CJJ is proud to connect our members to other Jewish communities' High Holiday programming to help us reflect on 5783 and look forward toward a new year.
And who knows? You may even come across a friendly face from your chapter or build a new connection! Want to share an invitation to High Holy Day 5783 programming? Send a message to Alanna to get added onto this page!
In this season of release, renewal and forgiveness, we prepare to welcome in the sweetness and blessing of a New Year. Using the Jewish Studio Process, we’ll connect to that which we seek to release from 5783 and open to the beauty and possibility awaiting us in the year to come.
Have You Made Art About It Yet? Rosh Hashanah Edition! With Rabbi Adina Allen Thursday, September 7 at 12-1:30pm ET | Register for September 7 here.
Join Jewish Studio Project and JCC East Bay for their 8th year offering non-denominational, free-of-charge, heart-opening Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Day 1 services! Encounter traditional prayers in a renewed and inspiring way, be moved by creativity-infused Torah and open to the transformative potential of these sacred days. Liturgically grounded and justice-themed, Rosh Hashanah with JSP is an uplifting, musical, and hope-filled way to move into 5784.
Open to all, these services bring together an intergenerational, cross-denominational community seeking depth and connection. Whether you’ve joined them in years past or this will be your first time - welcome. JSP and team can’t wait to sing in the new year with you!
Erev Rosh Hashanah September 15, 2023 from 7:00-8:30pm | Rosh Hashanah Day 1 September 16, 2023 from 10:00am-2:00pm | Register for JSP services here.
These offerings are supported by IfNotNow's Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) Leadership, JFREJ’s Mizrahi & Sephardi caucus, and Jewish Voice for Peace’s BIJOCSM Network.
They will be offering 2 virtual workshops to prepare for High Holidays. Want to learn the songs in advance and get spiritually ready for High holiday through voice? We got you! Laura Elkeslassy will offer liturgy workshops through the month of Elul. Virtual workshops will take place on Monday September 11 8pm at EST, for Rosh Hashana (zoom registration here), and on Tuesday September 19 at 8pm EST for Yom Kippur (zoom registration here).
The Sephardi Mizrahi Virtual Rosh Hashanah Seder for All is becoming a tradition! Join them from anywhere on Sunday, September 10 at 1pm EST for a connective time of sharing the simanim/blessings we grew up with, and those we're recovering right now. We will honor our radical ancestrecess and feel the strength of our communities together! Register here.
Please note: All events are by us for us that center Black, Indigenous, Jew of Color, Sephardi & Mizrahi Jews. Our events are open only to those who hold one or more BIJOCSM identities. We ask for your understanding & support as we celebrate our heritage & traditions with people who hold similar identities & experiences. If you are not BIJOCSM, we would love to see you at the Sephardi Mizrahi Virtual Rosh Hashanah Seder which is open to all - BIJOCSM & allies alike. See you then!
This team's Yom Kippur Workshop will take place Sunday October 2 12pm EST and this one is sponsored by My Jewish Learning. RSVP here for the Yom Kippur workshop!
If you are in the Triangle: Check out Makom, a Jewish community rooted in collective liberation, the lands we live on, and a wellspring of Jewish traditions. In this sacred time, we are thinking about Makom: both the word itself, which means place, and the community we're building. We hope to spend this time in prayer, reflection, and celebration of our coming-together in this community, in this place. You are invited to join in creating new visions for this community in 5784.
You are welcome to join Makom for as many or as few events as you prefer, just Please RSVP. Interested in taking part as a volunteer? Let them know. Please note that all events will be held at an outdoor Durham location. Please RSVP to find out more details.
High Holiday Gatherings at Makom
Leil Selichot: Song circle on Saturday, September 9 at 9:30PM-11PM
Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Services, kids program and lunch potluck on Saturday, September 16 at 10:00AM through lunch
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Shofar in the woods on Sunday, September 17 from 3-4PM
Erev Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre service on Sunday, September 24 at 6:30 - 8:00PM
Yom Kippur Day: Services, break, creative grief space (yizkor) workshops/discussion spaces and break fast on Monday, September 25 from 10:00AM through 8:00 break fast.
If you are in Western NC: Newcomers who have not yet affiliated or newly resurfaced Jews who are seeking to reconnect are invited to purchase the Jewish Community of WNC High Holiday Pass to attend services at Congregation Beth Israel, The Chabad House, and The Jewish Secular Community of Asheville. The pass is on sale now at the Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. The suggested donation is $100 individual; $150 couple and $200 family of 4 ($25 each additional child). For more information, contact Tami Gross via email or by calling 828-253-0701, ext. 114.
- Take a tour with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer from Hadar Institute of the Mahzor (prayer book used on the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) at this YouTube link.
- Check out Defund the Police/Invest in Communities Sermon Seeds, a crowdsourced Torah offering on divest, invest, and policing, as well as support and resources.
- Review Avodah's new Institute for Social Change's Transformative Teshuvah: A High Holiday Resource for a More Just World, a collection of text studies, tools for reflection, artistic interpretations, and activities providing different pathways to explore the question: How do we turn towards change?
- Revisit High Holy Days in Pandemic Times: Finding Awe in the Unravel from 5781 by Dori Midnight, with contributions from Annie-Rose London among others. Learn about Sephardic life in Iberia pre-Christian conquest and expulsion in this Yom Kippur Insert for Remembering Sepharad.