High Holidays

Join us for the High Holidays. All are welcome.


Nahalat Shalom celebrates the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with celebration and contemplation. The holiday season begins with Selichot, marked on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashana.

Erev Rosh Hashana services are held on the evening before Rosh Hashana, a joyous time of celebrating the New Year. Services start the next day with a dawn service (often at the Petroglyphs), followed by childrens services and worship for adults. The holidays are both joyous and serious, as we prepare to enter into a time of self reflection, while celebrating the opportunity of new beginnings. Tashlich is observed at the Rio Grande, just a short distance from Nahalat Shalom.

Kol Nidrei, the highlight of erev Yom Kippur services, is a powerful moment, inviting participants to self examination, dedication to self improvement and confidence in a more just, connected and fulfilling New Year. Yom Kippur services continue through the next day, culminating in a shared vegetarian community pot luck Break-the-Fast.

Nahalat Shalom traditions include having a lot of music during High Holiday services, with congregational singing and chanting, along with participation by Cantor Beth and the Alavados High Holiday Band. Many people dress all in white for High Holiday services, a vision of purity and hope.

Nahalat Shalom services are OPEN TO ALL and they are FREE. Nahalat Shalom does NOT SELL HIGH HOLIDAY TICKETS, but depends on the generous voluntary contributions of those who attend services to support the clergy, administration, facility costs and other necessities.

In 2018, High Holiday services were led by Rabbi Shefa Gold and Cantor Beth Cohen. See Reb Shefa’s note to the congregation in 2018