High Holy Days Logistics Information

High Holy Days Services and Events

Erev Rosh HaShanah and Oneg after Service
Sun, Sept 29, 7:30 pm
Rosh HaShanah
Mon, Sept 30, 10:00 am
Rosh HaShanah Youth Program (ages 3 - 11)
Mon, Sept 30, around 11:00 am
Tashlich (Shoreline)
Immediately after RH service
Rosh HaShanah Second Day Service and Potluck Lunch (at Etz)
Tues, Oct 1, 10:00 am
Food Drive
Tues, Oct 8, before Kol Nidre
Kol Nidre
Tues, Oct 8, 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur
Wed, Oct 9, 10:00 am
Youth Program (ages 3 - 11)
Wed, Oct 9, around 11:00 am
Yizkor and Neilah (closing) and Break Fast Wed, Oct 9, 5:00 pm
High Holy Days Logistics
Planning Your Arrival at the JCC
All HHD services and events will be held at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, on the second floor of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex, unless otherwise noted.  Nametags are required for admission.  If you don't have a nametag, please bring photo ID to the Welcome Table in the lobby before any of the services.
Please plan your arrival to allow for  adequate time for parking and making your way to the sanctuary, as services will begin on time.
Limited parking is available in the JCC parking lot and garage. Parking attendants will be available to direct you in the parking areas.
Purple parking permits are mailed with name tags. Place your permit on the dashboard of your car to permit you to pass through security and allow parking attendants to direct you to our area of the parking lot. If it is absolutely necessary that your household arrive in more than one car, please come to Etz Chayim during office hours to get an additional parking permit.
If you have preferential parking needs, for example, mobility issues, strollers and/or equipment for young children, please arrive early and stop at the security gate or ask a parking attendant for instructions.
The JCC is wheelchair accessible with elevators available from the garage to the first level of the JCC campus and to our services on the second floor of the sports complex. If you have other special needs, please contact the office at 650-813-9094.
Name Tags
Name tags are required for admission into all our services and events. In the current security environment, this will be strictly enforced.
We suggest that you keep your name tags in your car after each service so you do not forget them at home. At the end of each service, we will collect name tags that you're finished with for the year for future reuse.
Welcome Table
Our Welcome Table volunteers can assist you with missing name tags, lost & found, first aid kits, emergency medical situations and directions to rooms. They can also help you locate the Shamash for assigned readings, answer questions, and offer a friendly smile!
Information Displays
Be sure to check the information displays, located on the 1st floor of the sports complex, about Yom Kippur classes, upcoming Etz Chayim events, and more.
Identified by a purple ribbon on their name tags, ushers are available to help you find your way to services, hand you a prayer book, assist in seating, and answer other HHD questions.
During High Holy Days Services
Machzorim (prayer books) are provided at the entrance of the sanctuary. All Machzorim have Hebrew, English, and English transliteration for your convenience.
If you would like to lead a reading from the bimah, arrive prior to the service start time and look for the Shamash by the entrance to the sanctuary. There are a limited number of readings that the Shamash assigns to congregants and guests. Torah honors (aliyot) are assigned prior to the High Holy Days.
Talitot and kipot will be available at the door. You are welcome to bring your own. Ritual garments are welcomed, but not required at Etz Chayim, whether sitting in the congregation or on the bimah.
The Reflections booklet is our supplemental collection of readings to inspire us during this time of self-reflection. Our Yizkor memoriam to loved ones who passed away this year and those we wish to remember are included in the booklet. If you take home a Reflections booklet during Rosh HaShanah, remember to bring it back with you to use for Yom Kippur services.
Electronics: To create a special prayer environment for the HHDs and as a courtesy to those who are observing the sanctity of the day, we request that all cell phones and other electronic devices be left at home or in the car unless you are a medical professional on call. If you must make a call, please walk outside.
Fragrances: Please do not wear fragrances to services as a courtesy to those with allergies or those observing the sanctity of Yom Kippur.
High Holy Days for Children
Supervised children of all ages are welcome at HHD services. We suggest bringing a book or other quiet object to occupy your children during services. Please do not bring electronic toys and media players.
Children’s programs are scheduled during portions of both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur mornings. During other parts of the service, children should sit with their parents. If children need to take a short break from the service, parents may take them to the children's cove downstairs.  Babysitting will not be available.
Youth Programs for Preschool through Grade 6 will consist of age-appropriate activities during the Torah Service and Rabbi’s Sermon, starting at approximately 11 a.m. After the children parade with the Torahs and ask the Rabbi questions, they will be led out of the sanctuary to classrooms where volunteers will lead the programs for each age group. Snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is not required nor is there a fee for your children to participate. All preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.
We ask that children be supervised at all times and that teens do not congregate outside.
Additional High Holy Days Programs and Events
Socializing - Join us for these opportunities to eat and greet:
·         Congregational Oneg after Erev Rosh HaShanah services.
·         Break-the-fast after Neilah services (challah, fruit and beverages).
Tashlich is a special ritual in which Jews symbolically cast away their sins during Rosh HaShanah by throwing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water. Join our leaders Marion Rubinstein and Jonathan Salzedo for this beautiful outdoor ceremony immediately after Rosh HaShanah services, at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Directions from the JCC to Tashlich on the San Antonio Road Bayfront:
·         Exit the JCC parking garage onto San Antonio Road, make a U-turn at the first stoplight to head east on San Antonio Road     or
·         Exit the garage near the JCC entrance, where you entered, and turn left onto Fabian Way, then left onto Charleston Avenue and left onto San Antonio Road heading east.
·         Follow signs to highway 101, cross 101, and continue to the end of the road at Terminal Blvd.
·         Park your car.
·         Walk past the gate at San Antonio Road and Terminal and continue along the trail towards the Bay for seven minutes, just past the utility building,  to the platform that overlooks the Bay.
·          Note:  it can be windy, so bring a sweater or jacket.
Food Drive
On Erev Yom Kippur, bring your bags filled with non-perishable food items to the drop off locations in the JCC parking lot and garage no later than 8 p.m. All food donations placed in the barrels will be given to the Ecumenical Hunger Project or Jewish Family and Children’s Services.  You can also deliver food donations to the barrel in Etz Chayim’s lobby before the High Holy Days.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Activities
There will be assorted workshops and film screenings between the morning & afternoon services. A schedule will be available at the JCC.
Glossary of High Holy Day Terms
Aliyah / Aliyot – An honor given to selected congregants who recite the blessing before and after the Torah is read.
Machzor – The prayer book used during the High Holy Days.
Mincha – The afternoon prayer service of Yom Kippur which includes the memorial service Yizkor.
Neilah– The concluding service of Yom Kippur, just as the sun is setting, meaning "the locking" (of the heavenly gates), suggesting that we must hurry and get in our last words before the gates of prayer are closed.
Shamash – Defined as the synagogue caretaker; on the High Holy Days, the Shamash distributes daily reading assignments to congregants.
L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu (or Shanah Tovah) – A traditional High Holy Day greeting meaning “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year."
Yizkor– Meaning “remembrance,” Yizkor is the memorial prayer for departed relatives said during Mincha on Yom Kippur.