High Holiday Resource Center 2017/57787

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown, Wednesday, September 20
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Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown, Friday, September 29

For both logistical as well as security reasons, Barnert Temple requires all adults attending High Holiday services to have a ticket. Each year we strive to balance our desire to be open and our need to be financially responsible and look to our vision and mision to help guide our policy. We seek to open our doors wider to our extended families, draw in new members, and expect non-member attendees who have attended consistently to be more supportive of us. Our High Holiday ticket policy is described below. If you have any questions or concerns, lease don't hesitate to contact us at (201) 848-1800.

Ticket Policy
Obtaining Tickets 
Schedule of Services
Family Services

Barnert Temple's High Holiday Ticket Policy


There is no fee for members, their children (including adult children), and their parents. 

Each Barnert member will receive one white ticket/adult member.  (Dependent children do not require or receive tickets.)  A white ticket is for seating in the Sanctuary or Social Hall, until the space is full. 

  • Members can receive additional white tickets for immediate family, including adult children and parents.  (College-aged children of members do not need tickets.)  There is no fee for these tickets.
  • Guest tickets for other family members are $54/each.  These will also be white tickets.
  • Family members who belong to another synagogue may receive complimentary white tickets by providing the office with a letter from their home synagogue indicating they are members in good standing.
Associate Members

Associate members will receive a complimentary white ticket for each adult member, including parents.  (Dependent children do not require tickets.)  

  • White tickets for other family members are $54/each.
  • Non-member tickets for those attending for the first or second year(s) are complimentary.
  • Non-member tickets for those attending for more than two years, or former congregants, cost $500/adult ticket and $100/child under 18 year.  (This reflects a policy in effect for the last several years, and has been - and will continue to be - communicated via the letter that accompanies the ticket.
  • All non-members receive green tickets for seating in the Library or Youth Lounge.
  • Non-members' children are welcome to attend and worship in our main service and require a ticket.
  • A ticket is required for all High Holiday worship services, including Yizkor.
  • Tickets for non-members include the invitation to participate in our worship year-round: Sukkot and Simchat Torah, Shabbat, and all of our sacred celebrations.  Welcome their participation beyond the High Holidays!
  • Any non-member who would like to worship with us but cannot afford the ticket price is welcome.  If you know of any family to whom we might extend ourselves, please contact the office at (201) 848-1800.  If there are other circumstances that warrant our attention, please inform us as well.
  • Barnert Temple welcomes EZ Key for the High Holidays.  Click here for more information. 

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Obtaining tickets (Guests and Non-Members)

Tickets for Full Members will be mailed home.  Associate Member, Non-Member and guest tickets must be picked up in person at the Temple during one of the pick-up dates and times listed below. To request family-guest tickets, please complete the Family Guest Ticket Request Form.  If you are a non-member, bring your identification and form of payment to one of the dates/times listed below.  The required forms will be made available to you.

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Schedule of High Holiday Services

Below is the schedule of services and observances during the High Holidays. This information will also be printed on your ticket.

Selichot Program & Havdalah

Saturday, September 16
Reflections and Music with Special Guest Speaker


7 pm


Rosh Hashanah Observance

Wednesday, September 20
Evening Service  


8 pm 


Thursday, September 21
Torah Tots and Kavanah Kids

Morning Service, Junior Congregation

Community Kiddush Picnic follows services

Young Family Service (up to 2nd grade)

Tashlich (meet at Graydon Pool, Ridgewood)

9:15 am

9:30 am

12:30 pm

1:30 pm

3 pm

Friday, September 22
Morning Service and Torah Study, Informatl


10 am 



Yom Kippur Observance

Friday, September 29
Kol Nidre Evening Service   


7:45 pm 


Saturday, September 30
Young Family Service (up to 2nd grade)

Torah Tots & Kavanah Kids

Morning Service & Junior Congregation

Adult and Teen Study Sessions

Afternoon Servcie of Renewal

Yizkor Service

Neilah, Closing Service,
   followed by Breaking of the Fast

9 am

10:45 am

11 am

2 pm

3:45 pm

4:45 pm

5:30 pm


Sukkot Observance

Wednesday, October 4

Thursday, October 5
Young Children's Program

Friday, October 6
Shabbat-In-Sukkot Dinner Celebration Around The Tables Potluck Supper

5:30 pm


10:30 am


7 pm

Simchat Torah Observance  

Wednesday, October 11
Yizkor Service

Simchat Torah Celebration
Consecration of New Religious School Students and Honoring the Generations

Thursday, October 12
Young Children's Program



6:30 pm


7 pm


10:30 pm



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Special Services for Families and Children

Part of Barnert Temple's mission is to help create Jewish experiences that are relevant, accessible and meaningful. This part of our mission takes on unique meaning for our families with young children and for our younger set of congregants. To help meet the special needs of these groups, we offer both Young Family Services as well as High Holiday Junior Congregation.

Young Family Service (Up to 2nd Grade)
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21, at 1:30 pm
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30, at 9 am

This family-friendly service is designed to make the themes and messages of the High Holidays relevant to younger children in grades 2 and younger. This interactive service is typically 60-90 minutes in length and helps our younger members develop positive impressions of High Holiday worship, as it is designed especially for them! Parents are expected to stay with their children.

Junior Congregation (Grades 3-6)
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21, at 9:30 am
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30, at 11 am

Children are welcome at all of our services, but Junior Congregation is a little more fun! This special program is open to our full members, only. As you can imagine, a program of this nature requires a great deal of preparation and planning. For this reason, you must register in advance. There is no on-site registration. Return your registration form by Tuesday, Sept. 4 to:

High Holiday Junior Congregation, Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208 South, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

A few important notes about Junior Congregation.

  • We appreciate donations to support this effort. Please make your gift payable to Barnert Temple. 
  • Parents must accompany their children, no matter what age, to the Junior Congregation area and sign each child in and out. Sign-in will take place in the Atrium of the Center for Lifelong Learning. 
  • All children must stay with the program throughout its entirety. We know you appreciate our security measures and our need to maintain decorum in our hallways. 
  • If you have any questions, contact Sara Losch or Jennifer Katz-Goldstein

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(Children 2 Years - 2nd Grade)

Children are welcome at all of our services, but it is hard to balance the desire to have our children present during worship with upholding the special dignity and quality of our High Holiday setting. To help our families pray and worship without distraction, on-site babysitting is available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as follows: 

  • (Rosh Hashanah) Thursday, September 21, from 9:15 am - 15 minutes after services end
  • (Yom Kippur) Saturday, September 30, from 10:45 am - 2 pm 

To take advantage of this service, you must register your child in advance.  Return the High Holiday Babysitting Form by Wednesday, Sept. 5 to Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208 South, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.  Mail it to Barnert Temple no later than August 31 as we must receive it by September 5 for your registration to be accepted. You should receive a confirmation via email from the Temple by September 10. If you do not, contact the Temple office at (201) 848-1800 to ensure we received your application. 

A few important notes:  

  • For the safety of our children, no one may bring unregistered children into babysitting.
  • You must accompany your child, no matter what age, to the babysitting area. You must sign each child in and out. We know you appreciate our security measures and our need to maintain decorum in our hallways.

If you have any questions, contact Nan Sumner.  High Holiday babysitting is funded entirely through your generous donations. Please make your gift payable to Barnert Temple and mark your check "High Holiday Babysitting." We thank you for your support. 

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