Guide to the High Holy Days at Emanuel Synagogue


As we prepare to commemorate the High Holy Days of 5779, we are grateful to have completed the first stages of our redevelopment. This enables us to conduct our unique pluralist services - Progressive, Masorti and Renewal - on one integrated campus for our exemplary and leading synagogue. We have created the sacred, harmonious space of which we dreamed with you a decade ago, from our welcoming garden through to our beautified foyer and also our new sanctuary, preschool and surrounding grounds. We thank you for your support through this time, and look forward to bringing in with you, as part of our synagogue family, a New Year of engagement and transformation. 


This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sunday 9 September and Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Tuesday 18 September. Click here for a complete list of service times.


We will begin posting tickets to members in the next few weeks.

If your address has changed, let us know by replying to this email or calling the office on 9389 6444.

Please also note that membership dues must be up-to-date in order for us to issue tickets.

Your ticket has the details of the times and venues for all our services. Please remember to bring your ticket with you to all services, along with valid photo identification.


We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation regarding our security measures at High Holy Days services. Security personnel will be checking bags, tickets and identification upon arrival. You might be asked some questions, please answer them calmly and honestly. We take seriously our duty to protect you and we are grateful for your support and understanding.


Most of the seats in our services are unallocated.  If you have purchased allocated seats in the Main or New Sanctuary, your row and seat number will be indicated on your ticket. If you have an unassigned ticket, a seating plan showing assigned and unassigned rows will be in the foyer of the Main Sanctuary and the entrance to the New Sanctuary.

In the Main Sanctuary rows 0 and 1 in the downstairs pews are reserved for the elderly and those who are less mobile and there will be similarly designated seats in the front row of the New Sanctuary. Throughout the services there will be volunteers who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and to provide assistance.


In order to create a peaceful and respectful atmosphere during prayer services, we request that you refrain from entering or leaving the sanctuary when the congregation is standing. Please also note that use of mobile phones, cameras and similar electronic devices is not permitted during services.


An important part of the Yamim Nora’im commemoration is the Yizkor (memorial) service, where we remember our loved ones who have died. If you would like to have the name of a relative or friend included in the 2018 Memorial Book and have not already done so, please go A copy of the book will be posted to you between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and also will be placed in the ark during the Yizkor service.


We love to see your children at the synagogue, and we encourage you to bring them with you to services. In order to make this easier for you and to give you the opportunity to participate in services, we will be providing child-minding services in the Education Centre for 3–10 year olds at the following times:

1st Day Rosh Hashanah: 10am–1pm

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah: 11am–1pm

Yom Kippur: 10am–2pm

There will also be special programmes during High Holy Day services for older children.

For details of all programming for children see the booklet "What’s On For Kids - High Holy Days".


We encourage our members to connect with each other, especially at this time of reflection and renewal. There are people within our community who do not have their family or friends close by, as well as visitors looking to share a meal at Rosh Hashanah and breaking fast after Yom Kippur. If you are able to open your home for a guest this season please contact the synagogue office on so we can arrange a place for our visitors to go for a festive meal.


As part of our commitment to Mazon and collecting food for those in need, we will be supplying collection bags in the foyer of each sanctuary during the High Holy Days. Please take a bag, fill it with non-perishable food items and return it to the synagogue (during office hours, class or service times). We will collect them until Simchat Torah (2 October) and then Oz Harvest will deliver everything we’ve gathered to those most in need.


We know that parking near the synagogue is often a challenge and this is especially true during High Holy Days. There is no on-site parking and only limited parking is available in the streets near the synagogue. Most of the parking available in the area is 2P. For vehicles displaying a valid disability permit, parking in a 2P zone is permitted for the whole day. We recommend you consider using an Uber or taxi. There is a small area in front of the synagogue for drop off and pick up of disabled or elderly congregants. From the street there is disabled access including wheelchair access to all sanctuaries.

There is some parking available to the public in Centennial Park, though please be aware that the gates close at sunset. 

For more information on parking in Centennial Park, visit:


If you have any questions that we have not addressed, please email us at or call (02) 9389 6444.

We look forward to welcoming you during the High Holy Days, celebrating how far we have come this last year and imagining with you the year ahead - may it be filled with health, happiness and blessings.

Wishing you Shana Tova v'Metukah,

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