High Holidays 5780

Experience Our Days of Awe

~ Bring your children to holiday programming ~ Carve out time for remembrance and reflection ~ Enrich yourself and our community with your presence ~ Open your heart to God ~ March in the Tashlich parade ~ Discover your song ~ Find your roots ~ Reconnect to community ~ Find inspiration ~ Touch tradition ~


All members of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in good standing receive High Holiday tickets as part of their membership. Meaning, members who are up to date with their financial obligations through fiscal year 2018 and have paid at least 50% of dues for fiscal year 2019 are eligible to receive tickets. Please contact Barry Herman (bherman@aasynagogue.org; 404.603.5750) if you require special consideration.

*Adults under the age of 26 will automatically receive High Holiday tickets if their parent/guardian is a current member of the synagogue. All other relatives must purchase their ticket(s).

All current full-time college students, active members of the military, Atlanta Jewish professionals, and 2019 Birthright alumni are welcome to attend High Holiday services at our Synagogue free of charge but are still required to register by contacting Miriam Habif (mhabif@aasynagogue.org; 404.603.5749).

*To be eligible for a complimentary Atlanta Jewish Professional ticket, you must be currently employed at one of the organizations listed here. If your organization is not listed, or if you have any questions, please contact Miriam Habif.
*Complimentary tickets are eligible only for the individual who qualifies, not their spouse or significant other.
*College students and active members of the military will need to show their IDs at the Help Desk upon arrival.

All purchased tickets will be mailed until two weeks before Rosh Hashanah. If you do not receive your ticket in the mail, please call the office to have it reissued. If it is within a week of Rosh Hashanah, and you still have not received your ticket, please expect to pick it up at will-call upon arrival on the day of services. Tickets are bound to a specific name, and they are not transferable.

Music – Open Your Soul and Sing with Us

Often, when people hear the word “music,” they immediately think of musical instruments, but, in prayer, it is our voices that guide the eternal words of the Mahzor past our minds and into our hearts and souls. We begin each Amidah with a plea for God to “open my lips so that my mouth can declare God’s praise” (Adonai s’fatai tiftach ufi yagid tehilatecha).

Together with the full congregation, the voice we will bring to these prayers will be profound – and the purpose of the “Days of Awe” is to allow each and every one of us to lift our voices together. We have put together a number of resources in hopes that we will all feel comfortable in doing that.

First, we have arranged for an online database of the various service melodies we will be singing during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Most of these melodies are the same as those we have used in past years; some are new selections that we have chosen for the way they infuse meaning into the words of the prayer, and that we believe you will enjoy singing.

For those who want to hear these melodies and practice, we have several important opportunities available:

  • You can find all the melodies online here.
  • At every Rebbe’s Tish (12:30 pm after Shabbat services) between now and the holidays, we will sing a few of the high holiday melodies together – you are welcome to come whether or not you have attended services.
  • Join us on September 21 for a special Rebbe’s Tish during our kiddish lunch followed by more singing at Brooke and Rabbi Rosenthal’s home directly following (roughly 2 pm).
  • We’re also adding short, shareable videos about the meaning behind these prayers to our YouTube channel.

