High Holy Days 5784

Join us as we celebrate the New Year! 

Kehillah Synagogue welcomes everyone to our High Holy Day services.

No tickets are required.

If you are not a member please call our office to register, 919-942-8914.

We will have services in person with virtual options. Members will receive information about how to access services virtually by email.

Overflow parking will be available at the Dogwood Deck at UNC and there is a fee to park there. The Community Church parking lot is available for ONLY for Erev Rosh Hashanah,  Rosh Hashanah Day 1, and Kol Nidre.

High Holy Day Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Friday, September 15, 7:30 pm, Main Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • Saturday, September 16, 9 am- 2 pm, Main Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Children’s Services

  • Saturday, September 16, 9:30 am – 10:30 am (Family Kiddush to follow service)
  • Tots to Kindergarten and their parents/guardians in the Education Wing
  • 1st grade to 4th grade in the Chapel

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

  • Sunday, September 17, 9 am – 1 pm, Main Sanctuary


  • Sunday, September 17, 4 pm at Umstead Park, Chapel Hill

Kol Nidre

  • Sunday, September 24, 6:30 pm (doors close for the chanting of Kol Nidre), Main Sanctuary

Yom Kippur Morning Services (Yizkor is during the Torah Service)

  • Monday, September 25, 9 am – 1:30 pm, Main Sanctuary

Yom Kippur Children’s Services

  • Monday, September 25, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Tots to Kindergarten and their parents/guardians in the Education Wing
  • 1st grade to 4th grade in the Chapel


  • Monday,September 25, 1:30 pm following the conclusion of morning services, the location is the Chapel

Martyrology and Mincha

  • Monday, September 25, 4:45 pm, Main Sanctuary

Jonah Discussion

  • Monday, September 25, 6:15 pm, Main Sanctuary


  • Monday, September 25, 6:45 pm, Main Sanctuary

Final Shofar Blast

  • Monday, September 25, 7:45 pm, Main Sanctuary


  • Monday, September 25, 7:45 pm, Main Sanctuary

You are welcome to download or print the following Machzorim in preparation for services.

Renew Our Days (for all members and guests)

Tot’s Service Machzor (Tot – Kindergarden)

Kid Service Machzor (1st – 4th grade)

Creating a Sanctuary Space in your Home for Yom Kippur

We want to invite our congregants who are participating virtually to have the following items handy during our High Holy Day Services:

  1. Bring a yahrzeit candle and 2 candles for the Yom Tov to light with Rabbi Solomon at the start of Kol Nidre, and wear a tallis if you have one ( the only evening service a tallit is worn by the congregation).
  2. Shofar for the end of Yom Kippur (Neilah) so we can all sound our shofarot at the same time, even though we will stay muted
  3. Havdalah candle and wine/juice and Kiddush cup for the ending of Yom Kippur (Neilah)

Yom Kippur Food Drive – We will be collecting bags of food on Yom Kippur this year to be donated to the IFC. You can also drop off bags at the office between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

  1. Interfaith Council
  2. Porch Chapel Hill
  3. Mazon
  4. Feeding America
  5. TABLE

Meditation for Ones who cannot Fast on Yom Kippur

              Ribbono shel Olam/Master of the Universe;
Creator of All, Source of All Life,
Who Knows What is Deep in Human Hearts,
Who Nurtures Every Living Being:
As You know, dear God,
Yom Kippur is fast approaching, and because of my condition,
I am not able to keep the traditional fast –
I cannot abstain totally from eating.
On this Day of Atonement, this Sabbath of Sabbaths,
this year and every year,
it is so central to join the people of Israel
in denying ourselves food and drink for one day
so that we focus on correcting our misdeeds,
on knowing our mortality;
on reaching for a life of Torah, mitzvot, and lovingkindness;
on You.
You know, dear God, that it is not my intent
to be apart from our people and our tradition.
My current state of health makes it unsuitable for me to fast
So, dear God, I turn to You now in sincerity and openness:
Help me in the coming year to do my best in guarding my health.
Help us, Your children, learn how to protect our bodies from harm.
Help us support others in caring for their tzelem Elokim, their Image of God.
Teach us to help one another grow and thrive in Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Guide caring family and health care professionals in their partnering with you
to bring healing if not cure, support and strength if not an end to symptoms.
And if there is an opportunity for me to help others who suffer
by doing something they need or by being attentive company –
Grant me the ability to do this mitzvah with love and devotion.
Rofeh khol basar/Healer of all living creatures:
I thank You for the breath that is in me
for the community of Israel that lives
for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.
May my eating be as a fast;
May it be dedicated to You, to T’shuvah –
to the Renewal and Restoration of my Relationship
to You, to Others, and to Myself.
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LMSW
© 2005/5765

Connection Points: A High Holiday Reader from Mechon Hadar in NYC


Rooted in ancient harvest festivals, Sukkot is a seven-day holiday celebrated by rejoicing in a sukkah, sharing communal meals, and offering prayers of thanksgiving.

Erev Sukkot New Member Potluck

  • Friday, September 29, 5:30 pm in the Sukkah
  • Usher in Shabbat by sharing a family-friendly meal with new and prospective members. Then join in a spiritual Shabbat service from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Shabbat & Sukkot Morning Service

  • Saturday, September 30, 9:45 am, in the Sanctuary
  • Join in the beautiful songs of Hallel (praise) and prayers of thanksgiving and joy.

Simchat Torah

On Shemini Atzeret, we recite a moving prayer for rains to sustain us this year.  On Simchat Torah, we celebrate ending and beginning the recitation of the Torah.

Shemini Atzeret, Yizkor & Shabbat Services

  • Saturday, October 7, 9:45 am, in the Sanctuary
  • Join us for a morning service with Yizkor to remember loved ones who have died.

Pizza & Simchat Torah Services

  • Saturday, October 7, 6 pm, in the Sanctuary
  • Come have dinner, and sing and dance with the Torahs, as we encircle ourselves with the scroll.  We read the final verses of the Torah and begin again with Genesis.