High Holy Days

Join us for the High Holy Days services bringing in 5778 (in September 2017).

Services will be led by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth A. Emert. Please see his brief biography below.

No ticket needed


We do not use a ticket system. Donations, of course, are always appreciated and are put to excellent use.




Rosh Hashanah Eve – Wednesday, September 20.  
5:30 p.m. – Community dinner (all dishes non-dairy; bring for 6-8 )
7:00 p.m. – Services begin

Rosh Hashanah 1st Day – Thursday, September 21.  
9:30 a.m.–? – Morning service (including Torah service and Tashlich)
a.m. following morning service – Tashlich (bring your bread)
a.m. following Tashlich – Children's service
7:00 p.m. – Evening service

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day – Friday, September 22   
9:30 a.m.–11:30(ish) a.m. – Morning service

Erev Yom Kippur – Friday, September 29.  
6:00 p.m. sharp – Kol Nidre will be chanted before sundown, followed by service.

Yom Kippur Day – Saturday, September 30.

9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Morning service
4:30 p.m. – Discussion led by the rabbi
5:45 p.m. – Yizkor service
6:15 p.m. – Neilah service
7:15(ish) p.m. – Shofar blast 

The Break-the-Fast DAIRY buffet expected to be held at Beth Shalom.  

3:30 p.m. – You may drop off your dish(s). The synagogue will supply lox, cream cheese, bagels, and drinks.
7:30 – Break-the-fast buffet

Yizkor Booklet for 2017/2018 (5778)
We are compiling the Yizkor Memorial Booklet so we need to hear from you immediately. The listings in last year’s booklet will remain. If you have names to add, please send the names, dates of passing and their relationship to you to bethshalomauburn@gmail.com.

A donation of $18 per name is encouraged or consider purchasing a leaf in loving memory (details later in the newsletter). The rabbi will read the names in the booklet Yizkor booklet on Yom Kippur.


Rabbi Dr. Kenneth A. Emert

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth A. Emert has just retired from his congregation of 22 years at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, NJ.

Rabbi Emert brings an extensive educational background to our community. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Hebrew Language and Literature from Queens College, Flushing, New York, Rabbi Emert earned a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew literature from Hebrew Union College, where he was also ordained in 1977. In 1982, Rabbi Emert received a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University and in 1991 earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Jewish-Christian Studies from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Having led congregations in Smithtown, New York, Rockford, Illinois, and Wichita, Kansas, Rabbi Emert has been the senior rabbi at Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, NJ, for 22 years. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
In addition to his spiritual leadership, Rabbi Emert has also lectured and taught courses at universities and colleges, led Jewish educational workshops, and served as religious school principal. He has served as president of the Wyckoff Clergy Association and continues to actively pursue interfaith dialogue.

Rabbi Emert is a member of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and The Rabbinical Assembly. He has received honorary doctorates from both the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He will be serving Sun City Jewish Congregation in Palm Desert, CA, come this January 2018 as its part time rabbi. Rabbi Emert resides in Palm Springs, California.