Archive of Past High Holyday Sermons


Erev Rosh Hashanah – September 25, 2022

This is Our Esther Moment by Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Rosh Hashanah – September 26, 2022

And G-d Remembered Sarah by Annie Atura Bushnell

Erev Yom Kippur – October 4, 2022

The Coffin Confessor by Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Yom Kippur Yizkor Drash – October 5, 2022

From Loss to Sacred Memory by Martin Tannenbaum





Rosh Hashanah – September 7, 2021

A Tree in a Field by Rabbi Mychal Copeland


Yom Kippur – September 16, 2021

Tapping Toward Healing by Rabbi Mychal Copeland


Drashs from Maggid Elias Ramer, Shawn Matloob, Ericka Katske, Shoshana Levenberg



Yom Kippur – September 19, 2018

Mindful by Rabbi Copeland

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 09, 2018

Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos Tohu and Vohu by Rabbi Copeland



Erev Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wake Up and Show Up by Rabbi Copeland

Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre – Friday, September 29, 2017

Our Two Names Yehudim and Yisrael, Gratitude and Struggle by Rabbi Mychal Copeland


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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Evening (Erev

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Morning 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Mornin

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Evening (Kol Nidre)

Yom Kippur Morning (Shacharit

Yom Kippur Afternoon (Mincha)

Yom Kippur Afternoon (Niggun/Chanting)

Yom Kippur Late Afternoon (Yizkor/Neila

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast

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