Bar Yohai Sephardic Minyan - The Jewish Heart of Silicon Valley

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High Holidays Information

High Holidays Schedule


Bar Yohai Sephardic Minyan, (BYSM) has been serving the Jewish Community of Sunnyvale and the nearby area for more than 20 years.

Distinguished by its warmth, tolerance and under­standing, Bar Yohai offers daily and Shabbat prayers, and a diverse range of classes for those of varied back­grounds.

The congregation is closely linked to South Penin­sula Hebrew Day School (SPHDS), a Modern Ortho­dox primary and middle school providing first-rate secular and Jewish education for more than 250 chil­dren from around the Bay area.


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur


We look forward to sharing a meaningful High Holiday experience with you at Bar Yohai Sephardic Minyan. Once again, our services will be highlighted by the Chazzan Amikam Lasry, who for a third consecutive year will be with us from Montreal. He will help lead both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services. Please take a moment to reserve seats for the Chagim, as well as your lulav and etrog.
Seat Reservations
We kindly request the following donations with your reservation: $60 per person ($40 for children under Bar or Bat Mitzvah) for member families in good standing; $150 per person for non-members; no charge for new members in their first year of membership. Please note that no one will be denied reservations due to financial constraints. If you feel you have a need for assistance, please contact Fred Zaghi at (408) 373-5287, in full confidentiality.

We thank those who have donated generously and bought permanent seats. We will assign seats for all other reservations, on a first come, first served basis. Please understand that we will try to honor your seat request, but we are not able to guarantee reservation of a specific seat as availability of seats is limited.
Seats are reserved when we receive a completed reservation request and your donation.

Here is the simple three step process:
  1. Make your seat reservation donation here
  2. Pick your preferred seat(s) here
  3. Communicate your seat selection via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The standard books in use at the Bar Yohai Synagogue for the High Holidays are:
  • Tiferet Israel Rosh Hashana Machzor
  • Ori Ve’ishi Yom Kippur Machzor
Both are outstanding texts, easy to follow, with excellent printing quality and full English translation.
This year, thank G-d, we expect a large crowd for the High Holidays, and we only have a limited supply of these books. We strongly encourage you to purchase books for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which  are available for sale prior to the Holidays. Please contact Fred Zaghi at (408) 373-5287 before Sept. 14th to arrange a purchase.
Lulav and Etrog Purchase
Sets can be reserved by September 14th. You can make your reservation here