Rabbi Ted, Stephen Merritt

The Spiritual Adventure called the High Holy Days

People of all faith paths are invited to experience the spiritual depths and special energies of these Days of Awe.


A little history

At the end of 2009, I left Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue and called myself a “post-congregational rabbi.” I let go of twice-monthly Shabbat worship and Torah class the following mornings. I let go of organizational functions and duties. But I couldn’t let go of High Holy Day worship.

The first years as a post-congregational rabbi I led Holy Day worship at the Whidbey Institute and on retreat at the Alderbrook Resort on the Hood Canal. Then we discovered and rented the Unity in Lynnwood sanctuary, where we now are celebrating for the 8th year.

Back to the Present

But this is the tenth and final year that I plan on leading Holy Day Worship this way. I imagine that I will be unable to resist some kind of gathering, but it will not be as administratively demanding and will most likely be with a smaller group.

It is fitting that this final year of this current form brings together Shari Rosner and Marcie Howard, whose voices celebrated with me first in Los Angeles and later in Seattle, and Stephen Merritt, who served as Music Director of Bet Alef for ten years. Steve Mason, who is new to the Holy Days this year, has been a delightful part of my monthly Spiritual Saturday program at Unity in Lynnwood.

So this year we celebrate the very beginning of Creation with Rosh Hashanah and conclude with the "Day of Atunement" called Yom Kippur as we launch ourselves into a year of discovery and spiritual evolution.

We invite you to share these special High Holy Days and join us as we open to the wonders of 5780, a New Year about to be.

Steve Mason Shari Rosner
Rosh Hashanah, the Beginning of the Year, is a doorway to what is yet unknown, offering us opportunities available only when we risk stepping beyond the threshold of the ending of one year and the birth of what is to be.

Marcie Howard Yom Kippur, welcomes us into a field of forgiveness challenging us to release self-judgments and cleanse ourselves for new dreams about to be met.

Discover what yearns to be revealed and deeply embraced within yourself. Let the melodies and harmonies, the stories, deep humor and deeper wisdom take you on a journey to the essential truth of your Spiritual being.

All services at Unity in Lynnwood, 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway, except Rosh Hashanah afternoon, Monday, September 30, which is at Edmonds Marina Beach Park, 470 Admiral Way. All events may be streamed and/or videotaped.

Rosh Hashanah

  • Sunday, September 29, 7:00 PM, Rosh Hashanah Eve: Letting Go
  • Monday, September 30
    11 AM: Rosh Hashanah Day: Opening to the New
    3 PM: The Sharing of Shofar and Tashlich: A Meditation of Release

Yom Kippur

  • Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 PM, Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur Eve: Atunement, At-One-ment, and Atonement
  • Wednesday, October 9, Yom Kippur Day:
    11 AM: What's Holding Us Back?
    2:30 PM: Healing Meditation
    4 PM, Memorial Service/Yizkor: The Illumination of our Past
    6 PM, Concluding Service: Into the Now
Please bring a yahrzeit candle to the Yom Kippur afternoon Memorial Service. We will have some available for you to light. Because space is limited, we ask that you bring one candle to honor all those you remember.

Early Bird Rates

RESERVE BY SEPTEMBER 23 FOR THE $15 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. Click here for a mail-in registration form. Use the buttons below to register on PayPal. Reservations made via PayPal or credit card are slightly higher to cover transaction fees.
  • All Events: $125
  • Rosh Hashanah Eve: $45
  • Rosh Hashanah Day: $25
  • Yom Kippur Eve: $45
  • Yom Kippur Day: $35
Early Bird High Holy Days 2019
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