High Holidays
at Chabad of Fairmount

High Holiday Services at Chabad of Fairmount | Center City, Philadelphia

We aim to make your High Holidays a truly meaningful experience. We will walk you through the prayers and provide explanations and anecdotes throughout the services.

Services are free of charge (no high holiday tickets required).

For security purposes please complete our registration form to RSVP.

High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe and the day G‑d created Adam and Eve. It’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

It's called Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning, "Head" of the year, and not merely the beginning of the year. As a head contains the life, and is the nerve center of the entire body, which is controlled by the brain, so does Rosh Hashanah contain the life and sustenance for the entire year.

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is blowing the shofarWe will be blowing the Shofar at approx. 12:00 PM during Services and again at the Art Museum Stairs at 6:30 PM.

Shevy (from ShevysBabka.com) will be catering our delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner. Traditional foods include round raisin challah and apples dipped in honey, as well as  other foods that symbolize our wishes for a sweet year.  RSVP for the community Rosh Hashanah dinner here.


Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls.

For nearly twenty-six hours—from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei (September 24th) to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei (September 25th), we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations. Instead our time is spent in prayer to G‑d.

Kol Nidrei

Kol Nidrei, the prayer which ushers in the holy day of Yom Kippur, is perhaps the most famous one in our liturgy. 

Kol Nidre, which means "all vows", nullifies the binding nature of any promises in advance. In addition to its technical function of ensuring that we do not accidentally break our word, this sacred declaration is also our way of saying that we are coming to Yom Kippur with no strings attached. As we approach this special day, we tell ourselves and G‑d that we regret and distance ourselves from the wrong decisions that we humans inevitably make. The ancient, haunting melody of Kol Nidrei is one of the most memorable parts of the Yom Kippur service.

Yom Kippur Day

The Yizkor memorial services are recited after the reading of the Torah (Approximately 11:45 am.)

Yizkor, in Hebrew, means "Remember." It is not only the first word of the prayer, it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore G‑d to remember the souls of our relatives and friends that have passed on.

When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loved one, bringing merit to the departed souls, elevating them in their celestial homes.

The main component of Yizkor is our private pledge to give charity in honor of the deceased and increase in our Mitzvah observance. By doing so, we are performing a positive physical deed in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.

The soul gains additional merit if the memory of its good deeds spurs loved ones to improve their ways.


Neilah, literally “closing,” was thus named as it is said in the closing moments of the holy day, as the sun is setting and the gates of heaven are clanging shut. The Rebbe shared that while the gates of heaven are closing, we are on the inside. Right now, each and every one of us is as close to G‑d as we get during our lifetime. Savor the moment, and think deeply into what you have done this past year, and what you want the coming year to look like.

By now, if you take a peek out the window, you will notice that the sun has set and the stars are peeking through the clouds. At this moment, the apex of our devotion, we all cry out together, “Shema Yisrael . . .”: “Hear O Israel, the L‑rd is our G‑d, the L‑rd is One.” We recite “Baruch Shem . . .” three times, and “Hashem Hu HaElokim” (“The L‑rd is G‑d”) seven times. As you say the words that thousands of Jewish martyrs have uttered before being killed for their steadfast devotion to G‑d and the Torah, imagine yourself literally giving your life for G‑d. Afterward, one long triumphant blast is sounded on the shofar, announcing the end of Yom Kippur.

Seat Reservations
The prayers are warm. The melodies are timeless. The people are friendly.
The kids have a program. And everyone feels at home.
Kids Program
Led by our experienced and energetic group leaders, we will provide fun and educational programs for your children while you attend services. Each group will enjoy age appropriate games, stories, discussions, prayers and songs.
Kids Program will begin at 11:00 am
SHOFAR IN THE PARK                     

 Join us on Sunday, September 17th for a family Shofar Service at 5:00 PM
 at the Corinthian Gardens (Corner of Brown and Corinthian).


 Join us on Sunday, September 17th for a Shofar Service at 6:30 PM
 at the Art Museum Stairs.

In the late afternoon of Rosh Hashana, the entire community joins together in a proud processional for the observance of "Tashlich". Representing the themes of renewal and rejuvenation.
Tashlich will take place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, September 16th
We will Meet at the Art Museum Stairs and walk together toward the Schuylkill River. 
Holiday Meals
Please join us for our wonderful High Holiday Dinner full of inspiration, traditions and delicious food. The meal will take place at 1719 Spring Garden Street at 7:30 PM.
Increase your generosity of Tzedakah during the High Holiday season. "Repentance, Prayer and Charity take away the severity of the decree".
Holiday Guide
High Holiday Prep
Rosh Hashanah megasite
Yom Kippur megasite
Holiday times
High Holiday Picks
The High Holidays is a time when we reflect the past year, and affirm our membership for the incoming year in the Jewish nation. Take a few moments and read some interesting and new handpicked High Holiday features from our site. You’ll find something to share with your family, and perhaps gain a new perspective on the high holidays.