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Touro and beyond: Free or low-cost High Holy Days services

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Those who attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Touro University California this year will not only take part in the Days of Awe. They will get an awesome view as well.

Held in the Farragut Inn on the Touro campus — itself on the site of the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard — the free services will have as a backdrop a sweeping view of the Napa River and Vallejo on the opposite shore.

Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum, the rabbi of Chabad Napa Valley as well as Touro’s director of campus life, says all are welcome to attend.

This is the sixth year Tenenbaum has been leading Chabad’s High Holy Day services at Touro California, a Jewish-sponsored medical and public health graduate school. The rabbi noted that the services in the past have drawn around 70 people, attracted to what he calls a “less formal” experience.

“It attracts a free-spirit kind of person,” Tenenbaum said, “which definitely adds a level of comfort. It’s been a very meaningful service.”

Though the services are free, those planning to attend are urged to RSVP to [email protected] or [email protected].

The Farragut Inn, named after David G. Farragut, an admiral in the Navy who commissioned the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1858 and served in the Civil War, is located at 1750 Club Drive, Vallejo. Rosh Hashanah services begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and continue through Sept. 6. There will also be Yom Kippur services Sept. 13-14. For more information, visit www.jewishnapavalley.com or call (707) 320-2348.

The services at Touro are not the only free or low-cost High Holy Day options in the Bay Area. Here are some others:

Community-led services organized by Kolaynu: The Progressive Jewish Voice of Santa Cruz. At the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 4 and 

Two sites for Rosh Hashanah services this year: the Farragut Inn at Touro University and underneath a canopy at the JCC of the East Bay

6:45 p.m. Sept. 13. Free, donations accepted. (831) 475-3313.

Berkeley Community High Holiday Services. Nondenominational, egalitarian services that have been offered since the late 1970s. Indoor seating in main auditorium, outdoor seating in courtyard. At JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 10 a.m. Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Free, donations accepted. (510) 604-0664 or www.highholydayservices.org.

Keneset HaLev, Community of the Heart. Indoor/outdoor community services at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park,

1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.  6:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 10 a.m. Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Free. (415) 339-7485 or www.kenesethalev.org.

Chabad of San Francisco. At School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission St., S.F. 7 p.m. Sept. 4. Also 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.,

9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 and  9:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Pickwick Hotel, 85 Fifth St., S.F. Also 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Fairmont Hotel, Free. www.chabadsf.org.

Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont, 3008 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Free. Donations appreciated.

www.jewishoakland.org.

Richmond Torah Center, 423-10th Ave., S.F.

7 p.m. Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 14. Free. www.rtchabad.org.

North Peninsula Chabad. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 10:15 a.m. Sept. 5, 10:15 a.m. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and  9 a.m. Sept. 14. At the Marriot Hotel,

1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo. Free.

www.chabadnp.com.

Chabad of the Tri-Valley. At the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 10 a.m. Sept. 5,  10 a.m. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m. Sept 14. Free, donations suggested.

www.jewishtrivalley.com.

Secular progressive services organized by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. At Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 

2 p.m. Sept. 14. $10 donation for nonmember adults is requested. www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.

Keddem Congregation, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Free. RSVP required. Call (650) 494-6400 or use form at www.keddem.org.

Community outdoor services organized by Jewish Gateways. Underneath a canopy at the JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5,  7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Free. (510) 410-0622 or www.jewishgateways.org.

Chabad of Novato. At 7430 Redwood Blvd., Suite D, Novato. 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Other services at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato: 10 a.m. Sept. 5 and 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Free.

www.jewishnovato.com.

Secular Rosh Hashanah services organized by the Workmen’s Circle of Northern California. At San Francisco Humanities building, 1185 Vicente St., S.F. 2 p.m. Sept. 5. $5-$10, free for memebers.

(415) 566-7235 for reservations.

In addition to what is listed here, most Chabad houses around the Bay Area will be hosting free High Holy Day services. For complete listings, visit www.chabad.org.