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L'shanah Tovah!

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek is proud to offer a full and inspiring array of services for our members and the community at large during these days of awe. We gather at Gann Academy, 333 Forest St, Waltham, MA.


Important Information | Schedule | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur | Youth Services & Childcare | Registration


Join us for a vibrant array of High Holyday services!

High Holydays 2019 Services Streaming Audio

Date & Time Holiday Location Program Times For Children

September 21

 Selichot Program Hillel B'nai Torah,
West Roxbury
8:00pm-10:00pm No childcare provided

September 29

Erev Rosh Hashanah Gann Academy, Waltham 8:00pm-9:30pm No childcare provided
September 30
First Day of
Rosh Hashanah
Gann Academy, Waltham Morning Service

Family & Youth Service
Youth & Family Services


September 30    

Taschlich Newton City Hall Pond
     with Rabbi Toba

Beach at Jamaica Pond
     with Bill Shorr

Watertown Square
     with Rabbi Shahar
4:30pm All ages welcome
October 1
Second Day of
Rosh Hashanah
Gann Academy,
10:00am-12:30pm Childcare provided
October 5
Shabbat Shuvah Dorshei Tzedek,
West Newton
9:45am-12:00pm Childcare provided
October 8
Kol Nidre Gann Academy,
6:30pm-8:30pm Childcare provided
October 9
Yom Kippur Gann Academy,

Morning Service

Family & Youth Programs

Afternoon programs


Havdallah/Break-fast           7:15pm

Family & Youth Services


Childcare Resumes

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Schedule.


Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah  Sunday, September 29 • 8:00pm-9:30pm
We welcome the New Year with an evening service appropriate for adults as well as older children. No childcare is provided, however children are welcome in the main sanctuary.

First Day of Rosh Hashanah  Monday, September 30 • 9:30am-1:00pm
Please join us for a participatory, engaging celebration of the New Year! During the Torah reading, we will celebrate the new life in our community. If a child has come into your family this past year, please join us for a special aliyah! All ages are welcome at 9:30am; family and youth programs start promptly at 10:00am, with the shofar service at 12:45pm. Childcare available following children’s services.

​​​​​Taschlich  Monday, September 30 • 4:30pm
On Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to symbolically release our transgressions and cast off that which holds us back from doing complete teshuvah.There are three tashlich opportunities: 
     ♦ Newton City Hall Pond with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
     ♦ Watertown Square with Rabbi Shahar Colt
     ♦ the beach at Jamaica Pond with CDT congregant Bill Shorr.
Please bring small beans (no bread, please) to cast into the water. All ages are encouraged to come!

Second Day of Rosh Hashanah  Tuesday, October 1, 2019 • 10:30am-12:30pm​​​​​​​
It is our custom at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek to have a less traditional service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, including learning in place of a Torah reading and an alternative abbreviated Musaf service. Our learning this year is inspired by our mental health inclusion initiative, and features Rabbi Jordan Schuster of Hebrew College. Childcare will be available. 


Yom Kippur

It is traditional to dress entirely in white during Yom Kippur and to refrain from wearing leather, especially leather shoes. We invite you to join us in honoring one or both of these traditions.

Kol Nidre  Tuesday, October 8 • 6:30pm-8:30pm
Kol Nidre, the ancient prayer of release from vows, is traditionally said before sunset. We start the service promptly at 6:30pm, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early. This is the one service of the entire year when a tallit (prayer shawl) is worn in the evening. Please feel free to bring your tallit if you own one. Guests are welcome. Childcare is available.


Yom Kippur  Wednesday, October 9 • 9:30am-7:15pm 

 9:30pm-1:15pm - Shaharit
♦ 10:00-11:00am - Family and youth programs; childcare is available 11:00 - 1:15pm.
♦ 12:00pm - Yizkor service, a time for remembering loved ones who have died.

♦ 1:15pm - Musaf Service

Break • 2:20-3:30pm

♦ 3:40pm - Join Peter Wayne of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, for an opportunity to rest your mind and energize your body in the waning hours of Yom Kippur. Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that employs slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind. No previous experience is necessary!
♦ 4:30pm -  Our interactive Mincha program, inspired by the CDT Understanding Race and Economic/Class Diversity working groups, will initiate conversation and reflection about economic reparations for the legacy of slavery, in the context of teshuvahChildcare is available.
5:45pm - Eleh Ezkereh remembrance, our afternoon memorial service, which will include a remembrance of CDT member Noah Elan Marcus.
♦ 6:30pm - Ne'ilah​​​​​​, the dramatic finale to the day, culminates with Havdallah and a communal shofar-blowing (bring your own shofar!)
♦ 7:15pm - Break-fast


Youth Services & Childcare

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek provides quality programming for our families and children, including family and youth services, childcare for children aged 6 months and older which includes High Holyday-themed activities, snacks during morning programing, and a quiet room for those who need a break.

Family & Youth Services

We offer family and youth services from 10:00-11:00am on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning. Programs this year are led by a wonderful group of educators including Alison Lobron and Tal Shalom-Kobi (ages 0-5), Esther Kohn and Karen Engels (grades 1-3), Rabbi Shahar Colt (grades 4-7), and Vered Brooks (grades 8-12).

These programs include:
• a family service for parents and young children up to kindergarten age
         • a family service for students in grades 1-3
         • a family service for students in grades 4-6
         • a program for high-school students

All children join the main service for a story on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, and for the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Of course, children are welcome to sit with you in the main sanctuary at any time.


Childcare will be available during the following times:
        • First Day of Rosh Hashanah, 11:00am-1:00pm
        • Second day of Rosh Hashanah, 10:00am-12:30pm
        • Kol Nidre, 6:30pm-8:30pm
        • Yom Kippur morning, 11:00am-1:15pm
        • Yom Kippur evening, 5:00pm-7:15pm

Children age 6 - 36 months: Childcare for children age 6 - 36 months is available on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning only. In order to ensure proper child/staff ratios, children 36 months and under must be registered for childcare by Monday, September 16. Unregistered children are welcome to sit with you in the main sanctuary.


Click here to register

If you have questions or would like to get a printed packet, please contact the Dorshei Tzedek office at (617) 965-0330 or Please remember to include your contact information, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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