5779/2018 High Holiday Information


The High Holidays are fast approaching – the first day of Rosh Hashanah is September 10! We want to be the first to wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year.

High Holiday services will be held this year, as in previous years, in the Kol Rinah building at 829 N. Hanley Rd., which we are sharing with The Journey. To meet the differing needs of our community, for much of the holidays, we will be offering two simultaneous services on:

  • The first day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 10
  • The second day of Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, September 11
  • Kol Nidre, Tuesday evening, September 18
  • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19

A more traditional service will take place in the upstairs sanctuary and auditorium and will include the full liturgy. A service that will include musical instruments will take place in the lower auditorium. Both services will be approximately the same length. We will be all together for the Torah service each day, which will be in the upstairs sanctuary and not include instruments, and where the sermons will be given.

Services are open to all. No tickets are required for the High Holidays. If you would like to bring a family member, guest or know someone who would like to attend services at Kol Rinah, please call the office and give us their names. We suggest a donation of $180 per person for non-members, but all are welcome, and no donation is required. All seating will be open and wheelchair and walker-accessible seating will be available.

Ensuring the safety of our congregation continues to be a priority. As in past years, the only entrance to the synagogue will be through the parking lot doors. We will be utilizing name tags as the first line of security – identification. Your name tags are enclosed in this packet. Name tags for any guests you advise us that you are bringing will be mailed by August. Please wear/bring those nametag(s) to all services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).

Please make sure that your Member Support is up-to-date. If you have questions, please contact the office.

You can find links to the following information below:

Non-Member & Guest High Holiday RSVP Form Fill Out Online      

If you have any questions about any of the information in this mailing, please contact the Kol Rinah office at
314-727-1747 or Barbara Shamir and Mitch Shenker directly at directors@kolrinahstl.org.

L’Shana Tova Tikatevu!                May You Be Inscribed For A Good Year!



Parking Request for People with Disabilities
If you require a disabled parking space, we are happy to provide that to you at no cost. Call (314) 727-1747 or email nancy@kolrinahstl.org by August 17, 2018. Please note that if you do not arrive by 10:30 am, the space will be released for general parking.

Reserved Parking Request
A limited number of reserved parking spaces are available for a cost of $100 per parking space. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call (314) 727-1747 or email nancy@kolrinahstl.org by August 17, 2018. Your reserved space will be marked by a sign with your name and will be available throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Break-the-Fast Meal
Kol Rinah’s Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast meal will be held immediately following services on Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018, at approximately 7:42 pm. Please join us to end the fast with your Kol Rinah family. Everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by the Faye Keyser Memorial Seudah Fund
$12 per adult and $6 per child under age 10

Call (314) 727-1747, email nancy@kolrinahstl.org or use the link below to RSVP.

Fill Out Online             Download PDF

Call for Volunteers
We need volunteer ushers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services! There are 100 one-hour slots available.

Contact Max Brown, chair of the High Holiday Usher Corps, at (314) 993-0305 or email. We need your help to make the holidays friendly, welcoming and safe for all.

High Holiday Food Drive Appeal
(for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry)
The goal is to collect 2,000 food items and toiletries.
No frozen foods or glass containers. please. Bring your food items to Kol Rinah anytime and deposit them in the bins in the entryway.

Since some people have allergies to strong scents, we ask that you not wear perfume, cologne or scented lotions when you attend services. Also, please remember to turn off your cell phones and pagers before entering the building.

If you have any questions about any of the information, please contact the Kol Rinah office at 314-727-1747 or email us.