High Holidays in Atlanta 5778
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High Holidays in Atlanta 5778

Options abound for people who aren't synagogue members or are looking for something new.

Following are activities related to the High Holidays, as well as places to attend services if you are unaffiliated or interested in trying something different to start 5778. Erev Rosh Hashanah is Wednesday night, Sept. 20; Kol Nidre is Friday night, Sept. 29. Note that most synagogues will make accommodations in cases of financial hardship. To add events or worship options to this listing, email mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com.

  • The Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah (www.atlantamikvah.org), 700-A Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, is open for pre-holiday immersions Sept. 15, 20 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sept. 17, 18, 19, 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Make appointments at least 48 hours in advance at immerse@atlantamikvah.orgor 404-549-9679.
  • Selichot services are available Saturday night, Sept. 16, throughout the area, but Atlanta’s Conservative synagogues (Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation B’nai Torah, Congregation Etz Chaim, Congregation Gesher L’Torah, Congregation Or Hadash and Congregation Shearith Israel) are uniting for one communal service at Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody. The festivities, free and open to all, start with Havdalah and a reception at 9 p.m., followed by a screening of “The Cake Lady,” about recently deceased Fay Tenenbaum, at 9:45 and Selichot at 11.
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi is working with Synagogue Connect to find free High Holiday services for college students with ID who choose not to stay on campus for services at Hillel or Chabad. The options in metro Atlanta are The Temple, Congregation Shearith Israel, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, New Toco Shul, Congregation Bet Haverim, Congregation Or VeShalom, The Kehilla in Sandy Springs, Congregation Or Hadash, Temple Kol Emeth, Temple Beth Tikvah and Temple Kehillat Chaim. Visit www.aepi.org/synagogueconnect for options across the country.
  • Birthright Israel alumni may attend free services at Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Or Hadash, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel, the Atlanta Scholars Kollel (Ariel, Anshi or Brookhaven), Chabad Intown, The Temple, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Sinai, Temple Kehillat Chaim, Temple Beth Israel (Macon), Congregation Bet Haverim, Congregation Or VeShalom or Congregation Shaarei Shamayim by signing up at jewishatlanta.org/birthright-israel-alumni-high-holiday-services. UPDATE: Registration for this program has closed.
  • The Sixth Point (thesixthpoint.org) hosts Rosh in the Park, a spiritual experience for young adults, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the gazebo at Ashford Creek Townhomes, 1442 Ashford Creek Circle, Brookhaven. It’s free, but RSVPs are appreciated at thesixthpoint.org/event/rosh-in-the-park-2.
  • Anshi (www.anshisfard.org), 1324 N. Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland, offers Rosh Hashanah in the Highlands, a festive dinner at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, after candle lighting at 7:18, for $12 per person. RSVP to info@anshisfard.org.
  • Guardians of the Torah (guardiansofthetorah.com) holds free services (donations welcome) at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 and 30. Donations are appreciated. RSVP to Rabbi Richard Baroff at richardbaroff@yahoo.com or 770-286-3477.
  • Kehillat HaShem 640 Stone House Lane, Marietta, never has any membership fees or dues, including High Holiday worship. Call Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein at 770-218-8094 to get details about services and reserve seats.
  • YJP Atlanta (www.yjpatlanta.org) offers a free, 10-minute slackers service, including the shofar and apples and honey, at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Chabad Intown, 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Poncey-Highland, before a stump-the-rabbi session, an 8 p.m. service and, for the first 20 to register, dinner with the Schustermans. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/yjps-slackers-service-tickets-36953773732.
  • The Kehilla in Sandy Springs (www.thekehilla.org), 5075 Roswell Road, offers free High Holiday services with no reservations. Rosh Hashanah services are at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22. For Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre is at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 29, with services at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 30.
  • Congregation Bet Haverim (www.congregationbethaverim.org) holds High Holiday services at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, except for Tashlich at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at WD Thompson Park and Tashlich yoga at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the synagogue, 2074 LaVista Road. All services are free and require no tickets. Visit www.congregationbethaverim.org/highholidayscentral or call 404-315-6446 for details.
