Bar Yohai - Jewish Community in the Heart of Silicon Valley

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Bar Yohai has been a cornerstone of the Jewish Community of Sunnyvale and the nearby area for more than 20 years.

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Bar Yohai is a warm and lively Orthodox community, offering daily minyanim and spirited Shabbat services as well as a wide range of social and educational activities.

Located on the campus of the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Bar Yohai is a diverse community that includes Sephardim, Ashkenazim, and Jews from all over the world.

The Bar Yohai community is known for its welcoming atmosphere, ardent support of the State of Israel, and commitment to stimulating Jewish learning.

 
High Holidays

 


​Greetings
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 fourth 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: $26 per person 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
Machzorim
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.
We have purchased sufficient number of machzorim for all service attendees.
Lulav and Etrog Purchase
Sets can be reserved by August 29th. You can make your reservation here

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​High Holidays Schedule
Erev Rosh Hashana  Sun., 9/13
Selichot, Hatarat Nedarim, Shacharit - 7:00 am
Candle Lighting - 7:01 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 7:00 pm

Rosh Hashana Day 1 Mon., 9/14
Shacharit - 8:00 am
Shofar Blowing at about - 11:00 am
Tashlich - 6:15 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:40 pm
Candle Lighting- not Before  7:57 pm
From an existing flame
Say bracha before lighting

Rosh Hashana Day 2  Tue., 9/15
Shacharit - 8:00 am
Shofar Blowing at about - 11:00am
Shiur - 5:30 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:40 pm

Fast of Gedalia  Wed., 09/16
Beginning of Fast - 5:33 am
Selichot & Shacharit - 5:30 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:40 pm
End of Fast - 7:35  pm

Thu.,  09/17
Selichot & Shacharit - 5:25 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:50 pm

Fri.,  09/18
Selichot & Shacharit - 5:40 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:50 pm

Candle Lighting - 6:53 pm

Shabbat Shuva  Sat., 09/19
Shiur - 8:30 am
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 4:30 pm
Mincha & Seuda Shelishit - 6:30 pm
Maariv and end of Shabbat - 7:49 pm

Sun.,  09/20
Selichot & Shacharit -7:00 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:45 pm

Mon.,  09/21
Selichot & Shacharit - 5:25 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:45 pm

Erev Yom Kippur  Tue., 09/22
Selichot and Shacharit - 5:30 am
Mincha - 3:00 pm
Candle Lighting - 6:47 pm
Don’t accept Yom Tov at this
time if driving to Shul
Kol Nidrei - 6:45 pm

Yom Kippur Wed., 09/23
Shacharit - 8:00 am
Mincha - 3:45 pm
Neilah - 6:00 pm
End of Fast & Maariv - 7:42 pm

Thursday  09/24
Shacharit - 6:40 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:45 pm

Friday.,  9/25
Shacharit - 6:45 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:40 pm
Candle Lighting - 6:43 pm


Shabbat  Sat., 09/26
Shiur - 8:30 am
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 4:20 pm
Mincha & Seuda Shelishit - 6:20 pm
Maariv and end of Shabbat - 7:38 pm

Erev Sukkot  Sun., 09/27
Shacharit - 8:00 am
Candle Lighting - 6:40 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:40 pm

Sukkot- Day 1  Mon., 09/28
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 5:30 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting- Not Before 7:35 pm
From an existing flame
Say bracha before lighting 

Sukkot - Day 2  Tue., 09/29
Shiur - 8:30 am
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 5:15 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:30 pm

Chol Hamoed  Wed., 09/30
Shacharit - 6:45 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:35pm

Chol Hamoed Thu., 10/01
Shacharit - 6:45 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:35 pm

Chol Hamoed  Fri., 10/02
Shacharit - 6:45 am
Mincha & Maariv - 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting - 6:32 pm

Shabbat  10/03
Shiur - 8:30 am
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 5:00 pm
Mincha - 6:10 pm
Maariv & End of Shabbat - 7:27 pm
Tikun -  11:59 pm
All night learning beginning  Saturdaynight 

Hoshana Rabah,  Sun., 10/04
Erev Shemini Atzeret
Hakafot & Shacharit - 5:54 am
Candle Lighting - 6:29 pm
Mincha & Maariv - 6:29 pm

Shemini Atzeret  Mon., 10/05
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Shiur - 5:15 pm
Mincha - 6:20 pm
Maariv & Hakafot - 6:46 pm
Candle Lighting- not before 7:24 pm
From an existing flame
Say bracha before lighting

Simchat Torah  Tue., 10/06
Shiur - 8:30 am
Shacharit - 9:30 am
Lunch, Hakafot - 1:45 pm, (approximately)
Mincha - 3:00 pm (approximately)
Maariv - 7:35 pm