High Holidays

This page has the 411 on High Holiday programs and services

HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Browse through our online calendar or print out a calendar.

HH SEATS

$118 per seat for members / $236 per seat for non-members – Reservations include both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Are you new to KI, a college student, or in the military, and need free tickets? Call us at 502-459-2780 or email info@kenesethisrael.com.

HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS

Click here to make all your reservations online (seats, lulav/etrog, programs, babysitting, etc.) or call us at 502-459-2780. All RSVP’s are due by August 30th.

HOW TO MAKE PAYMENTS

Need to pay for your HH seats, a program, or anything else? Want to make a High Holiday donation? Click here.

HIGH HOLIDAY HONORS

Would you like to mark a special event with an Aliyah or an honor on the High Holidays? Even if you are not celebrating something this year but would like an honor at services, please email Rabbi Wolk at mwolk@kenesethisrael.com or call him at 502-459-2780.

FOUR SPECIES

KI is proud to offer lulav & etrog sets for $54/set. Click here to reserve yours.

STUDENT HIGH HOLIDAY KITS

Send some love and sweet New Year’s wishes to your college students. KI will send a free care package to member’s children or grandchildren. For more details, contact Laura Levin at elllevin@aol.com or 502-429-0165.

BABYSITTING

KI is pleased to offer babysitting during High Holiday services at $10/day/child for ages 18 months to 2nd grade, as follows: Rosh Hashanah (9/30, 10/1) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Kol Nidre (10/8) 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Yom Kippur (10/9) 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.

Please contact Laura Levin at elllevin@aol.com or 502-429-0165 with your child’s reservation, and be sure to include any allergy information.

SELICHOT

Saturday, September 21 @ 10:00 p.m. Join Cantor Hordes as she leads KI’s Selichot services – prayers of forgiveness which prepare us for the High Holidays.

CEMETERY CLEANUP AND MEMORIAL PRAYERS

Join us on Sunday, September 22 at the KI cemetery (719 Locust Ln) for:
10:00 a.m.—Cemetery beautification projects (repairing gravestones, planting, and cleaning).  Breakfast will be served.
10:30 a.m.—Clergy will be available for individual gravesite memorial prayers.

OPERATION ISAIAH

Please bring nonperishable food, toiletries, and other necessities to KI any time from now until Yom Kippur.  All donations will be delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry following Sukkot.

HUNGER WALK

Save the date – September 22 @2:15 p.m. – join KI’s Hunger Walk team! More details to follow.

KESHER SERVICE – NEW!

Our new Kesher service is something special we are offering for those who are not able to attend the full second day Rosh HaShanah service. Rabbi Wolk will lead this meaningful experience which will include traditional prayers and melodies as well as study and reflection on the relevance of the prayers and the themes of the day. October 1, 8:30 a.m -10:00 a.m. No cost.

ROSH HASHANAH IN THE PARK

See you at Big Rock Park for Tashlich as we cast off our sins (and breadcrumbs) into Beargrass Creek on Monday, September 30 @ 6:00 p.m.  After Tashlich we hope you stay at Big Rock for a New Year’s Party with cake and champagne, followed by Rosh HaShanah afternoon services. The entrance to the park is at the north end of Valletta Lane.

BREAK THE FAST

The Keneseth Israel Sisterhood invites you to Break the Fast on Wednesday evening, October 9, following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. Free.

FAMILY SERVICES

We are excited to offer special HighHoliday services for children and families. Renee Brachfeld, professional storyteller and experienced family HighHoliday family services educator, will be leading all family services.

Rosh Hashanah (9/30)
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Preschool through 2nd grade and families
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3rd grade through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and families

Rosh Hashanah (10/1)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Preschool through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and families

Kol Nidre (10/8)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Preschool through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and families

Yom Kippur (10/9)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Preschool through 2nd grade and families
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3rd grade through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and families

Open to the entire community. No cost to attend but reservations required by 8/30.

Plus: don’t miss a special opportunity for all children to get close and personal with the Torah! On the first day of Rosh Hashanah (9/30), all children are invited to say the blessings on the fifth Aliyah before family services begin at 10:30 a.m.

SUKKOT PICNIC

Everyone is invited to join us on Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the KI Sukkah following 6:00 p.m. musical services. Bring your own dairy/veggie food for a picnic dinner. Also, kids will enjoy an edible Sukkah contest, arts and crafts, and more!

KIDDUSH IN RABBI’S SUKKAH

The Wolks invite the congregation to walk over to their house after Shabbat morning services on Saturday, October 19, to enjoy a Kiddush luncheon featuring lox and bagels.

BBQ IN THE BOOTH

Join us on Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the KI Sukkah for kosher BBQ brisket and chicken, catered by Kingsley Meats. Also enjoy sides like corn, baked beans, and cole slaw, plus a variety of local beers. $18 per person. RSVP by paying at https://www.kenesethisrael.com/payment

SIMCHAT TORAH PARTY

Please join us at AJ on Monday, October 21, for a joint synagogue event. Festivities begin at 5:45 p.m. with Mincha followed by a light celebratory dinner. Then, we move on to Hakafot at 7 p.m. Cap off the evening with an ice cream feast! Then, on Tuesday, October 22, come to KI for festive Simchat Torah services. Check out the flyer for further details.