Events at the Vilna Shul

High Holidays 2014/5775

Havurah on the Hill: Young Adults | Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

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This fall, Havurah on the Hill (HOH), in collaboration with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, will once again host High Holidays services at the historic Vilna Shul on Beacon Hill in Boston.

Services will be led by Rebecca Blumenfeld and Deborah Melkin. Last year we had a wonderful turnout from all over our community, and we look forward to welcoming back those who attended last year as well as those of you who have never been to the Vilna Shul!

HOH’s services are non-denominational, egalitarian, and open to all. Services are conducted in Hebrew with English readings mixed in. As part of our learning services mission, we provide explanations and teachings throughout. Services are community-led, with a variety of familiar melodies and tunes.

Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis, and only 300 tickets will be issued per holiday. Please note this is a pre-paid event, and in order to be on the RSVP list.

We do not mail out tickets; instead your name will be on the pre-paid ticket list at the door. The suggested donations for High Holidays tickets are as follows:

HOH High Holidays

For either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur

For both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

 General Donations 







Havurah on the Hill's services are made possible through the help of its community volunteers, and this fall we're looking for Torah readers, Haftarah readers, and Shofar Blowers. English reading parts are also available. Please let us know how you can help on our event registration page (above), and contact Aron Neesman ( for more information.

Please note: If you cannot afford the suggested amount per ticket, please donate what you can. To do this, click on the green button above and fill out the form as you would for any other ticket and use step 4 "Ticket Donations in Other Amounts." In the spirit of chesed, the Jewish tradition of acts of kindness, we encourage those who have the means to make an additional donation in support of others in the HOH community who cannot afford it. 

Please check that you are purchasing the correct amount of tickets/donation before processing your transaction. Refunds take several days to process. 

We are also once again participating in the CJP Ticket Match program. Please contact Jessica Antoline at the Vilna Shul ( for more information regarding this initiative.

If you would like to pay by check, please make it payable to Vilna Shul High Holidays. Please enclose the names of all attendees and indicate

  • RH2014 for Rosh Hashanah
  • YK2014 for Yom Kippur
  • HH2014 for both holidays

and send to : The Vilna Shul 18 Phillips Street Boston, MA 02114.

For directions to the Shul via public transit or by vehicle, please visit our directions page here.


This year’s High Holidays schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 24th - Erev Rosh Hashanah
  • Mincha/Maariv 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 25th – Rosh Hashanah Day 1
  • Shacharit/Torah/Musaf 9:00am – 1:30pm
  • Kiddush following services
  • Tashlich to follow (weather permitting)
Friday, September 26th – Rosh Hashanah Day 2
  • Shacharit/Torah/Musaf 9:00am – 1:30pm
Friday, October 3rd – Erev Yom Kippur
  • Kol Nidre 6:30pm sharp
Saturday, October 4th – Yom Kippur
  • Shacharit/Torah/Yizkor/Musaf 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Mincha/Neila 4:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Community Shofar Blast to end Neila
  • Kosher community break-fast following services

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