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Everyone over 22 years of age must have a ticket to attend Beth Shalom services for the High Holidays.

How do I get a ticket?
CBS members in good standing receive high holiday tickets by mail. People who are 22 and younger and coming in with a parent or guardian do not need a ticket, however they will need to request a sticker for re-entry. Coming in without a ticket-holding parent? Contact us in advance to get your own ticket.

What about my adult children?
If your children are over 22 years of age and plan to attend services at CBS, they need a ticket.  

How do I get them a ticket?
If your adult children (or other visitors) are over 32, there are two ways for them to get tickets.  If they are members of another synagogue, they can get reciprocal tickets at CBS for free. See “Members of Other Synagogues” below.  If they are not members of another synagogue, they can purchase tickets at this link or through the CBS office. See “Non-Members” below.  

You or your adult children may contact us and we’ll prepare tickets for them.  Young adults up to age 32 may  receive High Holiday tickets at no charge (you may request Young Adult tickets here).  Donations support our sacred community and are always appreciated. 

How much do tickets cost?
Non-member tickets cost $400 each. Get the early bird rate of $360/ticket payable before Friday, September 1st. 
High Holiday ticket sales help us cover the costs of high holiday programming, staffing, and supplies. 

Requests for reduced rates are handled by the front office. Please speak with Lauren Fellows at 206-524-0075 at least one week in advance.

I’m not a CBS member, how do I join?
Contact the front desk at 206-524-0075 ext 2504 or via email.

Members of Other Synagogues
Out of town visitors who present a letter of good standing from their home synagogue will receive 
reciprocity tickets at no charge.  Please mail or bring the letter to the CBS office by Friday, September 1st to receive your tickets on time. 

(or members to be, we hope!)
Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis at the CBS office.  If you decide to join Beth Shalom within three months of the holidays, your ticket purchase price will be 
applied to your first year’s dues.  

New & Prospective Member are 
invited to meet Rabbi Borodin and 
Executive Director, Colin Coltrera, on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30pm. Stay afterwards for a High Holiday Prep class or check out our adult education schedule for a list of all High Holiday Prep classes. 


Selichot Program & Services
Saturday, September 9, 2023 

8:45pm  Havdallah and Dessert
9:30pm  Learning with Rivy Poupko Kletenik
10:45pm Selichot service led by Carl Sayres

Standing for Selichot—Sitting with Ourselves 
As we embark on this first of our High Holiday experiences how can we balance the swirl of prayers and activity with the need for introspection. How might the experiences of liturgy move us inward? In this learning session we will consider the Selichot service, its message, its choreography, and its intent. In what ways is it setting the tone for the upcoming Days of Awe. 

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, an Exceptional Jewish Educator    Covenant Award Winner, completed sixteen years as Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy and is now an educational consultant. Over the years, Rivy, a dynamic and engaging speaker has enjoyed serving as a scholar-in-residence, as Limmud presenter and teacher at CAJE, for the Mussar Institute Kallah and teaching here in Seattle. Rivy is also an enthusiastic writer and devotee of poetry and literature. Tune into her weekly podcast, The Poem. The Parsha. The Podcast

Pre-High Holiday Adult Learning

Pre-High Holiday classes are drop-in and free of charge.
Donations to the Adult Education Fund are always appreciated.

Introduction to Rosh Hashanah with Gus Feliu
Tuesday, September 5, 7:30-8:30pm 

Introduction to Yom Kippur with Gus Feliu
Tuesday, September 12, 8:05-9:05pm

Psalm 27 – A Psalm for this Season with Beth Huppin
Tuesday, September 12, 8:05-9:05pm

It is a tradition for Psalm 27, which is included in the High Holiday liturgy, to be recited daily from the second day of Elul until Sh’mini Atzeret, the end of the fall   holiday cycle. What is special about this psalm? How do its messages relate to the High Holiday season? This interactive text study class is open to all. No previous knowledge is needed. For those familiar with this psalm, come prepared to see something new in this remarkable poem. 

Yom Kippur Programs

Contemplative Niggun Circle
Monday, September 25, at UUC, 10:45-11:45am

Join Shira Orzech in the UUC sanctuary for soulful melodies and mindfulness.

