Rosh Hashanah: Take your pick of free or low-cost High Holy Days religious services
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With the Jewish year winding down, we are faced with what can be a difficult annual decision: where to attend High Holy Day services. In the Bay Area, this can be an especially challenging decision because so many options are available — different religious approaches, varying costs, and enticing settings ranging from the Fairmont Hotel to Tilden Park. To help you decide how to mark this season (and at the risk of adding even more good options), here are some of the Bay Area’s free and inexpensive services.
Community High Holy Days services. Annual nondenominational, egalitarian services that have been offered since the late 1970s. 7 p.m. Also Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Free, donations suggested. http://www.highholydayservices.org,
Community-led High Holy Days services. Organized by Kolaynu: The Progressive Jewish Voice of Santa Cruz. At the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 6:45 p.m. Also Kol Nidre services Sept. 25 at 6:45. Free; donations accepted. (831) 475-3313.
High Holy Days services. Organized by community group Jewish Gateways. 7 p.m. Also Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. also Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Free. http://www.jewishgateways.org.
Secular progressive services. Organized by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. Tashlich at 4 p.m. Potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Ceremony at 6 p.m. $15 donation for nonmembers is requested. http://www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.
High Holy Day services. Napa Valley Chabad Jewish Center. At Touro University on Mare Island, Vallejo. 6:30 p.m. Also Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Free. http://www.jewishnapavalley.com.
High Holy Days services. At Richmond Torah Chabad Center, 423 10th Ave., S.F. 7 p.m. Also Sept. 17 and 18 at 9:30 a.m. Also services at BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Free. http://www.rtchabad.org.
High Holy Days services. Chabad of San Francisco. 6:45 p.m. at School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., S.F. Also Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 25 at 6:45 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F. Free. http://www.chabadsf.org.
High Holy Days services. Chabad of Oakland Jewish Center. 7:30 p.m. Also Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Free. At 4231 Park Blvd., Oakland. http://www.jewishoakland.org.
Chabad houses around the Bay Area will be hosting free High Holy Day services. For complete listings visit http://www.chabad.org.
Secular Rosh Hashanah services. Organized by the Workmen’s Circle of Northern California. At San Francisco Humanities building, 1185 Vicente St., S.F. 3 p.m. Free, small donation suggested. (415) 566-7235.
Outdoor Rosh Hashanah service. Congregation Beth El organizes services culminating in tashlich. At Tilden Park, Berkeley, meet at Lake Anza. 3:15 p.m. Free. http://www.bethelberkeley.org.
Tashlich service and picnic. With Kol Hadash community for Humanistic Judaism. At Willows Picnic Site, Tilden Park, Berkeley. 11:30 a.m. Free, please bring picnic food to share. http://www.kolhadash.org .
Sephardic, egalitarian services. Congregation Zohar Yisrael observes Yom Kippur with Spanish and Moroccan melodies and rituals led by Rabbi Tsipora Gabai. At Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. Also Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. $12-$35. http://www.zoharyisrael.org.
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