With the approach of the High Holy Days and the economy still in trouble, Bay Area synagogues and organizations are hosting free services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Here are some options (a more complete listing can be found online at www.bayjews.org):
Berkeley community High Holy Days annual free services will be held for Rosh Hashanah at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. Sept. 9, with Kol Nidre services at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and Yom Kippur services beginning 10 a.m. Sept. 18 and concluding with a break-the-fast potluck. Rabbi Jay Krause and Cantor Sandra Lipsman will officiate. All services take place at the JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. For details, visit www.highholydayservices.org or call (510) 604-0664. To RSVP for the potluck, call (510) 705-2135.
Canfei Nefesh will host free Rosh Hashanah services at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and free Yom Kippur services starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Canfei Nefesh is at 1802 Fairview St., Berkeley. For information, visit www.canfeinefesh.bravehost.com.
Chabad of the East Bay hosts free Rosh Hashanah services at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 8 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 11. Free Yom Kippur services start at 6:13 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. Sept. 18. All services are at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. For details, visit www.chabadberkeley.org.
Chabad of Oakland will host free services at Chabad Jewish Center, 3718 Grand Ave., Oakland, beginning with Rosh Hashanah evening prayers and dinner at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and continuing with services at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and 10. Free Yom Kippur services start at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Visit www.Jewish.Oakland.com.
Chabad of S.F. hosts Rosh Hashanah services at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. Yom Kippur services begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Fairmont Hotel, 925 Mason St., S.F. For details, call (415) 668-6178.
Nistar Yeshiva has organized free, egalitarian services with Chochmat HaLev founder Rabbi Avram Davis and Rabbi Daniel Lev, beginning with Rosh Hashanah observance at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and continuing with Yom Kippur services at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. Sept. 18 at the San Francisco Baha’i Center, 170 Valencia St., S.F. For details, visit www.nistar.org.
Congregation B’nai Torah’s free Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at the congregation’s new home, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. 13th St., Antioch. Free Yom Kippur services are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. Sept. 18. For information, call (650) 759-6939.
Jewish Gateways hosts free Rosh Hashanah services at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9. Yom Kippur services are at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Family services will be held one hour prior for some services. RSVP at www.jewishgateways.org/node/175/signup.
Temple Israel in Alameda is offering complimentary worship tickets throughout the High Holy Days, beginning with Selichot on Sept. 4. For tickets and event details, call (510) 522-9355. Temple Israel is located at 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda.