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Free and low-cost High Holiday services, 2018

We offer this listing every year as a service to our readers who are not members of synagogues, and who seek free or low-cost ($40 and under) Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Most synagogues have registration deadlines, even if services are free. Services traditionally are free for students, and many offer a sliding scale; call individual shul for confirmation. Most congregations hold outdoor tashlich ceremonies that are free and open to the community.

For detailed information, contact the synagogue or go to J.’s Jewish Resource Guide.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sunday, Sept. 9 and Yom Kippur begins at sundown Tuesday, Sept. 18.


San Francisco

Chabad of SF. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Sept. 10; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Other free events include “Jew Year’s Eve Party” 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and holiday dinner 8 p.m. Sept. 9. At various locations in San Francisco. Visit tinyurl.com/chabadsf-hh18 for full list of events and venues.

Congregation B’nai Emunah. Free for anyone who has never attended High Holidays here. 8 p.m. Sept. 9; 8:45 a.m. Sept. 10; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9 a.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 3595 Taraval St.  (415) 664-7373 or bnaiemunahsf.org/celebrate/high-holydays

Congregation Chevra Thilim. Free, donations welcome. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Orthodox. At 751-25th Ave. (415) 752-2866 or tinyurl.com/sfshul-HH2018

Congregation Emanu-El. Free family services. 5 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10; 5 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19 (for children 5 and younger). 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 (for children 5-10). Reform. At 2 Lake St. emanuelsf.org/services/jewish-holidays/hhd/#HHDopencommunity

Congregation Ner Tamid. Free, donations encouraged. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Conservative. At 1250 Quintara St. (415) 661-3383 or office@nertamidsf.org

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Minimum donation $40. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 19. Reform. All services at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., except Sept. 11 services at the synagogue, 290 Dolores St. tinyurl.com/shaar-hh

Keneset HaLev. Free break-the-fast meal at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Donations welcome. At S.F. County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. (415) 339-7485 or kenesethalev.org

Or Shalom Jewish Community. Free family services. 6 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10; 6 p.m. Sept. 18; 9 a.m. Sept. 19. Also, all regular services free for students 18-25 with ID. Reconstructionist. At First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. (415) 469-5564 or orshalom.org/high-holy-days

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California. Rosh Hashanah celebration 2-5 p.m. Sept. 8 with songs, refreshments and readings in English and Yiddish. Secular. $5-$10. Reservations (recommended) to dmscott01@yahoo.com. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. tinyurl.com/workmens-HH2018


East Bay

Aquarian Minyan. Nontraditional second-night service. 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Live music with blues hall-of-famer Lester Chambers and klezmer/world musicians Michelle Alany & the Mystics. Suggested donation $10-$40. At Rudramandir Center, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Contact Karen Roekard at roekard@lmi.net.

Berkeley Community High Holy Days. Free, donations welcome. Rabbi Adina Allen and musician Jeff Kasowitz of the Jewish Studio Project lead “liturgy-grounded, song-infused, intention-driven, justice-themed” services. 7 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Childcare provided. At JCC, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. highholydayservices.org

Congregation B’nai Torah. Free, donations strongly encouraged. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 10 and 19. Reform. At 50 Sand Creek Rd., Suite 140, Brentwood. RSVP to Matt Cordova at mattjcord@comcast.net.

Chabad of Alameda. Free, donations encouraged. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11. At Italian American Hall, 2712 Encinal Ave. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. At Eagles Lodge, 2305 Alameda Ave. (510) 477-7092 or jewishalameda.com/high

Chabad of East Bay. Free, donations encouraged. Services 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11 and 19. 2951 Derby St., Berkeley. Holiday meal after each service at the Ferris home; location with RSVP. (510) 540-5824 or office@chabadberkeley.com

Chabad of Emeryville. Free Yom Kippur services 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. At Hyatt Place, 5700 Bay St. menuchaf@gmail.com

Chabad of Oakland. Free, donations and RSVP encouraged. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. At 3014 Lakeshore Ave. Rosh Hashanah dinner 8 p.m. Sept. 9. $25-$30. Dinner for Young Jewish Professionals (ages 21-39) 8 p.m. Sept. 10. $18-$30. (510) 545-6770 or tinyurl.com/chabadoakland-HH2018

