High Holy Days in Madison

From all of us at the Jewish Federation of Madison, we'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, and sweet New Year, filled with meaning. As we reflect on the last year, we are inspired by how together as a community, we committed to building and sustaining vibrant Jewish life and caring for the vulnerable - locally and around the world.


In 5782, let's resolve to be more vigilant in fighting antisemitism and hate of any kind, to have a deeper understanding of our neighbors' point of view and experience, and keep an open mind and heart when engaging in these discussions. Let's give more, be more present, and fight harder for those who need us.


Hazak, hazak, venit'hazek - Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another. Shanah Tovah!


Click on the links below for more information regarding High Holy Days in-person and virtual events and services at our Madison synagogues and Jewish organizations.


Beth Israel Center

Chabad of Madison

Chabad at UW

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim

Temple Beth El

UW Hillel

Each week, we'll post a new greeting to the community from one of our Madison rabbis with messages for the holidays and wishes for the new year.

  • Celebrating Together At Home Kit 2020

    Last year we weren't able to commemorate the New Year together in person, but that didn't mean we had to be apart. We created a collection of ways to celebrate, connect and be together virtually. If you are celebrating virtually this year, or looking for inspiration, we hope you enjoy this “Celebrating Together At Home Kit” and that it brings a little sweetness to your New Year and High Holy Days observance at home.


In preparation and celebration for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, our Shlichim, Hanna and Oz, have curated a few thematic Israeli song playlists:



Rosh Hashanah

  • Erev - Monday, September 6 (sundown)
  • First Day - Tuesday, September 7
  • Second Day - Wednesday, September 8


Yom Kippur

  • Erev - Wednesday, September 15 (sundown)
  • Thursday, September 16



  • Erev - Monday, September 20 (sundown)
  • First Day - Tuesday, September 21
  • Second Day - Wednesday, September 22
  • Last Day - Monday, September 27


Shemini Atzeret:

  • Erev - Monday, September 27 (sundown)
  • Tuesday, September 28


Simchat Torah

  • Erev - Tuesday, September 28 (sundown)
  • Wednesday, September 29