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New year's greeting in Hebrew

L'shanah tovah u-metukah – to a good and pleasant year.

We rejoice in the many services and programs at CRZ. Some are traditional; others offer a range of prayer experiences for all ages. Each one has been organized to meet a specific need of our diverse and busy community. Everyone is welcome.

There are several ways to participate in our offerings during the High Holidays. Whichever offerings you choose to experience, please join with the community in the Mandelbaum Atrium for cake and refreshments following both Rosh Hashanah daytime services and Ne’ilah at the close of Yom Kippur.

During the High Holidays, please take a copy of this year’s Guide to Congregation Rodfei Zedek. This guide highlights the ways you and your family can stay connected throughout the year, with program and class descriptions, opportunities for lay leadership and committee participation, and a calendar of events. Revisit our website at, follow "Congregation Rodfei Zedek" on Facebook, and sign up here for our weekly email.

Dates and Times for 5781 High Holiday services (times are tentative)


Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 p.m. – Havdalah and program to be announced
10:00 p.m. – Selichot services led by Rabbi David Minkus and Cantor Rachel Rosenberg


Evening Services
6:00 p.m. – First Evening, Friday, September 18
6:00 p.m. – Second Evening, Saturday, September 19

Morning Services
Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20
8:45 a.m. – Masorti Service
9:45 a.m. – Na'aseh V'Nishma Minyan (First day only)

Youth Services
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Katan (children 0-5 and their families In the Mandel Room)


Saturday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we join together with KAM‑Isaiah Israel Congregation for the Tashlich service. The term Tashlich is the first word of Micah 7:19, “You (O God) will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Please join us at the 51st Street Beach and bring a small amount of bread to throw into the water to symbolize our desire to cast away our sins as we begin Aseret Y’mei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance.


Sunday, September 27
6:00 p.m. – Kol Nidre

Monday, September 28
9:15 a.m. – Masorti Service
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Katan (children 0-5 and their families)
10:00 a.m. – Minyan Gadol (children ages 6 and up and their families)
12:00 p.m. – Sermon, followed by Yizkor Memorial Service
4:30 p.m. – Mincha Service
5:30 p.m. – Ne'ilah Service
6:00 p.m. – Kids' Ne'ilah
7:01 p.m. – Shofar Blast for all in the Simon Sanctuary



Tickets will be mailed in advance to all members in good standing1. Financial commitments for 2020 and any other outstanding debts to the synagogue must be paid in full. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Tickets provide access to all of our services. Please note:

  • Family memberships include tickets for two adults and for dependent children.
  • Individual membership includes a ticket for one adult and tickets for dependent children.
  • Relatives and friends who are not members of the Congregation are welcome to come and worship with us. Guest tickets are $150 for family of members and $225 for friends. If your guests subsequently decide to join the Congregation, these amounts will be credited toward their 2020 dues. To purchase guest tickets, please submit your order form by August 30.
  • Ushers from our community will be at the doors to the building as well as the doors to the Sanctuary; they will be identified by an "Usher" ribbon. If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to ask an usher. Please have your tickets ready to show when you enter the building. In addition, please bring personal identification (such as a driver's license) and be prepared to show your ID or ticket for security purposes.
  • Come for the Holidays, Stay for the Year. For first-time members, we offer an enticing introductory membership package. For the same amount as High Holiday guest tickets – $225 for individuals, $450 for families – the introductory membership plan includes High Holiday tickets for two seasons (2020 and 2021) plus all the benefits of membership through December 2021.
  • CRZ participates in a reciprocal ticket arrangement with other congregations for members in good standing. If you are traveling and would like a letter of reciprocity sent to another synagogue, please contact the synagogue office. This also applies to visitors who belong to reciprocating synagogues. If you are requesting tickets for guests, please let the office know if this is applicable.
  • Students are always welcome to complimentary tickets, available by contacting the office at


Childcare is available at no charge for the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah (8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.), Kol Nidre (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.), and Yom Kippur (9:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) in Room 101 near the Gift Shop. You must check in with staff when dropping off your children. We ask you to register at the Sign-up link tba ahead of time so that we can prepare name tags for your children to help them feel welcome and to help us find you if necessary. Your child is always welcome, however, even if you forget to pre-register. A challah, apple, and juice snack will be served.


Valet parking will be provided at no charge for both days of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei evening, and Yom Kippur. Please enter the parking lot from Hyde Park Boulevard.


Our building is fully ADA-compliant. Access to the building is at ground level through the parking lot entrance. An elevator to the second floor is in the southwest corner of the building.


Out of respect for the sanctity of the holidays and the prayers of others, please turn off your cell phones while in any of the services and avoid using electronics in the building during the High Holidays. If you have an urgent need to use your phone, please find a private corner to do so.

IMPORTANCE of TICKETS. We want to provide the highest level of common sense security and safety for our community. Members will need to show photo ID and their tickets to security for entrance into the building. Members wanting to park in the lot must have their current CRZ parking sticker in the windshield of their car. Those without tickets or needing to pick up tickets at Will Call must have photo ID and will be escorted to the office. Security will be in place at the doors and will check bags.

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