High Holy Days Overview

Tickets & Security | Child Care and Youth Programming | Events and Celebrations

Transportation, Parking & Miscellaneous | Tikun Olam / Social Action | Volunteer Opportunities

We wish you and your families Shana Tova U’Metuka, a happy and sweet New Year.

We’re looking forward to sharing the High Holy Days with you. Rabbi Joshua Dorsch and our visiting Cantor, Chazan Hanan Leberman together will lead our 5780 High Holy Day Services.

Our High Holy Day services will be conducted by Rabbi Joshua Dorsch and Chazan Hanan Leberman. Perry Arenson and Ted Stern will also be leading services along with our able corps of volunteers.

Ticket Information

If you are a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, your tickets will be mailed to you in mid-August. If you do not receive them, please be in touch with the office. Tickets for your dependent children living at home, 23 years or younger are included.

If you are not a member of our congregation, there are several options available in order to share the High Holy Days with us. Once you’re ready to order your tickets, you may use our online system or phone our office at 619 697-6001. 


We are happy to offer reciprocity to members of other congregations who would like to attend the holidays at TIS. Simply have a letter (on your congregation’s letterhead) faxed to 619 697-1102 or emailed to Kandice here. The letter should state that you are members in good standing and we will gladly provide complimentary HHD tickets.

Members of Tifereth Israel who may be attending services at another synagogue, please let us know and we will be happy to send a letter asking that tickets be provided for you. Email Kandice or phone her in the office. Please note we cannot guarantee the reciprocity of any other congregation.

Military Individuals and Families

First and foremost, we thank you for your service. If you are Active Military, we will gladly provide you and your dependents complimentary High Holy Day tickets. Please contact our office and provide us with your military ID.

Full-time Students

We are happy to provide full-time students with tickets for the High Holy Days. Simply come by and show us your school ID.

Purchasing Tickets

High Holy Day tickets may be purchased online or by phoning our office. If you have any questions, do call our office.

Reserved Seating and Additional Tickets

For those who wish, we offer reserved seats. You will be given the opportunity to select your own seat, subject to   availability. Fees for reserved seats are in addition to fees, if any, for a regular ticket. We can accommodate guests either through reciprocity (see above) or the purchase of a ticket. If you need extra tickets, you may order them online or phone the office.

Important Information

Security Information

To ensure your safety, each time you arrive for a High Holy Day service, please have your ticket and a photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) ready to be checked by the ushers. The name on the ticket must match the name on the photo ID. Thank you for your understanding. If you have misplaced your tickets, you will be escorted to the office and our staff will assist you.

Tickets with common nicknames or abbreviations are acceptable, and children do not need to show ID. If you use a different name at the synagogue than that which is on your identification, please contact the office and we will be happy to provide a replacement ticket.

Much more detailed information may be found here.

Child Care and Youth Programming

Child Care 16 months – Pre-K

  • Erev Rosh Hashana, Sunday, September 29th, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashana, Monday, September 30th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashana 2, Tuesday, October 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 8th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Neilah, Wednesday, October 9th, 4:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

In addition to daycare we’ll have holiday themed music, storytelling, Gymboree style games and activities led by Ariel Hirsch and Stephanie Dorsch. An art project will also take place.

Child care will be provided for children between the ages of 16 months and Pre-Kindergarten. A room will be open during all services for nursing moms and for children younger than 16 months. This room will not be staffed; you must supervise your children and clean up after them. Please eat any snacks outside of the classroom so as to respect any allergies.

Youth Programming for Grades Kindergarten through 6th will include:

    • Grades K – 6 will enjoy presentation from Girl Next Store Honey, an Apple Bar, a Social Action Program, Origami as well as age appropriate services and discussions.

Participants will be placed in one of two grade groups, K – 3 or 4 – 6. Youth Programming will be offered on:

      • Rosh Hashana, Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Teen Programming for Grades 7 – 12 will include:

    • Grades 7 – 12 will engage in a Jewpardy, Interactive Holiday Services, Apple Dipping Bar, Meaningful Discussion, and a Social Action Program.
    • Rosh Hashana, Monday, September 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Events and Celebrations


Saturday, September 21st, 8:00 p.m.

We’ll begin with Havdalah, followed by a a program from Rosenstein Arts, and then “The Bible Players: After Dark”. After, we’ll conclude with our Selichot Service.

Our service will be led by Rabbi Joshua Dorsch and Cantor Hanan Leberman.

Free Birthday Cake!: A Rosh Hashana Family Experience

Sunday, September 29th, 5:00 p.m.

Together, families will celebrate the birthday of the world at a casual and brief family-friendly Rosh Hashana experience open to all! We’ll have engaging activities, songs, and of course…birthday cake!

Tashlich Service

Monday, September 30th, 5:00 p.m. at Lake Murray

Tashlich is a fun, interactive, and impressive experience appropriate for all ages. Everyone will enjoy the

symbolic “Casting of Sins” into the water. Don’t forget to bring your scraps of bread (representing our sins) for throwing.

Directions and more details are here.

Kever Avot v’Imahot Memorial Services

Sunday, October 6th, 10:00 a.m.

This year’s Kever Avot Services will be held at Home of Peace and Greenwood.

Break-the-Fast with Us!

