All members in good standing receive High Holiday tickets as part of your membership. Meaning: members who are up-to-date with their financial obligations to Ahavath Achim through fiscal year 2016 and have paid at least 50% of dues for fiscal year 2017 are eligible to receive tickets. Please contact Barry Herman at 404. 603.5750 or if you require special consideration.

Tickets are bound to a specific name, and they are not transferrable.

All current college students and active members of the military are welcome to attend High Holiday services at our synagogue. We will provide a complimentary ticket, which can be reserved through the general admission ticket form below. We require all college students and active military receiving complimentary tickets to show their college and military IDs upon arrival by checking-in at the Help Desk.

We honor all tickets at both traditional and alternative services. For your convenience, we issue only one ticket that is valid at both the traditional and alternative services.

We will being mailing tickets the week of Monday, August 28 to ensure postal delivery. If you do not receive your ticket in the mail before the High Holidays, please plan to pick it up at the Help Desk on the day of services.

Purchase your ticket HERE.

All seating is unassigned unless you have reserved a seat. Reserved seating tickets are not valid without purchase of a general admission ticket (all members in good standing will receive ticket for general admission). Please see the “Tickets” section for more information on how to purchase a general admission ticket.
Reserved seats are $36 per seat per holiday. For reserved seating, the holidays are broken down as follows:
First Day Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur: Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2017
To reserve a seat outside of general admission seating, please click HEREReserved seating is available until Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 pm.
If you do not have access to the internet and wish to reserve seats, please call the synagogue office at 404.355.5222 for assistance.
Please be aware that Erev Rosh Hashanah and Second Day Rosh Hashanah are general admission seating only.
Please note that seats 1 and 2 on each row are designated for those with disabilities. 
If you require special needs seating, please contact the synagogue office at 404.355.5222. Please be advised that although we don’t have wheelchairs available for your use, we will be happy to assist you with removing your wheelchair from your car at curbside upon arrival. Ushers will assist you with your wheelchair inside the sanctuary.

We are looking forward to ushering in the new year with you and your family! Please see the “Schedule” tab for a full schedule of children’s programming.

There is a fee of $18 per child, per day for children or grandchildren of Ahavath Achim Synagogue members. Non-members will be charged a $30 fee per child, per day (the afternoon/evening of Yom Kippur is considered an extra day).

Reserve a spot for your child(ren) HERE.

Running a collective 50+ hours of childcare and children’s programming across Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur takes a village. The role of parent volunteers is critical. Please consider how you might help us make this experience meaningful for the children, the parents and our Ahavath Achim community. You will be given an opportunity in the form above to designate how you might like to assist.

High Holiday 2017 | 5778 Service Schedule
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday, September 20
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmMincha/Ma’ariv
7:18 pmCandle Lighting
1st Day Rosh Hashanah – Thursday, September 21
Sanctuary8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra/Shacharit
Sanctuary9:00 amTorah Service
Sanctuary10:00 amShofar Service
Front LawnFollowing Sanctuary ServiceTashlich
Tent10:00 amAlternative Service followed by Apples & Honey
Sanctuary10:45 amMusaf
Sanctuary12:00 pmSermon
Sanctuary12:45 pmBenediction
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmMincha/Ma’ariv
7:18 pmCandle Lighting
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava9:45 am – 12:55 pmChildcare (ages 8 weeks to 36 months)
Perling Youth Lounge/Alterman Lounge10:00 am – 12:55 pmChai Holidays with USY and Kadima (6th – 12th grade)
Ahava10:45 – 11:15 amChildren’s Programming (K – 2nd grade)
Education Wing11:35 am – 12:05 pmChildren’s Programming (3rd – 5th grade)
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 22
Sanctuary8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra/Shacharit
Sanctuary9:00 amTorah Service
Sanctuary10:00 amShofar Service
Tent10:00 amRuach Chadashah Rosh Hashanah
Sanctuary10:45 amMusaf
Sanctuary12:00 pmSermon
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmMincha/Ma’ariv
7:15 pmCandle Lighting
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava8:45 am – 12:55 pmChildcare (ages 8 weeks to 36 months)
Perling Youth Lounge/Alterman Lounge10:00 am – 12:55 pmChai Holidays with USY and Kadima (6th – 12th grade)
Ahava11:05 – 11:35 amChildren’s Programming (K – 2nd grade)
Education Wing11:40 am – 12:10 pmChildren’s Programming (3rd – 5th grade)
Kol Nidre – Friday, September 29
Memorial Garden5:30 pmKapporos
Paradies6:30 pmMincha
Ellman Chapel6:45 – 8:00 pmKol HaMispacha Family Service (1st – 6th grade and families)
Sanctuary7:00 pmKol Nidre Service
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava6:30 – 10:00 pmChildcare (ages 8 weeks to 36 months)
Education Wing6:30 – 8:00 pmKol HeYeladim Program (3rd – 5th grade)
Yom Kippur – Saturday, September 30
Sanctuary8:00 amP’sukei D’zimra/Shacharit
Sanctuary9:00 amTorah Service
Tent10:00 amAlternative Service
Sanctuary10:45 amMusaf
Sanctuary12:30 pmSermon and Yizkor
Paradies2:15 pmYom Kippur Study Hall
Srochi3:30 pmYom Kippur Forum
Paradies4:00 pmAfternoon Chant and Drum Circle
Sanctuary4:45 pmMincha
Sanctuary5:45 pm“Ask the Rabbi”
Library5:15 pmTalmud Class with Rabbi Rosenthal
Sanctuary6:15 pmNeilah
Sanctuary7:46 pmShofar to End Fast
Child/Teen Programming
Ahava9:45 am – HavdallahChildcare (ages 8 weeks to 36 months)
Education Wing9:45 am – 2:00 pmChildren’s Programming (ages 3rd – 5th grade)
Education Wing10:00 am – 2:00 pmChai Holidays with USY and Kadima (6th – 12th grade)
Erev Sukkot – Wednesday, October 4
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmEvening Minyan
1st Day Sukkot – Thursday, October 5
Ellman Chapel9:00 amSukkot Service (followed by Kiddush in Sukkah)
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmEvening Minyan
2nd Day Sukkot – Friday, October 6
Ellman Chapel9:00 amSukkot Service (followed by Kiddush in Sukkah)
Ellman Chapel6:30 pmShabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot Service
Sunday, October 8
Sukkah9:30 – 11:30 amSojourn in the Sukkah
Sukkah5:30 – 7:30 pmSukkot Family Learning Experience – S’mores Simcha in the Sukkah
Erev Shemini Atzeret – Wednesday, October 11
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmEvening Minyan
Shemini Atzeret – Thursday, October 12
Sanctuary9:00 amShemini Atzeret Service
Sanctuary11:15 amYizkor Service
Ellman Chapel6:00 pmEvening Minyan
Simchat Torah
Ellman Chapel9:00 amSimchat Torah Service
Ellman Chapel9:45 amHakkafot (followed by Kiddush)
Ellman Chapel6:30 pmShabbat Evening Service

