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High Holy Days 5782/2021

This year's High Holiday services will be in-person and live-streamed from Dayspring Church in Tempe. 

Temple Emanuel of Tempe Book of Memory
Click here to view and download the Temple Emanuel of Tempe Book of Memory 5782. The Yizkor Memorial Service will take place on Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 16th at 4:00pm.

Hineini Service Book
Click here to view and download the Hineini Service Book. The Hineini Service will take place on Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 16th at 3:00pm.


Here are the four principles that are guiding our observances:

1. Safe, Meaningful Worship: Using our movement’s beautiful new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, Rabbi Olshein and Cantorial soloist Emily Kaye Wiss will lead us in worship live from Temple Emanuel and Dayspring Church.  For those who prefer to worship from home, our services will be available via livestream as well.  Rabbi Olshein is offering two new worship experiences on Yom Kippur afternoon as well:  a healing service and the new “Hineini” contemplative experience featuring a combination of secular and liturgical experiences.  Additionally, we will have opportunities to gather outdoors not only to hear and blow the shofar, but also for Tashlich, complete with an accompanying family education program.

2. Cheshbon HaNefesh: Taking an Accounting of Our Souls:  As always, each of us is responsible for doing the work to make the High Holy Days meaningful.  Rabbi Olshein will be providing resources throughout the Hebrew month of Elul (the month preceding Rosh HaShanah) to assist us with the difficult work of taking stock of the past year and plan for the year to come.  We hope these resources will deepen your spiritual experience during our season of return/season of forgiveness.

3. Materials for Home Observance: If you would like to enhance your home observance, we can provide yarzheit candles, copies of our High Holy Days’ machzor (prayer books), Mishkan HaNefesh, to borrow, and more.  These materials will be available at the synagogue in the lead up to the Holy Days.

4. Being Together: Simply put, we miss each other and want to be together.  We’ll gather safely inside, online, and outside, and hope you will participate on your own or with your family. We’ll keep our distance and wear our masks, but we’ll be together. 

Today, we are exactly a month away from Rosh HaShanah!  With our new Rabbi, Religious School Director, and our returning Cantorial Soloist, this year will again be different, but it will also be meaningful in new and exciting ways.  Please be in touch with your questions … we can’t wait to spend this beautiful High Holy Days’ season with YOU!
With peace,
The Clergy, Staff and Board of Temple Emanuel of Tempe

Purchasing High Holy Day Tickets

Unlike previous years, we will not be ‘selling’ High Holy Day access for non-members – instead, we ask that everyone who wishes to take part in Temple Emanuel's High Holy Day services this year become a member of our congregation or offer a contribution here.

Your contribution is solely up to you and what you are comfortable contributing; there is no amount too large or too small to be part of our community. Should you decide to become a member after the holidays, any amount you contribute here will be applied toward your membership fee.

In the past, High Holy Day Tickets have cost $125 per person, per holiday.

If you are unable to make a donation at this time, we understand and still ask that you use this form to register to receive the links to our services.

All attendees MUST register and show a ticket before attending in-person.

Click here to RSVP

Already a member of Temple Emanuel? You will automatically be given access to all of the High Holy Day services and Youth Programming as one of the benefits of your membership and you do not need to complete this form.

Have yet to complete your membership renewal? Email today to renew!

Covid-19 Protocols for In-person Services

Temple Emanuel takes COVID-19 precautions and protections very seriously. In the spring of 2020, a multi-arc committee was established (Research, Values, Process, and Communications Teams) to help us determine the safety and viability of re-opening our building/participating in Temple-wide outdoor events. These teams continue to meet as benchmarks and research change and adapt over time.

All events are facilitated through the results, decisions, and processes created by these committees. Their recommendations are then vetted by the Executive Committee and implemented by staff. 

For the safety of others, we kindly ask that you are seated with only those you have RSVP'd with. We will ask all guests to socially-distance from those outside of their bubble and wear masks (regardless of vaccination status). We'll open doors to increase circulation and keep physical movement (including honors on the bimah) to a minimum.