Jewish Gateways. Outdoor family services in English and Hebrew. Suggested donation $25/family. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and 19. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. tinyurl.com/gateways-hh18

Jewish Learning Institute of Berkeley. Free. 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Chabad. 2095 Rose St., Suite 202, Berkeley. jliberkeley.org/highholidays

Kehilla Community Synagogue. Family, youth and tot services. 10 a.m. Sept. 10; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. $40/family. All other services on sliding scale starting at $30. Renewal. At Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Family and toddler Kol Nidre 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. kehillasynagogue.org/hhd-family-services

Minyan Dafna. Free services. 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 19. Suggested donation $18 per service or $36 for all. At Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley. tinyurl.com/mdaf-hh18

Temple Beth Hillel. $36 for first-time attendees, $18 for students 18-24. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Reform. At 801 Park Central, Richmond. (510) 223-2560 or tbhrichmond.org/high-holy-days

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. Secular Humanist celebration starting with tashlich followed by potluck and holiday observance. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. At Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. $10 suggested. (925) 485-1049 or trivalleyculturaljews.wordpress.com


Peninsula & South Bay

Chabad of North Peninsula Free, donations encouraged. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 9; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 6:45 p.m. Sept. 18; 9 a.m. Sept. 19. Rosh Hashanah services at Marriott Hotel, 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo; Yom Kippur services at Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. (650) 453-8136 or tinyurl.com/chabadnp-HH2018

Chabad of Palo Alto. Free. 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. At 3070 Louis Road. (650) 424-9080 or tinyurl.com/paloaltochabad-HH2018

Congregation Beth David. Free. 6 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9 a.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. (408) 257-3333 or beth-david.org/hhd-5779

Congregation Beth Jacob. Free family and traditional services. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10; 9 a.m. Sept. 11; 5:30 p.m. Sept 18; 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. (650) 366-8481 or bethjacobrwc.org/worship/high-holy-days

Congregation Sinai Free for first-time attendees; call for tickets. 7 p.m. Sept. 9; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 1532 Willowbrae Ave., San Jose. (408) 264-8542 or tinyurl.com/sinaisj-hh2018

Hillel at Stanford. Free for students. Reform: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. At Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Conservative: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. At Koret Pavilion, Hillel-Ziff Center, 564 O’Connor Lane, Stanford. Suggested donation $36 for under 36. (650) 725-1602 or tinyurl.com/stanfordhillel-HH2018

Keddem Congregation. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:15 a.m. Sept. 19. Reconstructionist. At Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. (650) 494-6400 or keddem.org

Oshman Family JCC. Free, in Hebrew. 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 6:15 p.m. Sept. 19 (Ne’ilah). $5-$10. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. (650) 223-8700 or paloaltojcc.org/holidays

Rohr Chabad House at Stanford. Free for students, including meals. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. At Old Union, Lausen Mall, Stanford. (650) 494-3274 or chabadstanford.org


North Bay

Chabad of Petaluma Free, donations encouraged. 10 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. At 205 Keller St., #101, Petaluma. (707) 559-8585 or jewishpetaluma.com/highholidays

Congregation Beth Ami. Free. 8 p.m. Sept. 9; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. (707) 360-3000 or bethamisr.org

Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley. Free for military veterans. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 18; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and 19. Reform. At 1455 Elm St., Napa. (707) 253-7305 or tinyurl.com/cbs-HH2018

Congregation Shomrei Torah Free with RSVP and seating card (required), donations suggested. 6 and 8 p.m. Sept. 9; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 and 18; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Reform. At 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. (707) 578-5519 or shomreitorah.org/high-holy-days


Outside Bay Area

Congregation Beth Shalom. 7 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11 and 19; 6:45 Sept. 18. $36/service; free for students and military veterans. Conservative. At 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. cbsmodesto.org/holiday-services

Kol Tefillah. Free. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 a.m. Sept. 10-11; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 9 a.m. Sept. 19. Conservative. At 200 Washington St., Suite 109, Santa Cruz. Vegetarian potluck after services Sept. 9 and break-the-fast Sept. 19. At Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. koltefillah.org