:30 to 2 on Yom Kippur. In addition, there is childcare available during all services, with some activities and games (and lunch on Yom Kippur).


There is childcare available during all services, with some activities and games (and lunch on Yom Kippur). Childcare is provided, but reservations should be made by September 26, and payment by September 29. Without advance reservation, child care will be offered on a space-available basis only. Please click here for the reservation form.

Yom Kippur Workshops

As is our tradition at AARC, between services on Yom Kippur we have several workshops where we can together study, meditate, and discuss. This year, there will be three sessions.  From 2:15 to 3:30 pm Barbara Boyk-Rust will lead “Soul Nourishment: Meditation and Sacred Chant for the Quiet of the Day” and Ellen Dannin will lead “Yonah – It’s Much More than Just a Whale.” From 3:45 to 5 pm, Margo Schlanger and Ronald Simpson-Bey will lead a conversation about the modern experience of imprisonment, and what kind of conditions–physical and programmatic–create the best chance of t’shuvah.  For full information, click here.


A Break-the-Fast will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, following Ne’ilah (around 7:45 pm). Please join us for a catered dairy buffet with traditional Jewish foods. Vegetarian selections will be available. Please sign up in advance, by Oct. 5; click here for the form.

Are you a member of the AARC interested in participating in High Holy Day Services?

If you want to read something, lead a workshop, chant a prayer, read from the Torah or Haftarah, receive an Aliyah,  open the Ark, play guitar, or otherwise help make these services beautiful and meaningful, please contact AARC member Deb Kraus.


WhenWhatTime and details
Sun., Oct. 2Erev Rosh Hashanah7:30-9 pm
Mon., Oct. 3Rosh Hashanah
First day services
9:30 am - 1 pm
Children's Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Tashlich3:30, Island Park
Oct. 7
Shabbat Shuvah and National Coming Out day, at Congregation T'chiyah6:45 service, followed by potluck. 15000 W 10 Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
Tues., Oct. 11Kol Nidrei6:45 gathering and candlelighting.
At 7:00 pm sharp, Kol Nidrei service begins
Wed., Oct. 12Yom Kippur
Morning and Torah service
10 am - 2 pm
Children’s Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Afternoon programming2:00 - 5:00 pm
See here for details.
Yizkor5:15 - 6:30 pm
A non-traditional service offering mourners
the opportunity to share some words
about the person they lost.
(Please plan on spending no more than
5 minutes, so all may participate)
Ne’ilah/Shofar/Havdalah6:45 – 7:45 pm
Break-the-fast7:45 or when 3 stars appear.
All are invited, but advanced reservations
are required, so we have enough food.