High Holidays - Chabad of Hawaii
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Shanah Tovah!

Celebrate the High Holidays among friends and connect with your inner self. Services will be interspersed with explanations and page guidance. In short, you will feel at home. Wishing you and yours a very happy and sweet new year!

Special High Holiday 2020 Info and Options

This year will be unlike any other. Our mission is to be here for you, and provide you with the most meaningful, authentic and uplifting High Holiday experience possible. To achieve this we will be providing a number of High Holiday options, which you may view below.

  • Traditional High Holiday Services: Our cantor will lead us in socially distanced, but spiritually uplifting entire holiday service. There will be limited, socially-distanced seats available, and no walk-ins will be allowed.  We request that you reserve a seat for each service you plan to attend in person. Masks will be required.
  • Outdoor Shofar Blowing  + Tashlich at Ala Moana Beach Park: At 4:00 pm, during the second day of Rosh Hashana, we will be providing a short outdoor service that will include a Shofar Blowing, the Tashlich (aka "throwing away your sins") prayers, and short words of inspiration. Click here for more info.
  • Spiritual Seats: For those who have always reserved a seat for the Holidays but will be unable to attend in person; we are offering you the option to still be part of our service. By purchasing your Spiritual Seats, the Chazzan will include your names in the prayers, and you will be helping support Chabad, thereby giving you the sense of belonging and the powerful Divine merit of Holiday attendance..
  • Pre-Holiday Classes & Inspiration: We will be offering classes and DIY training to inspire your own prayers at home as well as Zoom virtual programming immediately before the holiday.
Service Schedule
Rosh Hashanah Meal
Yom Kippur Service
What Are the High Holidays?
The two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah is the head of the Jewish year, the time when G‑d reinvests Himself in creation as we crown Him king of the universe through prayer, shofar blasts, and celebration. A week later, the High Holidays reach their crescendo with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Like angels, we neither eat nor drink for 25 hours. Dressed in white, we pray in the synagogue—united as one people, children of One Father.
Upcoming events
Sep. 20, 2020
Masks required. Social Distancing
Sep. 20, 2020
Shofar begins at 12:30 & sporadically during service thereafter. Also available: Shofar blowing for drop-ins during the afternoon
Sep. 20, 2020
Following services (may be closer to 2:00 pm than 1:30!) Light luncheon with social distancing
Sep. 20, 2020
Hear the Shofar blown at Ala Moana Beach Park.Toss your sins away at this beach-side ceremony. Ala Moana Beach Park lagoon: the most Diamond Head point of the Beach Park.
Sep. 20, 2020
Sep. 25, 2020
At candlelighting every Friday night. Check your calendar for weekly candlelighting time.
High Holiday Appeal
Increase your generosity of tzedakah (charity) during the High Holiday season. “Repentance, prayer, and charity take away the severity of the decree”.