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High Holidays | Elevate 5783

This year is all about elevating our TBT community. Throughout the High Holidays we'll be exploring the concept of resilience and how we, as individuals and as a community, can go from surviving to thriving. Read on for registration information, COVID guidelines, and a schedule of services and events. 


This year, registration is required to attend in-person, indoor services, and events. Please register by September 15th. Fill out the registration form to receive your name badge(s) aka tickets for all High Holiday services and events. REGISTER HERE FOR ALL SERVICES AND EVENTS


Proof of vaccination will be required to attend all in-person services and events. Upload your vaccination card when registering to expedite your entrance into the synagogue. REGISTER HERE FOR ALL SERVICES AND EVENTS


If you wish to add one or more names to this year's Yizkor Memorial Book, please complete THIS FORM by September 15th, 2022. We will automatically print the same names listed in last year's Yizkor Memorial Book. Additionally, we will add the names of all community members who passed away this year. Add the names of your loved ones HERE


TBT depends on the High Holy Day appeal to close the gap between membership commitments and costs. With your help, we can ensure that TBT remains a vibrant and mission-driven organization for years to come. Thank you for your generosity! DONATE HERE


SELICHOT: Saturday, 9/17 

7:00 PM | Selichot Program   

8:00 PM | Selichot Service featuring the TBT Choir

9:00 PM | Dessert Reception

Kick off the Days of Awe with Selichot. We’ll begin the evening with an intimate conversation about how we move from pain to purpose, using Harold Kushner’s best-selling book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” After havdalah, we will continue with a meaningful Selichot service with our choir and Cantor Emeritus David Serkin-Poole, followed by a dessert reception.

We encourage everyone to read “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” in advance of Selichot, but it’s not necessary. And if you read the book many years ago, we suggest giving it a re-read for these unprecedented times.



5:00 PM | Supper, Songs & Stories Family Service (At JDS)

Join us with your little ones to share a meal, sing holiday songs and enjoy special Rosh Hashanah activities. The event will be held in the upper gym at the Jewish Day School. This service is intended for kids ages 0-5, but older siblings are welcome!

7:00 PM | Erev Rosh Hashanah Service   

Join Rabbi Sydney, Rabbi Molly, Josh Niehaus and other special musical guests for this spiritually uplifting start to the High Holidays.

ROSH HASHANAH DAY: Monday, 9/26 

10:30 AM | Morning Service

Join Rabbi Sydney, Josh Niehaus and other musical guests for this meaningful and musical service to welcome the new year.

10:30 AM | Rosh Hashanah Youth Service for grades K-5 (At JDS)

Fun services and activities on the Jewish Day School campus with Rabbi Molly and our religious school’s Madrichim. Parents are free to attend with their children or join the main service in the TBT sanctuary.

10:30 AM | Childcare Upstairs in the Solomike Room for ages 2-6 (pre-registration required) - REGISTRATION CLOSED

3:00 PM  | Tashlich Service at Lake Sammamish State Park

Join us at Lake Sammamish State Park as we symbolically cast off our sins in the ancient ritual of Tashlich. Learn more about Tashlich here.


EREV YOM KIPPUR: Tuesday, 10/4 

5:30 PM | Community Dinner

For the first time, we will host a communal "pre-fast" meal for our temple members.  As one big TBT family, we will enjoy a catered meal, sing holiday songs and playfully engage our youth in learning about the deeper meaning of this central holiday. Do not miss this very special members-only event. Click here to register.

7:00 PM | Kol Nidre Service   

Join our rabbis, Josh Niehaus and other special musical guests for this moving and contemplative service as we begin our day of atonement.

YOM KIPPUR DAY: Wednesday, 10/5 

10:30 AM | Morning Service

Join us as Rabbi Sydney, Josh Niehaus and other musical guests lead us through the prayers and reflections of our Yom Kippur Morning liturgy.