  • Congregation Beth Jacob (www.bethjacobatlanta.org), 1955 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, offers three sets of traditional services on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the interactive, two-hour High Holiday Experience services (www.highholidaysatl.com) all three days, at no cost. Find the full schedule at www.bethjacobatlanta.org/highholidays. Child care is available with pre-registration at www.bethjacobatlanta.org/form/Childcare.
  • Young Israel of Toco Hills (www.yith.org), 2056 LaVista Road, offers all services free with no tickets and ample seating. After Sept. 14, nonmembers can get reserved seating for $72. Visit www.yith.org/yamimnoraim for more information.
  • Congregation B’nai Israel (bnai-israel.net), 1633 Highway 54 East, Jonesboro, welcomes all to its services — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 29, 10 a.m. Sept. 21 and 30 — and asks only for a donation. Call 678-817-7162 for tickets.
  • Congregation Or VeShalom (orveshalom.org), 1681 N. Druid Hills Road, Brookhaven, welcomes all to attend services, although visitors must register in advance and pick up tickets in person for security reasons and are asked to make donations. Contact Executive Director Adam Kofinas at adam.kofinas@orveshalomg.org or 404-633-1737.
  • Chabad of North Fulton (www.chabadnf.org), 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, offers free seating with no tickets on a first-come, first-served basis or reserved seating for $100 (purchased by Sept. 14). Educational and children’s services at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 30 supplement a full schedule of traditional services. Visit www.chabadnf.org/961053.
  • Chabad of Forsyth (www.jewishforsyth.org), 795 Brannon Road, Cumming, offers a full schedule of free services open to all, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, and ending with a community break-fast at 7:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The only charge is for dinner on Erev Rosh Hashanah: $36 for adults, $15 for children. RSVP for services and the dinner at www.jewishforsyth.org/HighHolidays.
  • Chabad of Peachtree City (www.chabadsouthside.com), 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone, offers everything free, from Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 to a break-fast at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 30, although donations are welcome. See the service schedule and reserve seats (optional) at bit.ly/2wBz6WP.
  • Chabad Intown (chabadintown.org), 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Poncey-Highland, offers free services with no tickets, although donations are welcome and registration requested. Rosh Hashanah services will be at Chabad Intown. Yom Kippur services will be at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown, 590 W. Peachtree St., where a pre-fast dinner will be available for $36 and you can book a room by Sept. 15 and be part of the Yom Kippur Retreat. Visit chabadintown.org/high-holidays for details and sign-up.
  • Atlanta Scholars Kollel (www.atlantakollel.org) offers services at the Kollel Dome, 5237 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, with Rabbi Daniel Freitag at 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 30; at Anshi, 1324 N. Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland, with Rabbi Mayer Freedman at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21, 7:25 p.m. Sept. 29 and 6:45 p.m. Sept. 30; and in Brookhaven (address to be announced) with Rabbi Yosef Shapiro at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 30 and 7:15 p.m. Sept. 29. A $25 donation per ticket is suggested. Email ask@atlantakollel.org or call 404-321-4085 for details or reservations.
  • Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (www.shaareishamayim.com), 1600 Mount Mariah Road, Toco Hills, welcomes everyone, with or without tickets, though a $100 donation is suggested for nonmember tickets. Call the office at 404-417-0472.
  • The Temple (www.the-temple.org), 1589 Peachtree St., Midtown, offers free tickets to visitors for the alternative services and overflow seating areas, such as the Covenant Chapel, but not the main sanctuary. Visit bit.ly/2xLy09C, or call 404-873-1731.
  • Congregation Ner Tamid (mynertamid.info), 1349 Old Highway 41, Suite 320, Marietta, offers $90 tickets for all the holidays for nonmembers. Rosh Hashanah services are at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. Sept. 21. Yom Kippur services are at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m. (Yizkor) and 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Contact highholydays@mynertamid.org or 678-264-8575 for details.
  • Temple Beth Tikvah (www.bethtikvah.com), 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell, provides tickets to adult nonmembers for all holidays for $180, with college students free with ID. Rosh Hashanah services are at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 8 a.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. Sept. 22. Yom Kippur services are at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 8 a.m. Sept. 30. No tickets are required for tot family services at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 30, Tashlich at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Chattahoochee on Azalea Drive, and Yom Kippur closing services at 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Call 770-642-0434 or visit bit.ly/2vCebSR tickets.
