High Holidays

Dear Friends,

You’re in the right place to make all your reservations for the High Holidays at KI! Note that all reservations are due by August 31, 2022.

On this page, you’ll find our complete calendar of High Holiday services, classes, and events. Below the calendar, you’ll see descriptions of all the classes and events.

When you’re ready to RSVP for anything related to the High Holidays at KI, just follow this link. You’ll also find payment information at that link. If you have any questions or need additional help, please call the KI office at 502-459-2780 or email yyussman@kenesethisrael.com.

לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵּחָתֵמוּ
L’Shana Tova Tikateyvu V’Techateymu!
May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for good!

We will be livestreaming all High Holdiay services on YouTube Live for those who are unable to attend in person. Tickets are still required for online viewing.
Babysitting is available at $10/day per child for children up to age six, and this includes age-appropriate High Holiday activities.
Babysitting is from :
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on both days of Rosh Hashanah,
Kol Nidre from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Do you know of any students enrolled in college, or anyone in the military, who need High Holiday tickets? Or anyone who has never joined us before for High Holidays? Please let us know in the office, and we will extend free seats to them.

Send some love to your college students. Sign up for KISHKA, Keneseth Israel’s Student Holiday Kits. It’s easy to do, and students really appreciate receiving a special package from KI during the holidays.

For more details, contact Laura Levin at elllevin@aol.com or 502-429-0165.

Submit your student info ASAP, so Laura can make timely arrangements for the care packages.

This High Holiday season, Keneseth Israel would like to honor…you! Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are times to both reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments and milestones from the past year. Would you like to mark a special event with an Aliyah or another honor on the High Holidays? Please tell Rabbi Freed what you would like to commemorate. Even if you are not celebrating something this year but would like an honor at services, please email Rabbi Freed at rabbi@kenesethisrael.com or call him at 502-459-2780.
KI is thrilled to provide a safe and special High Holiday experience for KI kids and families. We are engaging a dedicated Family Service leader to lead our families in singing, dancing, story telling, crafts, and more! Further details on these services will be sent out in the near future.
KI is proud to offer lulav and etrog sets for $54/set – reserve your set by calling the office, or using the RSVP portal. The lulav & etrog are some of the ritual objects that we use on Sukkot. Though we call it the Lulav, it actually is comprised of branches of three species: the Lulav (palm), the Hadas (myrtle), and the Aravah (willow). Taken together with the etrog, they make up the Four Species.
Our Kesher service is something special we are offering for those who are not able to attend the full second day Rosh HaShanah service. Rabbi Freed 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. September 27th, 8:30 a.m -10:00 a.m. No cost.
On Sunday, September 11th, come to KI to enjoy the musical stylings of famous Hebrew song-writer and singer, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky. Rabbi Warshawsky has released four albums and has been featured in six separate Jewish music publications in the past six years.

We hope you’ll join us at 5:00 p.m. for a family friendly celebration as Rabbi Warshawsky teaches us to sing along to his musical creations.

Enjoy sushi and sake in the Sukkah on Wednesday, October 12th, at 6:30 p.m. following minyan. This event will include a free make your own sushi dinner and an open bar! Please RSVP at the purchase of high holiday tickets.

Come have a beer with Rabbi Freed at Jews&Brews: After Hours on Thursday, October 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sukkah. The weekly Torah portion will be studied.

No Sukkah at home? No problem! KI has time blocked off for families to come enjoy a breakfast, lunch, dinner or just some games in the in the sukkah.

Rabbi Ben Freed has partnered with Rabbi Shani Abramowitz of Ohavay Zion synagogue in Lexington, and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky to teach a 3 session class starting Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. about the Midrash of Elul. The first class will be in person at KI and over zoom. The second class will be exclusively on Zoom. The final class will be in person at Ohavay Zion and over Zoom. You know what they say – triple the rabbis, triple the fun!

Cantor Hordes will teach a class on Monday, September 19th called “Tuning Up for the High Holidays” in which she will go over the melodies and prayers for the holidays. Join us for evening minyan at 6:00 p.m., and the class will start at 6:30 p.m.


KI and Rabbi Freed are proud to bring this Yom Kippur a stump the Rabbi session! Beginning at 3:00 p.m. you can ask any question and learn about anything. Come see what the Rabbi (doesn’t) know! Stick around after for a variety of board games as we wind down the Day of Atonement.

Every year, we conduct a food drive for those in need in our community. Please bring with you a bag of nonperishable food, toiletries, and other necessities from now until Yom Kippur, and as you arrive for Kol Nidre. All donations will be delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry following Yom Kippur.
Join us on Sunday, September 18th at the KI cemetery (719 Locust Ln) for:
10:00 a.m. Cemetery  beautification projects (building a fence, repairing gravestones, planting, and cleaning)
11:00 a.m. Clergy will be available for individual gravesite memorial prayersBreakfast will be served.

Selichot are prayers of forgiveness which prepare us for the High Holidays. This year, Selichot falls on Saturday, September 17th. Rabbi Freed and Cantor Hordes look forward to ushering in the High Holidays with you at our Selichot service, featuring an the Israeli movie Maktub, starting at 8:30 p.m.
This year KI is proud to bring to everyone a traditional Rosh Hashanah Seder with dinner on September 25th at 6:00 p.m. followed by an erev Rosh Hashanah service at approximately 7:15 p.m. Meal choices and reservations to this event can be made at the purchase of high holiday tickets. Take-out options are available.
Adults: $25 / Children 7-11: $15 / Under 7: Free
See you at Big Rock Park for Tashlich as we cast off our sins (and breadcrumbs) into Beargrass Creek on Monday, September 26th @ 5:00 p.m. We will be walking over from the synagogue at 4:30 p.m., but if you can’t make the walk, we will just see you there. 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.
The Keneseth Israel Sisterhood invites you to Break the Fast Thursday evening, October 5th, following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. There is no charge for this light meal (not just a nosh), but reservations are required. Donations to defray preparation costs are always appreciated.
All families are invited to join us on Sunday, October 9th at noon to decorate the KI Sukkah. This family-friendly event includes an edible Sukkah contest, arts and crafts, and pizza! Free of charge.
Festivities begin on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. with Mincha and will include a yizkor service. Then, we move on to Hakafot  — including stuffed Torahs for kids to march with and a tradition of completely unwinding a Torah beneath the Fischer windows. Cap off the evening with an ice cream feast!