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The High Holy Days

High Holy Days are a time for reflection, introspection, prayer, and re-connection.  We welcome you to join us in celebrating and observing these special Holy days.  We offer a variety of services to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse community. Please see the Schedule of Services for a list of dates, times, and locations of services.

Come share the spirit and wisdom of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These Holy Days are a time of prayer, music, reflection and learning.  Come and join our congregational family for a spiritually deep High Holy Day experience.

High Holy Day Highlights 5779

Once again, we welcome the unaffiliated to our High Holy Day services. While there is no fee for non-members, we gratefully accept free-will donations. We do ask for the name, address, and telephone number of those unaffiliated who join us so that we might encourage participation more fully throughout the year. If you know unaffiliated Jews in the community, do urge them (better yet, bring them!) to join us for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Temple Sinai community, please contact our rabbis.

Service Schedule



High Holy Days 5779 Service Schedule

at Temple Sinai, Reno


S’lichot Service

8:00 p.m. Evening Service

Erev Rosh HaShanah

7:30 p.m. Evening Service

Rosh HaShanah

10:00 a.m. Morning Service
1:00 p.m. Family Service
5:30 p.m. Tashlich Outdoor Service
(Lake Street Bridge, on the Truckee by the Automobile Museum.
This is a handicap accessible location!)

Rosh HaShanah II

10:00 a.m. 2nd Day Morning Service

Kever Avot Memorial Service

2:00 p.m. Hebrew Cemetery Community Service
(Joint community service with Temples Emanu-El, Beth Or, and Sinai.)

Erev Yom Kippur

7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur

10:00 a.m. Morning Service
1:00 p.m. Family Service
4:30 p.m. Afternoon Service

Yizkor (Memorial) and N’ilah (Concluding) Services
(begin at the conclusion of the Afternoon Service)

Break-the-Fast (at the conclusion of N’ilah)


Memorial Names for Our Yizkor Service

To have the names of departed loved ones read during Yizkor on Yom Kippur, a digital or physical memorial card must be completed and returned NO LATER THAN THE END OF ROSH HASHANAH (Tuesday, September 11).



High Holy Day Donations

Donate for the High Holy Days online with your credit card or PayPal account. You don't have to actually have a PayPal account to donate this way. You can use your credit card instead during the PayPal checkout.

Click to Donate (for the High Holy Days).

Break-the-Fast Celebration

Please join us for Yom Kipper Break-the-Fast on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Everyone is welcome!

Once again we will be using to help us organize our upcoming Break-the-Fast celebration. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

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2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
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Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m.

S'lichot (singular, s'licha) are prayers or liturgical poems that inspire teshuva, repentance. As a kind of High Holy Days “warm-up,” Selichot services are traditionally held at midnight on the Saturday night prior to Rosh HaShanah, except when Erev Rosh HaShanah falls on a Sunday. Join us for a special evening of study, prayer, meditation and reflection, (earlier than midnight!).


Tashlich Outdoor Service

Rosh HaShanah Evening – Monday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Our Tashlich service will be held on Rosh HaShanah evening at the Lake Street Bridge, on the Truckee by the Automobile Museum. This is a handicap accessible location!  Bring warm clothing, your personal shofars, and musical instrument.

Kever Avot

Memorial Service -- Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m.

It is traditional to visit the graves of our loved ones between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth Or, and Temple Sinai are co-sponsoring a Community Memorial Service at the Hebrew Cemetery.

Food Drive

Our annual High Holy Days Food Drive takes place from Sunday, August 26, through Sunday, September 30. Please be generous, particularly with offerings of high-protein items – canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, etc. – and baby food. All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. In the words of Isaiah from the Yom Kippur morning haftarah portion:

"Is not this the fast I [God] desire[s]? – To break the bonds of injustice and remove the heavy yoke; to let the oppressed go free and release all those enslaved? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and to take the homeless poor into your home, and never to neglect your own flesh and blood?” (Isa. 58:6-7)

Please fulfill this mitzvah in one, concrete way by bringing a grocery bag for the needy with you to services, be it on the day of your Yom Kippur fast or any other during the High Holy Day season.

School Policy

By official policy of the Washoe County School District, there should not be a problem with your child(ren) missing school for the Jewish High Holy Days. They are also to be allowed to make up exams or other work. Should you experience any difficulty with your child(ren)’s school or teacher(s), contact the Temple office at 747-5508 or the Washoe Country School Superintendent. (Similar policies and procedures should be in place in other school districts as well.) So bring your students to shul on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!