Jewish Gateways Open High Holiday Services 2019 • 5780

Details and Registration

All are welcome!


Jewish Gateways services are engaging and inclusive, in both English and Hebrew, and meet outdoors beneath an open tent. 



Services are led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne, with warmth, creativity, and honesty... and musician Joel Siegel, with his love of enabling people to connect through music.


We use prayer books we have created that help bring to life the themes of the services: reflection on the year ending and the new one beginning, repairing relationships, making changes, living our values, forgiveness, and more.


Get a preview of the music that is an important part of Jewish Gateways High Holiday services.


We meet outdoors in and around a big white tent at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay (JCCEB).

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 

1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Support for the Services

Jewish Gateways High Holiday services are supported entirely by tax-deductible donations from those who attend.


They are not funded by the Jewish Community Center, foundations, or major donors.

Therefore, we suggest a contribution of $60 per adult for each evening or day on which you join us. 


The suggested amount for each family service is $25/family.


We know that some cannot give these amounts, while others can give more. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can. 

We look forward to welcoming you, your family, and your friends! 


Downloadable signs are available for street parking.

Rosh Hashanah Schedule


Sunday, September 29, 7:00-8:30pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Evening Service for the New Year  


Monday, September 30   

Rosh Hashanah Day

New Year Day      


  • 9:00-9:45am: Rosh Hashanah Family Service for children under 10 and their families

  • 10:15am-12:30pm: Hands-on holiday activities for children of all ages

  • 10:30am-12:30pm: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

  • 1:00pm: Picnic (bring your own) & Tashlich (ritual to toss away regrets), Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

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"Both Rabbi Bridget and the musician were so genuine and I felt more authentically guided than I have ever felt before. Many heartfelt thanks. Poetry, music, and words were extraordinary."

"The family service was perfect for my kids. I like the openness, the message, the great music."

"Appreciated openness to interfaith families, LGBT, people of color, people with complicated relationships with their Judaism."

"I felt I understood what I was praying about for the first time and could personalize it. Thank you!"

"My children found the service 'relaxing, moving, insightful.' I was surprised at their response, and they want to attend more."

"I loved the vitality of the service. I felt it, and was moved. It was inspiring. Thank you!"

Yom Kippur Schedule


Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-9:00pm

Erev Yom Kippur

Evening Service for the Day of Atonement


Wednesday, October 9

Yom Kippur Day

Day of Atonement                           


  • 9:00-9:45am: Yom Kippur Family Service for children under 10 and their families

  • 10:15am-12:30pmHands-on holiday activities for children of all ages

  • 10:30am-12:-30pm: Yom Kippur Morning Service

  • 1:00-2:30pm: Becoming the Person You Mean to Be: Join us following morning services. Jewish Gateways participants will share their experiences with a transformative spiritual and ethical practice from Jewish tradition, called Mussar, that helps us become more the people we want to be, followed by questions and open discussion with them and Rabbi Bridget.

  • 4:30-5:00pm: Healing Service

  • 5:00-5:30pm: Yizkor • Memorial Service

  • 5:30-6:00pm: Neila • Closing Service


Questions about services, or anything else? Contact Jewish Gateways at 510-545-9977 or by email.

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