Key Dates 2019/5780

Saturday, Sept. 21 — Selichot

Sunday, Sept. 29 — Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 30 — First day of Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Second day of Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, Oct. 8 — Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct. 9 — Yom Kippur

Sunday, Oct. 13 — Erev Sukkot (Youth Education program, Congregational Service, and dinner)
Monday, Oct. 14 — Sukkot Festival Service

Sunday, Oct. 29 — Erev Simchat Torah (Youth Education program, Congregational Service, and dinner)
Monday, Oct. 21 — Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service.

Online High Holy Day Forms

  • Book of Remembrance, (to honor your family members, of blessed memory)
  • Request Complimentary Guest Name Badges (for grandchildren 19-29, or guests who are full-time students or active military)
  • Purchase Paid Guest Name Badges (for out-of-town family and close friends, friends who have recently moved to the area, or those considering joining PTS)
  • Request Reciprocal HHD Tickets (if you are visiting another URJ-affiliated synagogue) (Available soon)
  • Apples & Honey Registration (for no-charge child care during HHD services) (Available Soon)


Apples & Honey Registration (for no-charge child care during HHD services)

Please contact the PTS office for information regarding reciprocal HHD tickets and guest name badges.

Service Schedule

Saturday, Sep. 21: Selichot

  • Dessert Social – 7:00 pm
  • Study Session – 7:30 pm
  • Selichot Service – 8:30 pm

Sunday, Sep. 29: Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Congregational Sanctuary Service – 7:00pm – Sanctuary

Monday, Sep. 30: Rosh Hashanah First Day

  • Tots n Torah – 9:00am – Chapel
  • Family Service – 10:00am – Chapel
  • Congregational Sanctuary Service – 10:30am – Sanctuary
  • Nefesh Service – 11:45am – Chapel
  • Tashlich Service – 5:00pm – Coyote Point Recreation Area
  • Tashlich Picnic Dinner – 5:30pm – Coyote Point Recreation Area

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Rosh Hashanah Second Day

  • Community Service – 10:30am – Chapel

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre

  • Family Service – 6:30pm – Chapel
  • Sanctuary Service – 7:30pm – Sanctuary

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Yom Kippur

  • Tots ‘n’ Torah – 9:00am – Chapel
  • Family Service – 10:00am – Chapel
  • Sanctuary Service – 10:30am – Sanctuary
  • Nefesh Service – 11:45am – Chapel
  • Panel Discussion – 1:30pm – Sanctuary
  • Yizkor (Memorial) Service – 2:45pm – Sanctuary
  • Teen Service-3:45pm-MPR
  • Afternoon Service – 3:45pm – Sanctuary
  • Neilah and Havdalah – 5:15pm – Sanctuary

Description of Services

Selichot: As we begin our spiritual journey to the High Holy Days, join the clergy as we explore writings and reflections. This year, we will be unpacking why we pray, what Jewish prayer is, and how we can create authentic and meaningful prayer experiences for ourselves. This discussion is based on the book, Making Prayer Real, by Rabbi Mike Comins.

Tots ‘n’ Torah: A musical, energetic, and developmentally-appropriate service for families with children from Preschool to 2nd grade.

Family Service: An engaging, participatory, and musical service for families with children kindergarten through 5th grade. Stories and service led by our rabbis and Director of Youth Engagement Madeleine Steckley.

Sanctuary Service: A participatory prayer experience with contemporary and traditional meditations and music.

Nefesh Service: A participatory and informal prayer experience for adults. Service and sermon led by our rabbis with musical soloist Emily Jasinsky.

Tashlich Service: An inspiring and family-friendly ritual of casting away our transgressions by symbolically tossing bread crumbs into a living body of water. Bring a blanket, folding chairs, picnic dinner, warm layers, and some crumbs to toss. Bring bread or for more environmentally-friendly alternatives: cooked rice, cut up grapes, corn, oats, or birdseed.There is a vegetarian potluck; to participate, please bring enough for 10 people.
First letter of last name brings:
A- D- appetizer
E-H – salad
I-L- Side dish
M-P – main course
Q-T- dessert
U-Z – Soft drinks/water

Community 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service: Open to the community. No name badges required.

Additional Services on Yom Kippur:

Yizkor (Memorial) Service: Reflective service of remembrance dedicated to loved ones who have died.

Healing: A service incorporating the story of Jonah and prayers, songs, and poetry of healing.

Neilah and Havdalah: Concluding service including the final sounding of the shofar, as well as a blessing for babies and first-time fasters. Everyone with a shofar is welcome to come to the bimah for the final sounding of the shofar.

Helpful Hints for a Good Experience

Guest Name Badges: We want to make this High Holy Day season as easy as possible for you. PTS will automatically send name badges for adults and children ages 11-29 to all members who have renewed their 2019-2020 Congregational Membership. We will also send a guest name badge to all single members of the congregation. Children ages 10 and under do not require name badges. If you have grandchildren ages 19-29 or guests who are full-time students or on active military duty, they are eligible for complimentary name badges.

Worried About Parking? Parking can be difficult during High Holy Day services due to the large number of congregants on site at the same time. Here are some important suggestions

  • Carpool if possible.
  • For the 6:30pm services, only handicap parking will be available in the parking lot. We ask all others to park nearby. Drop-offs will be permitted in a specially designated area of the PTS parking lot.
  • Except for the 6:30pm services, parking is available in our PTS parking lot.
  • We ask you to be patient, drive slowly and remember that when exiting the parking lot after the service, you will be allowed to make a right turn only.

Reciprocal Ticket Exchange: Reform synagogues throughout North American offer the courtesy of reciprocal tickets for those who are traveling during the High Holy Days. Arrangements are made between the respective synagogue offices for members in good standing. If you are planning to be out of the area for the High Holy Days, please contact the PTS office, 650-697-2266.