TC Jewfolk’s 2015 High Holiday Guide

We’re just about a month away from the start of the Jewish holiday season, so we’re bringing you TC Jewfolk’s comprehensive guide to high holiday services across the region and religious spectrum. No matter where you are or what kind of service you prefer, we’ve got your high holidays hookup for the seventh year in a row. Plus, pretty much all these services are free for you and your family this holiday season.

This year, Rosh Hanshanah begins at nightfall on Sunday, Sep. 13 and Yom Kippur begins at nightfall on Tuesday, Sep. 22. Be sure to contact your preferred place of worship in advance to reserve your spot!


  • Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka Ever since Abraham and Sarah opened the flaps of their tent to welcome the strangers on the road, Judaism has benefitted from the practice of hachnasat orchim, embracing others, and at Bet Shalom it remains a paramount Jewish value.  You are invited to join us for High Holy Days; while there is no charge for tickets, a voluntary donation of any amount will certainly be appreciated and helps us continue to offer this and many other programs to the community.  Also, as an RSVP helps us plan properly, please contact Liz Bodell at [email protected] or 952-426-6644 and she will help welcome you and provide what you need to join us for services and other programs at Bet Shalom.
  • Mount Zion Temple A welcoming and vibrant Jewish spiritual home. Mount Zion Temple is a Reform Jewish congregation devoted to life-long learning, worship and acts of loving kindness. In our holy community, we celebrate, comfort, and create meaning in our lives while we seek justice in our world. For a full schedule of High Holy Day services, click here. Tickets are required at each service for every person to help ensure the safety of our community. Anyone can receive complimentary High Holy Day  tickets by attending an open house for prospective members on Sunday, September 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Since Rosh Hashanah is before this open house, please RSVP to receive the tickets or call 651-698-3881. Otherwise you may sign up just for the tickets at (there is a request for a contribution; you may give anything over $1).
  • Shir Tikvah Congregation in South Minneapolis. An Open Door: come one, come all. Shir Tikvah has no tickets or reserved seats for the High Holy Days; However, registration is required for childrens’ programming. High Holy Day Services are held at the First Universalist Church (“the old Adath”), 3400 Dupont Avenue South. Click here for the High Holy Days schedule and more info including information about our Tot and Youth services. Shir Tikvah is a progressive Reform congregation that would like to welcome you into our community.  Meet Rabbi Latz and Rabbi Rappaport at the door on Erev Rosh Hashanah for a sweet treat to begin a sweet new year!
  • Temple Israel in Minneapolis welcomes all who want to celebrate and observe the High Holy Days with us. Donations accepted, but not required. Admission card required (Admission card is $200). Contact (612) 374-0324 or [email protected] for an admission card. Temple Israel is an urban congregation, dedicated to serving a diverse community.


  • Adath Jeshurun is a progressive, egalitarian and sacred community. We welcome all who seek a sense of connection and a way for ancient Jewish wisdom to speak to our lives on the High Holy Days. If you’re a young adult and need a friendly place to call home for a home-cooked holiday meal or a dynamic prayer experience for yourself and/or somebody else, please contact Rabbi Aaron Weininger at [email protected]. Come as you are, we are everybody-friendly and would love to welcome you. There is no required charge for young adults to attend High Holy Days services or meals when you sign up here. If you feel moved to support the community we’re creating together, please make a contribution in an amount meaningful to you, whether that’s $1 or more.  Please register by Sept. 1 and check out our High Holy Days guide for more information.
  • Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park: no tickets, no charge and no financial solicitation!  We would love for you to join us for the High Holy Days – and the rest of the year, too! Beth El Synagogue is a warm and welcoming egalitarian and spiritual community, where Judaism is relevant and meaningful for all ages. View our schedule and please contact our executive director Linda Goldberg and she can help welcome you to our synagogue for services, programs or even a holiday meal. Email Linda at or call 952-873-7300,  For more High Holy Day information, visit:
  • Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights welcomes everyone to attend High Holy Days services, and does not use tickets. We look forward to having you join us! Please call our office (651-452-2226) in advance with your name so we can let our greeters know who to look for during services here at Beth Jacob.
  • Sharei Chesed All are welcome to our house of worship. Because of security, admission passes are required to enter our building during the High Holy Days. If you are planning to attend our services, please call our office at (763) 545-8800 to request a pass and we will mail it to you. We conduct Conservative-style services, with readings in Hebrew and English. Russian siddurim are also available.
  • Temple of Aaron in St. Paul. Shanah Tovah! You are always welcome at Temple of Aaron! We issue tickets to all people who attend our High Holyday services. We issue free tickets to all college students who call in advance, and to newcomers between ages 22 and 30. Those who have reached the age of wisdom (30) need to contact our Executive Director Ken Agranoff ([email protected] or 651-698-8874,ext 106) to explore free tickets, service options, or purchasing tickets. We also have a special learning opportunity with our new rabbi, Rabbi Avi Strausberg, during services for our newly formed group (Twin Cities Transplants) for Out-of-Towners. Moved to Minnesota with no/limited family? This is the group for you! Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur morning we offer an exciting and participatory Family Service. Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah, Temple of Aaron offers a creative service around this year’s theme of La’ASoak B’Divrei Torah (Immersive Judaism). We will explore Judaism through different avenues of visual arts and sports. We will host speed painter D. Westry! Check out more at


