Observing the New Year and High Holidays with community members, friends new and old, and family connects each of us to our traditions, teachings, ancestors, and mitzvot. Synagogues in the greater Indianapolis area offer a variety of options for worship during this time of year. 

 

In addition to local service opportunites and resources from our synagogue partners, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis will be currating family resources and learning opportunities to support you through the Fall holidays.

 

Be sure to check out the Elul, Days of Awe, and Sukkot (coming soon) subpages for complete holiday descriptions, resources, and connection opportunities.


Chabad Center for Jewish Life: Orthodox | 2640 W. 96th St., Carmel | 317-251-5573 | chabadindiana.org | rabbi@lubavitchindiana.com


Congregation Beth-El Zedeck: Reconstructionist/Conservative | 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis | 317-253-3441 | bez613.org | bez613@bez613.org


Congregation Beth Shalom: Reform | 849 W. 96th St., Indianapolis | 317-306-5644 | bethshalomindy.org | info@bethshalomindy.org

Congregation B'nai Torah: Orthodox | 6510 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-253-5253 | btorahindy.org | office@btorah.org


Congregation Shaarey Tefilla: Conservative | 3085 W. 116th St., Carmel | 317-733-2169 | shaareytefilla.org | office@shaareytefilla.org


Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation: Sephardic Orthodox | 6939 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | 317-251-6220 | etzchaimindy.org | president@etzchaimindy.org


Humanistic Judaism: 317-721-2747 | HumanisticJewsIndy@gmail.com


Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation: Reform | 6501 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | 317-255-6647 | ihcindy.org | info@ihcindy.org


Temple B'nai Israel: Reform | 618 W. Superior St., Kokomo | 765-452-0383 | TempleBnaiIsraelKokomo@gmail.com


 

Elul

Elul is the 6th month in the Hebrew calendar and the last month of the Jewish yearly cycle, occurring in August or September. The month of Elul precedes the month of Tishrei during which communities celebrate the High Holidays including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Chodesh Elul (the beginning of the month of Elul) begins in the evening on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

 

Regarded in commentaries as a time of heighten spiritual connection, Elul is seen as a month of Teshuva (forgiveness or return) and has taken on a context as a month of learning and preparation for the High Holidays. It is custom in communities that the shofar is blown each day during weekday morning services as an invitation to awaken and connect. Another custom of Elul is reciting selichot (prayers of forgiveness). The Sephardic tradition is to recite Selichot every day of Elul while the Ashkenazi tradition is to add these prayers starting the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah.

 

See the ELUL page for further explanation of learning opportunities & Selichot service schedules.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah occurs in the fall, around September or October, on the first and second day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins at Sundown on Friday, September 18 and ends Sunday evening, September 20.

 

Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning "head of the year," is the Jewish New Year. While a happy and festive holiday, it is also seen as a time to evaluate the past year and perform Teshuvah by repenting for transgressions and forgiving others for theirs. A traditional greeting around Rosh Hashanah is Shana Tovah or literally "A Good Year!"

 

See the Days of Awe page for further explanation of the holidays.


Erev Rosh Hashanah – Fri., Sept. 18

Beth-El Zedeck

6:00 pm

A Taste of Honey: Home Family Celebration with Story and Song

Virtual Service - Click Here

Beth Shalom

7:30 pm

Evening service

Virtual Service - Click Here

B'nai Torah

7:30 pm

Mincha

Contact Office for Details

Chabad

7:00 pm

Evening Service

In-Person

Etz Chaim

7:30 pm

Mincha

Details Coming Soon

8:00 pm

Arvit

Details Coming Soon

IHC

8:00 pm

Evening Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

Shaarey Tefilla

7:30 pm

Evening Service

Virtual Service - Click Here




First Day of Rosh Hashanah – Sat., Sept. 19

Beth-El Zedeck

10:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Day One

Virtual Service - Click Here

Beth Shalom

9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Young Family Service

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10:30 am

Rosh Hashanah Main Morning Service

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B'nai Torah

8:30 am

Shacharis

Contact Office for Details

7:25 pm

Mincha

Contact Office for Details

Chabad

9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Day One

In-Person

Etz Chaim

9:00 am

Shacharit

Details Coming Soon

7:30 pm

Mincha

Details Coming Soon

8:20 pm

Arvit

Details Coming Soon

IHC

9:30 am

Retreat Style Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

11:00 am

Morning Service

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2:00 pm

Tot Experience

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1:00 pm - IHC

2:00 pm - South

3:00 pm - North

Parking Lot Shofar Service

See Details Here

Shaarey Tefilla

9:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Day One

Virtual Service - Click Here




Second Day of Rosh Hashanah – Sun., Sept. 20

Beth-El Zedeck

10:00 am

Rosh Hashanah Day Two

Virtual Service - Click Here

B'nai Torah

8:30 am

Shacharis

Contact Office for Details

7:30 pm

Mincha

Contact Office for Details

Chabad

9:00 am

Morning Service

In-Person

11:30 am

Shofar Sounding

In-Person

5:00 pm

Family Celebration

In-Person

5:30 pm

Shofar & Tashlich at Park Regency Gazebo

In-Person

Etz Chaim

9:00 am

Shacharit

Details Coming Soon

7:00 pm

Mincha

Details Coming Soon

7:30 pm

Tashlich

Details Coming Soon

8:20 pm

Arvit

Details Coming Soon

Shaarey Tefilla

9:00 am

Morning Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur falls on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah), in September or October. Yom Kippur 2020 begins at sundown on Sunday, September 27 and ends Monday evening, September 28.

