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High Holidays

Congregation Beth Torah wishes you and your families a very happy and healthy 5780. Below is all the information you will need to attend services with us.

All of the forms that apply to your family need to be returned to Beth Torah by Thursday, August 29. Need to speak with someone about new or renewing membership? Contact our treasurer, Ed Matisoff.

Print the Child Care Form
Print the Classroom Activities Form (K–K)
Print the Ticket Order Form
View and/or print the Full HHD Schedule
View and/or print the Youth Programming Schedule

Ushering in the High Holidays—Selichot Program and Service

Saturday, September 21, 8:30 PM at Congregation Anshai Torah

Please join us for Havdalah followed by a musical, soulful prayer experience with Sammy Rosenbaum ( The evening will include singing and personal reflection as we prepare to enter the High Holidays together.

Late in the evening of the Saturday prior to Rosh Hashanah, we gather with the other area Conservative synagogues, Anshai Torah, and Shearith Israel, for this Selichot program and service that initiates the final approach to the High Holiday season and prepares us to receive the most out of this holy time. Through song, meditation, and prayer of the service we begin to feel the power of t’shuvah (repentance), and its transformative effects.

Kever Avot

It is a historic Jewish custom to visit the graves of loved ones, to pay respect to the lives they lived, and to remember them during the days leading up to the High Holidays. The brief, meaningful Kever Avot service includes traditional memorial prayers, readings, and time for quiet contemplation at the graves of loved ones.

Sunday, September 22, Service

9:15 AM—Rabbi Howard Wolk will lead a Memorial Service at the United Jewish Cemetery that includes the Beth Torah section located at the Restland Cemetery, 9220 Restland Road, Dallas (the entrance is on the south side of Restland Road).

11:30 AM—Rabbi Elana Zelony will lead a Memorial Service at the Beth Torah Cemetery at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park located at 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas (the entrance is on Hillcrest Road just north of Northwest Highway).


Tot Services

Have you participated in our very popular Tot Shabbat service? This year, Tot Shabbat leaders Jessica Winter and Rachel Leventon will facilitate High Holiday Tot Services for children (babies to 5 years old) in the Multi-Purpose Room. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent, grandparent, or adult special friend. Come with your little ones for singing, storytelling, and shofar blowing in a service specially tailored for them. Please register your child in our childcare program. Immediately following the service, your child can then rejoin or join the childcare program while the adults join the congregation in the sanctuary. Please note that childcare is by reservation only and one fee covers the entire morning (locate form at top of page). Should your child be participating in childcare following our Tot Service, we ask that you send your child with a peanut-free dairy or parve lunch on Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur.

High Holiday Youth Programming

We have a special program for our youth. For questions, contact Beri Schwitzer, Director of Congregational Learning, at 972.234.1542 x 242.


First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 30, following services at approximately 1:15 PM. Please join us as we walk together to the bridge at Canyon Creek Golf Course (just down the street from the synagogue) to participate in a family Tashlich service led by Rabbi Zelony. Please bring lettuce (not bread!).

Yom Kippur Study Sessions—Wednesday, October 9

2:00 PM –3:30 PM (Room 207) Healing Service
High Holidays can be a time of distress for those who have had a difficult year. If you suffered death, illness, abuse, broken relationships, financial troubles, mental health issues or compassion fatigue this year please join us for a service that will acknowledge your pain and offer some healing.

3:30 PM –4:30 PM (Youth Lounge) Katie Blair with the Network Community Ministries will be discussing the Fair Housing and Housing Crisis in North Texas

4:30 PM–5:30 PM (MPR) Yom Kippur Yoga led by Rabbi Zelony
Stretching Your Body and Your Soul (or Stop Thinking about Food and Start Thinking about Inner Peace). Prepare for Mincha and Neila with gentle stretching, balancing, and breathing exercises. All levels welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket.


  • For security reasons, the east driveway entrance will be blocked off. All cars must use the main parking entrance. No car will be allowed into the parking lot unless it has the Beth Torah High Holidays parking pass displayed in the window, visible to the security guard(s) at the driveway entrance. You will receive 2 passes per family with your High Holiday tickets. You will be required to show your tickets to the security guard(s) at the door.
  • Playgrounds are closed during all services.
  • Synagogue etiquette:
    • Please turn off cell phones. If you are on call, please place your phone on vibrate.
    • Please cooperate with the ushers when entering or exiting the sanctuary, and do so as quietly as possible so as not to disturb congregants who are praying.
    • Both the front entrance area to the building and the back of the sanctuary will be maintained as quiet areas.
    • As always, we appreciate conversation be limited to outside the building. Conversationalists will be asked to go outside to talk.
    • If you are a physician, please identify yourself to an usher.

Ticket Policy (see Ticket Order Form)

Beth Torah sends High Holiday tickets to all members in good standing and their children ages 16 through 21, at no cost. Continuing with the theme of financial stewardship, you must have paid at least 20% of your current year obligation by Thursday, August 29 in order to receive High Holiday tickets at no cost. Children under 16 who accompany their parents do not need tickets. Children over 21 years of age who are full-time students or in the military also receive tickets at no charge if their names and colleges or military information are listed on the ticket order form.

Additional tickets may be purchased for children over age 21 who are not full-time students or in the military, and for parents and out of town guests. Additional tickets can be ordered by completing the Ticket Ordering Form and returning it with your check to Beth Torah by Thursday, August 29.

Children and other relatives or friends of congregants who are ages 21 to 34 and have not previously been members may receive complimentary tickets by completing and submitting a membership application. The membership fee will be waived for the current year. Donations for this program are encouraged.

Children that will not be in the sanctuary with their parents during services should be registered for either classroom activities or babysitting.


High Holiday Prayer Books

Congregation Beth Torah uses the “Mahzor Lev Shalem.” Members are encouraged to purchase their own copies for their families at a cost of $45 each (large type versions cost $80). The synagogue reserves a limited number of copies for guests. Please order your book by contacting the Rabbi’s Secretary by phone at 972.234.1542 x227 or by email at

Yizkor Book

To include new names of your departed loved ones in this year’s Yizkor Book, contact Carren (972.234.1542 x 221) by Thursday, August 29.

Tallitot (prayer shawls)

We have a limited number of tallitot available for High Holidays. To be certain of having one, please bring your own. Tallitot can be purchased from the Beth Torah Sisterhood Gift Shop. Open from 9AM to 12PM on Sundays between August 25 and May 17 as well as by appointment or email

Childcare and Special Programming

At the conclusion of services please ensure that you are prompt in picking up your children from their classrooms or babysitters.

Handicapped Parking and Special Seating Needs

We have made every effort to provide sufficient handicapped parking for our members and guests. If you, or a family member, need handicapped parking or special seating arrangements, please send an email with your requests to Arny Felner by Thursday, August 29.