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This year's virtual experience will be every bit as beautiful and personal as last year. All sanctuary services will be streamed to YouTube. Go to or and search for PTS.Stream. We look forward to seeing you online.

For last minute help connecting to YouTube, call our helpline at (925) 222-5182. Helpline will open at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 15 and a half hour before each congregational service thereafter. 

 Click here for the Yom Kippur Mishkan HaNefesh virtual flipbook.

Indoor High Holy Days at PTS

For Community-wide Sanctuary Services + Panel Discussion

Friendly reminder, proof of vaccination is required. Those who are not eligible may show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken with 4 days prior. Any of the following forms of documentation are acceptable:

  • Your vaccination card or a copy of it.
  • A picture of your vaccination card on your phone.
  • Your digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record QR Code (learn more here).

Please come early to park and pick up your name badges.


For Tots, Family, and Teen Services

Name badges and vaccinations are not required to attend outdoor services. However, we encourage you to pick up a name tag when you arrive so that you can greet your neighbors.

Please come early to park and pick up your name badges.

We are excited to share with the PTS community our clergy's plans for the 5782 High Holy Days. As we emerge from Covid-19, this year is all about choice. Congregants who would like to worship in person will have a full complement of services available. Those who wish to participate from home may join our professionally-produced virtual experience. Congregational services will take place in the sanctuary, while family- and youth-oriented worship will occur in our soon-to-be-installed parking lot tent.

Our vision is a High Holy Day season where every congregant will have an opportunity to be with all of our clergy. You will notice a new schedule of services that will make this happen.

We continue our tradition of welcoming guests and remembering loved ones who have died. If you would like to purchase guest name badges and/or add a name to the Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance, please return the enclosed forms by mail or complete them online. The Holidays are early this year, so we thank you for your promptness. Families whose memberships have been renewed and whose accounts are current will receive their family’s name badges and final instructions at the end of August.

Registration for in person worship has closed. Please join us on YouTube. For questions, email Shelly Smith, 650-697-2266. 


Service Schedule

All congregational services will be streamed on YouTube.
Click here for our YouTube stream
Location Erev Rosh Hashanah,
Monday, September 6
Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, September 7
Saturday, September 11
Kol Nidre
Wednesday, September 15
Yom Kippur
Thursday, September 16
Zoom Family Story Time NEW
Especially for children Kindergarten through Grade 5. (30 minutes)
Zoom 5:30 pm     5:30 pm  
A participatory prayer experience with contemporary and traditional meditations and music. (1½ hours)
Sanctuary 7:30 pm 10:30 am   7:30 pm 10:30 am
Tots in the Tent NEW AGES & TIME
A developmentally-appropriate, musical service for families with children from Preschool through Grade 1. (30 minutes)
Tent   12:30 pm     12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Beginning Again
Congregants share their spiritual lessons and stories. (1 hour
Sanctuary         1:15 pm
Family Service NEW AGES & TIME
An engaging, participatory service for families with children from Grades 2 through Grade 5. (45 minutes)
Tent   1:30 pm     1:30 pm
Yizkor (Memorial)
Reflective service of remembrance. (45 minutes)
Sanctuary         3:00 pm
Teen Workshop NEW PROGRAM
Meaningful teen worship followed by teen-only programs: new fruits for Rosh Hashanah and reflective conversation for Yom Kippur. (1½ hours RH – 2 hours YK)
Tent   3:00 pm     3:00 pm
A service incorporating the story of Jonah and prayers, songs, and poetry of healing. (45 minutes)
Sanctuary         3:45 pm

We close the High Holy Day season with the final sounding of the shofar. (1 hour)

Sanctuary         5:00 pm
An inspiring and family-friendly ritual of symbolically casting away our transgressions. We will provide bird seed to toss into the water
Rockaway Beach     3:30 pm    


HHD Pickup Days

Borrow Prayerbooks or Pick up Your Name Badge
September 1, 2, and 3, 11:00 am -  4:00 pm

Skip the line, pick up your name badge in advance: If you plan to attend the High Holy Days in person, you are welcome to show your proof of vaccination in advance and skip the line. Come to the PTS office and receive your name badge with a special marking. Reserve your spot here!

If you're picking up name badges for you and others in your household, please bring proof of their vaccination status with you.

Borrowing prayerbooks: Congregants are invited to borrow Mishkan HaNefesh prayerbooks for virtual Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Please note that the books must be returned in person by September 30 to the main office or on September 26 during Youth Ed (find Karen Wisialowski). These are holy books; do not leave them outside. Note that the office is closed on September 21 and 28 for Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Unless other arrangements are made, your account will be charged $50 for any unreturned prayer books on October 10.


Emerging From COVID
For the High Holy Days, we will be limiting attendance so that worshipers can comfortably space themselves comfortably in our sanctuary and social hall. In addition, all participants will be required to wear masks while they are on campus (with the exception of service leaders). We are working hard to keep you safe by maintaining enhanced cleaning protocols and keeping our upgraded ventilation system in tip-top shape. Thank you for playing your part by participating from home if you are sick.

PTS Parking Lot
This year, PTS’ parking lot will be used as an outdoor sanctuary for our Youth Programming as part of our COVID safety plan. We have reserved a portion of the parking lot for those who need extra assistance. If you require a closer walk to our temple doors, please contact Shelly Smith to reserve one of a limited number of parking spots.

High Holy Day Greeting
Be A High Holy Day Greeter or Shuttle Driver Join our 2021 hospitality team, welcoming everyone who comes onto our campus this High Holy Day season! Contact Kim and Andy Oliff with questions. Visit Signup Genius to choose your time slot.

What are smoke day plans?
In the event of a smoke day, we will send an e-blast to the community by 10:00 AM each morning notifying congregants that Tots and Family Services will take place via YouTube. See instructions for YouTube below. The Teen Workshop will take place in person and will move indoors.

Participate Virtually
Our Sanctuary High Holy Day worship services will be streamed via YouTube Live on PTS’s customized channel. Go to (or go to and search for PTS.Stream).

Prepare FOr the High Holy Days with your clergy and Community!

High Holy Day Teen Workshops

Rosh Hashanah Teen Workshop
September 7, 3-5pm
Celebrate a sweet new year with a worship service developed especially for teens! Then, engage in the Rosh Hashanah tradition of eating new fruits by making your own fruit charcuterie board to take home! Email Lauren Silva, , with questions (or fruit suggestions). Register here. The workshop will take place in the outdoor parking lot tents.

 Yom Kippur Teen Workshop
 September 16, 3-4:30pm
 Please join us for one of the most important times of the year! This workshop will include a meaningful teen service followed by a short discussion to help reflect on the past year to prepare for the new. 

Email Lauren Silva, , with any questions. Register here. The workshop will take place in the outdoor parking lot tents.

 Round Challah & Reflections
 Sunday, September 12 at 10am, Zoom
 Learn how to make a magnificent round Challah for your Break-Fast table! Join Rabbi Delson, Sarah Wisialowski (@bakingexcuses on Instagram), and Susan Battat   for a hands-onchallah baking experience.
 RSVP here.


Rabbi Dan Feder
To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength, and Faith in Difficult Times by Naomi Levy

This is a heartfelt book borne of grief. The author shares stories that inspire hope and the passion for healing that lies within us all.

Rabbi Lisa Delson
Unorthodox, a podcast from Tablet Magazine

Each week, the hosts discuss current events in the Jewish world, interview interesting people, and explore American Jewish culture. Check out their special episodes on apologies in preparation for Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Liora Alban
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This is a fabulous book to get you reflecting on your life and how you want to lead it in the year ahead.

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782