A sweet New Year awaits at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim! We are celebrating all aspects of the High Holidays including the S'lichot Service on September 16, to Erev Rosh Hashanah, two days of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, and a full day of services and study on Yom Kippur. We will then round out the fall observances with services and programs for Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah in October.


Please join your Temple Family at one of the services below as both services are the same. Approximate end times may vary slightly.


Wednesday, September 20

6:30PM - 8:00PM


Babysitting is available for children 18 months - 8 years of age. RSVP here.


Wednesday, September 20

8:30PM - 10:00PM



Rosh Hashanah is generally celebrated at the synagogue with a festive meal held at home on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Traditional foods include anything sweet, for a sweet new year. In particular, apples and honey and challah and honey are very common. Almost anything with honey is good for the holidays. Also, special round challah (with raisins for sweetness) is traditional rather than the weekly braided challah. The round shape signifies the continuity of life each year.



Rosh Hashanah morning services will be held at 8:15AM and 11:15AM. We will be using Mishkan HaNefesh for both services. Approximate end times may vary slightly.


Thursday, September 21

8:15AM - 10:15AM


Babysitting is available for children 18 months - 8 years of age. RSVP here.


Thursday, September 21

11:15AM - 1:15PM


Babysitting is available for children 18 months - 8 years of age. RSVP here.



The Children's Service will be held between the early and late morning services in the large double classroom on the second floor of the Religious School. Service end time may vary slightly.


Thursday, September 21

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Large double classroom


We will meet at the park for Tashlich. Please dress casually and bring some bread with you. Service end time may vary slightly.


Thursday, September 21

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Perelman Park in Manheim Township

1996 Landis Valley Road


Please join us for an informal service in the sanctuary, then a pot-luck lunch at the Paskoff's home. Service end time may vary slightly.


Friday, September 22

Service: 9:00AM - 10:30AM 



Pot-luck: 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Jack and Risa Paskoff's home

RSVP to jpaskoff@shaarai.org for lunch. Please bring a dish to share.


Join us Sunday afternoon for our Memorial Service in our cemetery.


Sunday, September 24


Shaarai Shomayim Cemetery - 227 E. Liberty Street, Lancaster



Jewish Family Service of Lancaster with our three Lancaster synagogues - Congregations Shaarai Shomayim, Degel Israel, and Temple Beth El is asking that clean men and women's suits that are no longer being worn, be brought to the synagogues on Erev Rosh Hashanah or the days before. The suits will then be made available to Lancaster residents who need dress attire for return to the workplace.

Please bring your items to the Congregation Shaarai Shomayim library September 18 - 24. There will be a table in the Temple library for them.

JFS Board Member, and CSS Member, Miriam Baumgartner, will pick up the suits on September 25 and take them to the Lancaster County Council of Churches' clothing bank.

For questions, please contact Bob Houghton at La6756@gmail.com.


Parking for all daytime services is available in the old YMCA surface lot ONLY on the west side of Queen Street, opposite the Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) Pavilion garage. Enter this lot from Market Street. Please note that the Pavilion garage is not available to us; it is only available to LGH staff and patients during the day, and is open for the urgent care center at night.

Enforcement of day parking on Duke or James Streets at metered or permit parking only spaces has been waived on Thursday morning, and is not enforced on evenings or weekends. YOU DO NOT NEED AN "ATTENDING SERVICES" PLACECARD TO PARK ON THE STREET. Please remember that you are not allowed to park on either side of the block of E James St. between Duke and Lime Sts. after 6 p.m. on weeknights.


A full day of services and study continue at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim as we celebrate Yom Kippur. Read the full details!

Tue, September 19 2017 28 Elul 5777