High Holy Days FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Covid Saftey: 

The same Covid Protocols will be in place whether at Temple Beth Am, McCaw Hall, or Magnuson Beach. As our High Holy Day services are large indoor gatherings, masks will still be required indoors. We ask that you only remove your mask indoors while eating or drinking. Masks are optional outdoors. Vaccination is required for all who are eligible at all Temple Beth Am events.  

We are hoping if Covid case numbers remain low in King County after the High Holy Days, we can move to make masks optional indoors. Thank you for continuing to keep the health and safety of our community a priority. 

RSVPs & Guest Tickets:

We ask that members please RSVP for all High Holy Day services and meals through our online form here. This year, you can choose which service (early or late) you and your family prefer. Non-member guest tickets can be purchased for your guests through the same RSVP form.

We are going paperless this year. Once you have filled out the RSVP form you are all set! When you arrive at High Holy Day services, you will be greeted by a Temple Beth Am staff member or volunteer who will check you in. 

In addition to worshipping together, we look forward to sharing two community meals; Rosh Hashanah Luncheon and Break the Fast. You can also identify dietary restrictions on our RSVP form. We will offer kosher-style meals with vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.   

If you are not yet a member or need assistance RSVPing please email temple@templebetham.org.

Guest Ticket Package 
Includes tickets to Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah & Lunch at McCaw Hall, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur Morning, Yom Kippur Afternoon, Break the Fast : $360 

Individual Service Tickets 
Rosh Hashanah & Community Luncheon at McCaw Hall: $100 
McCaw Hall Kid Ticket for Ages 6-12 (kids under 5 are free): $40 

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur Morning and Yom Kippur Afternoon with Community Break the Fast: $80 per service 
Kids under 12 are free 

Guest tickets are a tax-deductible contribution and help support our Jewish programming throughout the year. 

Purchase guest tickets here!

If you are not yet a member or need assistance purchasing guest tickets, please email temple@templebetham.org.

Due to capacity and Covid concerns, our High Holy Day services are limited to the public this year. If you are not a member and would like to come to our services, please email temple@templebetham.org. Members are welcome to purchase tickets for guests through our RSVP form here. 

For Families:

The Rosh Hashanah Morning service is meant to be engaging for the entire community. We will have an interactive booklet designed to offer opportunities to connect and be present during this sacred day. The 11:30 AM service on Yom Kippur is a Multi-Generational service for congregants of all ages. 

Youth Programming during the High Holy Days 

We are excited to offer optional programming for kids at our High Holy Day services. Claire Baskett (Head of Judaics at SEED) has designed activities for kids ages 5-12 during our Rosh Hashanah Morning service at McCaw Hall and at our Multi-Generational (11:30 AM) Yom Kippur Morning service at Temple Beth Am. 

Click here to download a calendar with our most family-friendly High Holy Day experiences. 

Rosh Hashanah at McCaw Hall: 

Temple Beth Am has procured free parking in the Mercer Street Garage for all attendees of our Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at McCaw Hall. The garage is conveniently located across the street from McCaw.

We will email parking passes to all everyone who has RSVPed to this service prior to September 26th. You can use your phone to show the parking pass or print it out and bring it with you. If you need assistance printing the parking pass, email temple@templebetham.org

The Mercer Street Garage, is located across the street from McCaw Hall (650 3rd Avenue N., Seattle, WA, 98109 entrance on 3rd Avenue N. between Mercer St. and Roy St).

A covered skybridge provides easy access between level C of the garage and McCaw Hall. The Garage offers accessible parking stalls on levels B & C, adjacent to the garage’s sky bridge to McCaw Hall. There is an elevator in the garage. 

For those with accessibility needs, the best drop-off location is on Mercer Street directly in front of McCaw Hall where there is an easily accessible wheelchair ramp to enter the building.

To see information about other parking options near McCaw Hall visit their website here

McCaw Hall is accessible by metro from many neighborhoods. 

From NE Seattle take the #62 bus towards Downtown/Fremont and get off at Dexter Ave N & Roy St.

From Capitol Hill, take the #8 bus towards the Seattle Center and get off on 1st & Republican. 

From Ballard, take the #40 bus towards Downtown Seattle Fremont and get off on Westlake and Mercer St. 

From Seward Park take the #7 bus towards Downtown, get off at 3rd and Seneca and take the D-Line towards Ballard/Uptown. You will get off at 1st & Republican. 

If you are coming from Northgate, Roosevelt, or The U-District we recommend taking the light rail towards Angel Lake Station, getting off at Westlake and then taking the Monorail to the Seattle Center. 

Yes, McCaw Hall is ADA accessible with elevators, ramps, and wheelchair-accessible seating. There will be ushers, Temple Beth Am staff, and volunteers to assist you as needed. 

We will be using a digital prayerbook projected onto a large screen (Visual T’filah). We will also have limited copies of the service printed and enlarged for those who need it. 

Yes, we will have open seating at our service at McCaw Hall. Seating is first come, first serve, with reserved seating for those with honors and accessibility needs. 

Our Rosh Hashanah morning service will follow the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor for the Days Awe with additional readings and songs, utilizing Visual T’filah projected onto McCaw Hall’s large screen. We will also have an interactive booklet designed to offer opportunities to connect and be present during this sacred day.

We will have limited copies of Visual T’filah printed and enlarged available upon request. 

High Holy Day Worship:

We are offering two Yom Kippur morning services, Traditional and Multi-Generational. Our Multi-Generational service at 11:30 AM is for people of all ages and will combine tradition and creative expression to create a unique worship experience. This service will be a bit shorter in length than our Traditional service at 9:00 AM. 

Yes. We have a Yizkor service for the four festival holidays which includes Yom Kippur. 

Yes, all of our High Holy Day services will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel here. There is no log-in or password required to live-stream our services!

After a service takes place, it will continue to be available to watch at any time on our YouTube channel. 

The Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor for the Days Awe is not available online this year. You can purchase them from CCAR Press: Hard copies here or e-books for Kindle here

If you will be joining us via live stream and would like to borrow a prayer book from the temple, please email temple@templebetham.org.

Food Drive:

Yes, Temple Beth Am is once again collecting donations for JFS’ High Holy Day Food Drive!

We will have bags available for pick up at our Friday Shabbat service on September 23rd, Saturday morning service on September 24th, both Erev Rosh Hashanah services and after the morning service at McCaw Hall. As well as from the office 9/27-9/30 during office hours.

We will not be accepting full bags until 10/4 as we don’t have the storage space.

Full bags with food items can be returned starting the afternoon of October 4th, at either Kol Nidre service or any time on Yom Kippur.

Items to Donate: Canned foods, dried pasta, toilet paper, cereal, oatmeal, rice and kosher foods.

*Please no glass containers, perishable items, opened packages, or expired food items.




packages, or expired food items.

Don’t see your question answered above? Email us at temple@templebetham.org.