High Holy Days 20172017-09-26T12:03:00+00:00

High Holy Days @ CBB

Upoming Services:

Kol Nidre – Friday 9/29

Early Service 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Late Service 8:15pm – 10:00pm

Yom Kippur – Saturday 9/30

Morning Service (Early) 8:15am – 9:45am
Young Family Service (on Back Patio) 10:15am – 10:45am
Morning Service (Late) 11:00am – 1:30pm
Breakout Sessions 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Curent Affairs Discussion with Daniel Brenner, Rabbinic Intern
A Women’s Discussion with Leah Sternberg, Rabbinic Intern
L’Dor V’Dor Sharing Circle with Gary Linker, Ph.D, MFT
Silent Sitting with Rabbi Steve Cohen
Afternoon Service 3:30pm
Alternative Afternoon Service 3:30pm (Abrahams Outdoor Chapel)
Yizkor 5:00pm
Ne’ilah 6:00pm – 7:00pm (approx.)

Please see HHD Guide below for more detailed information.
All services will be at CBB unless otherwise noted.

Dear CBB Family,

The time has come to begin thinking about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. What have these days meant to our people over the centuries, and what might they mean for us today? The season has two different Hebrew names:

•  The Yamim Noraim, translated as “The Awesome Days”
•  Aseret Y’mei T’shuvah, meaning “The Ten Days of Return”

Both of these names point toward possible meanings of this sacred season, even for Jews who do not consider themselves “religious,” or who feel far removed from the rhythms and patterns of Jewish tradition.

The name Yamim Noraim, or “Awesome Days,” speaks of the universal human longing for transcendence. Even if we do not pray, and even if we do not believe in God, we all remember moments in our past when we suddenly felt ourselves most alive. Watching a baby being born. Or a loved one dying. Falling in love. Or being swept up by an extraordinary piece of music. Or by the power and beauty of a thunder storm, or standing on a mountaintop. We remember these moments of transcendence.

Every September, the ancient voice of the ram’s horn, the sacred words of Torah, the haunting melodies, the gathering of the people (with all of our marvelous quirks of personality) and the purifying fast of Yom Kippur open for us a 4,000 year old doorway into transcendence.

The second name, Aseret Y’mei T’shuvah, or “The Days of Return,” speaks of our deep human need to return home. All year long, or perhaps for many years, we have been wandering, exploring, seeking new experiences, new friends and teachers, new knowledge. But a time comes to turn ourselves “Homeward Bound.” I don’t know why Jews come back every year at Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, but like the birds returning in springtime, or like salmon making their way upstream, this is our time of return. To community. To tradition. To God.

I look forward to once again sharing this profound, mysterious, ancient season with you. I am particularly excited to introduce to the congregation our two new rabbinic interns, Leah Sternberg and Daniel Brenner. Leah will speak to the congregation during the early service on the evening of Rosh HaShanah, Wednesday, September 20, while Daniel will offer the sermon at the late service the same evening.

Marian, Rachel, Zach and Ari join me in wishing you a happy, healthy New Year.

Rabbi Stephen E. Cohen

High Holy Day Information

High Holy Day Guide

Download your copy of the Guide for all details about High Holy Days at CBB. Includes information about service times, and other opportunities to celebrate, reflect, and be involved.

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Childcare Sign Up

RSVP AND SIGN-IN ARE REQUIRED. Please click below to sign up for Childcare during services.

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Whether you are a new member or have been part of CBB for years, volunteering to serve as a High Holy day usher, greeter, or other role is what brings the personalized and meaningful community interactions that make High Holy Days at CBB so special.

Please contact Director of Operations Ron Gleiberman with any questions: ron@cbbsb.org or (805) 964-7869 ext. 137

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Our Open Door Policy

  • Everyone is welcome – members, non-members, and guests.
    We do not issue tickets for our High Holy Day services.
  • Donations are encouraged and enable CBB to remain open to all. You may donate at cbbsb.org/give, or see below for the T3 Appeal!
  • Please RSVP below if you will be a guest OR will be requesting reciprocity this year.
Guest/Reciprocity RSVP


  • Our main parking lot is reserved for older adults and those with disabilities
  • Additional Parking is available on our dirt lot, on the street, and in the Community of Christ Church parking lot next to CBB
  • When parking in the neighborhood: Please be considerate of our neighbors. Please be careful when parking and walking on the streets surrounding CBB. Do not block driveways, and be aware of private property and landscaping.
  • Complimentary valet parking will be provided for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services.

No Fragrances Please

We have many members and guests who are sensitive to fragrances, perfumes, or cologne.  Help us make High Holy Day worship a comfortable experience for everyone. Thank you!

Other High Holy Day Celebrations

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Break Fasts
Simchat Torah

Ways to Give

2017 T3 Appeal

Teshuvah (Return) / Tefillah (Prayer) / Tzedakah (Righteous Acts)

Throughout the year, CBB is committed to providing a place for connection and spirituality, lifelong learning and support for those in need. With your gift of tzedakah, we can continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.

Thank you for your tax deductible donation, earmarked High Holy Day T3 campaign, which helps us fulfill our mission of being a diverse, inclusive group of individuals and families building together a vibrant house of living Judaism.

Contribute to T3

Mitzvah Food Drive

CBB’s Jewish Learning Programs (K-12) will be running the annual High Holy Day Food Drive. Please fill up a reusable or paper bag with new, unopened, non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara. Items most needed include:

  • peanut butter
  • rice
  • canned fruit, vegetables, or meats
  • cereal, and
  • pasta

Collection bins will be located at CBB from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah.

HHD Call-to-Action: Helping Kids Globally and Locally

During the Late Yom Kippur Morning Service you’ll hear about two ways to make a difference in the new year:

  • become involved with Youth Interactive to help local kids with school and job skills, and
  • sign up to buy a Safe Passage bag at the table in the lobby after the same service to directly support refugee families living in Pikpa Camp in Greece.

Thank you for caring! 

Thank You.