Dave Shafer blows the shofar

High Holidays

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County (CHJ) welcomes you to attend our meaningful High Holiday services and programs, which are free and open to the public. We have several special programs planned, beginning with a keynote by Paul Golin, new executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, at an evening Rosh Hashanah service at the Unitarian Church in Westport on September 20. In his speech, Celebrating Jewish Diversity, Golin will explore how intermarriage strengthens Judaism and provides a conduit for meaning and growth within Jewish traditions. The service itself includes traditional and modern readings and songs and of course features the shofar.

Golin will return on September 21 to lead a Rosh Hashanah workshop on The Future of Liberal Judaism. How can Jewish congregations become relevant for unaffiliated Jews? What benefits of belonging might people find within Humanistic Judaism or other congregations? Join CHJ for a lively discussion about engagement and participation in Jewish life today.

In addition, CHJ will hold a family service at noon on Rosh Hashanah day followed by a luncheon for members and non-members prior to Golin’s workshop. We close the day with a short Tashlich service by the river.

Yom Kippur observances include Kol Nidre with live cello music, a family service, afternoon programs and a closing and memorial service, followed by a community break-fast. The Yom Kippur family service starts at 1 pm and features the shofar, plus storyteller Marcia Kosstrin presenting Jonah and the Whale.

An interactive workshop led by CHJ members from 2-3:30 explores how and why we pass on our Jewish heritage. The workshop is followed by a Meditation class at 3:45 to facilitate the reflection associated with this time of year. Memorial and Closing Services begin at 5 pm with a break-fast afterward. All are welcome to join CHJ members for the break-fast.

Click here for a full calendar of High Holiday programming.

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