Atlanta Options for the High Holidays

Atlanta Options for the High Holidays

Congregation Beth Tefillah.
Congregation Beth Tefillah.

For people who are new to Atlanta, are otherwise unaffiliated or are just looking for something different for the High Holidays this year, here are some of the opportunities. If you don’t see the congregation that interests you on this list, check out its website in the AJT Synagogue Directory, or give it a call. Also, note that for cases of financial hardship, just about any congregation will make accommodations so that no one is shut out from the community.

  • Chabad of Atlanta at Congregation Beth Tefillah, 5065 High Point Road, Sandy Springs, offers educational services led by Rabbi Isser New from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 for Rosh Hashanah and Oct. 12 for Yom Kippur. Children are welcome. A donation of $72 is suggested. Advance registration is required; or 404-843-2464, ext. 104.

    Congregation Beth Tefillah
    Congregation Beth Tefillah
  • Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road, East Cobb, offers traditional services blended with contemporary insights for all the holidays, with children’s services and babysitting available by reservation. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can purchase seats at 770-565-4412, ext. 300, or Rosh Hashanah services are at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 4. For Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre is at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, and Oct. 12 services are at 9:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
  • Call Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell, at 770-642-0434 for nonmember tickets. No tickets are required for the tot family service at 2:30 p.m. and Tashlich at 4 p.m. Oct. 3 and for the tot family service at 2:30 p.m. and the final Yom Kippur services starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.
  • Guardians of the Torah under Rabbi Richard Baroff holds services that are free and open to the public at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 12. Donations are appreciated.
  • The Kehilla in Sandy Springs, 5075 Roswell Road, offers free High Holiday services with no reservations. Rosh Hashanah services are at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 (Tashlich at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3). For Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, and services are at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 12.
  • Congregation Shaarei Shamayim welcomes all for any services at its new home, 1600 Mount Mariah Road, Toco Hills. A donation of $100 is recommended but not required for High Holiday tickets.
  • Services are always free at Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone, where the morning services are at 9:30 and the evening services are at 7:30 during the High Holidays. A festive Rosh Hashanah meal is at 8 p.m. Oct. 2. For more information, call Rabbi Yossi Lew at 678-595-0199, or visit
  • Congregation B’nai Israel, 1633 Highway 54 East, Jonesboro, welcomes all to its services at no charge. Call 678-817-7162 for tickets. Services are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 10 a.m. Oct. 3 (followed by a luncheon), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. Oct. 12.
  • Chabad Intown is offering free High Holiday services, including learners and children’s services both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur and a young professionals slackers service the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The full schedule is at Reservations and donations are appreciated but not required.

    Beth Jacob Rebuilds for Intimate Grandeur 2
    Beth Jacob
  • Congregation Bet Haverim is holding free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services with no tickets required at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Toco Hills. Seats fill up, however, so early arrival is advised. Services are at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 (with sign language interpretation), 10 a.m. Oct. 3 and 4, 6 and 8 p.m. for Kol Nidre Oct. 11 (the latter with sign language), and 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Oct. 12.
  • Chabad of Forsyth and Congregation Beth Israel present High Holiday services at the Collection, Suite 208, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, with no charge but donations welcome. Make your reservations at Services include 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 11 and 9 a.m. Oct. 3, 4 and 12. A children’s holiday adventure is at 10 a.m. during the morning services. A Rosh Hashanah dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 is $36 for adults and $15 for children.
  • Congregation Kehillat HaShem, 640 Stone House Lane, Marietta, offers free services under Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 10 a.m. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, and 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Reserve seats by calling 770-218-8094.
  • Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, offers free educational services at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 and 4 and 11 a.m. Oct. 12. Child care is available with reservations;
  • All services are free at Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road. Email office manager Leslie Mallard at to attend. See the service schedule at
  • Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, wants to give all nonmembers a home for the High Holidays. To get details or purchase tickets, visit, or call 404-355-5222.

    Young Israel of Toco Hills
    Young Israel of Toco Hills
  • The Atlanta Scholars Kollel is offering services with a suggested donation of $18 at the Kollel Dome at Congregation Ariel, 5237 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, under Rabbi Daniel Freitag and at Congregation Anshi S’fard, 1324 N. Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland, under Rabbi Mayer Freedman. Call 404-321-4085 or email for tickets.
  • Anshi/Atlanta Scholars Kollel at 1324 N. Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland, is offering a free family Rosh Hashanah experience Oct. 3 featuring yoga for children and a game show for adults at 11:15 a.m., ending with a shofar blowing at 12:15 p.m. and a light lunch. Get details or RSVP via, or 404-969-763.
  • Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, sells High Holiday guest tickets to Atlanta-area residents for $180. Services at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 are free to all, and college students are welcome free at all services by showing a college ID at the door.
  • Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, East Cobb, offers family services at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 3 and 12, a tot service at 3 p.m. Oct. 12, Tashlich at East Cobb Park at 5 p.m. Oct. 3, second-day Rosh Hashanah services at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4, and all services from 4:30 p.m. through Havdalah Oct. 12 at no charge with no reservation.
  • All services are free on a first-come, first-served basis at Chabad of North Fulton, 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, or you can reserve seats for $100 by calling 770-410-9000 by Sunday, Sept. 25. In addition to standard services, inspirational and children’s services are available at 10 a.m. Oct. 3, 4 and 12.
  • Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs, opens Erev Rosh Hashanah (8 p.m. Oct. 2) and second-day Rosh Hashanah services (9 a.m. Oct. 4) to the public.
  • Temple Beth David, 1885 McGee Road, Snellville, offers free admission to services for college students and active-service members of the military with a photo ID. For other nonmembers, tickets are $100 for either Rosh Hashanah (7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 a.m. Oct. 3) or Yom Kippur (7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, all day starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 12) or $175 for both or $250 for a family (two adults and any children under 18). Email Wendy Fine at
  • Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, offers a series of free community services: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2; 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. (youth service) Oct. 4; 5 p.m. (tot service), 6:30 p.m. (family service) and 6:40 p.m. Oct. 11; and 2:15 p.m. (Torah study), 4:45 p.m. (Yizkor) and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Call Executive Director Natalie Sarnat for required free tickets at 404-257-0537.
  • Shema Yisrael — The Open Synagogue holds services at Atlanta Unity Church, 3597 Parkway Lane, Norcross, at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 11 a.m. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 12.
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