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High Holidays 5781


The High Holidays are a time for personal and communal reflection. At Shearith Israel, our services are traditional, and we create a high-energy, joyous and celebratory mood to lift our souls to the heavens. Our primary prayer experience during these unprecedented times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic will be oriented toward your homes through Zoom. All are welcome to join us for our prayer, which we hope will feel as familiar as possible. We long to see everyone in person again, and we grieve the loss of that ability right now. We have faith that our prayers for a vaccine will be answered, and that one day, this too shall pass. Please scroll down for complete information on CSI's High Holidays experiences for 5781. 

For a message from Rabbi Kaiman, technical tips for a spiritual experience on Zoom and holiday readings, click the button below.

Rabbi Kaiman's Guide to High Holidays 5781 


high holiday services guest registration 

All are welcome to participate in the holiest of days with the Shearith Israel community. Members will automatically receive a link to the Zoom services one week before each holiday, therefore there is no need for members to register.

Associate members, guests, curious seekers, and everyone else, please click on the box below for the High Holiday Services Registration Form. Guests may register without proof of membership elsewhere. For additional questions or support, please contact Jacinta Cox in the synagogue office at or 404-503-9909. 

High Holiday Services - Guest Registration Form



This year, we will sing together for the High Holidays! Be a part of a special project and opportunity to join our voices together in uplifting song. It is our desire to have as many people participate as possible, regardless of how well you think you sing. All are encouraged to lend your voice! The deadline to submit is Thursday, September 24.

Sing With Us


Service TIMES


Please note: The following times and details are subject to change, and will be updated in the coming weeks.



7:30pm - Mincha/ Ma'ariv
7:21pm - Candle Lighting


8:30am - Shacharit
10am - Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Crane (Forms of Quarantine / Frames of Mind) 
7:15pm - Mincha
8:00m - Ma'ariv
8:19pm - Candle Lighting



8:30am - Shacharit
10am - Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Crane (Race, Oppression and Judaism) 
Shofar / Tashlich - Various Times & Locations (see Neighborhood Shofar Blasts & Tashlich section below.) 
7:15pm - Mincha 
8:00pm - Ma'ariv
8:26 - Havdalah



6:45pm - Mincha
7:15pm - Kol Nidre
7:26pm - Candle Lighting / Sunset
7:30pm - Ma'ariv



9am - Shacharit
10am - Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Crane [Fasting as a (Contested) Public Health Measure to Protect Against Pandemic] 
11:00am* - Yizkor
5:30pm - Mincha
6:45pm - Neila
7:45pm - Ma'ariv/Havdalah & Shofar Blowing
*Yizkor start time is approximate


youth & family services REGISTRATION


CSI Spiritual Music Innovator Ori Salzberg will lead multiple 45-minute Youth & Family Services on the grassy lawn in front of our Education Building on both days of Rosh Hashanah (9am - 1pm) and Yom Kippur (9am - 2pm). Each service will be limited to a total of five (5) family units. Social distancing will be practiced and all attendees are required to wear masks. To sign-up, please submit your preferred time(s) for attendance by Wednesday, September 9 via the button below. Please note: Youth & Family Services are for families with pre-college-aged children (from toddlers through high schoolers) only!

For those who wish to participate in Youth & Family Services remotely via Zoom, services will be broadcast from 10 - 10:45am and 11- 11:45am on both days of Rosh Hashanah (Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20) and Yom Kippur (Monday, September 28).

Register Here



We're pleased to offer opportunities for Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Crane on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 10am. View the session topics below and stay tuned for a Zoom link to the sessions:

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (September 19)

Forms of Quarantine / Frames of Mind

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (September 20)

Race, Oppression and Judaism

Yom Kippur (September 28)

Fasting as a (contested) public health measure to protect against pandemic


Neighborhood shofar blasts & Tashlich

We are pleased to be offering socially-distant gatherings in various neighborhoods on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah (Sunday, September 20) for the community to see one another, hear the shofar blasts and perform the Tashlich ritual. 

Learn More

yizkor book  sukkah raffle  lulav & etrog  bima decorations  machzor 

  • Yizkor Memorial Book - This year's Yizkor Book will be delivered to congregants in the metro Atlanta area in advance of the High Holidays. Submissions are now closed.  
  • Sukkah Raffle - Enter our raffle to win an easy-to-assemble sukkah! Click here.
  • Lulav & Etrog - Order a lulav and etrog set for Sukkot by Friday, September 11 at  this link. After this date, you may contact the office to see if extra sets are available by calling 404-873-1743. 
  • Bima Decorations - With your help, the High Holidays will be blooming with color. Please consider underwriting the cost of the blossoms and greens that will adorn our bima for the High Holidays. If you wish to contribute to the purchase of these decorations, please do so via the Online Payments page. Select "High Holiday Bima Decorations" from the drop-down menu. Thank you for helping to beautify our High Holiday experience! 
  • Machzor Chadash - High Holiday services this year will mainly be oriented toward your homes through Zoom. Congregants who wish to borrow a copy of the Machzor Chadash may contact the office in advance of the High Holidays. 



Thank you to the numerous children and families who participated in our CSI High Holiday Art Contest! The contest was open to children aged 10 and under and each submission contained at least one reference to the High Holidays (i.e. shofar, apples and honey, "Shana Tovah", 5781, etc.).

View the submissions! 

Thu, September 24 2020 6 Tishrei 5781