Jewish High Holiday Services – Fall 2020/5781

We look forward to celebrating the Jewish High Holidays with you!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all prayer services will be held via the zoom link below. Our online High Holidays services will be held in partnership with Beth Israel Congregation in Bath and co-led by Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor, our High Holiday student-rabbi Andrew Mandel, Bowdoin students, faculty, staff and members of Beth Israel Congregation. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome Sam Kyzivat, Bowdoin ‘18, as our musical accompanist.

Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 18, 2020
5:30pmEST Erev Rosh Hashanah Seder
(see list below of suggested Seder items)

Saturday, September 19, 2020,
11amEST Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27, 2020
8pmEST Kol Nidre Service

Monday, September 28, 2020,
11amEST Yom Kippur Morning Service followed by Yizkor
6pmEST Afternoon Service and Neilah

Zoom link for All High Holiday Events
Bowdoin students/faculty/staff should check the email digest for this information.
Community members may contact David Israel for the link – [email protected]


Gather these items for the Erev Rosh Hashanah Seder, September 18, 5:30pm

  • Candles for Shabbat and Holiday candle lighting
  • A food item that you haven’t eaten yet this year, your choice!
  • Dates
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin/Gourd/Winter squash
  • Leeks or scallions
  • Fish head (see notes below)
  • A food item that is round, your choice!
  • Apples and honey
  • Grape juice or wine
  • Challah  (traditionally a round shaped challah)

Here are a few ideas to help with your preparation:

  1. We will eat the items listed above (for the most part). Serve them plain/raw or consider making a recipe. For example- pumpkin soup, blue cheese stuffed dates, scallion pancakes- yum! Let your imagination and appetite soar!
  2. If you can’t find an item from the list, don’t worry. Feel free to come up with creative alternatives. For example, instead of an actual Fish Head use gummy fish, a lettuce head, or goldfish crackers.

L’Shana Tova u-Metukah!
Wishing you and your families a happy and sweet new year