Service Schedule

5780 High Holidays Schedule
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 29
Ellman6:00 pmMincha/Ma’ariv Service
1st Day Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 30
Ellman8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra | Shacharit | Torah Service
Srochi9:00 amA Sweet New Year Reception
10:00 amTorah Processional
Sanctuary10:30 amShofar Service | Musaf Service | Sermon
Srochi12:45 pmNew Post-Service Oneg Reception
Ellman6:00 pmMincha/Ma'ariv Service
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava8:45 am - 1:55 pmChildcare (12 weeks - 35 months)
Ahava10:00 am - 1:55 pmProgramming (3 yrs - 5th grade)
Fishman10:00 am - 1:45 pmProgramming (6th - 8th grade)
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, October 1
Ellman8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra | Shacharit | Torah Service
Foyer9:00 amA Sweet New Year Reception
10:00 amTorah Processional
Sanctuary10:30 amShofar Service | Musaf Service | Sermon
Front LawnFollowing Sanctuary ServiceTashlich
Ellman6:00 pmMincha/Ma'ariv Service
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava8:45 am - 12:55 pmChildcare (12 weeks - 35 months)
Ahava and Fishman10:00 am - 12:55 pmProgramming (3 yrs - 5th grade)
Youth Lounge10:00 am - 12:45 pmProgramming (6th - 8th grade)
Kol Nidre - Tuesday, October 8
Front Lawn5:45 - 6:30 pmKapporos
Cavalier6:15 pmMincha Service
Ellman6:30 - 8:00 pmKol HaMishpacha Family Service
Sanctuary6:45 pmKol Nidre Service
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava6:30 - 10:00 pmChildcare (12 weeks - 35 months)
Ahava6:30 - 8:00 pmKol HaMishpacha Family Service (3 - 12 yrs)
Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 9
Ellman8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra | Shacharit | Torah Service
10:00 amTorah Processional
Sanctuary10:20 amMusaf Service
Sanctuary12:30 pmSermon | Yizkor Service
Paradies1:45 pmYom Kippur Study Hall
Srochi3:00 pmYom Kippur Forum
Paradies4:00 - 7:00 pmAfternoon Chant and Drum Circle
Sanctuary4:30 pmMincha Service
Sanctuary5:45 pmAsk the Rabbi
Sanctuary6:15 pmNeilah Service
Sanctuary7:40 pmHavdallah and Shofar to End Fast
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava8:45 am - HavdallahChildcare (12 weeks - 35 months)
Ahava10:00 am - 2:00 pmProgramming (3 yrs - 5th grade)
Fishman10:00 am - 2 :00 pmProgramming (6th - 8th grade)

A Sweet New Year and New Oneg Reception

On the first and second day of Rosh Hashanah, AA welcomes everyone to enjoy a light bite, coffee, and community between 9 and 10 am. Whether you are just arriving or taking a short break from the 8 am service (in Ellman Chapel), take a few minutes to relax and transition into the spirit of the holiday. We hope everyone will arrive on time for the Torah Processional (from Ellman Chapel into the Main Sanctuary), which will begin at 10 am! New this year: on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we’re adding a second post-sanctuary service reception for a little nosh after the conclusion of prayer. Come early and stay late for food, fellowship, and bright new beginnings.


The prayer book, Machzor Hadash, will be used for all High Holiday services. We will have books available for loan at the Help Desk in Cohen Pavilion. We ask that you please return your prayer book to the Help Desk as you leave the building.

Childcare & Programming

We are looking forward to ushering in the New Year with you and your family! Even if you’re not registering your child or teen for programming, we want you and your family to have a joyous holiday and welcome you to bring your children to the regular holiday services.

Kol HaMishpacha Family Service: When transliterated, Kol HaMishpacha has two possible meanings: “Voice of the Family” and “All of the Family.” These two meanings sum up the dynamic we hope to create with this Kol Nidre alternative service for families with children ages 3 – 12. The whole family will have the opportunity to sing, mingle, reflect on the past year, and talk about hopes for the year to come.

For more information about childcare and programming, please visit the registration form below.

Help Desk

The Help Desk will be located in Cohen Pavilion upon entrance into the building. Volunteers will be available to assist you if you have forgotten or misplaced your ticket. Please keep in mind that some of our community volunteers may not know you but are happy to assist you and your family. If you are picking up new or replacement tickets, please allow an extra few minutes at the Help Desk.


If you leave the building, please take your ticket with you for re-admittance. No guns or weapons will be allowed on the premises. Please be patient and cooperative with our security officers and ushers. It is their goal to ensure your safety and the well-being of all our members and guests.

Seating & Ambulatory Needs

There will be a section of chairs reserved for those with ambulatory needs and their caretakers. Please be advised that, although we don’t have wheelchairs available for your use, we will be happy to assist you with removing your wheelchair from your car at curbside upon arrival. Ushers will assist you with your wheelchair inside the sanctuary.


We encourage you to unplug when you enter the building to allow yourself to be present and immerse yourselves in the spirit of the holiday. We ask that you please try to limit cell-phone usage (talk/text/internet) to outside the synagogue on the holidays.


If you are in need of handicapped parking, please contact Fern Schorr at 404.355.5222 or fschorr@aasynagogue.org. If you are an able-driver traveling with a guest who needs assistance, please drop him/her off at the entrance in the upper lot, and park your car in the lower lot (on the corner of Northside Dr. and Peachtree Battle Ave.) or in available street parking. At the end of services, you will be able to return to the upper lot to pick up your guest. Non-handicapped parking spaces in the upper lot are limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.


For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.