For anyone who needs to reserve a handicap parking space, please contact Fern Schorr at 404.355.5222 or for a special High Holiday Handicap Parking Permit. If you are an able-driver, traveling with a guest who needs assistance, please drop him/her off at the synagogue entrance by the upper lot, and park your car in the lower lot (on the corner of Northside Dr. and Peachtree Battle) or in the available street parking. At the end of services, you will be able to return to the upper lot to pick up your guest. For those requesting a High Holiday Handicap Parking Permit, please make sure your permit is visibly displayed in your vehicle.

Parking spaces in the upper lot are limited. Spots will be first-come first-served.


You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18). – Join your family and friends for a walk down to the Peachtree Battle Creek for a short ceremony and ceremonial casting away of our sins into the creek. Bring a few pieces of bread from home, or use the bread provided. Embrace the New Year by letting go those things that hold you back.

Ruach Chadashah Tent Service

Sing to Adonai, sing a new song (Psalm 96:1). – Make your way into the tent on the second day of Rosh Hashanah for the most engaging, soulful, and accessible High Holiday service around. Lead by Bonnie and Michael Levine (Sunmoon Pie), along with our Rabbis, this musical experience transforms the traditional High Holiday prayer service into a true service of the heart.


If there be for this person an angel, an intercessor, one among a thousand, to vouch for a person’s uprightness then God is gracious on them and will say, ‘Deliver them from going down to the put, I have found a ransom’ (Job 33:23-24). – Be a part of reclaiming an ancient ritual where, traditionally, a chicken is swung over the head to expiate for any sins. At AA, we use the tzedakah coin purse alternative as atonement. Come to shul just one hour before Kol Nidre to participate.

Afternoon Chant and Drum Circle

Praise God with Drum and Dance! Praise God with strings and pipe! (Psalm 150) – Don’t miss the most awestruck moments of the High Holidays as congregants, friends, and community members come together to experience our annual Yom Kippur Afternoon Chant and Drum Circle. Just when the hunger is taking over and the day couldn’t feel longer, Michael and Bonnie Levine (with a row of percussionist – add your drum to the circle!) come together to take our minds off our stomachs and back on God. Come for any amount of this three hour experience which leads directly into Neilah and the conclusion of Yom Kippur. There is no better way to get your prayer in before the gates of Heaven close for the year.

Yom Kippur Study Hall

These are the things that bear fruit in this world and the world to come: Honoring Mother and father… prayer… burying the dead… and the study of Torah is equal to them all! – (Talmud Bavli Shabbat 127a) Spend some time, not just prayer but also, learning about what it all means in our Yom Kippur Study Hall. This year, led by Dr. Andy Zangwill, join together to dive deeper into the Yom Kippur experience as we learn, question and root out meaning from our holy scriptures. An experience not to be missed.

The Help Desk will be located in Cohen Pavilion upon entrance into the building. Volunteers will be available to assist you if you have forgotten or misplaced your ticket. Please keep in mind that some of our community volunteers may not know you but are happy to assist you and your family. If you are picking up new or replacement tickets, please allow an extra few minutes at the Help Desk.

If you leave the building, please take your ticket with you for re-admittance. Your ticket will be required for entering the Alternative Service.

No guns or weapons will be allowed on the premises.

Please be patient and cooperative with our security officers and ushers. It is their goal to ensure your safety and the well-being of all our members and guests.

The Prayer Book Mahzor Hadash will be used for all High Holiday services. We will have books available for loan at the Help Desk in Cohen Pavilion. We ask that you please return your prayer book to the Help Desk as you leave the building.