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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Events: Get Sorted for the High Holidays
By Sep 19, 2017 Community


It’s just about the beginning of the Jewish New Year (starts September 20!). Community organizations Kehilat and Chabad are both holding services and events so you can feel at home during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We’re bringing you the list of events for the next two weeks, cause spots are limited and you gotta sign up — and you know, we like to plan ahead. Mozel!


Events with Kehilat

Kehilat is a progressive Jewish organization that aims to make those in the community feel at home in Shanghai, through events and celebrating Jewish traditions. Check out their high holiday events...

Erev Rosh Hashanah:
On Wednesday, September 20 services to usher in the New Year kick off at 6pm (free) and dinner will follow at 7.30pm. Dinner tickets range from 125rmb for children, 200rmb for young professionals/students, 300rmb or adult members, 400 for non-meners. All going down at the Millennium Hongqiao Hotel Shanghai. Register here.

Rosh Hashanah Day Services:
Thursday, September 21, celebrate the new year with morning services at Ohel Moishe in the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum. Services are free, but donations are accepted. Services at 9.30am, Oneg at 12pm. Register here.

Kol Nidre Service
Friday, September 29, begin your fast with friends and listen to the Kol Bidre Prayer. If it’s in your tradition, you are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing (if your tradition). The fast begins at 5.24pm and services start at 7pm at Millennium Hongqiao Hotel Shanghai. Register here.

Yom Kippur Day Services
There will be different services focused on reflection held all day on Saturday September 30; Kehilat organizers encourage to join as many services as are in your traditon. The day starts at 10am with Yom Kippur Morning Services, then a study session with Rabbi Gary at 2.30pm, Mincha at 3.45pm, Yikzor Service at 5pm, and Nehilah Service 5.30pm; Yom Kippur break-the-fast 6.30pm at Millennium Hongqiao Hotel Shanghai. Register here.

Questions on Kehilat events email Hannah Maia at

Events with Chabad

Chabbad is a Jewish organization in Shanghai, with three locations, all with their own personalities: Intown Jewish Center, Shanghai Jewish Center, and Chabad Center of Pudong.

Eve of Rosh Hashanah
The Chabad community invites you to a seder and dinner at Ohel Rachel Synagogue (only open for high holidays). At 5.36pm there will be candle lighting, at 6.45pm the holiday service will begin with Rabbi Shlomo Aouizerat and Chazan Benjamin Azoulay (prayers in Hebrew, insights in English). Services are free, dinner is 100rmb for kids, 150 for students, 200 for members, 250rmb for nonmembers. Register here.

Rest of events will be the same across Chabad's 3 locations...

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Thursday, September 21 starts at 10am with morning services (prayers in Hebrew, insights in English). 11.30am there'll be the Sounding of the Shoffar (one of the most important times of Rosh Hashanah).

7pm Holiday Service, after 6.28pm, candle lighting from existing flame. 7.30pm festive dinner.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Friday morning services start at 10am (details, same at day 1); 11.30am Sounding of the Shoffar

Eve of Yom Kippur
Friday September 29, Intown Jewish Center; 3pm Mincha, 3.30-5.15pm pre-fast meal. Then move to Ohel Rachel Synagogue, 5.24pm candle lighting and the fast begins; 6pm Kol Nidre Service with Rabbi Shlomo Aouizerat and Chazan Benjamin Azoulay (prayers in Hebrew, insights in English).

Yom Kippur Day 1
September 30, morning services start at 10am. Memorial Service (11.45am), a time to remember departed loved ones (Yizkor). 2pm end of morning services; 5.15pm Neila service, 6.17pm sounding of the Shofar.

For more information on Chabad, and to register for events at any of their 3 locations check their site.



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