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Click the link below to complete your High Holy Days packet online or to make a donation to Shomrei Torah in honor of High Holy Days:

High Holy Days Packet

Or download a printable PDF version of the packet HERE.

In recognition that attending virtually can be tiring, most of the services will be shorter than normal. We hope that you will use this ‘found’ time to relax, pray, contemplate or celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you.

Service Calendar

Saturday, Sept 12

S’lichot Service (Zoom only, pre-register for the link here) - 7:00pm. Please join us via zoom for an interactive evening of self- View Sourcereflection.

Machzorim (High Holy Day Prayer books) Pickup

 Sunday, Sept. 13, 9:00am - 11:00am; Monday, Sept. 14, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.   We are happy to loan or sell you a set of prayer books. Please Register Here so that we can have your set ready for contact-less pickup in the CST circle drive on one of the dates above.

Friday, Sept 18 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service (Live stream only, click here to watch) - 6:30pm

Teen Service (Zoom only, pre-register for the link here) - 6:30pm                 

 Zoom-ing with Apples and Honey (Zoom only, pre-register for the link here) - 7:00pm.  Join us on Zoom for apples and honey to delight in the sweetness of the New Year with your fellow friends at CST.

 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (Live stream only, click here to watch) - 7:30pm

Saturday, Sept 19

Zoom-ing in Shalom Hall (Zoom only, pre-register for the link here) - 9:00am. Join us for Zoom breakout rooms to chat with your fellow friends at CST.

Rosh Hashanah Adult Service (Live stream only, click here to watch) - 10:00am.

Tashlich Service - Self-guided.                Click Here for a printable Tashlich guide. Click Here for an audio guide.                        Find a body of water and embrace this spiritual practice of casting away your sins and starting fresh.

Friday, Sept 25

Shabbat Shuvah Service - 6:15pm

Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting OR 

Click here to watch via Live Stream


Saturday, Sept 26          

Shabbat Shuvah Morning Service - 10:30am

Live stream only, click here to watch


Sunday, Sept 27      

Zoom-ing in Shalom Hall - 7:00pm

Zoom only, pre-register for the link here 

Join us for Zoom breakout rooms to connect with your friends at CST.

Kol Nidre Service - 7:30pm

Live stream only, click here to watch


Monday, Sept 28

Yom Kippur Adult Service - 10:00am

Live stream only, click here to watch

Jewish Journeys; personal stories - 12:00pm

Live stream only, click here to watch

Jonah - 1:30pm

Live stream only, click here to watch

Meditation - 2:30pm

Zoom: pre-register for the link here OR

Live stream, click here to watch

Healing Service - 3:30pm

Live stream only, click here to watch

Yizkor Service - 4:30pm

Live stream only, click here to watch

Neilah Service - 5:30pm

Live stream only, click here to watch


Since we are not able to have our Cemetery Service this year, Rabbi George is available to meet you at the cemetery to visit your loved one's grave, call the office or email Angelica at to set up an appointment.

Our High Holiday Classroom: Activities and Fun for All Ages!

Elisha's Pantry and High Holy Days


Our tradition tells us that, “All who are hungry come and eat” and “May the sounding of the shofar call you to act on behalf of all those who are hungry in our midst”. In our community there are many hungry people.

Please help us to make sure that those that are in need have free food to eat. Join with Elisha’s Pantry to help stock our shelves with non-perishable, currently dated food items during the High Holy Day season. This year, due to the pandemic and no services at CST, we are asking our members to consider bringing their bags of non-perishable food items directly to Elisha’s Pantry.

ease drop off your bags at Christ Church United Methodist: 1717 Yulupa Ave. Three drop-off dates available:

  1.      Sunday, Sept. 20  -  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2.      Saturday, Oct. 3 – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  3.      Sunday, Oct. 4 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


In 2005, CST and Christ Church United Methodist came together to open Elisha’s Pantry.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church joined us soon after. With your help, this 15-year-old project will be able to continue feeding those in need. The Pantry is open every Thursday from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Please call Stephen Harper, Chair of Elisha’s Pantry Steering Committee and project leader for CST, with any questions, help or concerns at 707-332-2759.  A project of your Social Action Committee.

Redwood Empire Food Bank Virtual Fundraiser 

Many of us include a food drive or collection as part of our High Holy Day activities.  Dependence on food banks in the county has grown exponentially during Covid-19 and the huge rise in unemployment.  Redwood Empire Food Bank is serving an average of 30,550 average households a month since mid-March, an average of 196% percent increase in recipients since the pandemic began.  CLICK HERE to participate.

L'Shanah Tovah!

As this High Holy Day season arrives, we send each of you greetings for a sweet new year. 
We realize that this year’s Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur observances at Congregation Shomrei Torah will not feel or look like those of any other year.  We deeply long to be with you in person: to pray, to sing, to hug and be together. 
But since that is not yet safely possible, we are excited to use online resources to make these High Holy Days meaningful and memorable.
With loving care, Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner and the Shomrei Torah choir have developed innovative ways of singing together, from afar.   The Rabbis have worked closely with the Religious Practices Committee to create new traditions that evoke the sacredness of the Days of Awe.   You’ll see familiar CST faces as we make our way through the High Holy Day machzor (prayer book).  
Through our online connections, we can celebrate the resilience that has allowed us to sustain our community through this year’s challenges and welcome a new year that we pray will find us all blessed with good health, in a world at peace. 
Please see our service calendar for instructions on how to join us virtually and celebrate joyfully in what may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Rabbi George Gittleman and Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, Ann DuBay and Paul Berlant, Presidents of the Board of Directors

Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781