  • Congregation Darchei Noam is a Modern Orthodox congregation in St. Louis Park. They welcome students of all ages along with their families. No ticket is required to attend services. For more information, directions, and a full schedule of services and baalei tefillah, contact the shul directly.
  • Minneapolis Chabad in Minnetonka. All are welcome at Chabad of Minneapolis’ services. Join us for traditional services blended with contemporary messages in a warm and welcoming environment with user-friendly prayer books. Services are free, no membership or affiliation necessary. For more information, call 952-929-9922 or visit


  • Mayim Rabim Congregation is a warm and eclectic Jewish Reconstructionist community in South Minneapolis; we meet at the Friends Meeting House in the Linden Hills neighborhood at 44th & York Ave S. We are offering several programs in addition to services, to connect to the spirit of the holiday season. Services will be led by Rabbi Sharon Stiefel and congregants. For Rosh Hashanah, we will gather on Sunday 9/13, from 6 to 7:15 PM and again on Monday 9/14, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, followed by a light catered lunch. Services for the second day of Rosh Hashanah are Tuesday 9/15 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday 9/22, with Kol Nidre from 6:45 to 9 PM. Wednesday 9/23, includes services beginning at 10 AM, a 4:30 PM study session, a 5:45 PM closing service, and a dairy potluck break-fast meal after the sun sets, at 7:53 PM. There is children’s programming from 10:00 to noon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and childcare is provided throughout all morning services. Donations are encouraged, but everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay. For questions, call the office at 612-247-5490 or email [email protected]. Shanah Tovah!

Humanistic Judaism

  • Or Emet, The Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will observe the 2015 High Holidays as follows: Erev Rosh Hashanah at 7 pm, Sunday, September 13; Kol Nidre at 7 pm, Tuesday, September 22; Yom Kippur at 4 pm, Wednesday, September 23. All services will be at the Sabes Jewish Community Center 4330 South Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park 55416. Everyone is welcome; no tickets needed. Child care is available upon request. Or Emet celebrates Humanistic Judaism’s proud tradition of leadership in social action and the pursuit of social justice. Our programs emphasize Jewish history, culture, arts and the traditions shaping our identity and values. For more information about Or Emet, send inquiries to [email protected].


  • Chabad at UMN. Our Services are warm, user friendly and personal. We’ve designed the Services so that you can actually enjoy! Try us – you will not be disappointed. All Services and meals will be held in The Chabad House at 1121 University Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55414. Rosh Hashana: Services at 7:00 Sept. 13th, Dinner at 8. Services 7:30 Sept. 14th, Dinner at 8:30. Yom Kippur: Pre Fast 6:00 PM. Kol Nidrei, 7:00 PM. Morning Services, 10:00 AM, Neilah 6:50. Break-fast, 7:50.

  • Minnesota Hillel is the Hillel chapter on the University of Minnesota campus. Please visit their Facebook page for High Holy Days updates and contact their president, Jessie Bekker at with questions.
  • AISH Minnesota: GET OUT OF SERVICES FREE!  Do you dread going to a long High Holiday service?!?  Then join up with Aish Minnesota’s dynamic speaker Aliza Bulow who will inspire, engage and entertain you over Rosh Hashana.  This promises to be another memorable New Year with a fantastic speaker for classes and all the amenities of synagogue service nearby.  As in past years:  Aish will offer a Rosh Hashana dinner on September 14th (Second night) as well as a Yom Kippur Break-fast (Nightfall Weds Sep. 23rd).  For more details contact [email protected].
  • Makom Shalom/Jewish Renewal.  Rosh HaShanah, RoshShekhinah. Tuesday, September 15, 10 am -12:30 pm followed by an eco-kosher potluck, vegan, vegetarian, fish foods welcome.1360 W Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis (Shir Tikvah).For renewal of self and community in the feminist traditions of our people through Chanting, Dance, Meditation, Poetry, Davenen/Prayer, Torah Time, Shofar Blasts. ALL ARE WELCOME Please bring your shofar and your friends. Rosh HaShanah, organized by Kohenet Sharon Jaffe and supported by Makom Shalom: a Jewish women’s sacred circle, the TC Jewish Renewal Community, and thanks fo Shir TIkvah for the space. Questions or Accessibility Needs…. Please contact Sharon at 612–729 3873 or e-mail Ruth at [email protected]

Note: If you’re a community leader and would like to be added to this listing, please email [email protected] with the information and any relevant website links. .