High Holidays 2017 (5778)

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 Ora Nitkin-Kaner and 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!

See Details below for dates, times and places
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 9/15), or registering for the break-fast (by 9/15) click here.

Children’s Programming

Debbie Gombert 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 and payment must be made by Thursday, September 28. Without advance reservation, childcare will be offered on a space-available basis only. Please click here for the reservation form and more details.

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 Margo Schlanger will lead  a discussion on “American immigration enforcement and the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (welcoming the stranger)” From 3:45 to 5 pm, Danny Steinmetz will lead a workshop on “Traditional and Reconstructionist practices for dealing with death. Read more here.


A Break-the-Fast will be held on Saturday, Sept 30, 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 Sept. 15; 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.

Quick Links
  • Reserve Childcare here
  • Reserve for Break-the-Fast here
  • Non-member donation form here


WhenWhatTime and details
Wed., Sept. 20Erev Rosh Hashanah7:00-8:30 pm
Thur., Sept. 21Rosh Hashanah
First day services
9:30 am - 1 pm
Children's Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Sept 22
Tashlich/Kabbalat Shabbat6:30, gather at JCC, walk to Mallets Creek in Mary B Doyle Park
Fri., Sept. 29Kol Nidrei6:45 gathering and candlelighting.
At 7:00 pm sharp, Kol Nidrei service begins
Sat., Sept. 30Yom Kippur
Morning and Torah service
10 am - 2 pm
Children’s Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Afternoon programming2:15 - 5:00 pm
Workshop Descriptions
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.