  • Congregation Ariel (www.congariel.org), 5237 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, welcomes guests for $108 for Rosh Hashanah and $108 for Yom Kippur. Contact the shul at shuloffice@congariel.org or 770-390-9071 for details.
  • Shema Yisrael (www.shemaweb.org) holds services at Atlanta Unity, 3597 Parkway Lane, Norcross. A $75 ticket is good for all services: 7 p.m. Sept. 20; 11 a.m. Sept. 21; 7 p.m. Sept. 29; and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (Yizkor) and 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Reservations are required; 404-998-5410 for questions. Note: People who have taken refuge in Atlanta because of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey are welcome at Shema Yisrael’s services free with no tickets or reservations; just bring an official, current ID. 
  • Congregation Beth Tefillah (www.bethtefillah.org), 5065 High Point Road, Sandy Springs, offers nonmember tickets while space is available in the main sanctuary for $118. Rabbi Isser New leads family-appropriate educational services at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 30 for a suggested donation of $72 per person. Visit bit.ly/2gHrzAm for tickets. A High Holiday youth experience with Rabbi Ari Karp is available for children 10 and under from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22, 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30 for $40 per family with one or two children and $70 per family with three or more children. Visit bit.ly/2vHg1n4 for tickets. For questions, email admin@bethtefillah.org, or call 404-843-2464, ext. 104.
  • Temple Beth David (www.gwinnetttemple.com), 1885 McGee Road, Snellville, will have guest Rabbi Jonathan Crane leading High Holiday services. Tickets are free for students and members of the military with ID and a minimal cost for others. Call 770-978-3916, or email gwinnetttemple@gmail.com.
  • Ahavath Achim Synagogue (www.aasynagogue.org), 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, offers free tickets to Jewish community professionals, full-time students and active military personnel. Email Anne Cohen at acohen@aasynagogue.org for those tickets. Adults ages 18 to 35 can buy tickets for $36 for one holiday or $54 for everything; for those 36 and older, it’s $100 for one holiday or $200 for everything. Buy tickets at form.jotform.com/72054288915159, or call 404-355-5222 for more information.
  • Temple Sinai (www.templesinaiatlanta.org), 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs, provides free, no-ticket access to services at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 9 a.m. Sept. 22, and 3:30 p.m. (renewal service) and 5 p.m. (Yizkor and closing services) Sept. 30. Tickets are not available to nonmembers for other services.
  • Congregation Shearith Israel (www.shearithisrael.com), 1180 University Drive, Morningside, offers tickets for all High Holiday services for $78. Email reception@shearithisrael.com, or call 404-873-1743.
  • Congregation Or Hadash (www.or-hadash.org), 7460 Trowbridge Road, Sandy Springs, requires no tickets for the 9 a.m. service Sept. 22 or the 4:45 p.m. service (Yizkor and closing) Sept. 30. Tickets for all services are $198 if you’re 30 or older, $36 if you’re younger. Tickets are free for students and active military personnel with ID (registration required). Visit www.or-hadash.org/high-holidays-at-or-hadash.html#, or call 404-250-3338.
  • Temple Kehillat Chaim (www.kehillatchaim.org), 1145 Green St., Roswell, offers tickets to nonmembers for $150 for all services. Students under age 25 and military personnel are free. Visit www.kehillatchaim.org/high-holy-days to see the schedule, and call 770-641-8630 to get tickets.
  • Congregation Beth Shalom (bethshalomatlanta.org), 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, provides free access to services for college students and military personnel with ID. Second-day Rosh Hashanah services at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 22 are free and open to all. Nonmember tickets for all High Holiday services are $180. Visit bethshalomatlanta.org/high-holidays-5778-2017.
  • Hillels of Georgia (hillelsofgeorgia.org) offers Reform and Conservative services at Emory University and in Athens that are free for students, $54 for adults 18 to 35, and $150 for other community members. Register at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=b175b9.
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