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High Holy Day Services, Tickets, and Activities at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El offers a wide array of High Holy Day services and activities! Please see below for details on attending services, childcare, and participating in activities.

High Holy Day Service Tickets

We hope that you will join us for your High Holy Day experience as we welcome in 5778! Members will receive their High Holy Day service tickets in the mail at the beginning of September. Tickets are available for purchase by non-members in the Temple Beth El office at $75/holiday. Students and military personnel are welcome to apply for complementary High Holy Day tickets at the Temple Beth El office. For questions on High Holy Day tickets, please call 608-238-3123.


Click Here for a Complete Worship Schedule for the High Holy Days 


Temple Beth El offers childcare for children age 0 – grade 2 from 10:30 am-1:15 pm on Rosh Hashanah, September 21, and Yom Kippur, September 30. For older children, apple slices, graham crackers and cheese sticks are provided during a set snack time. Round challah is provided on Rosh Hashanah as well. For questions, please contact Rachel Sauer at school@tbemadison.org or 608-238-3123. Register for childcare.


High Holy Day Activities

Aside from services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we also provide our community with engage High Holy Day fun! Click on the links below to learn more and register for these events.

Apple Picking at Eplegaarden Sunday, September 10 at 11:00 am

11951140_10153535931340119_1288451109455908947_nSmell the sweet fresh apples as you pluck them right off of the tree to begin Rosh Hashanah! Meet at the picnic tables at 11:00am and we will go pick apples together, take a hayride and then all meet back to enjoy our lunches and conversation . Each family is responsible for purchasing the fruit they pick. We’ll meet back at the covered shelter with picnic tables for lunch. Come and pick apples for your Rosh Hashanah table with us. Please bring lunch for your family.

High Holy Day Shabbat Morning Boot Camp Saturdays, September 16 & 23 at 10:30 am

What motivates us to work toward achieving the goals of the High Holy Days? Come and experience a fun, easy, energetic, holistic program of study, meditation and/or yoga, fun snacks, and blessed community as we join one another in preparing for the High Holy Days. The holidays can offer a set of challenges, both spiritual and physical, that require gentle training and awareness, and we’re happy to provide these to you.

The Selichot Experience Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm

Join Rabbi Jonathan Biatch to screen and discuss the documentary “Lives Restarted: From the Holocaust to Memphis: Stories of Courage and Resilience,” followed by an ice cream social & Selichot service to prepare our space and ourselves for High Holy Day services. RSVP so that we can ensure adequate amounts of ice cream!

Madisons’ Jews’ Next Dor Apples and Honey Cook-Off Sunday, September 17 at 5:45 pm

Show off your culinary talents! Enter Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor’s Apple and Honey Cook-off. Everyone present will be judges and enjoy our Apple and Honey-themed dinner. Be sure to RSVP and read the rules carefully for your entry!

Tashlich and Nosh Thursday, September 21 at 1:15 pm

Tashlich is the tradition to go to a nearby body of water on Rosh Hashanah day and symbolically cast away one’s sins or wrongdoings from the past year. This is done by tossing bread crumbs or bird seed into the water, along with a short ceremony. Come and schmooze over cheese and crackers, herring and party rye, Mediterranean veggies, pita and hummus, antipasto kebabs, desserts (honey cake, sour cream apple bars, flourless fudge cookies), coffee and punch!

Tots ‘n’ Tunes: Shalom Sukkot Sunday, September 24 10:00 am

Schmooze and groove with friends for this special Sukkot-themed Tots ‘n’ Tunes geared toward tots and their families.totsntunes

Community Break Fast Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm

Join us following Yom Kippur Services, when we’ll provide bagels, lox, salads, and other nosh to enjoy after your fast.

Sukkah Decorating, Pizza in the Hut, and Sukkot Service Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 pm

Join us at 5:30 pm for Sukkah decorating followed by Pizza in the Hut! Register for pizza and salad from Roman Candle Pizza as we perform this mitzvah and enjoy each other’s company.

Simchat Torah Celebration of Learning with Taco Bar Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00 pm

The way that we celebrate Simchat Torah will be different this year, and we invite you to join us! On Wednesday evening, October 11, we’ll conclude the annual cycle of reading the Torah, and begin it again. This holiday concludes our High Holy Day season, and we will offer gratitude for learning and study, parade in celebration with the Torah, and roll out the Torah for all to see and hear.All members of our congregation are invited to join us for this celebration.


Please contact the Temple Beth El office at 608-238-3123 with any questions. We send our wishes for a sweet new year to all of our congregants!