2021 High Holy Days Information 

This page contains information on our schedule of virtual 2021 services, greetings forms, annual food drive, and more.



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For any other questions or concerns, please contact TBT administrator Jill Ziman at (510) 656-7141 or admin@bethtorah-fremont.org.

Schedule of Virtual High Holy Days Services


  • Selichot

    • Saturday, 9/12

      • 8:00pm - Zoom hangout​

      • 8:15pm - Study session

      • 9:15pm - Service

  • Shabbat Shuvah

    • Friday, 9/25

      • 7:30pm - Service​

  • Sukkot

    • Friday, 10/2

      • 7:30pm - Service​

  • Simchat Torah

    • Friday, 10/9

      • 7:00pm - Service

High Holy Day Kits Coming Your Way!

We have a team of fabulous volunteers who will bring High Holy Day Kits to your doorstep! This kit will include helpful resources for the Holy Days, prayer books, candles, and a sweet treat.

Prayer books must be returned to the synagogue. We will inform you when it is safe to do so.


**If you are a member who lives outside of our deliverable areas of the east/south bay, we will happily have a kit here for you if you are able to come by. Call or email the office to arrange a time to pick up a kit

Wherever You Are, Blow The Shofar!


During the High Holy Days, one of the most known and impactful rituals is the Shofar blowing. We are hoping to connect as many Jewish organizations to collaborate by all of us blowing the Shofar at the same time at 3pm PT on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday 9/20.


Imagine Jewish organizations around the country collaborating, each with a few volunteers that can blow the Shofar, reaching Jewish (and non-Jewish) ears with the hopes of penetrating the COVID-19 isolation.


Join wherever you are, blow the Shofar!

Reverberating throughout the US!

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Sunday, 9/20) at 3pm PT

Please fill out this form with your Shofar blowing location so the organizers can create a map.


Todah Rabbah to Rabbi Zelig Goldman from Wilderness Torah for this wonderful Shofar blowing instructional video.

Time in Front of the Ark

During our High Holy Day journeys this year, you may want to spend quiet, reflective time in front of the ark in our Sanctuary. During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we will be accepting appointments to visit the Sanctuary with the Ark opened.


Appointments will be limited to one person or family (living together) at a time. Masks will be required.


Please contact Jill Ziman at admin@bethtorah-fremont.org or by phone at (510) 656-7141 to arrange your visit.

2020 High Holy Days Greeting Form



Save time, effort, and money while supporting the Women of Temple Beth Torah. Join us this year in wishing each other a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year by listing your name in our community greeting card. ​


Click here to complete the online greeting form. Please note that the form now has the option to request a card to be sent to a family member in a retirement home, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation center.


Payment is accepted via Paypal at womentbt@gmail.com or via check mailed to the office. Please be sure to indicate "WTBT HHD" in the memo of your check. 


The deadline to complete the online form AND pay is Saturday 9/12. We must receive payment before we can add your name(s) to the greeting. 

2020 / 5781 Yizkor Service and Virtual Memorial Book


The holiest days of the year are soon approaching.  At this time we know that you will want to remember family and friends who have died by honoring their beloved memories at our Yom Kippur Yizkor (Memorial) Service. At the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur afternoon, Rabbi Schulman will read the names of those family and friends who have passed away during the last year, since Rosh Hashanah 2019. 


  1. Please email or mail names of family and/or friends who have died in the last year, to be read aloud and included in the Virtual Memorial Book.

  2. Please email or mail new or additional names to be included in the Memorial Book. Or note ‘No Changes to Last Year’s List’.

  3. Please email any digital photos that you would like to include with your memorial.

To create this memorial book, it would be greatly appreciated if you contribute to one of our charitable funds listed below in the spirit of tzedakah. There is no standard donation required. The amount you give, large or small, is entirely at your own discretion.


Your memorial list should be emailed (admin@bethtorah-fremont.org) or mailed to the office by Thursday, 9/17 to be included in the Yizkor service and Virtual Memorial Book. Submissions may need to be edited or resized to be included.


Beautification Fund

Bessie Leash Fund for Deaf Children

Building Fund

Debby Kaplan Scholarship Fund

Education Fund

Elise Harrosh Memorial Fund for Israel

Gan Sameach Fund

General Fund

Heather Citron Camp Scholarship Fund

Interpreter’s Fund

John Cerelli Choir Fund

Music Enrichment Fund

Prayerbook Fund

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora Teacher Enrichment Fund

Sara and Elliot Lewis Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund

Social Action Fund

Worship Fund

WTBT Camp Scholarship Fund

WTBT Feed the Homeless Fund

High Holy Days Food Drive

This year, our Virtual High Holiday Food Drive in Support of Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) runs from Thursday, 9/10 through Saturday, 10/17. Please visit our donation page to help us reach our REVISED goal of $6,000. For every dollar donated, ACCFB is able to purchase $7 worth of food. As we begin the High Holiday season, perform the mitzvah of tzedakah and help make a difference.

Student Excused Absence Notice

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) gives nine different circumstances for which a child’s absence from school is excused. Reason number nine is “For justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral, and observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion.” By virtue of this policy, it is an excused absence for a student in the FUSD to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Teachers should accommodate his or her Jewish students for missing school these days. If there is a paper due or a test scheduled, it is advisable for the student or parent to inform the teacher so that an accommodation will be made. If the teacher indicates that a student will be penalized in any fashion for missing school to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, then speak to a school administrator and insist that the teacher adhere to school policy which stipulates that “A student with a valid excused absence shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence.” Temple Beth Torah students attend a number of different school districts, but it is presumed that the policy about excused absences is the same everywhere as in the FUSD.

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