Welcome to the High Holy Days at Congregation Schaarai Zedek!
Please take a moment to carefully read the information below to ensure that you have a positive High Holy Day experience. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call the Temple office at (813) 876-2377. We hope that you will find our High Holy Day services to be meaningful and uplifting. Thank you for being a part of our community.
Here are some of the new protocols that we will be following this year:
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
If you are a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and would like to RSVP for members listed on your account and/or purchase tickets for additional guests.
The Roll of Remembrance deadline has passed.
If you are not a Congregation Schaarai Zedek member and would like to request tickets.
Non-members in good standing of another congregation may request courtesy tickets through the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) reciprocity arrangement. Please request reciprocity directly from your synagogue using the URJ’s reciprocity form, or have your synagogue email a reciprocity form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help us manage our capacity, please indicate specifically which of our services you’d like to attend (dates and times).
Selichot Dinner, Program, & Service
Saturday, September 9, 6:30 PM
Join us for dinner and a fascinating program, followed by a special service where we change our Torah cover to white for the High Holy Days.
Reverse Tashlikh at Ballast Point
Sunday, September 10, 9 AM
Join Jewish communities around the world in picking up trash that has been thrown into our oceans. All ages are invited to join.
Saturday, September 16, 2:30 PM Monday, September 25, 2:15 PM
Experience a captivating Family Service led by our clergy, specially crafted for school-age children and siblings of all ages.
Saturday, September 16, 3:45 PM Monday, September 25, 3:30 PM
Celebrate the High Holy Days with families with young children (birth through 5 years old and siblings of all ages). Engage in captivating stories, uplifting songs, and fun crafts, all while learning about the customs and rituals of these sacred occasions.
Rosh Hashanah Baby Blessings
Saturday, September 16, 3:30 PM
Families with babies born between Rosh Hashanah 5783 (2022) and 5784 (2023), join us for a special Schaarai Zedek tradition. Our clergy will bless your babies during a brief service on the bimah. Be a part of this meaningful moment and embrace the New Year together.
Tashlikh Service at Ballast Point
Saturday, September 16, 5 PM
Experience the beauty of this symbolic ritual as we gather at Ballast Point. Together, we will cast away our sins by ceremoniously throwing bread crumbs into the water, preparing ourselves for Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur Cemetery Services
Sunday, September 24, 9 AM & 10 AM
Join us for Cemetery Services at Woodlawn and Myrtle Hill cemeteries. Honor and remember your loved ones as we gather for prayers and reflection in a serene setting.
Yom Kippur Open Discussion
Monday, September 25, 2:30 PM
Join Rabbi Birnholz for an enlightening discussion on Yom Kippur afternoon.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Services
Monday, September 25, 4:30 PM
Yom Kippur afternoon services are a time for reflection and introspection. The services are also a time for hope and renewal when we pray for a new year filled with blessings and for a fresh start.
Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast
Monday, September 25, 6 PM
Break-the-fast is a joyous occasion shared with family and friends. Traditional foods such as challah, bagels, and cream cheese are typically served. This meal marks the end of the Yom Kippur fast and allows us to replenish our bodies and celebrate the completion of this solemn day.
During High Holy Days, childcare is available for children between the ages of 18 months and seven years old. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own diapers, snacks, and juice, appropriately labeled. For child drop-off, please use the Amy Gail Buchman Preschool entrance. Drop-offs without reservations will NOT be allowed.
Childcare registration is now closed.
If you have questions about childcare, please contact Rita at email@example.com.
The Roll of Remembrance is a booklet distributed during the Yizkor Memorial Service on Yom Kippur. To memorialize a departed family member in this year’s Roll of Remembrance, please complete the Ticket Request RSVP form by Friday, September 1. The deadline is firm so that we have adequate time to compile and produce this special booklet. We request a donation of $18 per name to be included in the Roll of Remembrance.
Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023
Suggested Donation: $18 per name
The deadline to place an order in this year’s Roll of Remembrance has closed. We are sorry if anyone has missed out on the opportunity to place a listing. We do our best to try to accommodate everyone during the High Holy Days. Thank you for your understanding.
Memorial Plaques are a more permanent way to remember loved ones. Each plaque costs $500 and holds the name, date of birth, and date of death of one person. The plaques have their own light which is illuminated on the person’s Yahrzeit and holidays when Yizkor is read. Orders placed by Friday, September 1, will be included in this year’s Roll of Remembrance booklet at Yom Kippur. While we will do everything possible to expedite the delivery of the physical plaques, the supplier cannot guarantee delivery prior to Yom Kippur.
Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023
Donation: $500 per plaque
Join the Hunger Project
Schaarai Zedek High School Teens invite you to participate in our annual High Holy Day Hunger Project. This year, we are collecting monetary donations to support the Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) Community Food Bank.
How can I help?
You can make a monetary donation to the Hunger Project by:
How will this help?
Your donation will help the TJFS Community Food Bank purchase food items for families in need in the Tampa Bay Area. Each year, the TJFS donates over 5,500 bags of food to 450 households.
Together, we can make a difference.
By participating in the Hunger Project, you can help to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the food they need. Your donation will help to make a real difference in the lives of those who are struggling.
Thank you for your support.
We are grateful for your mitzvot and your contribution to our kehilah k’doshah, our “holy community.”
There are a variety of options to access the streaming video of each of our special and beautiful services:
Congregation Schaarai Zedek has arranged with Tampa Bay Community Network (TBCN) to broadcast our services on public access television in Hillsborough County. You can access the LIVE services on the following channels:
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, September 15
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Saturday, September 16
11:30 AM – 2 PM
Kol Nidre Service
Sunday, September 24
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Monday, September 25
11:30 AM – 2 PM
Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah Service
Monday, September 25
Non-members in good standing of another congregation may request courtesy tickets through the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) reciprocity arrangement. Please request reciprocity directly from your synagogue using the URJ’s reciprocity form, or have your synagogue email a reciprocity form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help us manage our capacity, please indicate specifically which of our services you’d like to attend.