Wednesday, October 9th, 7:30 p.m.

Relax and enjoy the evening with family and friends while relishing a delicious meal catered by Golden Bagel Café. Make your reservations by noon on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Click here for reservations and more details.

Shake it…

Order Your Lulav and Etrog for Sukkot

A limited number of Lulav and Etrog sets are available and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your set online or phone the office.

Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah

Friday, October 18th, 7:15 p.m.

Following a special Shir Chadash Shabbat, join us for a delicious catered dinner, dining under the stars in our sukkah. Secure your reservations by noon on Friday, October 11th.

Learn more and make reservations now.

Preschool & Torah School Family Supper in the Sukkah

Monday, October 21st, 5:30 p.m.

An event for families of with children birth – 13 years old

Silverman Preschool and Abraham Ratner Torah School will host this casual get-together featuring a fun cereal bar and more. Following, we’ll celebrate Simchat Torah. Your RSVP by Wednesday, October 16th is a mitzvah!

Learn more now.

Erev Simchat Torah Family Celebration

Monday, October 21st, 6:15 p.m.

Together, we’ll rejoice and celebrate the conclusion of the reading of the Torah. Music, provided by Tifereth Israel’s Ad Hoc Polyphonic Klezmer Orchestra, will be the backdrop to our dancing, singing, and hakafot (Torah processions). The festivities are for all ages and not to be missed.

When Reserving for a Meal…

Our RSVP Policy

Please respond by the RSVP dates. Requests after those dates will be placed on a wait list. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds for any cancellations.

Click here to purchase your tickets onlineA great deal of planning goes into our events to make sure everyone has the best possible experience. To achieve this goal, we often require a reservation in advance. It impacts not only the cost of the event, but also the amount of food prepared, the setup of the room, and many other details. Making your reservations in advance is a courtesy to the organizers and to other participants.

Just One More…

We know that sometimes an unexpected visitor may arrive; a business trip you planned has been postponed, etc. We recognize these things happen. Although sometimes we may be able to accommodate, please understand when we can’t.

Transportation, Parking and Miscellaneous

Jewish Family Service ‘On the Go’

Helping Seniors Get to Shul

Your ride to High Holy Days Services is just a phone call away! Free door-to-door transportation for older adults 60+ from your home to your synagogue and back! Serving 30 zip codes.

RSVP by September 20th

New Riders: (858) 637-3210 | Current Riders: (858) 637-7320

For more information call 858 637-7320 or visit www.jfssd.org.


Parking at TIS will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The middle lot will be open for handicap parking only. You must possess and show a DMV placard to be admitted into these spaces. The lower level will be general parking. In addition to the Tifereth Israel parking lot, you may park at East San Diego Masonic Lodge on Tommy Drive throughout the holidays.

Parking at the Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge asks that you park only in marked spaces. Please do not block entrances. Also, drive slowly in these lots and do not litter.

Reserved Parking

A limited number of reserved parking spaces are available on the upper lot for $180 each. Please contact the office or go online to reserve your space.

Cell Phone and Electronic Device Use

The use of cell phones or any electronic device is strictly prohibited on the High Holy Days and Shabbat in the sanctuary and on the synagogue grounds. Please be respectful of all of our congregants and visitors.

Tikun Olam / Social Action at TIS

Jewish Family Service of San Diego provides comprehensive human care services to people of all ages and faiths. Throughout the High Holy Days each of us can make a difference in the lives of those in need. Keep all of these important projects in mind while you are shopping. We’ll partner with JFS in the following ways:

High Holy Day Food Drive

Hand Up Youth Food PantryThrough October 10th

Help eliminate hunger during our partnership with Jewish Family Service (JFS) HandUp Youth Food Pantry.

During Yom Kippur our fast is 24 hours. For many, hunger is a daily experience. We are asking everyone to bring five pounds of nonperishable food to the synagogue for distribution throughout San Diego County. Your contributions do not need to be kosher. Please give generously.

Click here to learn more and see a list of specifically requested food items

Handbags of Hope Across America

Secure your family’s space with a donation of a new or gently used women’s handbag and fill it with specifically requested NEW products.

Handbags of Hope is dedicated to collecting and distributing handbags filled with toiletries and more! The handbags are distributed to women escaping domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, poverty, and life challenges. This partnership is in conjunction with San Diego Police.

Click here for more details and a list of requested items.

Volunteer: It’s Good for the Heart

Volunteer: It's Good for the HeartWe have several opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Please lend your support!

Be an Usher / Greeter!                                              

The entire congregation, collectively, appreciates our ushers and greeters efforts to make the High Holy Days a warm, welcoming, and spiritually meaningful experience. Ushers and greeters help everyone who walks through our doors feel comfortable. They also help relay some of our traditions and customs, ensuring that services run smoothly.

We need your help! For our five High Holy Day services, we have fifty (50) time slots that need to be filled. Each slot is an hour long, and we have spaces available both inside and outside. Click here to see what shifts are available. We will provide you with all of the guidance, assistance, and information that you will need.

If you are able to help us out and volunteer to take an Usher and Greeter shift, e-mail Larry Casper or call the office.

The Shofar Squad – 5780

Join our Shofar Squad. No experience is necessary. This is an opportunity to learn and participate in this ancient ritual.


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