High Holidays

Experience our meaningful High Holiday services with your family at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Family Services are geared toward the youngest kids to age 12; older children are invited to the traditional evening, Kol Nidre, and closing services.

Click here for details about the programming for this year’s High Holiday observance. 

Sept. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m. –  Rosh Hashanah service at Unitarian Church in Westport
Sept. 10, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. –  Rosh Hashanah day program at Unitarian Church in Westport

Sept. 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. –  Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service at Unitarian Church in Westport
Sept. 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – sundown break fast –  Yom Kippur day program at Unitarian Church in Westport

CHJ celebrates the High Holidays with contemplative services incorporating elements of Jewish tradition that are consistent with our humanistic perspective. Each year the services are written anew or edited by members of the congregation.

The Rosh Hashanah evening service reflects both the joy and solemnity of the Jewish New Year. Included are readings, poetry, music and singing, Shofar blowing, Torah reading and commentary, candlelighting and a memorial service. On the following day, we meet in small groups for discussion, followed by a brief Tashlich service.

Yom Kippur concludes the period of self-reflection begun on Rosh Hashanah. Early in our Kol Nidre service, the moving strains of that haunting melody are played on cello and piano. Additional musical selections throughout the service afford us the opportunity to reflect upon our values and commitments, both as individuals and as a community. Our service aims to strike a balance between our connections to the broad stream of Judaism as well as our own humanistic and secular view of Jewish culture and customs.

Both Rosh Hashanah Day and Yom Kippur Day start with a Family Service, suitable for children ages 4 to 14 and their families. Our family services have been carefully crafted over the years to represent to our younger members the congregation’s philosophy of Humanistic Judaism. If you have young children, these services are a wonderful way to create a family experience of the holidays. Babysitting is provided after the family services so that adult family members may attend other programming.

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