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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 5778

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 rabbi.

Service Schedule



High Holy Days 5778 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
(Galena Creek Park, Second Entrance.
Bring your own picnic dinner.)

Kever Avot Memorial Service

10:00 a.m. Community Conversation on Jewish Identity
2:00 p.m. Hebrew Cemetery Community Service

Erev Yom Kippur

7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur

10:00 a.m. Morning Service
1:00 p.m. Family Service
1:00 p.m. Community Conversation on Jewish Identity
3 p.m. Service of Music & Meditation (in the Sanctuary)
4:30 p.m. Afternoon Torah Service

Yizkor (Memorial) and N’ilah (Concluding) Services
(begin at the conclusion of the Afternoon Torah 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 (Thursday, September 21).



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 5778

Please join us for Yom Kipper Break-the-Fast on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Everyone is welcome!

Once again we're using to help us organize Break-the-Fast. Please click the link below to learn more and sign up to bring a dish to share. Please remember, this is a Dairy meal, therefore, no meat dishes. Fish & egg dishes are allowed. If you don't have time to prepare a dish, cash donations are acceptable allowing us to shop for additional items that are lacking. Thanks for helping to make Break-the-Fast a memorable event.
Online signups are so easy:

  1. Click this link: to go to our invitation page on
  2. Enter your email address: You will NOT need to register an account on
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address please contact Pam Sloan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can sign you up manually.



Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Selichot (singular, selicha) 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!) which will also introduce you to our new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh.


Tashlich Outdoor Service

Rosh HaShanah Evening – Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Our Tashlich service will be held on Rosh HaShanah evening at Galena Creek Regional Park located at the foot of the Mt. Rose Highway.  Bring warm clothing, something to sit on, a picnic meal and your personal shofars and musical instruments.


  • Take Mt. Rose Highway to the Galena Park South Entrance.  It is the second and last entrance and just past the Douglas Fir sign.
  • Turn right and continue past the Dept. of Transportation Facility.
  • Enter the Park and park in the lots in front of you.The path to our site begins at the end of the lower parking area.  Follow the stream on your right until you reach a small bridge with a sign reading Bitter Brush Trail and Nature Trail.
  • Take the gravel path to the left of the bridge and continue up a slight hill to a grove of trees with four picnic tables:  our Tashlich Service site.

There will be signs (SINAI) with arrows and people to direct you to our area.

Kever Avot

Memorial Service -- Sunday, September 24 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, September 10, through Sunday, October 15. Please be genrous, 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!