High Holiday Melodies

The Segulah high holiday experience will be the result of all of us joining our voices in song.  To help facilitate this, this page provides recordings for some of the melodies you might encounter, so that you can learn the melodies ahead of time and be prepared to participate.  Many thanks to Minyan Koleinu in Teaneck, NJ; Kehilat Hadar in New York, NY; and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for making many of these recordings available.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur


  • Avinu Malkeinu: This melody is for the second line of Avinu Malkeinu, which is said at the end of shacharit on Rosh Hashanah, and three times on Yom Kippur (ma’ariv, shacharit, ne’ilah).
  • Lulei He’emantiThe last line of Psalm 27, the psalm for the season of repentance.
  • Zochreinu L’Chayim:  This line is added to the first blessing of the amidah throughout the high holidays.
  • Chamol al Ma’asecha: This is sung after the kedushah in musaf on Rosh Hashanah, and in all 4 daytime services on Yom Kippur.
  • Simcha L’artzecha: This is part of the amidah for the high holidays, and is said out loud in all daytime services.
  • B’sefer Chayim: This concludes the amidah throughout the high holidays, and is said out loud in all daytime services (though the words are changed slightly for Ne’ilah).


  • K’vakarat Ro’eh Edro: This is part of Unetaneh Tokef.
  • Ki Ch’shimcha: This is from the continuation of Unetaneh Tokef, and this melody is originally “Acheinu”.
  • Ein Kitzvah: A triumphant march (via the Modzitz Hasidim) that leads into the kedushah.
  • V’chol Ma’aminim:
    This melody is originally “Shomrim Hafked” by Shlomo Carlebach, and you may have sung it at Segulah for a number of different prayers.
  • V’ye’etayu:
    This piyut has been called “a ticker-tape parade for God”.  Different
    members of the community will lead each verse, and we’ll all respond “v’yitnu lecha keter meluchah” (“they will give you the crown of sovereignty”) and join in on the yai dai dai chorus.
  • Hayom: This melody by Rabbi Julia Andelman concludes the musaf service.

Yom Kippur


  • Vahaviotim: This prophecy from Isaiah appears in all the Yom Kippur services except Ne’ilah.


  • Haneshamah Lach: “The soul is yours”, a classic Carlebach melody.
  • Salachti: One of the piyutim in the Kol Nidrei service.
  • Ki Hinei Kachomer: One of the piyutim in the Kol Nidrei service.
  • Rachamana: This short Aramaic prayer is said near the end of the service.


  • Imru Leilohim:  This piyut in the series leading up to the kedushah has a verse beginning with each letter of the alphabet, and will be sung to multiple melodies.
  • HaAderet V’HaEmunah: Another alphabetical acrostic leading up to the kedushah.


  • Imru Leilohim:  Another one – not the same one that is in shacharit!
  • Ma’aseh Eloheinu: This piyut about all the works of God is one of the piyutim leading up to the kedushah.  Sing the verses, or just sing “Ma’aseh Eloheinu” over and over.
  • Mar’eh Chohein: At the conclusion of the Avodah service, this may be the climax of Yom Kippur musaf, celebrating how the high priest completed the service of Yom Kippur and lived to tell about it.