 

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, when individuals and whole communities repent for their sins over the past year and ask that they be inscribed in the "Book of Life" for the year to come. The holiest day in the Jewish year, it is customary for adults to abstain from eating or drinking for 25 hours. Additional abstentions include refraining from bathing, wearing of makeup or applying lotions, wearing luxurious items like leather, and other bodily pleasures.

 

See the Days of Awe page for further explanation of the holidays.


Erev Yom Kippur – Sun., Sept. 27

 Kol Nidre: Renouncing vows made between oneself and G-d

Beth-El Zedeck

7:00 pm

Kol Nidre

Virtual Service - Click Here

Beth Shalom

7:30 pm

Kol Nidre

Virtual Service - Click Here

B'nai Torah

7:10 pm

Kol Nidre

Contact Office for Details

Chabad

7:00 pm

Kol Nidre

In-Person

Etz Chaim

3:00 pm

Mincha

Details Coming Soon

7:30 pm

Arvit (Kol Nidre)

Details Coming Soon

IHC

6:15 pm

Kol Nidre

Virtual Service - Click Here

Shaarey Tefilla

7:00 pm

Kol Nidre

Virtual Service - Click Here




Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Mon., Sept. 28

 Yizkor​: Memorial service; Neilah​: Closing service

Beth-El Zedeck

10:00 am

Yom Kippur Morning and Yizkor Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

2:00 pm

Yom Kippur Family Service

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

5:00 pm

Afternoon Conversation with Rabbi Sandy Sasso: Jonah in Quarantine-A Whale of a Tale

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

6:30 pm

Neilah Service - The Closing Shofar Blast (Show Off Your Shofar)

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

Beth Shalom

9:00 am

Young Family Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

10:30 am

Yom Kippur Morning Main Service

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4:00 pm

Yom Kippur Afternoon Discussion

Virtual Service - Click Here

5:15 pm

Yizkor & Neilah Services

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B'nai Torah

9:15 am

Shacharis

Contact Office for Details

5:25 pm

Mincha

Contact Office for Details

8:31 pm

Yom Kippur Ends

Contact Office for Details

Chabad

10:00 am

Morning Services

In-Person

12:30 pm

Children's Program

In-Person

5:45 pm

Mincha and Neilah

In-Person

Etz Chaim

9:00 am

Shacharit

Details Coming Soon

4:00 pm

Micha

Details Coming Soon

7:00 pm

Neilah

Details Coming Soon

8:15 pm

End of Fast

Details Coming Soon

IHC

9:30 am

Nefesh Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

11:00 am

Morning Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

1:00 pm

Healing Service

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2:00 pm

Tefilah, Teshuvah, Tzedakah: The Three Pillars of Our Days of Awe

Virtual Service - Click Here

2:00 pm

Teen Service - Reflective Experience

Virtual Service - Click Here

2:00 pm

Tot Experience

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3:00 pm

Musical Reflective Experience

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4:00 pm

Yizkor Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

5:00 pm

Neilah & Havdalah

Virtual Service - Click Here

15 min. after Neilah

approx. 6:30 pm

Virtual Break-the-Fast with LAF

Sign Up Required - Click Here

Shaarey Tefilla

9:00 am

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

6:15 pm

Mincha, Maariv, Neilah

Virtual Service - Click Here

 

Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, in September or October. Sukkot 2020 begins at sundown on Friday, October 2. Shmini Atzeret (and Simchat Torah in some communities) begins at sundown on Friday, October 9. Communities that celebrate Simchat Torah seperate from Shmini Atzeret will observe this additional day of holiday beginning in the evening on Saturday, October 10 and concluding in the evening on Sunday, October 11.

 

Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, commemorates the Biblical period of wandering in the desert. A temporary shelter (a sukkah) is built outside the home and used to take meals and even sleep in it for the duration of the one-week holiday. The "eighth day" of Sukkot, known as Shmini Atzeret, can be considered a separate holiday. It marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel and the year's first prayer for rain, so that the ground might be prepared for planting when springtime arrives. Some also celebrate Simchat Torah, the rejoicing of the Torah, on the same day, while others celebrate the following day.

 

See the Sukkot (coming soon) page for further explanation of the holidays.


 Sukkot (Festival of Booths)

 Beth-El Zedeck

 Fri., Oct. 2

6:00 pm

 Erev Sukkot Candle Lighting and Services

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

 Sun., Oct. 4

6:00 pm

 Virtual Sukkah Hop

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

 Fri., Oct. 9

6:00 pm

 Consecration & Simchat Torah

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

 Sat., Oct. 10

10:00 am

 Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah & Yizkor Memorial Service

Virtual Service - Join Via Zoom

Beth Shalom

 Sun., Oct. 3

 Activities offered throughout the week

See Website for Details

 Fri., Oct. 9

6:30 pm

 Simchat Torah

Virtual Service - Click Here

B'nai Torah

 Date & Times

TBA

 Festival Services Coming Soon

In-Person

Chabad

 Date & Times

TBA

 Festival Services Coming Soon

In-Person

Etz Chaim

 Date & Times

TBA

 Festival Services Coming Soon

In-Person

IHC

 Fri., Oct. 2

6:15 pm

 Erev Sukkot & Shabbat Service

Virtual Service - Click Here

 Fri., Oct. 9

6:15 pm

 Simchat Torahn

Virtual Service - Click Here

Shaarey Tefilla

 Fri., Oct. 2

Time TBD

 Erev Sukkot

Virtual Service - Click Here

 Sat., Oct. 10

Time TBD

 Shmini Atzeret

Virtual Service - Click Here

 Sun., Oct. 11

Time TBD

 Simchat Torah

Virtual Service - Click Here