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We would love to have your family join us during the upcoming High Holy Days.  Children and youth are welcome at all of Kehilla’s High Holy Days services. We have also created a wide variety of options for families and children of all ages, including:

    • Celebration for Toddlers and Young Children (geared to kids up to age 5 and their grown-ups)
    • Family Services (geared to school age kids, kids and adults of all ages welcome)
    • Teen Program (Yom Kippur Morning)
    • Teen Lounge (for teens– ticket purchase required for both members and non-members)
    • Childcare (ticket purchase required for both members and non-members)
    • Open play space for kids accompanied by their grown ups

We invite you and your children to participate in as many of these opportunities as possible.

See Kehilla’s full list of High Holy Days services

Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 29)

Childcare, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Childcare is available on the third floor. To ensure a spot, advance ticket purchase required. Day-of childcare tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $30 per day.

Teen lounge, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Teens, come hang out with your friends, play games, and chill! More details coming soon. Advance tickets strongly encouraged, day-of tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $25 and are good for the eve and day-of.

Rosh Hashanah (September 30)

All Rosh Hashanah services are held at the Scottish Rite Center (located at 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, 94612).

Family Service (in the Teen Lounge – 3rd Floor)

10:00 – 11:30 am

With Beth Dickinson, Rabbi Gray Myrseth and Jenna Stover-Kemp.

Stories, music and lots of participation fill this fun, kid-centered experience that includes Shofar sounding, Torah procession and other Rosh Hashana traditions. Geared for children in grades 1 to 6, and open to all ages.

Toddler Service, for kids up to age 5 and their grown-ups  (in Childcare Room – 3rd Floor)

10:15 – 11:15 am

With Jen Miriam and Alon Altman. Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah experience with puppets, music and lots of fun for our youngest celebrants and the grown-ups who love them.

Childcare, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Childcare is available on the third floor. To ensure a spot, advance ticket purchase required. Day-of childcare tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $30 per day.

Teen lounge, 11:30 – 12:30pm

Teens, come hang out with your friends, play games, and chill! More details coming soon. Advance tickets strongly encouraged, day-of tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $25 and are good for the eve and day-of.

Kol Nidre (October 8)

Contrary to previous years, all Kol Nidre Tot and Family Services (as well as the main Kol Nidre service) will be held at the Scottish Rite Center (located at 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, 94612).

Family Kol Nidre (at Scottish Rite Center)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Geared for children in grades 1 to 6; everyone welcome

Join Kehilla’s Director of Youth Programs, Rabbi Gray Myrseth, and local treasure and world musician Lior Ben-Hur for this special family experience of Kol Nidre. Enter into the holiness of Yom Kippur with music, story and tradition that brings families into the experience of this holy time together. If you have any questions about the Rosh Hashanah family service, or if you are a Kehilla teen interested in a service leadership role, feel free to contact Beth Dickinson at bdickinson12@gmail.com.

Toddler Kol Nidre (at Scottish Rite Center)

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Geared for tots and babies and the grown-ups who love them

Jen Miriam and Alon Altman bring their warm, loving and puppet-filled world to a musical Kol Nidre experience for little ones up to age 5 and their grown-ups.

Childcare, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Childcare is available on the third floor. To ensure a spot, advance ticket purchase required. Day-of childcare tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $30 per day.

Teen lounge, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Teens, come hang out with your friends, play games, and chill! More details coming soon. Advance tickets strongly encouraged, day-of tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $25 and are good for the eve and day-of.

Yom Kippur (October 9)

Yom Kippur services are held at the Scottish Rite Center (located at 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, 94612).

Teen Program (in the Teen Lounge – 3rd Floor)

12 – 1:15pm

Story Time and Learning with Rabbi Gray (in the Childcare Room – 3rd Floor) 

During main services, 9:15-10am.

Childcare, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Childcare is available on the third floor. To ensure a spot, advance ticket purchase required. Day-of childcare tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $30 per day.

Teen lounge, 10am-1:30pm with program from 12-1:30pm

Teens, come hang out with your friends, play games, and chill! More details coming soon. Advance tickets strongly encouraged, day-of tickets available while space permits. Tickets are $25 and are good for the eve and day-of.

Volunteer

It takes a community to make High Holy Day Family Services happen! Sign up to help at either Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidre. For more information about volunteering for family/tot services, email natalie@kehillasynagogue.org. Do note that volunteering to help at either/both services will contribute to your Avodah (service) hours for Kehilla School!

Parents: We are aiming to find some supportive hands to help us make the Family Services on Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre the amazing, uplifting, smooth running services we know they can be. Do note that volunteering to help at either/both services will contribute to your Avodah (service) hours for Kehilla School! Sign up to volunteer for High Holy Days family services.

Teens: We are looking for some fantastic teen assistance with our Rosh Hashanah Morning and Kol Nidre Family Services. Come process with the Torah and participate in our interactive service! No preparation required, but sign up for the service(s) you are interested in helping with so we know you’re coming! B’nei Mitzvah program graduates (and soon-to-be graduates!) have always had a great presence at this service, and the more teens there, the better!

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