Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29, 2019

Services will be begin at 6:15 pm

Rosh Hashanah (Day 1) – Monday, September 30, 2019

Services will begin at 8:45 am

Rosh Hashanah (Day 2) -Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Services will begin at 8:45 am

Erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday, October 8

Kol Nidre Services will begin at 5:35 pm

Yom Kippur  – Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • Pesukei D’zimra – 8:45 am
  • Shacharit – 9:10 am
  • Torah Service – 10:20 am
  • Sermon – 10:55 am
  • Yizkor –  11:20 am
  • Moral Memory – 12:20 pm
  • Musaf –12:00 pm
  • Mincha – 3:45 pm
  • Neilah – 5:10 pm
  • Shofar – 7:11 pm

Family and Children’s Service Offerings

Nitzanim: Newborn-3 years, with parent or guardian

Mini-Minyan: 4-7 years, with parent or guardian

Junior Congregation: 8 year- pre-b’nei mitzvah

Teen Service: post-b’nai mitzvah through pre-college

High Holy Days Tickets


  • KI Members: You may fill out a ticket form online here. Members of KI receive two tickets with a family membership, and one ticket with a single membership. Additional tickets must be purchased.
  • Non-KI Members: You do not need to be a member to attend services at KI. You may fill out a ticket form online here.
  • Reciprocal Tickets: If you are a member of another synagogue and wish to get reciprocal seating at KI’s services this year, please have your synagogue email with your name, mailing address, phone number or email, and the number of tickets required.
  • To reserve tickets offline, call the office at 617-277-9155 with your information.
  • Questions? Call 617-277-9155 or email

Please note: We do not want finances to prevent anyone from attending services. If you wish to discuss your situation, please contact the main office at 617-277-9155.

Chazzan Saul Wachs has been a staple of Congregation Kehillath Israel’s High Holy Day services for over 40 years. He will return this year for the 5779 holidays, and wished to share these tunes with everyone. Click to hear them play. The page numbers are taken from KI’s standard holiday siddur.

Ledor va-Dor

Musaf for Rosh Hashanah (pg. 149)
Musaf for Yom Kippur (pg. 359)
Musaf for Ne-ilah (pg. 462)

Ein Kitzvah

End of Untaneh Tokef
Rosh Hashanah (pg. 148)
Yom Kippur (pg. 358)

Uvekhen Tzadikkim

Musaf for Rosh Hashanah (pg. 362)
Musaf for Yom Kippur (pg. 362)
Ne-ilah (pg. 463)

Ha-Yom Te-amtzeinu

Musaf for Rosh Hashanah (pg. 173)
Musaf for Yom Kippur (pg. 402)

Yizkor Book / Book of Remembrance

You may use this form to submit a listing for the KI Book of Remembrance (Yizkor Book). Our Book of Remembrance is published each year for the High Holy Days. Copies will be available during Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, for the yizkor services.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, August 16.

Israel Bonds

Direct link 2012Israel Bonds allow you to invest in Israel and your future. There are many bond options that are suitable for gifts, personal investment, and more. To learn more about the bond options or to purchase an Israel bond online, please click here.

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KI welcomes you to our High Holy Days services! We are pleased to welcome Hazzan Saul Wachs again this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 617-277-9155 or The office is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Fridays.

For more information on tickets, the yizkor book, and more, please see below. Click the + icon to expand a section. Details about services, including childrens’ services, are included below.

Service Descriptions

As we strive to create an ever more inviting, welcoming space for worship, we will continue to provide two distinct main service options. For the first day of Rosh Hashana and all of Yom Kippur, we will offer:

“Sanctuary Service”
(The service usually held in the Sanctuary)
Led primarily by Hazzan Saul Wachs, this will be the traditional KI service as Rabbi Hamilton and Hazzan Wachs have beautifully led together for many years.

“Epstein Service”
(The service originally held in Epstein, last year held in the BHS gym)
This is a more intimate, songful, and participatory lay-led service using the traditional liturgy of the High Holy Days.

On the second day of Rosh Hashana, we will all join together for a single, soulful experience led together by Rabbi Hamilton, Hazzan Wachs, and lay leaders.

Note: Seating at Services

Please let us know if you require accessibility accommodations for seating in either service, and we will do our best to accommodate you.