A Deep and Inclusive Yom Kippur Musaf Service with Andrew Cohen, Rabbi Fern Feldman, and Rabbi Rose
Monday, September 25, at UUC

Yizkor begins at 11:45am, Musaf begins around 12:15pm
We will follow the traditional liturgy in a somewhat abbreviated form, with a few kavanot (intentions) woven in to guide us. The powerful words and melodies of this time will carry us on a profound journey of the soul. We will pay special attention to the deeply transformative pearl of the Yom Kippur liturgy, the Avodah service, where we are invited to dissolve our individual self-awareness into the infinite, to allow a reset to happen for ourselves and the world.

Fully transliterated so everyone can sing along.

During the break between services on Yom Kippur, we hope you will join us for yoga at 3:30pm in the Social Hall with Beth Shalom’s own Yoga teacher, Sam Perlin, followed by the Restorative Justice Panel at 4pm.

Following in the Footsteps of the Prophet Isaiah: 
Restorative Justice Panel
Yom Kippur, September 25, 4:00-5:00pm

One of the themes of Yom Kippur is that we are not supposed to just fast and pray on this one day but work the rest of the year on repairing social injustices and oppressions. With "breaking the chains" of the incarcerated very literally in the text of the Haftarah, our panel will share their unique perspectives on restorative justice. Our panelists represent a trailblazing judge, a compassionate advocate, and someone rebuilding their life after experiencing clemency.

Our panelists include:

· Justice Mary Yu for a jurist's perspective on restorative justice.    Justice Yu joined the Washington Supreme Court in 2014, after 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court, where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases. She is the first Asian, first Latina, and first known member of the LGBTQIA+ community to serve on the Washington Supreme Court. Justice Yu grew up on the South Side of Chicago, raised by immigrant parents from Mexico and China, and is the first in her family to graduate from college. Amongst her extensive public service, she served on the board of FareStart for nearly a decade, and judged Seattle Girls' Mock Trials for 17 years.

· Seattle Clemency Project cofounder and executive director, Jennifer Smith. Executive director since 2016, Jennifer began her legal career as a public defender in San Francisco and worked in private criminal defense for several years. Her commitment to ensuring those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system have a voice and second chance is grounded in a deep belief that we are all fallible, capable of reform, and a healthy legal system must account for that. 

· CBS member Marla Zink, for the perspective of an attorney who advocates for clemency for her clients. Beth Shalom's own Marla Zink has practiced appellate law at every level of state and federal court, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She has mentored young people through Big Brother Big Sister and the Future of the Law Institute. Marla is also the lead author of two chapters on incarceration of women in the 2021 Gender & Justice Commission Report.

· Marla's client, PT, who will share the impact clemency had on her life. She can also speak to the hardships of re-entry such as finding housing and employment.

All services in the CBS Sanctuary will be streamed.
Tickets are required to attend High Holiday Services.

Shofar Blowing 
This year we’re bringing back indoor shofar blowing. All shofar blowers will take a COVID test on the holiday before they will be permitted to blow shofar in the building. Also, please note that we will not have shofar blowing on the first day of Rosh Hashanah as it is Shabbat.

Come and join us for outdoor Tashlikh on Sunday, September 17th, between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, hosted at the home of one of our members!
This year's ceremony is accompanied by the resonating Shofar, followed by an opportunity to shmooze and engage in conversation. This event is suitable for all ages. 
Please register here and let us know the names of any guests you will be bringing. After completing your registration, we'll email the event address after you have registered.


All services in the CBS Sanctuary will be streamed. If you're logged in to your Shulcloud account, you can find the streaming link on our main page, or on the "Shabbat Services" page linked under "Prayer" in the main menu.
Not a member, but want to watch the livestream? Contact the front office ahead of the holiday.
We will not be able to respond to requests for the streaming link after 2 PM on Friday, September 22.

Services at UUC will not be streamed. The UUC (University Unitarian Church) is at 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle.
Tickets are required to attend High Holiday Services.​​​

Community Break Fast
Monday, September 25, 8:15pm at Beth Shalom

Please join us for a delicious Break Fast catered by Eric Gorbman at Beth Shalom following the end of services.

YAD (Young Adult Division) Break Fast
Monday, September 25, 8:30pm, in a member’s home!
Join YAD for our very own break fast. Please RSVP to receive the address. This event is a vegetarian potluck- bring your favorite dish or dessert to break the fast!  

Sukkot & Simchat Torah Schedule

For security reasons,  certain  information is only visible to members of Beth Shalom. Members, please log in to your Shulcloud Account to see the full Sukkot & Simchat Torah service informtion.

