Summer Service Hours For July & August 2019
- Friday Evening at 7:30pm, except 6:00pm for Kabbalat Shabbat (the 4th Friday of the month).
- Saturday Morning at 10:00am.
For an up to date look at our schedule, including the Holiday and Kabbalat Shabbat schedule, see our Events calendar.
The Jewish year begins in the fall with the celebration of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The High Holidays signify the beginning of the Jewish calendar year, a time when we take stock of our lives, ask forgiveness for the sins we have committed, and pray for a good year to come.
Rosh Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah (“Head of the Year”) is the official Jewish New Year Day on which we look back over the year just passed and forward to the year to come. We blow the ram’s horn (Shofar) in the synagogue to announce the coming of the new year in a memorable way.
Yom Kippur: Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement) begins at sunset with the Kol Nidre evening service and continues into the next day until nightfall, lasting about 25 hours. Many of us fast throughout the day and attend synagogue for most of the day.
Ten Days of Repentance: We hold that, while judgment of each person is pronounced on Rosh Hashanah, it is not made absolute until Yom Kippur. The Ten Days are therefore an opportunity to mend our ways in order to receive a favorable judgment.
Tickets: We observe the High Holidays in the Temple Beth Tikvah sanctuary. We issue tickets to all members prior to the Rosh Hashanah (see the Events calendar for the date for the current year). Members can request guest tickets via email, or by calling the temple office at (973) 595-6565.
Temple Beth Tikvah invites non-members to join its congregants with complimentary tickets for High Holiday Services on the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur afternoon and Yizkor beginning at 4 p.m. A ticket for each person is required. You can request your complimentary ticket via email.
Tot Shabbat services are designed especially for children ages newborn through 8 years old and their parents and grandparents.
Rabbi Meeka and Cantor Romalis lead Tot Shabbat services with stories, songs, parades and prayers that get your young children excited about going to Temple! A special Children’s Oneg Shabbat follow Tot Shabbat where children receive juice, cookies, toys, puzzles, coloring, and games. Tot Shabbat services are perfect for small children and their families.
Tot Shabbat services are typically on:
- Friday evenings 6:15pm-6:45pm
- Saturday mornings 9:00am-9:30am
Check our Events calendar for upcoming dates of Tot Shabbat services and other young family events.
A dedicated group of Temple Beth Tikvah members hold brief (15-20 minute) Morning Minyan services on:
- Mondays at 7:30am
- Thursdays at 7:30am
Morning Minyan not only offers congregants the chance to begin each day with worship, but also provides mourners the opportunity to recite the traditional Kaddish prayer during the first year after their loss. As prescribed by Jewish custom, we read from the Torah on Mondays and Thursdays.