High Holidays 2019 (5780)

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 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are open, ticketless, and accessible to all. Services are led by Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner and are musical and participatory. This year Rabbi Ora will be joined by a guest Song Leader, Gabrielle Pescador.

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 Holidays  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.  More information and links to the forms for sending your contributions, reserving childcare, or registering for the break-fast are below.

Children’s Programming

Our kids services (parents welcome, too) will be 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! There will be supervised 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 (see below for info and reservation form), 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 Saturday, September 14. 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. Here is a description of this year’s sessions.


A Break-the-Fast will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, following Ne’ilah (around 8:15 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. 20.

WhenWhatTime and details
Sat. Sept. 21stSelichot Gathering at Amy Rosenberg's House7:30-8:30.
1501 Avondale
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Fri. Sept. 27thTeshuvah-Themed Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:30-8:00, vegetarian nut-free potluck to follow
Sun., Sept. 29Erev Rosh Hashanah7:00-8:30 pm
Mon., Sept. 30Rosh Hashanah
First day services
9:30 am - 1 pm
Children's Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Sept 30, 5pm
TashlichGather at JCC and walk to Mallet's Creek
Tues., Oct. 8thKol Nidrei6:45 gathering and candlelighting.
At 7:00 pm sharp, Kol Nidrei service begins
Wed., Oct. 9Yom Kippur
Morning and Torah service
10 am - 2 pm
Children’s Service10:30 - 11:30 am
Afternoon programming2:30 - 4:30 pm
Yizkor4:45 - 6:15 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/Shofar6:30 – 7:45 pm
Break-the-fast7:45 or when 3 stars appear.
All are invited, but reservations
are required, so we have enough food.