Led by
  • Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn
  • Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus
  • Cantor Tanya Greenblatt
  • Selichot service in Kaplan at 7:00 p.m.

The Hebrew word "selichot" is used to describe the penitential prayers traditionally said before and during the High Holidays. It is also used to describe a special service that is held each year in Ashkenazi communities on the Saturday night of the week before Rosh Hashanah. In Sephardic communities, selichot prayers are recited throughout the entire month preceding Rosh Hashanah.

Our selichot service will be held on Saturday, Sept 16. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a study program on the themes and melodies specific to selichot, taught by Rabbi Heyn, Dr. Alan Mason and our High Holy Day Cantor, Tanya Greenblatt. A candlelight service will follow, setting the reflective tone for the days leading up to the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement.

In addition to the Selichot service, we will change the Torah covers to those specifically designed for the High Holidays. Join us as our Torah scrolls and our hearts are made ready for the High Holy Days to come.

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner (RSVP required).

    Adult members $30; Adult non-members $40. Children 6-12 $15. Children 5 and under free.

  • 7:30 p.m. - Rosh Hashanah Evening Service in the Bertha Abess Sanctuary with Rabbi Heyn, Cantor Tanya Greenblatt, Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus, and Music Director Alan Mason
  • 10:00 a.m. - Children's and Family Service  and Youth Programming (PK-5) in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel 

    10: a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Rosh Hashanah High Holy Day Prayground! (All children are welcome)
    Ages 5-12 may be dropped off. Please register your child at drop-off with our Religious School staff in the entrance to the Gumenick Chapel.
    Our littlest congregants (younger than 5) may attend with a parent present.
    9:30 a.m. - Registration opens
    10:00 a.m. - Children’s Rosh HaShanah Service in the Gumenick Chapel
    11:45 a.m. - Tashlich outside of the Wolfson Auditorium by Fleeman
    A meaningful and fun-filled morning has been planned for our youngest Temple Israel members to experience Rosh Hashanah through prayer, music, and play. Cantorial Soloist/Educator Karen Pincus will lead our children in a musical worship service in the Gumenick Chapel and an age-appropriate tashlich ceremony. In addition, members of our Religious School faculty will be on hand to teach and guide your children while you, the adult members of our congregation, worship in the main sanctuary. Snack will be provided.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Rosh HaShanah Morning Service with Rabbi Heyn, Cantor Tanya Greenblatt, Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus, and Music Director Alan Mason, in The Bertha Abess Sanctuary

    12:30 p.m. - Reception in Wolfson Auditorium, immediately following services.

    1:15 p.m. - Tashlich. At the conclusion of the Reception, we will walk to the Margaret Pace Park ( North Bayshore Drive and NE 4th Avenue) to perform Tashlich, a meaningful and welcoming tradition to cast off our sins for the Jewish New Year. All are welcome!  Join us at Temple Israel or meet up at the park to cast your sins into Biscayne Bay. Free Parking at Temple Israel. For more information please contact info@templeisrael.net.

  • 10:00 a.m. - Rosh HaShanah Morning Service in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel

  • 7:30pm - Kabbalat Shabbat/Shabbat Shuvah service in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel

It is a Jewish custom to remember our deceased family members and friends during the High Holy Days and to visit their gravesites, if possible. Many of our Temple members have relatives and friends buried in the Greater Miami area, and some observe the tradition of visiting them on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, we will be joining many other members of the Greater Miami Jewish community for Kever Avot services to honor the departed at our local cemeteries on Sunday, Sept 24. If you have a loved one buried in Miami, there is a good chance there will be a group of mourners there to honor their loved ones as well. It would be a mitzvah to join them.

9:30 a.m. - Reception and light refreshments offered at Mt. Nebo and Lakeside Cemeteries

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Services

(There is an actual service at 10:00 a.m. at both Mt. Nebo and Lakeside. The service at Graceland North (8th Street) is at 12:00 p.m.)

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner: Adult members $30; Adult non-members $40. Children 6-12 $15. Children 5 and under free. (Wolfson Auditorium)

  • 7:30 p.m. – Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service (Bertha Abess Sanctuary)

    RSVP online

  • 10:00 a.m.  Yom Kippur Service

  • 1:00 p.m.  Healing Service with Rabbi Heyn, Cantor Tanya Greenblatt, Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus, and Music Director Emeritus Dr. Alan Mason

  • 2:00 p.m.  Social Justice Hour

  • 3:00 p.m.  Creative Service

  • 4:00 p.m.  Avodah Service

  • 4:30 p.m. Yizkor Service

  • 5:00 p.m. Neilah Service

  • 6:00 p.m.  Sisterhood Break-The-Fast 

  • Religious School decorating the Sukkah, and Pizza in the Hut


  • 7:00 p.m. Sukkot Congregational Family Celebration in the Sukkah

  • 10:00 a.m. - Sukkot service in the Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel

7:00 p.m. Simchat Torah/Yizkor Service

6:15 p.m. - New Students  Pizza and Salad Gathering

7:00 p.m. - Consecration Service

7:30 p.m. - Shabbat/Simchat Torah service, followed by an ice cream party oneg



Community participants may purchase admission tickets for a contribution of $360 each, space permitting. Please contact Isabel Montoto at 305.573.5900, extension 405, or info@templeisrael.net. The total purchase amount will be credited toward membership dues if you join Temple Israel of Greater Miami before December 31, 2017.


If you are a member in good standing and will be out of town for the High Holy Days, we can help you worship at another URJ synagogue. Contact Isabel Montoto at 305.573.5900, extension 405, or info@templeisrael.net for a reciprocity request by August 25, 2017.