You can also find our Sukkot & Simchat Torah information in the High Holiday packet.

Simchat Torah Services

Saturday, October 7 (Erev Simchat Torah)

  • 7:00pm - Join us as we unroll the whole Torah and see what is inside and feature our 7th graders giving us a sneak preview of much of the book as they read their maftir sections.
  • 7:45pm - Maariv (evening service) followed by hakafot (dancing with the Torah.)
  • 8:30pm (approximate) Torah reading.

Sunday, October 8 (Simchat Torah) - 9:30am-12:30pm

Join us for festival services, hakafot (dancing), Torah reading (with aliyot for all), and festive lunch.

Sukkot Programs

What’s Next for Israel’s Pro-Democracy Movement: A Briefing with Elisheva Goldberg

Monday, October 2nd, 7:45pm in the CBS Sanctuary

Elisheva Goldberg is the Media and Policy Director for the New Israel Fund and a contributing writer for Jewish Currents. She was an aide to former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and has written for The Daily Beast, The Forward, The New Republic, and The Atlantic. Join us afterwards for dessert in the CBS Sukkah.


Annual Rosenzweig Lunch Honoring the Memory of CBS Founding Members Norman and Shirley Rosenzweig, z”l

Saturday, September 30

YAD (Young Adult Division) Evening in the CBS Sukkah

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7-9pm

Join us in the CBS Sukkah to build delicious, candy filled, edible sukkot and for a fun game of Jewpardy!

No RSVP needed. Questions? Please contact Yana

Dessert in Your Neighbor's Sukkah Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30pm

We're bringing Beth Shalom's Sukkot celebrations outside of the eruv this year, with 6 different locations across the Seattle area!

Come join your Beth Shalom neighbors on Thursday, October 5th for dessert and schmoozing in (and around) their backyard sukkot.


Please donate to our Little Pantry
This Little Free Pantry is located in front of the CBS Annex.

Those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use.  Just remember to bring Little Pantry contributions when you come to Beth Shalom for classes or religious school or anytime.

Building Tiny Homes 

Sunday, 10/15 from 2:00-6:00pm 

Give me ingredients for baking and I will bake breads, brownies, babkas. Give me ingredients for meals and I'll make salads, stews, soups, salmon. Give me a power tool and yikes, what am I supposed to do with this?  With a little coaching and practice I discovered I am fairly competent at using a staple gun, electric screw driver, table saw, caulk gun, the tools for making a house. I'm sure you will discover this as well.  

Sound Foundations (  is committed to building Tiny Homes for those whose home is on the streets or in a tent. Pirkeh Avot tells us that the world rests on three things, Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Hasadim. Gandhi teaches us that "the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members."  

To give a person a home with a lock for their belongings, a bed to lay their body, safety and stability, is a mitzvah and a great honor to that person's dignity. If you want to do something to alleviate our housing crisis, join us Oct. 15th, 2-6 p.m. and help restore a person's dignity. We need 10-12 volunteers. You can reach me at to sign up.  

*This would be a great service project for High School students. 

JFS High Holy Days Food Drive

Once again, Congregation Beth Shalom is participating in the High Holy Days JFS Community-Wide Food Drive. The kindness and generosity of CBS congregants in years past has been overwhelming.
We will be collecting food between September 14th - October 15th at CBS.
JFS Donation requests:

Nut butters Canned tomato Oatmeal
Canned vegetables Dried pasta Rice
Canned fruit Toilet paper Kosher foods
Canned soup Cereal Canned tuna or chicken

Please no glass containers, opened packages, or expired food items. Thank you!




Your financial support will help us pay our operating costs, including the costs with paying our employees a fair living wage. 

Thank you for helping us live our values.

Please click here to make a High Holiday Pledge.

We also appreciate your volunteer support.  

Please click here to make a High Holiday Volunteer Pledge.

If you would like to request a Yizkor book entry, please use this form.

The deadline to submit entries is 5PM on Thursday, September 14th
(deadline extended from previous newsletter printings)

If you would like to purchase a Lulav & Etrog and/or S'chach for Sukkot, please use this form.
The order deadline is Friday, Sept 15 at 12pm

S'cach orders are sold out.

Pick Up Your Lulav & Etrog 

Thursday, Sept. 28, 9:00am-8:00pm
Friday, Sept. 29, 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 1, 9:00am-12:30pm

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