About Our Services

The High Holy Day services at Beth Jacob are geared toward different interests within our community.

  • Our Congregational  Services are liturgically comprehensive. The sermon topics are relevant to adults and older children. The music is beautifully led by Cantor Barbara Powell, who inspires with her voice, while creating an atmosphere of participation and connection. Several talented congregants have been studying for months in order to help lead parts of the service.

  • Once again we will have an alternative service called “A Different Service,” led by Dan Leemon. This popular service covers the essential prayers, and stresses intimacy and participation, singing and learning. Our “Different Service” is a wonderful alternative for families with school-age children to pray together, and is appropriate for adults of all ages whether or not accompanied by children.









To maintain the dignity and decorum of our services, please be courteous to your fellow congregants.

  • Turn off cell phones, pagers, & other electronic devices while on the premises.

  • Join in! The mood we strive to set for services at CBJ is participatory, educational, and spiritual. Our goal is to create a beautiful mood of song and community that is spiritually uplifting and creates an atmosphere where your heart is moved and you are led to think about and act upon the themes of the holiday. In order for this to happen you need to be active.

  • Participate—even if the Hebrew is unfamiliar. Hum along, concentrate on the values in the prayer, pray in English.

  • If you are seated next to someone you don’t know, please introduce yourself. Help us make all who attend feel welcome.

  • There will be times during the Services when the congregation is requested to stand for extended periods. You are not obligated to stand if you are not able to.

  • We distribute honors to all who would like to participate. Please let Rabbi Ezray know if you would like to participate. 
  • We are continuing a beautiful custom this year, asking family members of congregants who receive aliyot to stand while their loved one is reciting the blessing. This custom creates an environment of respect and honor during the service.

  • Your children are always welcome at Congregation Beth Jacob. Help make coming to services a joyful time. Discuss the amount of time that your children are expected to remain in services. Don’t be bashful about bringing books, toys, and appropriate snacks. If your child does create a disturbance that affects those around you, please take him or her outside.
  • In order to make it easier for our ushers to see where seats are available, we ask that you not save seats in the Sanctuary.

The Religious Practices Committee has developed the following policy to ensure that reserved seating in the Sanctuary continues to be available for clergy, on-duty staff, and congregants with health problems or hearing impairment:

  • Only two seats can be reserved for each family, and these seats need to be reserved every year prior to the High Holy Days.
  • People reserving seats must specify when they will be attending services, and the seats will only be available at those times.
  • Seats are not transferable.
  • Reserved seats may not be held after 11:00 a.m.
  • Board members sitting on the bimah and ushers will be able to reserve their seats while they are helping with their service duties.

Every consideration has been made to adopt a fair policy respecting the needs of our congregants.

A few requests:

  • Please take advantage of our wonderful Camp Shofar program for children.  Pre-registration for Camp Shofar is required. For the safety and security of our children, we cannot accept walk-ins.
  • Please enter and exit in a way that does not disturb your fellow congregants’ prayer.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfume, which may cause allergic reactions.
  • Please return your Mahzor (prayer book) and Connections booklet to the table in the back.


  • This year we will be using our new High Holy Day prayer book, Mahzor Lev Shalem. If you purchased a copy for home use, please bring it with you for services. 
  • Tallitot (prayer shawls) are in limited supply, so please bring your own tallit if possible.
  • Women are requested to wear a head covering when ascending the bimah.
  • We urge you to wear white or a kittel on Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. The clothing reflects confronting mortality, expressing humility, and penitence.


We urge you to join fellow worshipers on the bimah as applicable for these special honors:
1. New members (if you joined CBJ after last year’s High Holy Days): Rosh Hashanah Day 1, with Greg Sterling during Torah aliyot (approximately 10:15 a.m.)
2. Those who serve in the armed forces, veterans, civil servants, and public officials: Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Prayer for Country (after haftarah, approximately 10:35 a.m.)
3. Those who visited or are planning to visit Israel - Rosh Hashanah Day 1, (approximately 10:40 a.m.)
4. CBJ Board of Directors and committee heads: Yom Kippur (after haftarah, approximately 10:45 a.m.) 

We urge you to join fellow worshipers on the bimah as applicable for these special honors:

  • Those who serve in the armed forces, veterans, civil servants, and public officials: Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Prayer for Country (after haftarah, approximately 10:35 a.m.)
  • Those who visited or are planning to visit Israel - Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Prayer for Israel (approximately 10:40 a.m.)
  • CBJ Board of Directors and committee heads: Yom Kippur (after haftarah, approximately 10:45 a.m.)



Hearing assistance devices are available. If you use a Beth Jacob hearing device, please call the office to reserve a seat to ensure that the device performs optimally.


Parking in our lot is limited. At busier times, the lot will be closed except to those who have government-issued disability placards or CBJ-issued parking passes. If you require reserved parking for health reasons and do not have a government-issued disability placard, please contact the CBJ office to arrange for a parking pass.

Please also be aware that even when the lot is full or restricted, it is always possible to enter the parking lot to drop off or pick up a member of your party who is unable to walk long distances.


We need your help in being an usher. Please call Larry Shapiro to sign up. 650-261-1825.


In coordination with the Redwood City Police, we will continue our security procedures to maximize safety. Both the Alameda and Goodwin Avenue gates to the parking lot will be open for pedestrian and car use during the High Holy Days. You may enter the parking lot on foot or by car from either gate. Ticket checkpoints will be at the driveway entrances for both drivers and pedestrians. 

If you have a government-issued disability placard or a CBJ-issued parking pass, please have it visible when you reach the parking lot gate.

During busy times, there will be NO LEFT TURN from Alameda into the parking lot. If you are approaching the synagogue from the south, turn left onto Goodwin and enter from the Goodwin gate.

For safety and security, cars parked outside of marked stalls in our lot, cars parked without authorization, and unattended cars in the red zone on Alameda will be towed immediately

To avoid backups, please have your tickets available when you reach the parking lot gate.





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“Is this not the fast I look for: to unlock the shackles of injustice...Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless into your house?”  From the Haftarah reading on Yom Kippur, Isaiah 58:6-7

On Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur, Israel Bonds, Mazon, and Second Harvest envelopes and food barrels will be available for your donations.  Please click on the links provided to learn more, donate and plan to bring non-perishable food to the Synagogue. The food barrels will be located in the lobby area.

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