High Holy Days 5778

With services held at TBC our parking lot will be beyond its capacity. We wish to thank Branchville Elementary School for graciously offering to host our overflow parking. Shuttle busses will be running continuously from the school parking lot to TBC. Please allow for extra time.

Shuttle buses will run continuously from the school parking lot to TBC for all services except: Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Yom Kippur afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah services. Please be at the overflow parking lot at least 30 minutes before the service.

We have a small number of reserved parking spaces for people with limited mobility near the Temple. Please call the office if you need to reserve one of these spots.

For those with GPS, the address is Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road, Ridgefield

Directions from TBC to Branchville location:

  1. Turn right out of the parking lot and head NW on Portland Ave
  2. Bear left to stay on Portland Ave
  3. Cross over the railroad tracks
  4. Turn right onto US-7 N
  5. Turn left onto CT-102 W
  6. Turn right onto Florida Rd
  7. School parking will be on the right

Note that all High Holy Day services are held at Temple B'nai Chaim. Services with an asterisk (*) require a ticket.


Erev Rosh Hashanah - Wednesday, September 20

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Service,* Time: 7:45 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Thursday, September 21

  • Traditional Morning Service,* Time: 9:00 am -11:15 am
  • Family Service,* Time: 12:00 noon -1:15 pm
  • Tashlich, Time: 2:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Tuesday, September 22

  • Morning Service, Time: 9:30 am-11:30 am


  • Shabbat Service, Friday, September 22, Time: 7:30 pm


Kol Nidre Service* - Friday, September 29

  • Shabbat, Kol Nidre Service,* Time: 7:45-9:45 pm

Yom Kippur Day - Saturday, September 30

  • Traditional Morning Service,* Time: 9:00 am-11:15 am
  • Family Service,* Time: 12:00 noon-1:15 pm
  • Study Session, Time: 1:45-2:45 pm

  • Afternoon Service*, Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Yizkor Service, Time: 5:30-6:00 pm
  • Neilah Service, Time: 6:00-6:30 pm
  • Sisterhood Break-Fast, Time: 6:45 pm (NB: RSVP here)

Note that services with an asterisk (*) require a ticket.


Sukkah Building

  • Sunday, October 1 at 10:00 am
    To volunteer to help, contact Jeff Spector!

Sukkot Celebration and Family Shabbat Service

  • Friday, October 6
    Pre-neg, Time: 6:00 pm (NB: RSVP here!)
    Sukkot Celebration and Shabbat Family Service, Time: 6:30 pm

Shabbat and Simchat Torah Service

  • Friday, October 13 - Time: 7:00 pm

Sukkah Takedown

  • Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 am
    To volunteer to help, contact Jeff Spector!


Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16

  • Torah Study, 9:30am
  • Community Selichot Service, 7:30 pm, co-hosted by Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties and Temple B'nai Chaim - Location: 14 Market Street, Ridgefield (private home)

Saturday, September 23

  • Torah Study, 9:30 am

Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30


A Service for Your Style

We will have two distinct morning services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  You may want to consider the following information as you decide which service to attend.  Once again we are excited to be using the Reform Movement's new High Holy Day prayer books (mahzors) - Mishkan HaNefesh ("Sanctuary of the Soul").






9:00 am
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning Services

These services will be about two hours long and will include a variety of Hebrew and English prayers and readings.

Multiple aliyot (sections) of Torah will be chanted by TBC members.

Familiar classic HH days music and contemporary settings with keyboard accompaniment, enriched by our professional choir.

The prayers and music in this service will make it feel more formal than our regular Shabbat services. This service is meant for adults and families who enjoy the classic High Holy Day prayer experience.  

12:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services

These services will last for about an hour and fifteen minutes. They will include the major High Holy Day prayers as well as creative, English readings.

We will invite all children present to join us on the bimah as Cantor Sobel chants one aliyah (section) from the Torah.

Spiritual contemporary selections in addition to traditional favorites, with teen singers, guitars, and other instrumentals.

Anyone who enjoys the participatory feeling of our TBC Shabbat services will feel comfortable at this service.

This service is meant for adults and families who like this more informal style.


"...two distinct services to consider ..."

Both services will include:

* A sermon from Rabbi Bearman

* Our beautiful new High Holy Day prayer books

* The blowing of the shofar