Updated as of August 11, 2021

High Holy Day Opportunities for Children and Families

Calling all Pre-K through 2nd Grade Religious School families! Who loves a birthday? I know I do! Join us over Zoom on August 29th at 9:00am to learn about the birthday of the world (AKA Rosh HaShannah) and participate in two craft activities to get us in the Rosh HaShannah mood. Details and registration to follow! Register here

Are you a 3rd-6th grader who loves a puzzle? If so, join us on Zoom on September 1st at 4:30pm for a Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur escape room! Work with your teammates to escape the room before the time is up! Register here

Do you enjoy a challenge? Like competing against the clock? Want to have fun with your friends? If you’re in 7th-12th grade, we’d love to see you on September 1st starting at 6:15pm for a Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur escape room/scavenger hunt challenge! Work with your team and against the clock to complete the puzzles! Register here

All religious school families are invited to join us alongside our community Tashlich service on September 12th beginning at 9:00am for an experiential and communal program geared toward our religious school students of all ages. We look forward to seeing you there! Register here

For more information, please contact

Judaica Shop

The Temple Emanuel Judaica Shop is a small business that donates all its proceeds right back to the Temple. Temple Emanuel’s Judaica Shop carries a beautiful line of tallitot, perfect for Bar and Bat Mitzvot and High Holy Days. Our collection of tallitot are very competitively priced. We also carry a great selection of life cycle cards. Have you thought about participating in blowing of the shofar at the end of Yom Kippur services? We have a large selection of shofarot for you to choose from. Stop by on a Friday night before services to check it out!

Borrow Mishkan Hanefesh Prayerbooks

Congregants can borrow prayerbooks if they intend of attending services remotely. 

Pick-Up times will be 1-6pm on Tuesday, August 17th through Friday, August 20th. 

You'll be asked to return your books in September after the High Holy Days have concluded. 

Volunteer Opportunities


We need Ushers for this year's High Holy Day Services.
Responsibilities include handing out books, taking tickets and guiding the Torah processionals. Volunteer for one service or all of them! It’s the perfect job for a friendly congregant who loves to get to know new faces and say hello to friends! 

Interested? Email to express interest and share your availability.


Each year a small group of dedicated members help us pack up a small moving truck and bring our things to our High Holy Day venue. This year is no exception. We'll pack up our prayer books, portable ark, tallit and more and bring them down the road to Dayspring Church. 
Are you available to help us during these times? The more the merrier (and faster)!

Available to help?  Please let know which dates/times she can count on you! The Temple Emanuel staff will provide lunch and snacks and our sincere appreciation!

Yom Kippur Food Drive

Temple Emanuel's Annual Yom Kippur Food Drive will happen on Thursday, September 16th. Please remember to bring donated non-perishable food items on Yom Kippur morning, Thursday, September 16th! 

This year’s food drive will benefit Just 3 Things. Just 3 Things is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service and provides food and toiletry items to youth as they transition from foster care to independence. Special thanks to Just In Time Moving for their donation of a truck and staff!

Services for families with young children (ages 0-7)| September 7 & 16, 2021, 9:00 am | Dayspring Church

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning | In-person and Streaming

This year, our “Family Services” are geared towards on families with children through 2nd Grade.  Our age-appropriate and masked/socially-distanced Family Worship will last approximately 45 minutes.

All attendees aged 2+ will be asked to wear masks. Families will be asked to socially-distance and sit with only those in their "bubble".

These services are free and are open to the public. A ticket is not required for entry but we do ask that you register here to that we know to expect your family.

Youth Programming | Grade 3-5

10:15 am on both Tuesday, September 7 & Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

Youth Programming will be available on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning  for students in 3rd-5th grades. Students must be masked and will be outside for part of the morning.

Families with children aged 0 through 2nd grade are encouraged to join us for our Family Service the mornings of Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur.

Students in 6th grade and above should join their families in the sanctuary for the Traditional Service.

Please click here to RSVP in advance

T’filat R’fuah Healing Service

2:15 pm Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

“T’filat R’fuah” – Our Service of Healing – Our short, musical service focusing on prayers of healing the body, mind, and spirit.

Hineini Experimental Contemplative Service

3:00 pm Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

Our New “Hineini” Service – This innovative intimate/contemplative service in the round features modern readings and a mix of secular and liturgical music.  This service is particularly welcoming to those seeking a differently-spiritual experience interpreting the traditional themes of the High Holy Days.

Afternoon Torah Service 

4:00 pm Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

With the “Hineini” service replacing the traditional introductory prayers of the Afternoon Worship Service, we retain the traditional Torah reading with an interpretive Haftarah reading of the Book of Jonah in this separate worship experience.

