High Holy Days – Selichot September 22nd, Rosh Hashanah September 19th – 20th, Yom Kippur September 28th, 2020

In the fall, Jewish communities the world over observe what is known in Hebrew as Hayamim Hanoraim(the Days of Awe). This 10-day period opens with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) celebrated for two days, and concludes with the one-day observance of Yom Kippur(Day of Atonement). The 10 days are a time for reflecting on the past year, making amends and celebrating hope for the future. Selichot, a Hebrew word meaning “forgiveness” begins on the Saturday before Rosh HaShanah. It helps to establish the mindset of inner awareness and repentance in readiness for the High Holy Days.

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Holiday Resources

For all of you who choose to celebrate the eve of Rosh Hashanah at home with family and friends, we hope these resources will add depth and meaning – and support you in your celebration of Rosh Hashanah at home. You may want to preview the materials to decide what is appropriate for your gathering.

Readings

Blessings and prayers to say around the table (for candles, wine, for apples and honey, for the ones we love – friends and family.

A story to read around the table – “The Princess Who Wanted to See God.”

Videos

Dip Your Apple – Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah
A wonderful video about key concepts for Rosh Hashanah.

    • Look for these phrases:
    • Every wrong can be made right
    • Dip your apple in the honey
    • Shana tova umetukah (a good and sweet year)
    • The Sephardic custom of having a fish head on the table (we should be the head (“Rosh”), not the tail) .
    • Avinu malkeinu – O Lord deliver us

 No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
Read by Tia & Tamera Mowry” on YouTube. This beautiful story and song are an inspiring complement to the story, “The Princess who Never Cried.”

Holiday Prayers

Yom Kippur Prayers

Guide to prayers for the holiday and candle lighting you can say before leaving home on Erev Yom Kippur.

Meditation before Yom Kippur for those who can not fast.