10:30 AM | Yom Kippur Youth Service for grades K-5. (At JDS)

Services and activities at the Jewish Day School with Rabbi Molly and our Religious School Madrichim. Parents are free to attend with their children or join the main service in the TBT sanctuary.

10:30 AM | Childcare in the Solomike for ages 2-6 (pre-registration required)

2:00 PM | Spiritual Elective: The Happiness Hack: Part I–The Joy of Being You

Jewish thought has long emphasized the importance of living a wholesome, happy, and resilient life. Famously, we have survived perhaps more challenges than any other civilization in history. But how? What’s the secret to this incredible joyful resilience? This Yom Kippur, join Rabbi Sydney as we delve into four-part part series on how Judaism can help us find both shalem and shalom, wholeness and peace, in our everyday lives.

3:00 PM | Lay Led Mincha Service 

4:00 PM | Yizkor  

Join our rabbis in this emotionally evocative service as we light memorial candles and remember those whom we have loved and lost.

5:00 PM | Neila & Havdalah

This year, we invite you and your family for an inter-generational celebration to conclude our day of reflection and repentance. Bring your whole family and enjoy lively holiday music and an uplifting story as we close the gates on 5782 and officially begin the new year.

6:00 PM | Break Fast   

Enjoy our impressive spread of light nosh to end the fast with your TBT family.


SUKKOT: Sunday, 10/9

5:30 PM | Erev Sukkot Family Program: Repairing Our Earth

Join our rabbis and Josh Niehaus in the TBT sukkah for a fun and informative program on the Jewish response to climate change. This multi-generational event will teach our younger participants how to build and use mini solar ovens to bake S’mores while our adult participants are invited to engage in a rousing text study on the Jewish moral imperative to combat climate change

6:30 PM | Dinner in the Sukkah

SUKKOT: Monday, 10/10

10:30 AM | Festival Morning Service 

SUKKOT: Friday, 10/14

5:30 PM | Pizza in the Hut! REGISTER HERE

6:15 PM | Davening Team Service in the Sukkah (weather permitting)


5:30 PM | Simchat Torah Family Event

We will end and begin again our annual cycle of Torah reading during this engaging and hands-on multi-generational gathering to celebrate our most sacred text

6:00 PM | Dinner

7:00 PM | Dance, Dance, Revelation!

Come and do the Hora with the Torah! Celebrate our sacred partnership with God as we dance the night away with the Shalom Klezmer Ensemble while enjoying special holiday-themed cocktails! Torah-tini, anyone? 


SHEMINI ATZERET: Monday, 10/17 

10:30 AM | Yizkor Service in the TBT Library 


From Our Congregation's President 

A special message from TBT President Nicola Walker on this year's holidays.

The theme of this year’s High Holidays is "elevate"—coming out of the worst of Covid and elevating ourselves through High Holidays for the next year. 

It is always the hope that we come out stronger after a difficult or life-threatening situation. Someone once said to me if you do not come out of cancer as a changed person, you did it wrong. I don’t think there is a right way to go through a traumatic event, but I do think going through cancer 17 years ago gave me a great appreciation for life. Where others may not want to celebrate getting a year older, I love my birthday and celebrate living another year. Together, we have been living through the stress of a life-threatening pandemic the past two years. Each of us have faced unique circumstances, but it has affected all of us. I have been thinking about how to move forward positively from this pandemic – yes, I learned how to do crosswords – but hopefully I learned something more than that.

I have come to appreciate each of the people in my life and especially this wonderful TBT community because of how we support each other. I want to help new TBT friends and families grow stronger connections here, which is why I am thankful that we are starting back up the Chavurah program that brought me to TBT after I had my first child. I want to grow spiritually as new opportunities open up, too. Now that my kids are out of the house, do I start learning to chant Torah or attending classes? Do I lean into our social justice programs or green team? As we venture out after our pandemic isolation, I hope you will join me in renewing our commitment to grow as a TBT family.


Nicola Walker
President, Temple B'nai Torah

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Wed, March 22 2023 29 Adar 5783