Yizkor Service

4:45 pm Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

Our Service of Remembrance honoring those we have loved and lost.

N'ilah Concluding Service

5:45 pm Thursday, September 16 @ Dayspring Church

Signaling the end of Yom Kippur, this service concludes our journey of atonement, when we hope that God has forgiven us and sealed our fate for good in the year to come. 

Kol Nidre Contributions

Shanah Tovah!

Some of you may remember that last year, for the first time ever, our annual Yom Kippur appeal was delivered over video.  While I was filming in our empty sanctuary, I envisioned the day that I would see our community together again and be able to enjoy the High Holy Days in- person.  What a joy it is to be able to do that.  It is even more meaningful to know that we also have hundreds more in our community at home, praying and singing with us. We have a new commitment to being multi-access. We have truly been able to take the challenges of the last 18 months and create a more inclusive community. We are reaching our members where they are; whether that be at home, traveling, or with us in-person.

Last year I said I could never have imagined what this year would bring.  Little did I know how true that would be. This past year has continued to require levels of creativity and flexibility in all aspects of our Temple community life. It has been challenging. But it has been worth it.

Some people think that being a Temple President is a sacrifice. They ask me why I do it.  Why do I serve? I serve because all around us, every day, lives are touched and enriched by Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

  • A young child helps Rabbi with the Kiddush and Motzi at the end of Shabbat service and they, along with their parents, are beaming with pride.
  • A child feels they have found their spiritual home when they are playing games and learning with their Jewish friends.
  • A teen celebrates their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and a family turns to Temple Emanuel for education, guidance and to celebrate their joy.
  • A new congregant moves here and is welcomed by the women in Sisterhood or the Men of Emanuel.
  • A chavurah develops and they celebrate each other’s baby namings, B’nai Mitzvah and Weddings.  They are also there for each other both for Simchas, and in times of loss and grief.
  • Someone dear falls ill and a family is surrounded with support and healing prayers.
  • A parent, spouse, or child dies, and a family turns to our community for solace, comfort and to bury their loved one.

We are a sacred community – a Kehillah Kedushah – that is there for our members in their most joyful, as well as their heart-wrenching moments.  That is why I serve.

It is my honor to serve with Rabbi Olshein, our Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye Wiss, our Religious School Director, Jessie Rubenstein, our amazing staff, our teachers, all of our volunteers and of course, my fellow lay leaders who have gone above and beyond to embrace the challenges and opportunities of this past year.  I am extremely honored to serve with these amazing professionals.

We have had to pivot, and then when things seemed okay we had to pivot again.  We have had to redesign and create new programs, events, and services – all of which were (and continue to be) necessary to keep our congregation connected. We continue to be accessible and engaging during this time. The work has been hard, and there has been a lot of it.
This past year we have experienced more new ways to connect:
Hanukkah Scavenger Hunt
Virtual Purim Play
Journey through Passover
Virtual Seder
On-site and virtual Religious School
Outdoor Havdalahs
Backyard and indoor Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Racial Justice Study Program
“Bagel-ing” our community
Game Show Gala
Drive through Bagels on the last day of school
In-person Shabbat services
A Taste of Judaism
. . . and so much more!
This year we find ourselves in need of additional funds to support operations and to sustain our congregation.  As you can imagine, the challenges we have faced have affected us financially.  Program and event income that we rely on every year, like High Holy Days ticket sales, is now possible only through the generosity of donors.   We have families with increased financial need.  In addition to less revenue, our fixed expenses remain the same, and in some cases have increased.  We have had to invest in the equipment and people necessary to make sure we truly are multi-access – that we meet each other where we are.

Our High Holy Day Appeal 5782 Kol Nidre Pledge  is our primary fundraising effort.  This campaign of voluntary giving enables us to continue to be a warm, inclusive, and welcoming full-service synagogue.  All of us – the Board of Directors, staff, clergy, and you, are charged with helping to sustain this community.  We are asking you to give what you can.

With deep appreciation and gratitude for your continued membership, and the generosity with which you give.

Shanah Tovah,

Jennifer LeGrand, President
Temple Emanuel Board of Trustees

Click here to watch the full video. 

Wed, September 22 2021 16 Tishrei 5782