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High Holy Days Information Page

Temple Beth Torah will be holding multi-access services throughout the High Holy Days, some of which will be ASL interpreted. Please see the schedule of services below. Masks are OPTIONAL but recommended for all in-person attendees.

The Zoom link to attend any ONLINE service will be in the Thursday weekly bulletins. 

  • Please click here to sign up to receive the bulletin.

Once again, we’ll be providing lanyard name tags as your pass to the High Holy Day Services. Members up to date with their commitments will have a pass waiting when they check in. Please arrive early to ensure a smooth and timely check in! Alternatively, please call the office if you'd prefer to schedule a time to pick up your lanyards in advance. A little behind in your commitment or not sure? No worries, please contact Mara in the office to update your membership. 

There is no fee to attend any of our services, although donations are encouraged and always appreciated.

Please click here to donate - choose the "High Holidays" field. 

If you have any questions, please contact TBT Administrator Mara Sheade at (510) 656-7141 or


2023 / 5784 Schedule of Services

This year we're asking all in-person attendees to RSVP for all High Holy Days services to ensure we have adequate seating and Rosh Hashanah morning childcare resources available.

Please click to RSVP

We look forward to seeing you!

**ASL Interpretation provided 


Saturday, 9/9

​7:00pm - In-Person Service & Ice Cream Social



Friday, 9/15

  7:30pm - Multi-Access Erev Service**

Saturday, 9/16

10:00am - Multi-Access Morning Service** (childcare will be provided)

  4:30pm - In-Person Torah Time** (offsite @ Lake Elizabeth Boat House)

  5:30pm - In-Person Tashlich Service** (offsite @ Lake Elizabeth Boat House)


Friday, 9/22

  7:30pm - Multi-Access Shabbat Service


Sunday, 9/24

  7:30pm - Multi-Access Kol Nidre Service**

Monday, 9/25

10:00am - Multi-Access Morning Service** (childcare will NOT be provided)

10:00am - Youth & Family Yom Kippur program

  3:00pm - In-Person Study Session

  4:00pm - Multi-Access Yizkor Service**

  5:00pm - Multi-Access Afternoon Service**

  6:00pm - Multi-Access Neilah Service**


Friday, 9/29

  6:00pm - Dinner & Decorate the Sukkah

       *Pizza and soft drinks will be provided; please bring a dessert to share.  

  7:00pm - Outdoor In-Person Service

Friday, 10/6

10:00am - Virtual Yizkor Service


Friday, 10/6

  7:00pm - Multi-Access Simchat Torah Service


High Holy Days Greeting

Save time, effort, and money while supporting WTBT. Join us in wishing each other a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year by listing your name in our community greeting card. ​


Complete this form, then pay via Paypal to email or via check at the office. Please make out checks to Temple Beth Torah, and add WTBT-HHD in the memo line. The form has the option to request a card to be sent to a family member in a retirement home, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation center. Please be sure to provide the family member's full name and address! 


Contributions must be received before your name(s) will be listed. The deadline to submit and pay is Friday, 9/8.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg

Once again, the Women of Temple Beth Torah will be sponsoring our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg! 

Please click here to sign up to bring baked goods, individually portioned canned or bottled drinks, or other sweets to share at the oneg immediately following the Erev Rosh Hashanah service on Friday, 9/15.


We are also seeking volunteers to sign up for prep/set up and clean up duties.


Challah, cut up fruit, and honey will be provided by WTBT! 

Questions? Please contact Arlynn Peavey at


High Holy Days Food Drive

Our Annual High Holiday Food Drive, in conjunction with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, has begun! The Food Drive is virtual and will be in effect through Friday, 9/29.

Help us and our mascot Hungry Chaim exceed our goal of $5,000!  Every dollar donated provides 2 meals for those in need in our community.

Click here to donate today!

Sponsored by the

Temple Beth Torah

Social Action Committee 


Reverse Tashlich

at Lake Elizabeth


Sunday, 9/10 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

During the Tashlich service, we cast our "sins" into the water. For Reverse Tashlich, we do the opposite and remove human "sins" (plastic and other marine debris) from the water.


Please bring gloves, a grabber of some kind, and some XL (13 gallon) trash bags, Snacks will be provided. 


Click here to register and to view the meeting point.​

If you have any questions, please email

High Holy Days Prayerbooks


For those planning to attend services virtually, High Holy Day prayer books will be available for pick up at the office on or after Tuesday, 9/5


Please contact Mara Sheade at or by phone at (510) 656-7141.

All borrowed prayer books must be returned to the office by Sunday, 10/15.

Excused Absence Notice

Students will receive excused absences for religious observances if they take off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please make sure your student informs their teachers of their absence ahead of time in case alternative arrangements must be made for any schoolwork or exams due.


Parents may also refer their student's school administrators to this JCRC calendar of Main Jewish Religious Observances through 2024.  


If your student requires a note to excuse absences, please contact the office at or
(510) 656-7141. 

Yizkor Service and Virtual Memorial Book, 5784-2023

The holiest days of the year are soon approaching.  At this time, you may 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 Zoe will read the names of those family and friends who have passed away during the last year, since Rosh Hashanah 2022.


You can also honor your loved ones’ memories by including them in our Virtual Memorial Book. If you’d like them to be included in the book, please: 


  1. Email or mail names of family and/or friends who have died since last Rosh Hashana.

  2. Send the names of other loved ones you wish to be included in the Memorial Book. If you contributed to the book last year and wish to do so again this year with no changes, you can note ‘No Changes to Last Year’s List’ when you let us know.

  3. Email any digital photos that you would like to include with your memorial. If you have multiple loved ones listed, please indicate the name of the person in each photo. 


All names and photos should be emailed to or received in the office by Wednesday, 9/20. Submissions may need to be edited or resized to be included. Click here to view a copy of last year's book.


In honor of your loved ones' memory, it would be greatly appreciated if you contribute to one of our charitable funds listed below. There is no standard donation required. Any amount you give, large or small, is entirely at your own discretion.

Beautification Fund

Bessie Leash Fund for Deaf Children

Building Fund

Choir 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

Music Enrichment Fund

Prayerbook Fund

Rabbi Avi Schulman Scholar in Residence 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 Outreach Fund

Food Drive
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